August 26, 2015

Roasted Tomato and Beet Bisque

I ended up with a gigantic bushel of fresh canning tomatoes from Delaware this weekend. Many were fine to eat and we did; I also blanched and diced about 20 cups worth to make frozen individual portions of diced tomatoes.

The last few were sitting on my counter top today and I decided to make a soup. But not just a regular tomato soup--a roasted tomato (and beets) soup! This is a very easy thing to make when you have a bunch of tomatoes sitting around.

July 6, 2015

Alison's Banana Cake

My mom makes the best banana cake. A few years ago she sent me the recipe and I have adapted it to be vegan and now gluten free. Its delicious right out of the oven. She sometimes ices it with chocolate but its not necessary (unless you love chocolate and can't live without it.)

This is a great way to use up your over ripe bananas. Just throw them in the freezer when they start to get to ripe and then thaw them when you want to make the cake!

June 10, 2015

Summer Salad

The beginnings of my container vegetable garden for 2015.
There is nothing that says summer more than fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil. This easy and quick summer salad is derived from our local farm stand + our basil plant in the back! 

March 18, 2015

Easy Crispy Fried Tofu

I have been cooking with tofu for a long time now. Whether is baking, stir frying, broiling, or straight frying, each technique has its advantages. While I don't like to fry too often, sometimes you just want something fried and therefore, really tasty. 

This recipe is flexible--you can add different seasonings to the batter to enhance the flavor. One key thing to remember here is to dry the tofu out as much as possible before dipping in the batter and frying.

January 15, 2015

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pasta


Last night I remembered I had about 2 servings of brussel sprouts in the fridge that needed to be eaten pronto. I decided to roast them (really the best application).

I wasn't content to just eat that for dinner, so I decided to add them into some pasta.

November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite, if not my very favorite holiday. ​ Thanksgiving 2014 will be the third Thanksgiving cataloged on VegInDC. As I said last year, I think people who cook love this holiday because it allows you to meld tradition alongside adaptation. For me, that adaptation means turning a meal that is linked with turkey into a compassionate (and mostly gluten free) gathering. 

November 14, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup

I helped my mother at her synagogue's annual craft fair last year. We worked in Cafe Shalom feeding the hungry artists and patrons of the fair. In addition to the chili, sandwiches, and salads we had a delicious butternut squash soup. My mom sent me the recipe to tweak for Thanksgiving.