Category Vegetarian

Grilled Cheese Sandwich


There is a very simple way to make grilled cheese. All you need is bread, butter, cheese, and a pan. Some people like certain breads, cheeses, and add fun things such as mustard or bologna inside their sandwiches. I grabbed lunch at a little bakery called SF Boudin in Costa Mesa, California recently. They had on their menu a grilled cheese with Fig jelly and sliced apples...
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French Onion Soup

One day I just happened to catch the show, The Chew and they were making French Onion Soup. I had always wanted to make my own so I thought I would start with their recipe as my first attempt. My mom was in town from Ohio and she loves French Onion. We headed to the store to grab some of the ingredients...
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Sriracha Vinaigrette


Juice of one lime (about ¼ cup)
1 teaspoon of low sodium soy sauce
3-4 garlic cloves, minced fine
1 tablespoon of Sriracha (more if you like it VERY spicy)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or Romano, grated for garnish
Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Favorite Vegetabl...
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Growing up I would visit my best friend in the whole wide world at her house in La Verne. Around the holidays I remember her family working endless hours in the kitchen making tamales. I have never attempted to make them myself so Jen and I asked her Aunt Cathy and her mom if they would show us some of their tricks. Here are some helpful hints to making perfect tamales.

Northgate Market – hu...
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Spicy Mae Ploy Cauliflower

I was with some co-workers enjoying dinner at Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar in Coral Springs Florida last month. We ordered the Sautéed Cauliflower for a side dish. It was fantastic. Simple, a little spicy, and very good. I decided to come home and try to duplicate it.


1 head of cauliflower

1/4 cup of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced


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Seared Spicy Tofu & Vegetables

Togarashi, the Japanese word for “chiles,” is a group of condiments always including chiles that bring out the clean, simple flavors of Japanese food. Shichimi togarashi is also called seven spice (shichi is “seven” in Japanese), because seven ingredients are generally used...

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Zucchini Pizza

My mother in law’s close friend Cheryl gave me some of her home grown zucchini. It was huge. I used one of them and grilled it and the other one I came up with the idea to make little pizzas minus the dough.
One large zucchini – the largest you can find
Pasta sauce, marinara or pesto
Pepperoni, optional
Cheese, optional
Red pepper flakes, optional for spiciness
Seasoning, I use ZAATAR Ru...
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Grilling BBQ Pizza

My husband never cooks. When I say never, I really mean “Never!” He has cooked one time since I’ve known him and burned the frozen hamburger patties on the BBQ. I think it may have been intentional. I do love cooking so I don’t mind that he doesn’t cook. He actually came up with this idea of grilling our own pizzas...
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Grandma’s Zucchini Horderves

5 cups zucchini (slice very thin), no juice
½ cup onion, chopped
Sauté zucchini and onion in a pan until soft
1 cup Bisquick
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic
½ teaspoon of dried oregano
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
Optional: pepper
Sauté zucchini and onions in a pan until soft.
In a large bowl beat eggs, add in salt, oregano, and o...
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Rice Cooker Boiled Eggs

My co-worker Tracy lives in Oahu, Hawaii. We were working together this month and living in a condo for a week. I made boiled eggs in a pan. The next day while we are eating the eggs I asked her how she makes her boiled eggs.

Tracy’s response:

“Take your rice cooker, lay a wet paper towel on the bottom of the metal bowl, and then lay the raw eggs on top of the paper towel. One layer (about 8-9 eggs)...

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