Vegan Chili con Kinda Carne

I woke up this morning and it was snowing unexpectedly, and I immediately thought, I should make chili today. Something about chili makes you feel warm and cozy inside. This recipe packs a lot of heat and smokiness that is sure to do just that thanks to the mixture of herbs and spices. Spices affect your palate and senses differently, that’s why I like to … Continue reading Vegan Chili con Kinda Carne

Vegan Cornbread Muffins

I love cornbread with holiday meals, and I especially love them with chili. This is a very standard recipe that I got from an old Good Housekeeping cookbook and experimented with egg and dairy alternatives until I felt like I got it just right. The reason I chose light tasting olive oil for this recipe is because it helps the edges crisp so that the … Continue reading Vegan Cornbread Muffins

Arroz con Fauxllo (Vegan chicken and yellow rice)

Now that I’ve shown you how to master vegetarian paella, I believe it’s time to introduce you to it’s second cousin, arroz con pollo, or in this case arroz con fauxllo, since I’m going to use a chicken substitute. Whereas paella was usually saved for special occasions, arroz con pollo was a regular staple in my grandparent’s culinary arsenal. They were masters at preparing this … Continue reading Arroz con Fauxllo (Vegan chicken and yellow rice)

Better than Box Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Original Recipe Stove Top Mac N Cheese by Alton Brown This recipe beats the pants off of any box type macaroni and cheese out there. You know the stuff that uses powdered cheese and looks like an unnatural orange goo when it’s cooked?  Yes, that stuff; that if you’re like me you ate a lot of when you were a kid. In fact, we ate … Continue reading Better than Box Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My SO said to warn you that this recipe should never be served for a first date. Also, these mashed potatoes will ward off any local vampires. The garlic flavor is strong with this one. And that’s just how I like it. Consider yourself warned. I almost always make this for Thanksgiving as it pairs deliciously with my Tofurky. But don’t feel like you only … Continue reading Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Pot Roast (Kinda Carne con Papa)

Before I became vegetarian, I remember saying I could never be a vegetarian because I couldn’t imagine giving up Carne Con Papa. So deep was my love of this classic Cuban comfort food. Carne Con Papa is akin to American Pot Roast with a few key differences: white wine vs. red, and cumin and oregano vs. rosemary and thyme . Cubans like Americans are very keen on … Continue reading Pot Roast (Kinda Carne con Papa)

Cuban Picadillo

My grandparents emigrated from Cuba in the fall of 1967 and settled in Queens, New York . In no time at all they became loyal fans of their new hometown’s baseball team. The only thing most Cubans love more than their family is baseball, and the only thing my grandparents loved more than that was having something to passionately argue about. It was no surprise to us kids that my … Continue reading Cuban Picadillo

Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

This is a very simple, easy recipe that looks great on the plate and smells absolutely delicious while it’s cooking. Who doesn’t love roasted potatoes? This dish pairs well with just about anything; I like to serve it with brown rice and red quinoa and a Quorn cranberry and goat cheese chik’n cutlet. It also works great for holiday meals since it is basically comfort food. … Continue reading Garlic Rosemary Potatoes