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Barking Frog Grille, Sedona, Arizona

July 6, 2012

Who wouldn’t want to eat at a place called the Barking Frog? When I was researching restaurants for our recent Sedona vacation, the name really caught my eye. Plus I loved the menu: full of exciting Southwest cuisine. I really miss this kind of food since I’ve moved away from Texas in the mid-1990s. Sure […]

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Southwest black bean and fresh corn croquettes

July 2, 2012

This delightful recipe comes from Eating Well. I was feeling inspired after Hegui made those tremendous red lentil croquettes. We eat a lot of beans at home and frankly it gets a bit boring just having them tossed with garlic and olive oil after a while. Sure, that always tastes great, but variety is the […]

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Heartline Café, Sedona, Arizona

June 26, 2012

In the past, I wouldn’t bother researching potential restaurants when I travel. It always seems like so much work, and perhaps too precious. Though, often enough, Hegui and I end up feeling disappointed by the less than stellar places that we happen upon randomly. Several friends, including our lovely blog-buddie, Devaki, have been actively working […]

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Spanish-style chickpeas with spinach and veggie sausage

June 18, 2012

This isn’t a recipe that I would have been excited by before my “Veganist” epiphany. Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ dish relies on Spanish chorizo. I’ve yet to find vegetarian chorizo so made due with Tofurkey brand Italian sausage. To make the olive oil redden, I added a bit of sweet paprika. (In the full on meat […]

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Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston

June 12, 2012

Let me begin by stating right here that, despite myself, I liked this book, a lot. I’m starting with that because should you read further, I don’t want you to lose the essential fact in my barrage of nitpicking. This is not a book that I would have sought out, even though it has “INSTANT […]

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spicy mixed greens in tomato, olive, garlic sauce

June 8, 2012

This recipe is a slightly modified version of the one on the back of my Trader Joe’s “Southern Green Blend” pre-washed and chopped bag of greens. The greens include mustard, turnip, collards and spinach. Usually I just sauté some garlic in olive oil then cook the greens until they’re just beginning to wilt. That’s tasty […]

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Italian basil, garlic and chile condiment

June 7, 2012

This simple and versatile recipe comes from David Rocco’s Made in Italy. Essentially just garlic, salt, various chiles, fresh basil and sun dried tomatoes covered in a bit of olive oil to preserve it, this makes a wonderfully flavorful base for a large variety of food. This is my third time making a large batch. […]

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grilled artichokes with Meyer lemon

May 28, 2012

We’ve a dear friend, Brian, who we don’t see as often as we’d like. So when I bumped into him at a party a couple weeks back, I immediately invited him over to dinner so we could catch up. He’s a lovely man with one, tiny flaw: he’s allergic to garlic. Since we use garlic […]

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Ajanta, Berkeley

May 21, 2012

Heguiberto and I’ve been talking about dining at Ajanta for ages! It had almost become one of those things that people refer to frequently yet always remain just over the horizon—you know what I mean: “I’ll start that diet next week” or “We really should go back to Rome someday soon.” So I was amazed […]

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The Macallan promotional event, San Francisco

May 16, 2012

Our friend, Valeria, became a US citizen last week. Congratulations! Not only is she intelligent, beautiful and easy company, she also adores Scotch, which is of course how I ended up at this promotional tasting for The Macallan the other day in San Francisco. Now I like Scotch too, though don’t really know much about […]

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