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Olivia

Olivia has written 15 posts for An Impossible Feast

Tomato-free chili

So my dad of all people has figured out how to make chili for me without tomatoes — but it still tastes like there’s tomato in it! It’s the best thing ever, especially when it’s made with steak. But I have no idea how he gets the spices to mimic tomato … Advertisements

Recipe exchange experiment: Butternut squash bake and fudge

So the recipe exchange experiment was pretty much a failure on my end, but I did get two recipes out of it: butternut squash bake and a recipe for a single-serving of fudge. Continue reading

For the love of hummus

I’ve never really liked mayonnaise, and I don’t know why. I always chose mustard on sandwiches instead of mayo and opted for non-mayo pasta salads over mayo-heavy macaroni salad. I could just tolerate it in things like chicken salad if the mayo was light. So when I cut out eggs, I had a great excuse … Continue reading

New healthy foods to try in 2012

This morning, Dr. Joy Bauer listed her top healthy food for 2012 on the Today show. (See: Today show “Healthy Food for 2012” video) Although Ann Curry began the segment with “move over quinoa” (which I still love) and “put down those kale chips” (which I’ve been meaning to try), this list is pretty awesome. … Continue reading

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