I used to live in Hawaii. My husband was stationed there in the military, and that’s where I moved to after we got married. Yeah, I wasn’t complaining about that! It was a wonderful two years. I learned how to surf and got a pink surfboard (let’s not get ahead of ourselves – I wasn’t that good and just liked the rolling baby waves), went foraging for banana lilikoi and strawberry guava fruits on our hikes, and hubby and I… Read more »

When I first ventured into eating more plant-based, I thought I would have to just say goodbye to flavors such as bacon for good. But the more I cook vegan food, the more in awe I am of how flexible this way of cooking can be (as long as I eat in; when we eat out in Annapolis, it’s hard). Some things I’ve learned to cook with: I’ve discovered that there’s such a thing as liquid smoke seasoning, to impart… Read more »

I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile – now that spring is here, it finally feels appropriate to make fresh tomato and basil salads! We spent a month in Florence, Italy, a couple of years ago, and had a mini kitchen in the place where we stayed. I would go to the Mercato Centrale every week (eh, sometimes three times a week, but who’s counting?) to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. I bought a tiny bottle… Read more »

You know, I really love Thai green papaya salad, but every time we order it at a restaurant, my hubs chooses to make it off-the-charts, Thai-spicy hot. I like to think of myself as a person that can handle the heat, but the guy bites off Thai bird chilis like they’re apples. Come on!! Every few months, we take a trip out to an Asian market (they’re at least 45 minutes away from us in Maryland) to stock up on… Read more »

A while back, I made some really decadent sweet potato biscuits, spread with a maple butter I whipped together. They were seriously the hit of the party, and soon I had requests to make it at other functions. Well, too bad those were full of saturated fat from cow’s milk and butter, and I don’t bake like that anymore! But I’ve discovered my secret weapon when it comes to reproducing a flaky, tender crumb – I use Earth Balance vegan… Read more »