Monthly Archives: March 2010

Creamy Edamame Dip

I had intended to make a cilantro chumus for my St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party, but a quick look in my pantry revealed I was out of chickpeas! Plan B: I had a bag of shelled edamame from Trader Joe’s in my freezer, and although I had never tried it before, I figured, how bad…

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes (Vegan)

When I went dairy free, I really missed scalloped potatoes. The kind where you make a thick, cheesy sauce, pour it over thinly sliced potatoes, and then bake it in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and the potatoes are crispy-edged. Mmmmm. Instead of trying to create something very cheese-like to replace this dish…

Unstuffed Cabbage

My mom and I love stuffed cabbage, but it can be pretty time consuming, so she started making unstuffed cabbage, where she layered cabbage leaves and the ground meat filling, then baked it in the oven. My version of unstuffed cabbage is even easier–the same principle flavors, you just add chopped cabbage to the filling…

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party: Guinness Braised London Broil

All I can say is, yum. Beer + red meat is an unbelievably delicious combination. I let the meat soak up my sweet & spicy Guinness marinade for a full 24 hours, and wow. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! Note: You can easily make this gluten free by substituting a…

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party: Traditional Irish Soda Bread (Vegan)

This traditional Irish soda bread was so unbelievably easy to make. Between this and my beer bread, I don’t think I will ever again make regular bread that requires kneading, resting and all that. I did a lot of internet searching for a recipe for traditional Irish soda bread–I found a lot of variations, and…

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party: Beer Bread

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided I wanted to make a beer bread. Having never made it before and finding a myriad of recipes online, I decided to put the question out into the Twitterdom. One of my Twitter buds, the Novice Chef, happily sent me her recipe. I made a couple of…

Dinner Partying for Penny Pinchers: St. Patrick’s Day!

I love throwing dinner parties, and themed dinner parties are even better! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided the throw a party where all of the food was either Irish-inspired or green. It wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be (imagine having to do a blue party…), and it was really…

Check Out My New Guest Blogger Gig!

Dear Lovely Readers, In case you couldn’t get enough of my over here, you can now also read my random musings about food, being Jewish and other contemporary issues at The Jew & the Carrot! I’ll be blogging there a few times a month, but in case you don’t want to be checking back there…

Daring Cooks Challenge: Risotto (w/ Homemade Vegetable Stock)

I may just have a new favorite comfort food. It used to be baked macaroni & cheese before I had to become gluten & dairy free. I hadn’t been able to find something to replace it…until now! The host of this month’s Daring Cooks Challenge called it a comfort food but I was skeptical. I…

Smoky Maple & Brown Sugar Candied Pecans (Vegan)

My sweet & smoky almonds were a huge hit last week, so I decided to experiment with a little more smokiness. I’ve also had a bottle of good quality maple syrup sitting on my counter (thanks for the gift AD!), so I used the syrup to help the sugar-spice mixture stick to the nuts. I was…