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Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons & Kalamata Caesar Dressing

Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons & Kalamata Caesar Dressing

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I pride myself on creating vegetarian recipes that even hardcore carnivores will love. This kale Caesar salad, well … it’s a bit of an exception. It really doesn’t even try. The thing is, I personally think it’s really kind of incredible, so the meat-eaters that turn their nose up at this one are, in my opinion, totally missing out.

Well, hey! More for us.

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Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Yes, I have a calendar. Yes, I know I missed the boat on this one. Yes, I totally realized I should have posted this Crock Pot mashed potato recipe before Thanksgiving. Grr.

Buuuut I didn’t. And I don’t want to wait another year to share. Besides, mashed potatoes are delicious any time of year, right? Especially super garlicky, buttery, creamy, and ridiculously easy ones. Right?!

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Easy Oven Fries

Easy Oven Fries

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Sometimes I’m not really sure if I should share something with y’all. Especially when, say, it takes so few ingredients and so little time that it’s hardly even really a recipe. Or it’s so straightforward that it took me pretty much zero imagination to come up with it. Or it’s something I didn’t even come up with myself. Or all three. I mean, everyone has had homemade fries baked in the oven, right?

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I try not to be a high-maintenance vegetarian. You know, the kind of vegetarian who demands loudly that things be made their way, all the time, no matter who else is eating?

Not that I’ve ever met that kind of vegetarian. In fact, such a vegetarian might not even exist. But in my fertile and dramatic little mind, they do. And I don’t ever want to be one.

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Cheddar Zucchini, Tomato, & Onion Gratin

Cheddar Zucchini, Tomato, & Onion Gratin

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I grew up on this dish. Every summer, my mom would head out to the garden and bring in a huge zucchini and a couple of perfectly ripe tomatoes. She’d slice them up and throw them in a baking dish with some sweet onion, and then she’d top it all with a good amount of grated cheddar. Then she’d bake it until the veggies were tender, the cheddar oozey, the family happy.

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English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m all excited about this recipe. Which seems silly, because it’s totally something Aunt Edna would have lugged to the barbecue in her giant green Tupperware bowl, setting it next to the quivering Jell-O fruit salad. Or maybe that’s why I’m so excited about it. It feels so perfectly retro.

I’m also excited about it because I love it. And peas have not always been my thing, so. Yay! Yay for peas!

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Spring Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch

Spring Veggie Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It’s unseasonably warm in Seattle right now, and everyone is giddy in the way that only rain-soaked, desperate-for-sun Seattleites get giddy when the first few really nice days of the year finally roll around. The rain will return until summer really starts in July, but for now, everyone’s got their classic convertibles and motorcycles on the road, they’re sunning themselves in the grass at parks, they’re swimming in the frigid Puget Sound (!), and they’re happily chatting one other up in grocery stores with a fervor not seen in a long, long time.

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Lemony Marinated Asparagus

Lemony Marinated Asparagus

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Thank freakin’ goodness. It’s spring! I’m feeling it. Easter is less than a week away, crocuses are already just about done blooming, daffs are due to show their sunny faces any day now, and perfectly green, fresh asparagus is in the market.

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Roasted Pepper & Feta Salad

Roasted Pepper & Feta Salad

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I love, love, love a good grocery store. Overflowing rainbow displays of fresh produce are the first to greet you, and then there are the wonderful bulk bins with infinite possibilities and always a mysterious legume or grain. Organic is the rule, not the exception. Going grocery shopping feels like an event, an escape – never a chore.

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Garlicky Stewed Green Beans & Tomatoes

Garlicky Stewed Green Beans & Tomatoes

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It makes me feel uncool to admit this because she’s so dang popular, but The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite food personalities. And you know what? I’m just going to say it. I think Ree is pretty awesome. I thoroughly enjoy so many aspects of her blog – her writing is engaging and her photography stunning – and I’ve always had success when I’ve tried her recipes. And her TV show is totally fun to watch.

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Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes

Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’ve come to a startling realization this past year or so.

I prefer my mashed potatoes lumpy.

For years and years, I whipped potatoes into a frenzy in a frenetic attempt to achieve the perfect silky-smooth consistency. Then I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t beat your potatoes with a mixer to within an inch of their lives, because it breaks down the starches in the potatoes and makes them gummy. I bought it. And so the next batch was all by hand with a potato masher. Were they super, duper smooth? No. Were they oh-so delicious and, with their little lumps here and there, unmistakably and perfectly homemade? Oh, yes.

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