Green Pea Boats

I know this is a bit out of season for some of you, but I live in the Pacific Northwest. We still have green peas even though it’s August. I was going to wait to post this until next Spring, but couldn’t resist, especially because I know I have some Seattleites who will be reading this.IMG_20130801_151656

Thick round edible pod green peas arrived at my local natural foods store recently. I looked them over and passed them by because I thought they looked kind of old and for sure they were too big and plump to be tender. I was completely wrong. Continue reading

Olivia’s Summer Salad

My niece Olivia loves to cook. Two of her favorite things to make are nori rolls and fresh salad rolls. We spent time together last week and she made this lovely salad.

IMG_20130712_124742I was voting for trying to make a smashed raspberry and balsamic vinaigrette, but Olivia’s favorite salad dressing is ranch. Continue reading

Strawberry Mochi “Shortcake”

IMG_20130530_152105One of the things I love about fresh berries is that they add an element of playfulness and delight to almost everything. We have eaten this combination of fried mochi, almond amasake and sliced strawberries every day for a few days. It’s a really simple and cute dessert that tastes like summer. I am looking forward to trying it with raspberries next month. Continue reading

Millet with Sweet Vegetable Soup

I usually prepare a soup every day. Eaten at the beginning of a meal, it’s a wonderful way to get our digestive juices flowing, our tummies warmed up and prepared for the rest of the meal.

Millet with sweet vegetable soup can be prepared with quinoa or rice as well. Use any of the sweet vegetables such as onion, carrot, winter squash, cabbage and root vegetables. It can be prepared in about 30 minutes, with most of that as cooking time. I like to season it with sea salt in the beginning and a little shoyu near the end. You can also add a light miso to taste at the end instead of the shoyu.

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Food Bloggers Against Hunger: White bean and Carrot Patties with Dill

I woke up this morning to a post by Annie at An Unrefined Vegan. She has joined over 200 food bloggers to unite against hunger. We can thank The Giving Table for organizing this effort to increase awareness about the difficulties families face and encourage more people to take action to protect our nation’s food stamp program and other programs that help put food in children’s bellies.

There have been many times when my sisters have been so grateful for the help of food stamps, school lunch programs and the WIC program. There are so many families that can’t put a meal on the table without government support and children who go hungry because they don’t have the support they need. Learn more at Share Our Strength. Continue reading