Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Dressing – skillet charred onions and chickpeas take a tumble into a bright dressing in this perfectly simple salad.


Portland has been riding a weather roller coaster for a few weeks – several sunny days up in the warm 80 degrees temps, then some rainy cool days, then back up to 80s.

Today we are predicted to see 82°F.


Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad with Tangy Lemon Cream Dressing @Cooking_Light


Spring is definitely my favorite time of year, I am loving the longer days where we have daylight until nearly 9pm. The recent warm temperatures have me craving lighter foods already – salads as meals, salads with breakfast, salads all the time.

This is one of those unique salads without greens salads, and it is so very good. I have already made this twice, adding quinoa the second time. I may even add those salad greens next time.

Even with no greens – aside from the fresh oregano, which is lovely – this simple salad is [click to continue…]

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Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal – fresh tart apples and sweet caramel sauce top this rich cashew oatmeal, for a hearty breakfast you will want every weekend!


Second only to small plates and eating a dinner made up entirely of appetizers, my favorite is breakfast. Even on the weekdays when I have more of a schedule, I enjoy breakfast, but weekends is where my breakfast game is strong.

How many times can I use the word breakfast?

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Weekends are for brunch. I wish I could brunch every weekend.

Complete with mimosa, right?

We have enjoyed some epic all morning brunch with friends. As much as I love to meet friends out at our favorite restaurants – and Portland has many – having breakfast brunch at home is something I equally look forward to. As you know I [click to continue…]


Double Cream Chive Mushroom Pie

Double Cream Garlic Herb Mushroom Pie satisfies your hearty, cheesy vegan comfort food cravings, perfect for Pi Day or a Friday!

Double Cream Mushroom Pie

Longtime readers of spabettie know I love my pie. I also love Pi.

I make a Pi tribute pie every year, and those years I have had a blog, I have shared them with you.

This year, Pi Day is extra nerdy special – not only it is the year ’15, this year we can also take Pi out a few more decimals at 9:26 am, and 53 seconds.

I made a savory pie [click to continue…]


Tangy Cheese Sauce on a Beastly Pretzel Slider

I have been sitting on this cheese sauce recipe for a while.

I first made it last summer, then got a bit distracted from any kind of cooking. I did think about making some while the Hawaii Honeymoon Hurricane Hit the Horizon. We grocery shopped for all the essentials before that one day storm.

I am realizing I still need to share wedding details with you. We had some tasty vegan food, and the groom’s cake was fun.

I started making this recipe again around the holidays – I am generally the maker of the appetizers and snacks for the holiday day – everyone loved it.

Tangy Cheese Sauce Recipe

I recently got my hands on the Beyond Meat Beast Burger, in slider form. They were sold out of the burger size, I am still wondering if they are the same. I have heard mixed reviews, but Jason and I both liked the flavor. You know how you [click to continue…]


Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise – this is perfect for a weekend brunch at home – fresh avocado, greens, and a smoky hollandaise – delicious!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!Brunch is my favorite thing.

When asked to review Kristy Turner’s gorgeous new book, But I Could Never Go Vegan!, I knew immediately this florentine would be the recipe I made first.

This recipe is made with all of my favorite things – crispy crunchy creamy avocado, garlicky sautéed kale, gloriously rich hollandaise. Brunch perfection, for a lazy weekend morning at home.

I have made this recipe three times since receiving this book, and the second and third times? I doubled the hollandaise portion so I could have leftovers.

That saucy goodness is tasty over many things.

Avocado Kale Florentine with Smoked Hollandaise

This florentine is just one of many brilliantly creative and flavorful recipes to [click to continue…]


Mom's Red Chicken

Total nostalgia for me, this dish. As soon as I pour the vermouth in the skillet and the sauce comes together, I am transported back to childhood. My kitchen smells so good, and I can envision Little Kristina making a big plate of buttered rice, and pouring a big ladle of this red sauce over the top.

Sometimes I ate a small amount of chicken, but even back then as you know, I was not all that fond of the meats.

It was what my mom did with chicken that I loved. The flavors in this dish – tangy smoky sweet – instantly remind me of mom’s cooking.

Classic Red Chicken Recipe

Now that there are decent plant based versions of chicken, I am reworking some of mom’s recipes. This was the first dish I wanted to make – I have cravings for this one often. Aside from the chicken, the only other ingredient that is not naturally vegan is Worcestershire.

But I found this sorcery, and all was right in the world again.

This [click to continue…]


Pink Thumbprint Cookies with Whiskey Ganache

Pink Thumbprint Cookies with Whiskey Ganache


Valentines Day has always been a favorite holiday for me. Even when I was single, I’d grab another unattached friend or two and have a friend date. One year, I was the third wheel to my close friends night out – we had a great time!

Valentines means even more now. As most of you know, Jason and I got married last September, in what is one of the most fun weekends I have ever had. We have a bit of a secret, though – only our very close friends and family knew that last year on Valentines Day? We got married.


It was a [click to continue…]


Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

My friend Ricki has another book releasing in a few days, a book that is important and life changing! Living Candida Free has 100 recipes, but it is so much more than a cookbook. Ricki shares her vast knowledge of the anti-candida diet, including sample menus, detailed information and a plan about acceptable foods and foods to avoid, detoxification and restoring digestion, stages to reintroduce foods, pantry lists and so much more.

Then come the recipes. Ricki’s flavor packed techniques are also good for those wanting to reduce sugars in their diet, and is the first all vegan anti candida guide. Vegan, sugar free, gluten free – there are recipes for everyone!

Living Candida Free

From a Classic Green Smoothie and Whole Grain Waffles in the morning, to a Creamy Broccoli Soup or Tangy Cashew Cheese, the recipes are varied and satisfying. I have made the Whole Grain Waffles twice, and the Fennel, Brussels Sprout and Edamame Salad was part of my lunch this week!

Some of my other favorites from this book are the Garlicy Avocado Sauce and the Emergency Fudge. Because yeah, we all know about those chocolate emergencies.

Ricki’s Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles – another recipe I have already made twice – everyone I have shared them with loves them!

and today I am sharing them with you!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

If you like raw cookie dough, you’ll love these truffles. The texture and flavor of cookie dough, combined with a high-protein “secret ingredient,” means this sweet snack provides a hefty nutritional punch, too! The recipe offers two variations: plain cookie dough balls or, for a richer treat, truffles dipped in chocolate. Either way, you will love them! [click to continue…]