Stuffed mushrooms with pecan pesto and goat cheese

After months and months of thesis writing and subsisting on take-out, I have emerged as a newly minted PhD! And thankfully that also means getting back into the kitchen to come up with some new creations to revitalize my spirit. I threw together this recipe for an impromptu dinner party, and I actually enjoy the pressure to come up…

Vegetarian French onion soup

I adore caramelized onions. I can’t stand raw onions (that offensive flavor lingers in your mouth all day!!), but onions that are cooked to death until they literally melt in your mouth are perfection. The best part of French onion soup is the sweet and savory caramelized onions stewing in a fragrant broth, but it’s…

Roasted tomato and tomatillo salsa

Turns out, the tart little gooseberries known as tomatillos are actually quite easy to cook with. I think I was just intimidated by their weird casing. Just peel it off, and inside you have a delightful little green tomatillo awaiting its culinary fate! This recipe is essentially just a copy of a recipe that Aaron…

Kale chips

This is likely the simplest recipe I’ll ever post on my blog – so take note! This one works well as a snack or as a delightfully crunchy garnish. Whenever I get home after a long day toiling in the lab, I am usually exhausted, mentally drained, and quite hungry (I’ve coined the term ‘hangry’…

Tofu spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce

Simon, one of my culinary partners in crime (this weekend I jealously watched him make his own batch of granola and bake a beautiful loaf of challah bread from scratch), recently took Aaron and I to Broomfield to visit the Asian market. Due to the fact that I spent eight years of my childhood in…

Coconut butternut squash soup

I’ll admit I’ve definitely been on a soup kick lately. However, now I have a good reason. Few things make me more surly than extreme dental work, and I’ve been suffering through getting a broken crown replaced, for the second time in a year. That means I have to put up with a temporary non-functional…

Lemon, olive and parsley quinoa cakes

I have to give a shoutout to my friend Cristen for recommending this recipe. I always trust her discerning taste, which never leads me astray! If you’ve never tried quinoa, or are looking for a more creative way to cook quinoa, this recipe is great. Vegetarians are on a constant lookout for new protein sources,…

Curried cauliflower soup

I have to thank my coworker Nikki for recommending this recipe, which she got from a Scandinavian cookbook. Considering my own Scandinavian roots, and of course my well-documented love of anything and everything curry, this soup was an obvious choice. I took the original recipe and tweaked it a bit by adding the ginger, peas,…

Curried hummus with cilantro

I was asked to bring food to a potluck on Saturday, and I was busy running around all day so was in a bit of a time crunch. At times like these, I whip out my go-to-crowd-pleaser-can-make-quickly-with-my-hands-tied-behind-my-back recipes. One of those recipes happens to be hummus. Basic hummus is super easy, but I always have…

Super-awesome guacamole

There will be more cripple-friendly recipes coming at you through the next week, seeing how I’m still chained to my evil crutches. And I’m really not kidding – this guacamole is super-awesome. The reason it’s so awesome is because it’s made totally from scratch. I PROMISE it’s worth the (tiny bit of) extra effort, lazy-bones!…

Tofu-mushroom lettuce wraps

I was asked to bring food to a bachelorette party recently, but the catch was that the bride-to-be is gluten-free. Adding gluten-free requirements to vegetarianism is definitely a challenge! I immediately thought of my tofu-mushroom potstickers, but was feeling a bit lazy (and was unsure if the wraps I use have gluten or not), so…