Indonesian tempeh kecap

If you are well versed in the popular proteins available to vegans and vegetarians, chances are that you’ve run across tempeh at some point. Additionally, if you’ve ever lived in a city like Boulder, Austin, or Portland, I would be shocked if you’d never seen it peddled in some form out of a painfully (yet…

Greek stuffed eggplant

One of the greatest things about living in London is being surrounded by people from so many different countries and cultures – which was exemplified by the wacky 6-person international house I lived in for my first year in London. While I enjoy snarky banter about hilarious differences in accents and idioms, and never miss…

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…

African peanut and sweet potato soup

I love the vibrant color of this soup; the orange intensity and satisfying ingredients really perk me up during some of those grueling days in the lab. I’ve been playing around a bit with the wonderful orange treats that nature has to offer, and this recipe includes 3: orange bell peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes….

Saag with homemade paneer

We’ve arrived at a varsity-level technique: cheese making! It sounds scary and impossible, but making fresh cheese at home is surprisingly simple and delicious. The only special ‘equipment’ I had to go out and buy was a piece of muslin (I found that traditional cheesecloth was a bit too porous on my first go-round). The…

Venezuelan arepas with avocado chimichurri

The arepa is to Venezuela what the hamburger is to America, except that arepas are about 1000 times better (better tasting, and better for you). Arepas are a corn bread/cake that’s crispy on the outside, and smooth and luscious on the inside. They can be filled with just about anything savory and delicious. Here is…

Vegetarian Posole

I can remember my parents making posole for us in Texas when I was in high school. I conducted a very scientifically sound study which revealed that very few people in Colorado (or Boulder, at least) know what hominy and/or posole is. This was rather surprising, considering that Colorado is part of the Southwest, or…

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…

Barbecued tofu

‘Barbecue’ and ‘tofu’ might not traditionally go together, but new traditions don’t scare me. And this is certainly a good one. This is a companion piece to the previous garlic mashed potatoes, as they are best served side by side. I’d also recommend throwing in a vegetal side dish, although I know veg-hating vegetarians like…

Pasta Puttanesca

This is one of my go-to pasta sauce recipes whenever I want something quick, delicious and satisfying. And again, surprisingly healthy? I guess that’s just an inevitable side-effect of being vegetarian. This recipe also showcases some of my favorite ingredients: eggplant, the king of vegetables (in royal purple, of course), and the salty, vinegary flavors…

Chiles rellenos

My sister Shannon, who is a relatively recent recruit to the club of vegetarianism, and I have started our own ‘Christmas feast’ tradition. Our family’s feast usually consists of turkey and/or ham, neither of which fit very well into our current culinary repertoire. We’re both fans of international foods, so last year we made an…

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…