Eastern European-Style Mushroom and Buckwheat Soup

Makes : 4 servings | Soups/Stews Dairy Free , Soups/Stews

On almost any given day over the past few months, I’ve had a pot of soup simmering on my stove. Often it’s for me, but more likely than not I’m cooking up a brew for a sick friend or someone who needs a little boost. Soup nourishes and satisfies. It conveys warmth and comfort. Soup heals and hydrates. When I’m cooking for someone requiring nutritional support, I always make homemade bone broths and stocks, a satisfying yet time consuming effort. For everyday cooking, though, it’s entirely possible to whip up amazing homemade soup in short […]

Shaved Fennel and Parsley Salad

Makes : 4 servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

I’m having trouble getting back to work this week. After two weeks of holiday cheer, not to mention a month filled with parties and events, it’s hard to saddle up back at the desk. Staying gluten free over the holidays wasn’t much of a problem, but I always feel a bit off my game after so many heavy meals and a little more meat (and sugar) than usual. I welcome the new year with a tinge of excitement over getting healthier foods back on our table. One easy way to do this is by pulling […]

Gravlax

Makes : 10-12 appetizer servings | Appetizers/Snacks , Breakfast/Brunch Dairy Free

My husband and I have mixed roots–a little Irish, touch of Alsatian, maybe a bit of German–but there’s decidedly not even a hint of Scandinavian heritage on either side of the family. In spite of that, last weekend we celebrated what has become our favorite tradition of the holiday season: Swedish Christmas. About six years ago, our dear friend (and Stockholm native) Catarina was missing some of her native Christmas traditions, and invited a group of us to share this special night with her family. We’ve gathered together every year since, feasting on pickled herring […]

Chocolate Espresso Chewies

Makes : about 36 cookies | Desserts Dairy Free , Vegetarian

For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite holiday activities has always been the “cookie exchange”. There’s something so festive about leaving the house armed with a batch of cookies and returning with a dozen different types. (Not to mention the benefit to a self-admitted non-baker such as myself: bake one kind, enjoy many!) My daughter (then 5), an avid cookie lover, thought this idea was genius, so a few years ago we started hosting an annual cookie exchange for all the girls in her class and their moms. The girls decorate […]

Turkey Picadillo

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free

Admittedly, posting a recipe for turkey leftovers the day before Thanksgiving may be jumping the gun a little. But if I wait until next week to write about turkey leftovers, yours will likely be gone. (Mine will.) I always plan on cooking more turkey than we need on Thanksgiving; the leftovers are a big part of the experience. After that first turkey sandwich, though (and that’s dependent on procuring some really great gluten-free bread), I find myself looking for something slightly more creative. I have my perennial leftover favorites: turkey and pepper-Jack burritos on corn […]

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

Makes : 6 or more servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free

This probably comes as no surprise, but Thanksgiving is unquestionably my favorite holiday. There’s no gift exchanging or plastic-egg hiding, no little red hearts or scary costumes. ┬áThe day exists solely as an opportunity to join together at the table with people we love, in gratitude, for a kick-ass meal. It’s the holiday of food writers’ dreams. I’ve always loved Thanksgiving, but my real appreciation of the holiday came about 17 years ago when my husband and I were newlyweds in Manhattan. Just like everybody else, we lived in a tiny apartment with a “room” […]