Havarti Party with the Black-Eyed Peas

No need to contemplate “Where is the love?” It’s right here in this soup! Yes, that was a Black Eyed Peas reference. And yes I had that specific line from that specific song playing on a loop in my head during the entire cooking process. Really any time I encounter black-eyed peas. These innocuous little…

Eggplant the Seeds of Change

When I use the eggplant emoji, I am 100% actually referring to eggplant. Eggplant fries? Yes. Baba Ganoush? Yes. Fried eggplant sandwich? Yes. When my Bearded husband grills steak, for me he grills eggplant. Eggplant is the star of this dish, but each component is something I can and will consume on its own. The…

Cold Salads Galore

One of many inside jokes the Bearded one and I share involves his distaste for “cold salad.” It’s origin came forth as depicted in the following exchange: “Try this Mediterranean quinoa salad I made.” The Bearded one tries a bite. I attempt to gauge his response, though the normally expressive and outspoken individual just chews…

Poppin’ My Collard

The South sustains the reputation for serving up rich vegetable dishes that masterfully avoid the label of vegetarian. Pork is usually the culprit. Whether it be a hambone in a pot of greens, bacon on top of a green bean casserole, or lard in a salad (I am sure it is a thing…) it is…

Stepped Up Stuffed Peppers

View cooking not as a task or chore. Instead shift the perspective to resemble the one we take when embarking on a road trip with stops along the way, some planned and some serendipitous. My Bearded Husband deserves the credit for this concept inspired by the presence of excess bell peppers in our fridge and…

Twice Merrily Baked Potatoes

“Po-Ta-Toes! Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew…” -Samwise Gamgee OR Bake them twice with a bunch of other scrumptious ingredients. Plus cheese! Treat this recipe as less of a list of rules and more as a set of guidelines. The vegetables, seasoning, and cheese used for the filling can all be substituted…

Quinizza aka Pizza-Flavored Quinoa

The embers of an intense passion gently glow deep within the confines of my soul. I willingly fuel this unquenchable craving on a daily basis, nourishing its presence and embracing its necessity. I speak, of course, of garlic. It will be a strange and unhappy day when something I cook does not contain an (abundant)…

A Toast to Roast…ing!

Roasting remains my go-to method of preparation for fresh vegetables in all their forms. Emerging from the oven highlighted with a golden bloom, vegetables – broccoli, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, the list goes on – remain healthy while adopting a previously elusive level of comfort and satisfaction. I find it difficult to resist the addition of…

Cinderella Sauce

Not everyone enjoys pumpkin flavored foods, and that is their complete and utter prerogative. For this reason. I must refer to this recipe not as pumpkin flavored, but instead, as pumpkin enhanced. Cinderella arrived at the ball in a carriage created from a pumpkin from the garden, and this element of the story worked to…

Merrily Taking It

Want to show you care? Flowers are good, but food is better. Make a ton of this fantastic stew filled with Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy some for yourself, and deliver the rest takeout style to a friend in need. This is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day, so leftovers are encouraged. Stomachs…