Category Archives: Recipes

Take 2: Cup of Noodles Revisited

Take 2: Cup of Noodles Revisited
After being unsatisfied with my last attempt at making my own version of "Cup of Noodles" from scratch, I went back to the drawing board.  My first version yielded gummy noodles and flavorless broth. This time, I took a suggestion from the plethora of Facebook comments I received, and tried organic vegetable Better than Bouillon.  I also used some organic Ramen noodles that I found at Cost Plus. I precooked the ramen noodles and stored them in the refrigerator briefly until cool.  I didn't...

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Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad

Bold Flavors – Asian Wild Rice Salad
I'll be the first to admit, that I tend to be cautious in the flavor department, especially in my own kitchen.  It doesn't help that there are two kids in the house who tend to have taste buds that are apparently in transition all the time.  But my Rouxbe plant-based cooking course is helping me to push my boundaries and I am really loving the result (even if my kids aren't fully on board.) For the past several days, I have been learning about grains and how to use them in a variety of ways....

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Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}

Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}
I am a softie. A rescuer.  Maybe that's why students used to ask if they could eat lunch in my classroom.  It's certainly why I brought home Hamlet, a rescue dog, just two months before our adopted son came home from Guatemala.  I was yearning to nurture - and there was a delay in our adoption paperwork.  And so, just like that, Hamlet helped to fill the void. Suddenly, three nights ago, Hamlet collapsed and I rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.  I'll spare you the unpleasant...

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Bird Seed for Breakfast

Bird Seed for Breakfast
When my daughter came into the kitchen this morning, she started to giggle.  And then she asked me why I had bird seed on the counter.  "Isn't that what we used to feed the parakeets?" she asked.  Yep - I suppose millet IS a main ingredient in bird seed, but I tried to convince her that this was slightly different, since it was intended for people instead of our former avian friends. Coconut Millet, photo from Rouxbe.com One of my goals in taking the Rouxbe online plant-based cooking certification...

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Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles

Make Your Own: Cup of Noodles
When I saw this version of homemade cup of noodles, I knew that I was going to have to give it a try.  I have become obsessed with using glass jars in the house - to store, to freeze, and to reuse all over again.  And the jars for this recipe were too cute to pass up.  Plus, I love how they look when they are packed and ready to grab from the refrigerator. I am trying to use as few unprocessed ingredients as possible, and am not thrilled with these little packages of concentrated vegetable...

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Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more "emotionally available" to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves into ribbons, halved...

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Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish

Summer Quinoa Salad – a Simple “Go-To” Dish
My first Rouxbe assignment was to make my "go-to" plant-based dish.  I know it sounds odd, but I don't really have a specialty.  I usually do a little-of-this and a little-of-that (although I do make a mean coconut macaroon...)  So, I decided to keep it simple and make a summer quinoa salad.  This dish represents how I like to cook - with fresh ingredients that I already have on hand.  Quinoa, filled with protein, serves as an ideal canvas to combine with cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives,...

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Challah, Our New Family Tradition

Challah, Our New Family Tradition
It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn't be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family...

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Backyard Bounty: Apricots

Backyard Bounty: Apricots
Every summer, our vacation plans seem to overlap with the ripening of fruit on our apricot tree.  But it looks like we will get lucky this year - and there are several recipes that we would like to try. Our backyard is bursting with crows and squirrels this time of the year - so we have our competition cut out for us.  My daughter is part monkey, and can climb trees like a champ - so she reached what she could from inside the tree, and then used a ladder to grab fruit on the thinner and...

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Love in the Kitchen – For the Horses

Love in the Kitchen – For the Horses
After years of struggling with our daughter's picky eating habits, we seem to have turned a corner.  Not only is she making a concerted effort to enjoy new foods, but she is also asking to cook.  She has been on a roll lately - making Norwegian waffles, pound cake, meringues for Passover, and several varieties of horse treats. Nope, you didn't read that wrong.  She is baking for her beloved - a pony named Chico.  He isn't the only one who loves the treats.  All of the equines in the barn...

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