Chinese Red Bean Soup Dessert

Gong Hey Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Horse — my year! To all the other horses out there: do you feel like you embody the traits of the equine zodiac sign?… Continue reading

Gluten-Free Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

One of my favorite places to visit is the Whole Spice Napa Valley storefront in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. I could stare at their shelves for hours, row after row of… Continue reading

Panko-Stuffed Baby Bella Mushrooms

Mushrooms and I have a sort of complicated past. As an omnivore, I avoided them completely stating that fungus grows between your toes so why would I want to eat something from the… Continue reading

Banana Persimmon Bread with Toasted Coconut

Persimmons have always held a special place in my heart, but not because I grew up eating them or because they’re my favorite fruit. It’s because of poetry. I was a Creative Writing… Continue reading

Baked Oyster Mushroom Calamari

I had just begun to enjoy calamari when I decided to become a vegan. While my experience with the dish was short-lived, I remember well the characteristics that make it so spectacular. The… Continue reading

Almond Butter Rice Crispy Treats (marshmallow and gluten-free)

The rice crispy treat is hands-down my favorite dessert. I could eat one every day. I love the crispy rice with the chewy marshmallow and the sound it makes when my teeth sink… Continue reading

Breakfast Ice Cream! (to celebrate my 200th post!)

My Mom always tells the story of the time my brother and I were little and there was nothing in the house to feed us for breakfast. My Dad was away on business… Continue reading

Lentil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

As I write this I’m enjoying a cozy evening in. I’m lounging on my couch, keeping toasty with the help of an oversized throw and thick, fuzzy socks. Jazz from my John Coltrane… Continue reading

Cinnamon Apple Banana Oat Muffins

Autumn has arrived in California. In my opinion, we’re in the best season with the best flavors and smells permeating toasty kitchens everywhere. What could be better than snuggling up on the couch… Continue reading

Zucchini Fritters with Soy-Agave Dipping Sauce

Here’s a great way to serve up that end-of-the-summer zucchini from your garden. I’ve made a lot of zucchini bread and roasted zucchini¬†lately, but preparing it in fritter form was a new adventure!… Continue reading

Viva Las Vegan!

Take one look at my face. This is what a vegan looks like when she’s hit the jackpot. And no, I’m not talking about striking it rich in the casino; I’m talking about… Continue reading

Roasted Root Jewels

When you have two little girls in the house, just uttering the word “jewels” gets you 100 percent of their attention. I don’t need to tell you that this flavorful, colorful dish was… Continue reading