garlic tomato pappardelle
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Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle is my favorite type of noodle. I love the look of its wide shape, and it holds sauce well. In keeping with our transition to vegetarian weeknight meals, I made this pasta dish with mushrooms. I experimented with a combo of vegan cheese that's made to be similar to parmesan and actual parmesan. The… Continue reading Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

soba stir fry with jackfruit
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Soba Stir Fry with Jackfruit

I created this dish for dinner on a recent weeknight, and I love how flavorful it turned out. The flavors come from the toasted garlic, sesame oil and Japanese sesame sauce (see photo below). I made this dish vegetarian style, but if you'd like more protein, I recommend adding tofu, chicken or shrimp. Ingredients: 3… Continue reading Soba Stir Fry with Jackfruit

Treeline aged artisinal vegan cheese
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Vegetarian Dinners and Vegan Cheese

A few weeks ago, we decided to make a pretty major dietary shift toward eating vegetarian dinners from Monday through Thursday. I love animal-based sources of protein (beef! pork! chicken! seafood!), and I've always included them in dinner recipes. But we're trying to improve our nutrition as we age, and this shift is a big… Continue reading Vegetarian Dinners and Vegan Cheese

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Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence