Horseradish Mashed Potato Pie with Herbed Mushroom Gravy

Hearty dishes don’t always mean meat.  This vegetarian main course or side dish is Thanksgiving ready!  The saucy gravy base is packed with mushrooms, fresh herbs, veggies, bulgar, a generous glug or two of red wine, and a lil bit of butter!  With horseradish yukon gold mashed potatoes on top and a little…. okay, maybe a lot of butter. Vegetarians and non-veggie eaters went in for scoop after scoop of this goodness!  So good!  The flavors fit right in alongside or instead of turkey!  If you aren’t sure about mushrooms, trust me, you want their flavor in this dish.  But maybe its more of a texture thing for ya, so just…

Being a Conscious Consumer + prAna

The terms sustainability and conscious consumerism get peppered into conversations and onto the page a lot.  By “a lot,” I mean they are everywhere.  Who you ask determines what they mean.  In fairness, the terms can refer to many things, which isn’t bad.  In fact, its good! I think the most compelling arguments for each exist amidst these intersecting definitions. When its a question of sustainability, my personal philosophy starts by asking myself the following questions. How does this practice impact:  the environment or ecosystem? others (the people who produce, grow, or participate)? myself or my body? the future? When it comes to being a conscious consumer, I ask very similar questions.…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…
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