Quick Pickles 101

Three open canning jars filled with sliced vegetables

Quick pickles (or “Quickles”) take very little time to make and will last in the refrigerator for up to two months. Add them to crudeté platters and use them to garnish any sandwich or savory dish that would benefit from a bit of crunch, salt, and acid. I frequently make small batches for tacos, falafel, […]

Cucumber and Cherry Tomato Salad

Salad bowl with cucumber tomato salad

Sometimes summer food just makes itself. Try this simple cucumber salad with sliced cucumbers, halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and herbed chevre (goat’s milk) cheese. Drizzle with a good extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.  Share: Share on facebook Share on pinterest Other posts […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Slices of grilled sweet potatoes piled on a plate next a bowl of white dipping sauce

Hands down, sweet potatoes are my favorite thing to grill. They’re easy and colorful and substantial enough to build a meal around. You can pair them with something green and, depending on how hungry everyone is, a grilled protein. I like to serve them with a simple vegan mayo and dijon mustard dipping sauce. Ingredients  […]

Grilled Fennel

Grilled fennel bulb sliced in half on a white plate

Grilled fennel is so simple and it tastes amazing. Serve it as an appetizer or side dish — or just devour it straight off the grill.    I recommend using a grill basket coated with a bit of oil. Smaller bulbs of fennel will fall apart and that’s OK. Having the fennel stay together in […]

Easy Peanut Noodles

Bowl of rotini peanut noodles topped with chopped peanuts and parsley

My daughters grew up on this simple peanut noodle pasta and now it’s the first dish we think of when we’re planning a picnic. Just whip it up in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta, throw it in an ice chest and go. It’s great warm or cold, has a very […]

Beet & Citrus Salad

Bowl of chopped beets in a shiny dressing in a turquoise bowl

This is a very simple beet salad with a great combination of complex flavors. You can enjoy it at room temperature or refrigerate and serve it cold. In my experience, this salad is very popular, so it tends to go fast.   Big Picture You’ll steam the beets using a steam basket or in the […]