Fridays in Lent: Meatless One-Pot Meals

Growing up in a big Catholic Italian family, makes the season of Lent as much cultural as it is religious.  Even though I no longer practice faith from the Catholic tradition, lent and the practices around it remain.  This 40 day period begins on Ash Wednesday (which was Wednesday, February 14th this year… Hello, Valentine’s Day!) and continues until Easter.  It commemorates 40 days of prayer and fasting Jesus spent in the dessert. Most of my family members gives up something (usually chocolate, coffee, sweets, or alcohol) individually for the duration of lent.  Outside of a food-motivated Italian family, I know people who have given up gossip, social media, or…

8 One-Pot Winter Soups, Chilis, and Curries

Until our recent move, our house was fairly small.  Big kitchen, but small otherwise.  We had a massive back deck and patio perfect for the summer months, but since this is Seattle, we have essentially 3 seasons: rainy, rainy and cold, and summer! But, since we aren’t big on limiting the our number “Come on over!” invitations.  Not to mention the sheer size of my Italian family.  Our little bungalow wasn’t exactly built for massive numbers.  Forget about obvious dilemmas like seating; we are talking sheer spacial scarcity.  Woah, that sounded overly scientific, but you get the picture.  Lots of people crammed into a small space can be um….(What’s a…

One Bowl Wonders: Thai Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! The leaves are starting to turn, the temperatures are dipping into the 40s each morning and all I want to eat are big warm pots of saucy goodness, soups, and curries.  I’m giving my soup-pots a work-out and fogging up my kitchen windows with all the simmering concoctions we have been slurping… Like this pumpkin curry! I love-love-love coconut milk broths infused with ginger,…

What to Make – 4th of July Edition: Grilled Curry Coconut Milk Pork Skewers

Burgers and dogs get all the 4th of July hype.  Why is that?  The last time I had a memorable one of either item was…… *Cue crickets chirping*  Or for those of you paying attention to American politics, to quote Jeff Sessions: “I don’t remember.” There are a few reasons to make hot dogs and/or burgers.  Beginning with: They are cheap. And ending with: They are easy.  But since shaking things up seems to the the theme of 2017 in the US, I am going to shake things up too… With these pork skewers!  They are marinated in a savory coconut milk and curry spiced mixture that is sweetened a bit with…

One Bowl Wonder: Vegan Coconut Veggie Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! Maybe the name of the series name should be changed to “one pot wonder” in this case, since everything is technically thrown into a pot – rather than a bowl – to simmer away.  Either way, this is a simple, healthy, easy to make dinner that can easily be improvised based on what veggies you have on hand. I know its not a secret,…
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