Roasted Vegetable Tacos

We’ve been eating more vegetarian meals lately. For the last year, really, I’ve been feeling the pull back to my vegetarian roots. I suspect it might be a response to the harshness of the world. A desire to be gentler to other living things. An increased tenderness towards all creatures — human, animal, insect — just trying to […]

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms

Ooh lala! If you’re looking for a super easy thing to make that kids and grown-ups will all eat, creamy orzo with mushrooms is the thing. Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta (orzo means barley in Italian) that is most often used in soups, but I like to cook it as a side dish and […]

Cornbread Waffles with Black Beans

This used to be something I’d make often for dinner when I was vegetarian. Cornbread waffles with black beans, sour cream, salsa and avocado are a fun and cheap meal. Healthy and wholesome, too! Make big, standard sized waffles and serve them like a tostada with all the toppings piled on top. Or make mini waffles […]

Slow-Cooker Navy Bean Soup

I love bean soups. Soup might be my favorite way to eat beans (besides refried, of course). This slow-cooker navy bean soup came together because I’ve been trying to clear out my pantry and I found a half-pound of navy beans in there just lounging about. So I turned them into a vegetarian navy bean […]

Tex-Mex Latkes

These crispy, Tex-Mex potato latkes are jazzed up with chiles and salty cotija cheese. I love chiles with potatoes and this is one of the best ways to eat them both: fried 😉 A couple of pointers for the best latkes: Grate the potatoes by hand and grate 2/3-3/4 of them on the large holes and […]

Vegetarian Tamales de Rajas con Queso

My favorite tamales are filled with roasted chiles and cheese. Whenever the “tamale lady” would stop by my old office, I’d get a dozen and eat half of them before lunch break even came around. They were still hot because she carried them in a cooler, wrapped up in fat foil bundles. The hot hot […]

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

This was an experiment that worked out. Real, REAL good. I needed to use up some pumpkin puree after shooting my homemade pumpkin puree video. I remembered a recipe I made several years ago, a butternut squash and shrimp soup with a coconut milk base, that was AB FAB. And you know, pumpkin is so similar […]

Corn Casserole

This is kind of like Jiffy corn casserole without the Jiffy. And I don’t mean it takes a long time. It’s still pretty fast! I was about 13 I think when my uncle dated a lady named Greta for a short while. She came to one Thanksgiving with our family and brought “Greta’s corn casserole”. […]

Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

Watch the Empanadas Recipe Video on YouTube! These spicy black bean empanadas are filled with black beans, corn and some sauteed vegetables but the star of the show is the empanada dough. My empanada dough is made with cream cheese and butter which makes it very flaky and tender. I add a little cornmeal, too, […]