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Persian Saffron Fava Bean Rice

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan, Vegetarian

The cultivation and consumption of basmati rice dates back thousands of years in India and South Asia. It has a rich history as a staple of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and has a nutty, butter-like flavor. Unlike brown rice, basmati has been stripped of it’s bran layer, thus making it very easy to digest. This stripping does remove some of the rice’s fiber and inherent nutritional properties however. Because it contains less starch than other white rices, it will not significantly spike your blood sugar and is ideal for…read more

Olive’s Scones

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan, Vegetarian

    My puppy knows when I’m about to make these scones. During the summer after college when I moved back home, Monkey and I spent every crisp San Francisco morning together in my parent’s kitchen. I had a long list of dog-eared (pun) recipes to try after 4 years of campus life. Despite the length of this list, or booklet, as it is more aptly described, this recipe was a weekly staple. On these mornings, Monkey would split his time between lapping up whatever I had whisked onto the…read more

Sweet Potato Swiss Chard Tortilla

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If you’re like my sister and I, which I hope a few of you out there are, questions such as, “what happens if I accidentally eat that bay leaf?” and “what is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?” keep you wide awake at night. The latter of the two has been at the forefront of my list of food-related inquiries as of late. On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, aka Mecca, we were in search of a certain tubular vegetable. Yams were everywhere in sight, but…read more

Preventative Bircher Oatmeal

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Bircher Oatmeal, or as the Pinterest community has dubbed it, Overnight Oats, is one of the best things you can feed your bod at the start of a busy day. Prepared the night before, it combines the satiating ingredients of fibrous oats,  chia seeds, milk, and whatever else you wish to add. This recipe is impossible to get bored of (click that link above and pour through the hundreds of shared photos). This is preventative medicine on a few levels – healthy, but preventative in the sense that two minutes…read more

Tamarind Chickpea and Greens Curry

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

  The oldest “fun fact” there is, but nevertheless true, it is amazing how closely tied our sense of smell is to our memories. Vindaloo and masala were all my family and I ate during a week-long trip to London a few years back. It was the first time that I had been introduced to Indian Cuisine, and I badly needed to make up for lost time. Pearlie, the padres and I sat in the same booth of a basement restaurant night after night on that trip. It was our…read more

Pretty Incredible Baked Beans

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

I have never had baked beans from a can. Recently a baked beans discussion was had, the collective opinion of which was that you either loved them, in all of their processed and canned glory, or that they belonged right where they came from: packaged and sealed in a dust-collecting shelf of a convenience store. My opinion hardly mattering due to the non-existent relationship that said beans and I share, I decided to do a little baked bean pondering. The beans themselves are not the offensive variable for which the…read more

Poppy and Sesame Seed Flourless Cake

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers

So much of what my sister and I love about baking is it’s requirement of attention. The scanning of an ingredient list, the leveling of a tablespoon, the slow folding of egg whites and almond flour; each ritualistic step has it’s own moment and significance. It is a type of meditation that yields so much more than the meal itself. Time spent following a recipe is one of the rare times in your day when step-by-step instructions are provided for you. If implemented with the deserved amount of consideration, your…read more

Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce (with Eggplant) – 2 Ways, Part 2

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

  So here we are, a day or two after the creation, consumption, and storage of leftovers of a batch of Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce – 2 Ways, Part 1. In the general quest to save time and money, these two recipes combinations are splendid. And while I personally love leftovers, these two posts are different enough that they more resemble fraternal twins than outfit-matching, name-rhyming identical twin siblings. We’re a little old for that. With the extra polenta and tomato sauce, and a small amount of prep, we have…read more

Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce – 2 Ways, Part 1

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One of the many goals that my sister and I have in cooking, baking, and creating recipes is to find ways to make these culinary endeavors as simple and accessible as possible. While we do love our interesting, oft-not-heard-of ingredients and contemporary preparation methods, there is only so much time in the week. We love ingredients that are multitaskers; whole foods that are transformative and can be used creatively throughout the week. While food preparation and experimentation may be our greatest hobby, it doesn’t quite pay the bills just yet!…read more

Beluga Lentil, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

When I was a wee lad, (girls are lads too, right?) I loved brussel sprouts. I saw nothing wrong with their miniature, cabbage-like way. Then on one fateful day my older sister announced her great and profound dislike of this cruciferous veggie. Right then and there it was over between us. The trash compactor screeched open in victory as my brussels careened and bobbed off of my plate. Luckily for me, my sister, and the sprouts, I grew a mind of my own and she changed hers. Since then brussel…read more