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.
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…]
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?
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 Garlic Herb Mushroom Pie satisfies your hearty, cheesy vegan comfort food cravings, perfect for Pi Day or a Friday!
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…]
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.
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 – this is perfect for a weekend brunch at home – fresh avocado, greens, and a smoky hollandaise – delicious!
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.
This florentine is just one of many brilliantly creative and flavorful recipes to [click to continue…]
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.
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
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…]