Greek dolmas

Fresh Dolmas

Every year, our couple grape plants get longer and longer vines covered with beautiful leaves that we end up pruning down after the season is over. So we started to collect young leaves to make dolmas. You have to steam them but it is worth the time and effort because you can make all sorts […]

Baked Mung dal fritters

Baked Mung Dal Fritters

These little crispy fritters are always a hit at parties. They pack spices, protein, and a little heat. In restaurants, they are always deep-fried (think pakora!) but you can also bake them and still get a crisp bite! You can make them ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven until you are […]

Hazelnut spread with nuts pieces

Easy Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Growing up in France, I had my fair share of Nutella! This smooth, rich, sweet hazelnut chocolate spread goes on crepes, bread, “biscotte” a type of brittle bread that crunches in your mouth, on apple slices, and of course, by dipping your finger straight into the jar for instant gratification! Ok, so it was not […]

Quinoa tabouli

Best Quinoa Tabouli

Tabouleh (or tabouli) is a popular salad from Lebanon! It is usually made with bulgur (a cereal grain from cracked wheat groats), tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and is served with pita bread and hummus. It can also be scooped into lettuce leaves. What makes it so refreshing is the amount of parsley that is used combined […]

Cold gazpacho soup

Easy Summer Gazpacho

One of the great things about growing your own fruit and vegetables is that you get to shop in your garden every day.  This time of year we have different kinds of tomatoes and cucumbers ripening at the same time. So what can you do when you have lots of tomatoes in your garden? What […]

Butternut Squash skillet Pizza

Butternut Squash Skillet Pizza

We used to have a pizza stone that cooked pizzas evenly and more quickly but one day it cracked. We are still not sure how it happened. Maybe something sharp dropped on it or maybe it had a defect. So sadly we had to get rid of it and homemade pizzas were never quite the […]

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Pasta with roasted beet puree and asparagus

Ask anyone in our house and you will find out that beets are quite popular. We love to juice them, eat them raw shredded in salads, lightly pickled, steamed, and one of our favorite way to prepare them is to simply roast them.  We love to grow them especially the multi-colored ones. One way we […]

Homemade vegan bacon

In search of the perfect vegan bacon…

Growing up in the South of France, I don’t remember ever eating bacon.  There were maybe small pieces in salads but that was it. I do however remember eating prosciutto wrapped around a slice of melon as an appetizer! It just wasn’t something we consummed at home or even in restaurants. I would later on […]

Green chilaquiles with vegan cotija cheese

Green Chilaquiles with Vegan Cotija Cheese

The first time, I had chilaquiles was at a lunch buffet in Cancun back in the early nineties! We were vegetarian at the time so we could eat cheese!  Now we make it whenever we feel like having something warm, crunchy, and fun! It makes the best brunch! Serve with a side of baked or […]

Easy eggplant stacks

Easy Baked Eggplant Stacks

It is this time of the year when some of our smaller eggplants are almost ready to harvest.  We didn’t want to use them to make baba ganoush (one of our all-year-round favorite dips). We didn’t have quite enough to make a whole eggplant ‘parmesan dish… what to do? What if we made free-standing stacks? […]

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