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New spreads: Dairy-free. Soy-free. Guilt-free??

How am I supposed to feel about tropical oils? They’re cropping up in all sorts of products, but there is so much conflicting information out there. I remember hearing a year or so ago that you should avoid palm fruit oil. Manufacturers started relying on this oil in many processed foods when they received pressure … Continue reading

My favorite black bean soup

On this first day of winter (can you believe it?) I’ve decided to post the recipe for my favorite black bean soup. This is a perfect vegan winter dish, and it’s so hearty that even my dad and brother love it. If you can eat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, they are great toppings … Continue reading

Recipe exchange experiment

The other day, I received an email that began “We are participating in a collective, constructive and hopefully TASTY experiment. As such, you have been invited to be part of a recipe exchange concept.” Please don’t hate me if I sent this to you. Continue reading

Holiday potluck dish: Sweet potato casserole

Have you ever had a cookbook from which you only ever used one recipe? Well, I have a lot of those, so during a recent move, I decided to get rid of a few. Naturally, one of them would have come in handy this past weekend, but the recipe was so simple it turns out … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2011 success #2: Gluten-free stuffing

I never was a big fan of bread stuffing — it was either the texture or the spices or both. So when I found out I was allergic to wheat in 2005, I figured I could go without stuffing. But I realized it’s nice to have an alternative to such holiday staples, just so I … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2011 success #1: Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving 2011 was my first truly allergy-friendly Thanksgiving, so I had to hunt down some new recipes this year. Some of them were huge successes. Only one attempt had to be tossed. And I made a couple of cool discoveries. My biggest success this year by far was my pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is definitely … Continue reading