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February Food Observances 2016

It’s been a long couple months with healing from shoulder surgery. I did not plan to fall down on the job, but it really was painful to even type. I’m finally getting back to doing what I love, and what I hope you love to read about: Food! In...

What’s in a Curry? Pumpkin!

A while ago I had a bowl of pumpkin curry at one of my favorite cafes. I’ve been entranced ever since. I became obsessed with making my own. After making pumpkin pies for the Pie Social, I had left over pumpkin. Sure I could have made cookies or cake,...

December Food Observances: 2015

As we round into the Holidays it’s time to take a look at the food holidays for this month – and there are some pretty tasty ones coming up! Heading the list of month-long celebrations December gives us National Fruit Cake Month, so bust out that old recipe from...

Compassionate Holiday Meal Ideas

I don’t typically post holiday recipes or what to eat, drink, and cook. This year I’ve compiled some of my favorite recipes that you can use to wow your friends and amaze your family. All the recipes are vegan and gluten free, made from scratch, utilizing minimum allergy causing...

Energy For The Day: Date & Nut Energy Balls

I’ve been eating “energy” bars since the day I started bicycling long distance, i.e., a LONG time ago. I remember when Power Bar was still a small mom and pop company operating used equipment to crank out their protein packed goodies for athletes like me. Then they sold out...

Ancient and Modern: Dates

 What’s not to like about the sweet, soft, scrunchy taste of a date? If for some reason you don’t like them in their pure state, they can be pureed, chopped, wrapped, stuffed, and otherwise transformed into enjoyable foodie fare. Plus they pack a nutritional punch, much better than eating...

How to Clean a Mushroom

You’ve seen those big beautiful, meaty mushrooms, portobellas, and, if you’ve been hanging out with me here on the blog, you know I love them. I love to grill them, roast them, put them on salads raw. I like to chop them up and saute them with onions. Yet...

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My daughter and I attended one of Johnna’s cooking classes to try and learn more about vegetarian cooking.  The class was excellent, Johnna has a way of making you feel that cooking is fun.  We made 3 dishes, roasted vegetable enchiladas with green chili sauce, Arroz, and Agua Fresca de Fruta. It was all delicious and my daughter and I make the dishes at home for the whole family.  We are not vegan yet but if I could cook like Johnna I probably would be.  She is very patient.

Fionn Downhill

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