Category Archives for Vegetarian

Acrobatic Granola Bars

At batch 25, I discovered what I wanted a granola bar to be able to do for me: a backbend. No, no — it’s not just that I’m overcome with Olympic spirit and am counting the seconds till I see … Continue reading

15. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Vegetarian | 42 comments

The Bran Muffin To End All Bran Muffins

Many of you already know of this bran muffin, a Nancy Silverton creation served at the widely adored La Brea Bakery. Made with toasted wheat bran, freshly grated orange zest, and simmered and puréed raisins, it is one of the … Continue reading

20. June 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Summer Squash Spaghetti

Several years ago I bought a Benriner turning slicer. It is a ridiculous (but fun) tool that sits in my cupboard 364 days a year. To justify hanging on to it, I pull it out every year, just once, at … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Entrees, Pasta, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Tipo 00 Flour — Worth Paying For Shipping

A series of fortuitous events in the past few months have led to a number of wonderful discoveries: an ingredient — Tipo 00 flour; a technique — minimal handling of dough; and a reward — the best pizza I have … Continue reading

31. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Pizza, Vegetarian | 115 comments

Falafel with Lima Bean Salad

When you live in a land where your best options for ethnic food reside in the hot-food buffet line at Wegmans, you have to take matters into your own hands. Several days ago, after finding myself pedalling to Christos’ falafel … Continue reading

09. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Vegetarian | 23 comments

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

Yesterday morning, a little self-intervention led to a most-delicious discovery. This is what happened. After finding myself once again scouring the internet for Tartine’s croque monsieur recipe, clicking on fruitless links I had clicked on before, and seeing myself heading … Continue reading

13. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, CSA, Eating Locally, Lunch, Vegetarian | 37 comments

Spanakopita Strudels

I am Greek. I did not, however, grow up in a family like the one portrayed in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My mother did not pack me “mouss-ka-ka” for lunch. My aunt never chased me around with a roasted … Continue reading

23. March 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Vegetarian | 117 comments

Farro Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts, Currants & Mustard Greens

Toasted pine nuts, Zante currants, a handful of mustard greens — smells awfully familiar, doesn’t it? That’s likely because it’s the exact makeup of the Zuni Cafe bread salad minus the bread. If it doesn’t ring a bell, I recommend … Continue reading

16. March 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 23 comments

Cauliflower and Apple Soup with Olive Oil-Fried Bread

Cauliflower eluded my kitchen for far too long. I discovered it only about a year ago, in roasted form at high heat tossed with nothing but olive oil and kosher salt, a method which produces perfectly charred salty florets, addictive … Continue reading

20. January 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Soup, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Lentil Soup + Mini Loaves = Complete Goodness

I’ve blogged about this soup once before, but when I did, it was summer, and I doubt I inspired any of you to run off and buy lentils. But this is a soup I really want you all to make, … Continue reading

05. January 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Soup, Vegetarian | 45 comments

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