Gratitude & Thanksgiving Tips

Christ is risen! Thanksgiving happened not too long ago in America. It is a major holiday here where we get together and remember the things to be grateful for. Personally, I don’t like to see a big dead bird in front of me for almost two decades; for the longest time, I would wear black…

Baking Powder Substitutes

Christ is risen! I have been baking so much lately to the point that I ran out of baking powder! I normally always have this ingredient on hand. When I go grocery shopping, I will pick some up with the thought, “I am low or may need this, I should get it.” Well, lately I…

Roasted Carrots and Shallots with Chermoula

Christ is Risen! This recipe has been a recent favorite of mine. Typically, I like to make easy and healthy recipes with minimal steps so that I can split my time reading and making art but also easy on my body since I am prone to body pain when standing for too long. I like…

Smashed garlic and vegan cheese sweet potatoes

I found this recipe looking to be more creative with sweet potatoes. I typically enjoy sweet potatoes, baked or mashed, usually with a side of grated beets topped with salt; if I have it baked, I love to have it with a quick drizzle of truffle oil, Pink Himalayan salt, and sprinkle on hemp seeds….

Peace Popcorn – Italian Style

Add basil, rosemary, and oregano (I use fresh but dried could be used to; if you use dried, keep in mind to use less. Dried herbs are stronger in flavor compared to fresh; use about 1 tsp or according to taste) to the preheated olive oil or coconut oil in a large pot. Add a…

Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Spaghetti Pasta

For one package, the price: $2.99. That’s more than I can say for other gluten-free pastas. Sure, there are many great gluten-free pastas and some that are not, but this is one of my favorite gluten free Pastas. It is budget friendly and tastes great. Typically, gluten-free pasta versions cost more, but this one does…

Lettuces, In General

Season: spring – autumn Function: cooling Weight: light – medium Volume: moderate – loud  

Meyer Lemons

Season: autumn – spring Taste: sour – sweet Weight: light volume : moderate – loud Tips: add to your dishes to brighten them up; add at the end of your salad; make ’em as yummy candies!  


Season: autumn – spring Taste: sweet Botanical relatives: chives, garlic, onions, shallots Weight: light – medium Volume: quiet Techniques: boil, braise, fry, grill, roast, steam Tips: add early in cooking process I have a fond memory of leeks. The last time I visited my homeland, Poland,  I was about 6 years old. I have vague…

Fiddlehead Ferns

Season: spring Taste: bitter Weight: medium Volume: moderate loud techniques/tips: always serve cooked: blanch, boil, saute, steam