Homemade birthday sushi! (vegan/gf)

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Yesterday was the birthday of my bestest friend, Travis (who, lucky for me, also happens to be my future husband!), and we had people over for dinner and a party at our house last night. I had been itching to try making sushi at home for a while, and then a week or so ago a friend posted THIS POST from Peas and Crayons, which made it look easy (and it was!), so I got on it. I ventured out to Whole Foods (a store I only dare let myself go to except for toiletries, bulk items, and specialty items… sushi fixings fell into the last category), and I found a bamboo mat (for about $4), wasabi, pickled ginger (sans preservatives and fake colors – score!), nori (seaweed sheets), and sushi rice. I tried my first go at sushi earlier this week, and it turned out AWESOME. In Travis’ words, “This is the best sushi I’ve ever had.” Well then. Continue reading

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Kale and cabbage salad with cashew-sesame dressing (vegan/gf)

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Have I mentioned that I love kale? I believe I have, but the topic merits re-visiting. It’s especially wonderful in winter, on those days when all I want is GREEN and delicate salad greens are hard to come by (unless you bully other people out of the way at the farmers’ market, and that’s just not my style). Well the other night, Travis was coming home late from a work outing involving food and I knew he wouldn’t be hungry for a full meal (and I didn’t really feel like cooking something hot anyway), so I checked the fridge to inspire me. Lo and behold, I had a bunch of kale and also some beautiful purple cabbage from the market. I knew I wanted to make a salad, but the dish didn’t click in my head until I thought to use a cashew dressing, much like the one I like to use on noodles/rice/quinoa, as described here. Long story short, it was so delicious that we ate some, and then ate some more… and then we had to stop ourselves from being stuffed with the amazingness. Continue reading

Kale pesto and sweet potato pasta (and my thoughts on canned chickpeas)

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I love kale. And lucky for me, it’s a vegetable that enjoys Maine’s soil and seasons. Unfortunately, it seems that many of my fellow farmers’ market go-ers also love kale and other greens, because there’s been an absolute dearth in recent weeks – even months. So I’ve broken down (many times…) and bought kale from the grocery store, but at least it’s organic (important because kale is on the infamous dirty dozen list), it’s from a Massachusetts company (Olivia’s Organics), and it’s grown in the US. I’ll save why I eat local for another post… Continue reading

Forty (miles) in February

I know there’s been a lull lately in my posts on here, and one reason (excuse?) is better than any others: I’ve started running again, and I have a new goal for this month. Please excuse me as I interrupt the regularly scheduled cooking posts for some background about the runner in me… (And stay tuned for some tasty pasta dish posts coming up very soon!) Continue reading