Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Don’t worry!!! It’s all good. You can still have Cream of Mushroom Soup if you’re vegan. And it’s freakin’ delicious. This recipe here is super savory and creamy, and best of all, it’s cruelty-free. Trust me. You’re non-vegan friends won’t know the difference. Just ask mine. Eat it by itself; pour it over Pappardelle or…

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

  As promised, I have started making my traditional Thanksgiving dishes early this year, so that I can share them with you in time for the holiday season. My first installment is the vegan version of my family’s favorite Sweet Potato Casserole. My mother has been making the original recipe since 1969. She found the it in…

What you can expect next

Happy Autumn, Lovelies. First, please accept my apologies for being away for a bit. As my 2-year-old nears 3-years-old, he has developed a laser focused desire to hang out with me and my undivided attention. Therefore, even when his sister is at pre-school, my usual time for writing is co-opted. Plus, we’re on a reluctant journey down…

Fluffy Vegan Pancake Recipe

Hey, Vegans: fluffy pancakes are still yours for the nom-nom-nomming. Hey, Non-Vegans: give these a shot. They’re super easy, and you may not be able to tell the difference between these cruelty-free pancakes, and the traditional pancakes we’ve all grown up loving. I may over-explain this super-simple recipe here, but that’s only because I want…

Homemade Kombucha, feat. art by Soey Milk

My friend, artist Soey Milk (check out her gorgeous paintings here), turned me on to making Kombucha about a year ago. She came over one night for a party, and as a hostess gift, she brought me something unusual: an empty gallon mason jar, along with a pint size mason jar filled with her homemade,…

Sammy Salad Recipe

Creating vegan dishes to replace non-vegan favorites has been a must for me. It’s not hard to do, and the results are always just as, if not more satisfying than the originals. Never really having a voracious appetite for meat growing up, I’ve also found that creating vegan alternatives to the NV dishes that I…

Vegan Benedict

  I love to cook for my non-vegan friends. Not only does my southern upbringing compel me to feed others, but I also like to spread the good word by demonstrating that vegan food isn’t just quinoa bowls. So many vegan dishes are satisfying, knife/fork meals, and we rarely need expensive meat replacers. Some of…

Why cast iron? And how to care for it.

Iron is an essential nutrient for our bodies, and iron deficiency is the most common nutrional deficiency in the US. Why do we need it? To delivery oxygen throughout our bodies. About 2/3 of your body’s iron store is in your hemoglobin: the stuff that helps red blood cells carry the oxygen from the lungs….

Homemade Vegan Pizza. And Kids.

Pizza is awesome. Kids are awesome. Making pizza with kids is — awesome-ish. Once you accept that there will be a little clean-up, you’ll have fun with it, and so will they, for sure. Here’s a pizza crust recipe that you can make easily with or without the kids. They’ll enjoy being involved; you’ll enjoy having…

Clean your fruits and veggies and keep them longer

Here’s just a quick tip that could save your fruits and veggies, and that means your money. I don’t know about you, but I grocery shop for my family once a week, and I load up. That used to mean that I had to organize my fresh produce in order of decay, so that we…

Crafty Mac & Cheeze

All growing up, and well into adulthood, a favorite go-to ‘meal’ for me was  Mac & Cheese   — and I don’t mean the real stuff (although, sure). I mean the processed stuff, from the box — with the powder. It was so easy to make. It was so cheap. And it was sooooo yummy….

Food for Thought

As a southern-bred woman, food, to me, is more than just fuel. It provides an opportunity to connect with the people we love by sharing in the delight of a handmade meal. Just like many people I know, I grew up having family meals around a table — facing one another and engaging (even when…