Category: cooking

Savory Dinner Crepes!!!  For the batter mix together: 1 cup…

Savory Dinner Crepes!!!  For the batter mix together:

  1. 1 cup flour
  2. a pinch of salt
  3. a tablespoon of sugar
  4. 1, ½ cups milk
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 3 tablespoons melted butter

Let the batter sit for an hour or so before you make the crepes.  

I like to saute onions and red peppers in a little vegetable oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Add a couple handfuls of spinach right before you make the crepes.  Freshly grated cheddar cheese is yummy in dinner crepes, and it goes great with tomatoes and pesto.  Put it all together and you have a delicious meal!

Nothing beats a good salad!  A good rule to follow is that the…

Nothing beats a good salad!  A good rule to follow is that the darker the green, the healthier it is.  I love adding lots of spinach and arugula to my salad along with some romaine lettuce and other mixed greens.  Top it with bean sprouts, shredded carrots,  and scallions for a side salad, or if you’re looking for something a bit more filling add avocado and feta cheese!  A healthy and easy salad dressing is one part olive oil, two parts vinegar.  

Homemade bread with homemade lentil soup!   I used the moosewood…

Homemade bread with homemade lentil soup!   I used the moosewood recipe for the soup (because moosewood is bae for vegetarians) but I added a cup of vegetable broth on top of the 7 cups of water, and I doubled the amount of vinegar and lemon juice that it calls for.  I also added some cumin and coriander for flavor.

The bread is an extremely simple recipe that doesn’t take long but tastes great.  Many people are intimidated by the idea of making homemade bread but it’s really pretty simple!

Just mix together 2 packets of yeast with 3 cups of bread flour, a pinch of salt, and 3 tsp. sugar.  Once that is well blended stir in a cup of warm water.  At this point the dough will get very sticky and clumpy.  Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter and then knead the bread on a floured surface until everything is well mixed.

Roll the dough into a ball and let it sit for about 15 minutes.  While it’s sitting spray a loaf pan with PAM and whisk one egg in a bowl.  

Take the ball of dough and roll it until it’s about 2 ft. long. Split it in half and attach the two pieces at one end.  Roll the pieces around each other so that they look like a 2 strand braid.  Put the dough into the loaf pan and paint the beaten egg onto the top.  

Put the pan into the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 30 minutes.  When you take it out, let it sit for about 15 minutes before you cut into it. 

Homemade Pad Thai!!  This recipe intimidated me but it came out…

Homemade Pad Thai!!  This recipe intimidated me but it came out great!  I cheated and used pad thai sauce but you can also make your own.  For the dish all you need is:

  1. the sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  2. ½ package of rice noodles
  3. 2 eggs
  4. a few tablespoons roasted peanuts
  5. crispy tofu 
  6. 1 cup bean-sprouts
  7. ½ cup scallions

Mix it all together in a wok or a non-stick frying pan and you’ve got yourself some Pad Thai!

Mmmmmm Spanakopita!  This dish is fun to make if you have the…

Mmmmmm Spanakopita!  This dish is fun to make if you have the time, and super delicious!  I’m not often the kind of person who perfectly follows a recipe, but when it comes to Moosewood, I know I can trust it to be good!  This spanakopita is from the original Moosewood cook book and it’s great!  

The recipe might look a little intimidating because of the filo dough (dough that comes in a stack of many thin sheets), but it’s the best part! Just remember not to be stingy with the butter (paint it onto every layer) and you’ll have the perfect flaky filo dough that makes this dish so special!

Homemade Carrot Cake!  Combine (in this order) 2 cups sugar 4…

Homemade Carrot Cake!  Combine (in this order)

  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 4 eggs
  3. tablespoon of vanilla
  4. 1, ¼ cups vegetable oil
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  11.  3 cups grated carrot
  12. 1 cup chopped pecans

Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  I used two 10 inch baking pans and created a double layer cake, but one big cake works too.  

For the frosting whip together:

  1. 12 ounces cream cheese
  2. 1 stick of melted butter
  3. 1, ½ cups confectioners sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla

Don’t frost the cake until it’s completely cooled.  Top with whole pecans for a more classy look, or dye a bit of frosting orange and green and doodle some carrots for fun!

Falafel!  It might look like meatballs, but it’s not!…

Falafel!  It might look like meatballs, but it’s not!  Stick a bunch of chickpeas into a food processor and throw some onions, garlic, and spices on top, then fry up your falafel balls!  Top it with homemade Tzatziki sauce or hummus and you have a delicious snack, or make a yummy pita sandwich!

To make the Tzatziki sauce just combine:

  1. a large grated cucumber
  2. 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  3. a splash of white wine vinegar
  4. a splash of olive oil
  5. the juice from a whole lemon
  6. 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  7. ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  8. salt and pepper

A simple and delicious pasta recipe!  All you need…

A simple and delicious pasta recipe!  All you need is:

  1. tortellini pasta
  2. tomatoes
  3. basil
  4. garlic
  5. mozzarella balls marinated in oil

Just mix together the mozzarella balls with the chopped garlic, basil, and tomatoes and add the mixture to the cooked noodles while they’re hot so that the mozzarella balls soften.  You’ll have a beautiful pasta dish full of flavor and color!

Homemade chocolate chip banana bread!  Got any over ripe bananas…

Homemade chocolate chip banana bread!  Got any over ripe bananas lying around?  Don’t throw them away!  You only need 4 or 5 for a great loaf of banana bread.  If you have a sweet tooth throw in some chocolate! 

Who doesn’t love pizza??  It’s delicious melty…

Who doesn’t love pizza??  It’s delicious melty cheesy goodness, and it’s fun to make!  

Use store-bought crust or make your own!  Play around with the sauce; instead of tomato, try using pesto or bbq!  And you can never have enough cheese, so instead of using just one, try using 2 or 3 or 4.  It adds flavor and variety!