March 2011

Things are heating up – Smokin’ hot black-eyed peas and collards

March 28, 2011
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In New Orleans, spring is definitely here. Do trees shed when warmer weather arrives? My front yard has been blanketed nearly every morning lately as the huge oak tree that towers over the yard appears to be shedding its old dry leaves like mad, even more so than usual. You’d think it was fall, but [...]

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Kohlrabi shiitake tofu noodle bowl

March 21, 2011
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A few weeks ago at the farmer’s market I came across a vegetable I had never seen before. Intrigued, I knew I was going to purchase it before I could even ask the farmer what it was. It turned out to be kohlrabi. I had heard talk of kohlrabi on various food blogs and social [...]

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Greens and grocery stores

March 17, 2011
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day – a fitting day to talk about greens. In the photo above are some collards, one of my favorites. As you have probably guessed by now, I love greens of just about any type, and I’ll take any excuse I can get to extol their benefits. If someone asked me what [...]

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Chana masala

March 14, 2011
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I spent the weekend in Florida visiting a dear friend and her mother who is recovering from a serious health incident. Like the tragic events in Japan that have made our hearts so heavy, these incidents remind you that life can change in an instant and to appreciate every moment. Fortunately, she’s on the mend [...]

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Vegan andouille sausage

March 9, 2011
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I’m excited to share with you how I made the vegan andouille-style sausage that I included in the jambalaya I made earlier this week. Yes – homemade vegan sausage! The sausage is what made the jambalaya extra special, so it’s really worth making it for that. But you could use the sausage for anything you’d [...]

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March 7, 2011
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The Mardi Gras celebrations are in high gear and it’s as festive as it gets here in New Orleans. Before I moved here a year and a half ago, I was never particularly interested in this holiday, thinking that it was just about boozing and debauchery. That may be true for some, but mostly it’s [...]

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Mixing bowl polenta

March 4, 2011

Mardi Gras is in full swing around here and I’m still reeling from an amazing night of parades last night. In celebration of Mardi Gras, I’m going to make a plant-based version of a traditional New Orleans dish this weekend. Any guesses to what it will be? All will be revealed on Monday, with some [...]

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