Meatless Monday

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I have a Goose Lamp.

Two of them, actually. One is named Mayonnaise.

My friend Michelle named Mayonnaise years ago. An ironic name, as back then I really did not care for mayo in any form. Since going vegan, mayonnaise does not wig me out as it used to. It’s simply an oil-based condiment now – rather than something made with eggs – another thing I didn’t care to eat.

Mayonnaise. Even though the only kind of mayo I use is plant based, I still sometimes have that same feeling about it, that it’s a no-no for picnic in the sunshine foods. So in [click to continue…]


Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon Mint Dressing

Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]


Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

If someone had told Little Kid Kristina that one day, she would be excited about an invite to a grocery store media event? Little Kid Kristina might have eye rolled and side eyed and laughed… in confusion.

As it is, I am (very likely overly) excited that I now have a Whole Foods Market within one mile of my neighborhood, rather than 8 or 11, the distance of the Whole Foods stores I currently frequent. Whole Foods Greenway is opening this Wednesday May 21, and I was invited to a pre-opening sneak peek.


Why do I like Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways: [click to continue…]


Perfect Vegan Waffles

I had an impromptu Virtual Breakfast on Saturday morning. Friday night, I stayed in to relax with the dogs and watch back to back episodes of Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live.

Jason was out playing music, leaving me to JT, browsing the internet – Pinterest for wedding ideas and Instagram to see what everyone was up to. I got in a conversation on Instagram with Somer and Sarah about [click to continue…]


Taco Stuffed Baked Potato

Golf, skee ball and shuffleboard, oh my!

Jason and I were both in need of a relaxing, let’s go play kind of weekend. It began Thursday afternoon, and a nice long weekend was enjoyed.

I spent Friday morning with two girlfriends and one of their new babies – oh. so. cute. Sweet and mellow and did I say sweet? Left the girls at lunchtime, swung by the house and picked up Jason for vegan burgers at one of our regular favorites.

The weekend also included a couple movies, outside time with the dogs, veggie sushi, and shuffleboard. We played two games, I won two games.

Nacho Stuffed Baked Potato

One of my [click to continue…]


kabocha home fries

Last week was catch up time for me – I just returned from L.A. where I not only spent four days at Expo West – the Natural Food Products show, but I also took another week for vacation, just by myself. Expo West was amazing and overwhelming and so much dang fun, I cannot wait to go back next year!

…and vacation time was so nice. I went to the beach, I walked all over everywhere, I relaxed and I ate some fantastic food. I have at least a couple of posts to recap, coming soon.

So, all of that means I have not been around for Meatless Mondays. This week the ingredient is squash, which I love in so many ways. In lieu of a new recipe, I am sharing some of my favorites with you.

Anyone want to take a half a guess at what my favorite squash is? It may not be apparent here. But it might. Do you have a favorite?

roasted butternut lasagna with crispy sage


goat cheese squash blossoms

Dijon-apricot goat cheese squash blossoms 


kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch dressing

kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch


pumpkin caramel recipe

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce


spicy chipotle butternut soup


caramelized onion kabocha sandwich

caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado


pumpkin cheesecake spread

pumpkin cheesecake spread


spiced maple kabocha smoothie

spiced maple kabocha smoothie


sage butternut hand pies


pumpkin whoopie pies


maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust


Happy [Meatless] Monday! 



caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado

My love of kabocha continues. and I keep finding new things to do with it. I think I ate this sandwich every day for a week. Yep, probably went through … six kabocha in five days?

Last night I was out of sandwich rolls so I made a kabocha rice bowl with all of these ingredients.

After several weeks of bummer avocados, [click to continue…]


roasted garlic chickpea salad sandwich

Yaaay for an extended weekend, yaaay!

Jason was out of town all week last week, flying back home late Thursday night. He took Friday off and we spent the day together, then hosted a small Valentines Day party with 12 of our favorite people at a private karaoke room place. SO fun.

My brother and I capped off the evening by singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Glorious.

Jason is [click to continue…]