The Fantastic Friday Five: Tofu scramble, Confident kitchen spontaneity, and Gifts

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

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#1:  Spring rolls… handheld, dip-loving salads!

I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but I’ve been loving making spring rolls lately!  I’m getting ahead of myself because these fresh, tasty, bundles of happy will have the opportunity to star in their very own post soon (keep your eyes peeled!), but I just couldn’t keep the spring roll love to myself.  They really are easy, and they provide a handheld alternative to salads when you really want the taste and crunch and overall goodness of fresh veggies.  And you are almost required to dip them in sauce.  WIN!  Consider this a sneak preview…  :) Continue reading

Twice-baked potatoes with black beans, veggies and “cheese” sauce (vegan/gf)

Potatoes are one of my winter staple foods – in fact, there is a farm at the local indoor market that specializes in supplying tasty taters all year round, and I tend to pick up a batch every week or two.  Well, as much as I love potatoes, it can get boring having them just about the same (albeit delicious) way every week (roasting is my favorite, especially with some baked beans and veggies… yum!).  I’ve seen several postings about either stuffed or topped baked potatoes lately on my favorite blogs, and as I gazed today into the sad eyes (yes literally, in some cases) of my neglected potatoes, I saw a tasty Mexican-inspired topping in their future.

IMG_3557SUCCESS.  I licked my plate.  ‘Nuff said. Continue reading

Corn and Roots Chowder (vegan/gf)

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It’s winter.  In Maine.  That has several implications for me, but a few converged this week in my meal planning:

1. It’s cold.

2. I’m stuck in a perpetual almost-sick state of being.

3. There are slim pickings at the Farmers’ Market.

#1 and #2 lead me to soup, and #3 leads me to root vegetables.  Ok, I can live with that.  (With some help from my off-season friends, frozen veggies.) Continue reading