Dec 282014
Red Lentil & Veggie Chorizo Chili + American Pale Wheat Ale

So, this started out in my imagination and on my shopping list as a New Orleans-style red bean soup. But on that particular day at my local Whole Foods, there was not a single dried red bean to be found. Not one. After getting the signature Whole Foods inexplicable inventory quirk shrug from a couple of employees, I grabbed a bag of red lentils. Clearly my exasperation at said Whole […]

Dec 222014
Quinoa Flake Granola + (Not just any) Almond Milk

So, who else is totally new to the existence of quinoa flakes? Until recently, I had no idea! But there, in the oatmeal aisle of my local Whole Foods, was this solitary aqua blue box of these things. Turns out, quinoa flakes are much like other hot cereals and remind me of a sort of grassier-tasting cream of wheat. (They taste better than that sounds…) They also work nicely as […]

Oct 312014
Nutty Coconut & Cacao Bars + Fresh Apple Juice

So, this pairing includes a bunch of firsts for me: Cracked a coconut (it wasn’t pretty) Intentionally made a raw food dessert Made homemade apple juice Let’s start with the coconut. I’m sure if I did this often enough, I would get better at it. Honestly, I couldn’t get much worse… Let’s just say that the YouTube video directions I tried to follow didn’t seem to work for me. (And […]

Oct 042014
Cumin-spiced Cabbage + Dolcetto

Here’s a rustic, hearty, fall/winter supper that also happens to be vegan, if you use tempeh bacon like I did. (Of course, you could use the pork product of your choosing — bacon, pancetta, speck, etc.) I like this as a quick meal by itself, but on those occasions when I have more time to spend in the kitchen, it also makes a fantastic accompaniment to roasted duck. The cabbage […]

Aug 262014
Tanqueray 10 Julep + Spiced Candied Walnuts

It is truly the dog days of summer around here, with upper-90s temperatures and tropical humidity competing for what’s left of my sanity. This Tanqueray 10 Julep has been on heavy rotation at my house, and I suspect it will stay there for at least another few weeks — or at least until we get some break in the weather. Even a whiff of fall would help! Tanqueray 10, to […]

Jun 012014
Local Foods Vegan Chili + Shiraz

My first visit to the new location of Houston’s Local Foods (conveniently located mere blocks from me, much appreciated) was a bit of a menu-browse that included the truffled egg salad sandwich (rich but tasty — it and its pretzel bun grew on me), the Spring Harvest salad (a big jumble of healthy raw veg with just a bit of goat cheese and a grapefruit vinaigrette that I didn’t quite […]

May 042014
Quinoa with Chickpeas & Cashews + Pinot Gris

The ideal version of my world would involve morning trips to outdoors markets (Rome’s Campo dei Fiori would do just fine, thanks) where I would chat with the vendors that I see every morning while choosing fresh, local ingredients for the day’s lineup of simply-prepared dishes which I would prepare in my much-larger kitchen of my dreams. And although I do occasionally manage a morning run to a local farmer’s […]