Citrus-Chili Bean Stew (vegan/gf)

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I love beans.

I feel withdrawal if I haven’t had beans in a week, and those pangs lately led me to re-discover a jar of gorgeous dried Jacob’s cattle beans (local, from Maine) that I bought at Whole Foods a little while ago (I don’t often go to WF, but when I do it’s to stock up on great bulk items!). I decided to make a chili-like stew with them and some equally lovely dried chickpeas that were calling to me from the pantry. Continue reading

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For what ails me… (Cashew-sesame sauce)

I stayed home sick yesterday. I was basically a slug – lunch was instant miso soup and piece of peanut butter toast (thanks, Travis!) – but I made myself get off the couch and make some real dinner when my stomach wouldn’t let me idle any longer. I was feeling pretty uninspired, and I didn’t want anything that took too much effort, so my mind inevitably strayed to the comfort list.

You know, the foods that sound good in pretty much any situation. Such a situation as, say, feeling like crap.

I immediately thought of a favorite cashew sauce that I make and I mentally ran down the list of necessaries: cashews, garlic (ooh, an heirloom variety from the market – double check!), rice vinegar, tamari/soy sauce, sesame oil, curry paste… YES! And I even had some good veggie options and some brown rice spaghetti. It’s embarrassing how excited I got when I realized I could make the beloved dish that very night.

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Uh-oh, my mouth is watering again… I can get away with making it twice in a week, right??

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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