vegetarian

*CopyCat* Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

This yummy, cream-based vegetarian tomato soup is a perfect copycat rendition of the tomato basil soup at a little place I came to love during my time in Dallas ((La Madeleine)). I first came across La Madeleine while getting my Master’s at SMU and thanks to it’s proximity to campus – not only did I get a Master’s degree, I also became very familiar with the taste their signature soup. Continue reading

Tomato Avocado Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Here in Oklahoma, we are in that seasonal blur between summer and fall, some days feel just like mid-July and other days whisper of change with gray overcast skies and cool breezes. Yes, it’s time for something a little different but while while summer keeps hanging on, I feel the urgency to make the most of summer’s produce. This salad is a blend of fresh summer goodness and still perfectly points to fall’s hearty, comforting, flavor-packed sides. Continue reading

Spicy Bean & Rainbow Veggie ((No-Peek)) Veggie Stew

A pound of dried beans, a colorful medley of fresh veggies and a few pantry staples are often my ticket to a simple, tasty dinnertime solution. While away on our recent vacation, NO-PEEK bean stew made it’s way to our dinner table several times. In order to bring a little variety to my favorite no-peek method ((see more ideas HERE)), I switched up the veggies, spices and cooking liquid.

It’s always funny to watch the kids compare my different “No-Peeks” especially when leftovers from the last no-peek still exist. Continue reading

3-Bean ((NO-PEEK)) Soup Meets Orcas Island

I took a little break from the blog — I both missed it and enjoyed it all at the same time. While the blog was quiet, life was very full. We took a 16 day trip to my most favorite place in the world :: Orcas. For the first 10 days, it was just me and the herd. We left the bread-winner at home to win bread while we island-hopped, trail-hiked, beach-walked, tide pool-studied and good food-ate (just to name a few of our time-consuming delights). Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Blueberry Brownies

On the way to the Anacortes Ferry there is the most delightful outdoor market. I first discovered this market on our trip to Orcas Island 2 years ago. On that trip, I loaded up on fresh, sweet corn, herb bundles as big as my head, tomatoes, carrots, several types of fruit and two flats of blueberries. The blueberries were my most treasured purchase – one taste and my entire perception of that little blue fruit was forever changed. Unfortunately, blueberries ended up being the only item I cooked with while on that trip. Continue reading

Orcas Island Wild Plum Streusel

Thanks to a wild ((or at the very least aged, unfettered & prolific)) plum tree and the kind-hearted generosity of my friend, Orcas Island potter, Mr. Weatherman, I have the pleasure of sharing this simple sour plum streusel. I went to visit Mr. Weatherman and his Olga Pottery shop during our second day on the island. His place is always a favorite stop of mine because of his beautiful pottery, his friendly conversation and his gracious accommodation of my “bubbly” herd. Continue reading

Easy 5-Ingredient Heirloom Tomato & White Cheddar Farmhouse Pie

There is nothing quite as tasty as a perfectly ripe garden tomato. I am tickled to say my garden is currently popping out some of the tastiest, acidic, slightly sweet tomatoes I have ever tasted. They are perfect with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper, but with the bounty that I am harvesting, I decided to expand my tomato recipes a bit. This 5-ingredient recipe is almost as easy as slice, season and eat!

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