Bold and intense chickpeas with spicy tomato sauce: killer vegetarian food! It's an easy and unbelievably yummy spicy, garlicky, intense recipe! | Tasting Everything

Chickpeas with Intensity: Killer Vegetarian Food

  Left to my own nefarious devices for dinner, I settled on some seriously spicy, garlicky, terrible for kissing, conversing, or looking suave chickpeas in spicy tomato suce.  It was vegetarian food for sure, but it was vegetarian food for the win!   These chickpeas are spicy! Garlicky! Acidic! They are also delicious, sooooooo satisfying, […]

Simple, healthy, and delicious, this recipe for vegetarian quesadillas with black beans and avocados couldn't be easier! | Tasting Everything

Healthy Vegetarian Quesadillas Recipe with a Seriously Yummy Winter Salad!

Dying for something bright and fresh, healthy and full of vitamins on this sunny winter day, I settled on a quick lunch idea of vegetarian quesadillas (gluten-free, of course) with a colorful winter salad. Avocado, black beans, queso fresco, plus greens, chilies, kumquats, red onions, and radishes with lots of lime juice in a dish that took […]

Bright and healthy coconut soup with mussels and rice noodles: a simple and delicious recipe | Tasting Everything

Bright and Healthy Coconut Soup with Rice Noodles and Mussels Recipe

Another perfect day for soup! Bright, fresh and tangy coconut soup with chilies and loads of briny mussels. Nothing beats a great mussels recipe!  The rain outside is falling steadily, pooling in the uneven surface of the raised beds in the garden. Wet little puddles of rain and mud reflecting the bright colors of kale, […]

A fast and easy recipe for vegetarian tamales with mushrooms, kale, and spicy tomato sauce (gluten-free, of course!) | Tasting Everything

Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Tamales Recipe With Mushrooms and Spicy Tomato Sauce

First of all, this recipe for super fast, healthy, and delicious vegetarian tamales is NOT traditional!  If you are looking for a traditional tamales recipe, just stop reading here! This is a fast, healthy, and easy idea for lunch or dinner that just looks like and is inspired by tamales! Traditional tamales use a masa dough […]

Here's an easy to follow recipe for incredibly tasty pho-style soup with lighter-than-air chicken meatballs | Tasting Everything

Truly Tasty Pho-Style Soup with Lighter-Than-Air Homemade Meatballs

Hanging out with my family and in the mood for some toe-curlingly delicious soup on a wet and chilly day, (I like to eat soup on chilly days. Frequently. For real.) we settled on this seriously yummy pho-style soup with homemade meatballs. Inspired in part by Charles Phan’s book, The Slanted Door, we used his ideas for […]

Basic and Szechuan-Sesame Chili Oils: fun and easy ideas for DIY holiday gifts | Tasting Everything

Two Chili Oils and a Hot Sauce – Simple DIY Gift Ideas!

    As I mentioned in the last post, the time has come (“the Walrus said…,”) to use the pile of remaining peppers from the garden, and it occurred to me that these might actually be good DIY gift ideas! I decided on a first attempt at homemade hot sauce and also two different chili oils: […]

Kimchi-Inspired Fermented Hot Sauce: an easy, no-cook recipe for a unique DIY gift | Tasting Everything

Fermented Kimchi-Inspired Hot Sauce

This is the recipe for a pretty simple no-cook hot sauce with kimchi inspired flavors that I mentioned in the last post. The idea here is to keep things easy, pulsing together big flavors and then letting them sit and ferment for 12 days or so to really create something exciting to eat. Print Yum Fermented Kimchi-Inspired Hot […]

The Last Pepper Harvest of the Summer

Hot Sauce: or, My Favorite Magical Elf

Hot Sauce: How to Identify a Truly Awesome Human I have a serious thing for hot sauces.  It’s sort of a hot, burning, passionate, stomach-turning, skin-flushing, I-can’t-live-without-you, I-need-to-put-you-in-my-face sort of affair.  Generally, I buy the stuff three or four bottles at a time. I can’t get enough of it and I could never picture trying to […]

Bright and fresh cellophane noodle salad with calamari, chilies, and herbs: an easy recipe for a hot summer day | Tasting Everything

Cellophane Noodle Salad with Fresh Calamari, Chilies, and Herbs

    It’s so amazing to be living in Napa. Phenomenal ingredients everywhere; the freshest seafood, gorgeous produce everywhere, including my backyard, wines, oils, cheeses…the list is endless! A quick meal, even something as simple as a cellophane noodle salad, can be unbelievably rewarding.   Summer here can be extremely hot, but after a lifetime […]