This is a favorite salad of mine. For some reason I haven’t made it in a very long time but I wanted to post a picture of it and am so happy I did as it’s like discovering it all over again. Delicious!
A delightfully flavorful soup that’s both soothing and healthful. Great as an antidote to dark, gloomy weather and winter colds and flu!
Courtesy of Bev Shaaffer – Mustard Seed Market and Cafe Natural Foods Cookbook
Homemade tomato soup is a treasure, especially when it’s made with roasted tomatoes. The sweetness of tomatoes gives the soup a deep, rich flavor that’s nothing like canned soup. If tomatoes aren’t in season and you’re really craving tomato soup, canned San Marzano tomatoes are a good choice. While this recipe is vegan and uses cashew cream, feel free to substitute coconut milk, light cream, sour cream or Greek yogurt instead. You’ll need to adjust it to taste. Soups are very forgiving so don’t worry about exact measurements. You can also cut this recipe in half if you’d like.
Dominga has cooked for Heriberto and Joaquin Larios of Papantla, Vera Cruz, for so many years that she and her daughter, Gabriella, are considered part of the family. Every afternoon Dominga creates delicious regional cooking, always starting with freshly made, hot soup. Under any other circumstances I couldn’t imagine eating hot soup when the temperature’s in the high 90s and the humidity is at least 80 percent. But Dominga’s soups are too good to pass up.
Vanilla and maple have a special affinity for one another. Each enhances the other’s flavor. They’re both foods of the Americas, so that might have something to do with it.
As a special pancake topping, heat 1 cup natural maple syrup (B-grade has a deeper flavor, but any grade will do) until warm. Add 2 teaspoons rum and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and mix well. Add 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, and serve over pancakes.
When you think of pears your mind thinks autumn, right? However, the magic of modern markets along with climate change, has extended pear season to almost a year ’round pleasure. That said, for a great summer substitute think peaches and nectarines.
Tender pork chops topped with caramelized apples go delightfully well with White and Sweet Potato Casserole with Spice Butter.
Research has shown that mushrooms contain components that help to prevent cancer and stimulate the immune system. At first it was believed that only Asian mushrooms such as shitake and maitake contained cancer-preventing ingredients, but it appears that even domestic mushrooms are powerful healers. Combined with other healthy ingredients and a bit of vanilla, this is a Power combination that tastes delicious!