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…

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’…

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…

Garlic mashed potatoes

I have to thank my dearest best friend Caitlin for the inspiration for this dish, and also Alton Brown for teaching me the wonders of garlic-infused cream. Caitlin, as a vegetable-hating vegetarian you puzzle me, but this recipe is a tribute to your love for everything full of carbs, cream, and cheese. It can also…

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…

Indian Summer Stew

I haven’t disappeared, I swear! I’m always full of excuses, from “the internet hates me” to “being a grad student is glorified slavery”, blah blah blah, so I suppose I’ll spare you, for the most part. Let me just tell you that while I’ve been away, I’ve been working on a lot of recipes, and…

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…

Red enchilada sauce

Aaron and I are big sauce aficionados, and we’ve been working in secret (ok, that may be an exaggeration) for several months to perfect our version of a simple yet delicious red enchilada sauce. And do not fear, sauce-lovers: a green enchilada sauce is also in the works. After buying watery canned enchilada sauce from…

Culinary adventures in Austin, TX

Oh, Austin. I used to not be very fond of you, back when I was trapped nearby in my personal hell called ‘Dripping Springs High School.’ However, in my old age I’ve learned to appreciate the place for its unique culture, replete with its colorful hipsters and hippies alike. One of the greatest trends to…

Grandma’s blueberry-rhubarb pie

And now, for the grandest grand finale of any successful holiday meal! – In the Skaalure family, at least. This recipe is apparently an oddball in the pie world, but I’m convinced that this pie-anomaly is as good as it gets. I know that strawberry-rhubarb is the classic combination, and if you feel like it,…