Category Vegetarian

Sweet Potato Avocado Breakfast Toast

I’m typically not a fan of sweet potatoes. I have flashbacks of the “Thanksgiving Yams” that created flavor and texture issues for me as a 10-year-old.  As an adult, I’m finding that I like them more and more. There’s a soul food place near our house and their sweet potato fries will make you never […]

Basil Mango Bruschetta

A fun and simple recipe that I picked up at my knife skills class. This came with the section where we learned how to cut a mango. Take a little off the top and bottom so that it will sit level on the cutting board top to bottom. Then take your knife at the top […]

Radish Pesto

Radishes, turnips and parsnips are veggies I’ve gazed at on the grocery shelves since I was a kid. However, I never really made an effort to eat them, even though I read a lot about how good they are for me. Perhaps this will be my first foray into radish-land. Makes 2.5 cups INGREDIENTS 2 […]

Pear Bruschetta with Goat Cheese, Honey and Almonds

This open-faced sandwich of sorts reminded me of an earlier trip down this lane where my wife and I chowed down on open-faced Brie, apple and arugula sandwiches. Recipe is here.  Similar concept with this offering, but with different ingredients. I bet you could also make this on the grill during the summer if you don’t want […]

Portobello Burgers with Mozzarella and Basil

These came highly recommended by one of my co-workers named Erin. I quickly made them for dinner tonight and we dove in. They are really tasty and the basil mayo adds a nice touch. Only now do I realize that I forgot the cheese. They still tasted pretty good. The recipe seems to have left out […]

Grilled Watermelon

I wandered by the break room and the chef from the Food Network was pulling these watermelon slices out of a grill pan. It got my attention because I typically think of watermelon as cold and sweet.  Ingredients /2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt (specialty salt is great […]

Fresh Strawberry Granita

I’ve been hitting the Iowa City Farmer’s Markets on the weekends. Half of my money goes to food to cook later while the other half goes to food I eat on the spot. Thankfully this recipe requires a little time. But once the berries hit the market this moves to the top of my list.  […]

Open-Face Brie, Apple, and Arugula Sandwiches

This is one of those recipes that when you read it you wonder why you didn’t think of putting it all together yourself.  It uses some simple ingredients and comes together in a hurry. Plus I think it also opens your mind to interpretation and improvisation. Pears? Different cheese? Hummus instead of mustard?  I ate […]

Sweet Onion Bisque

This feels like a great recipe if all you have are onions, cream and butter…of course the onions need to be Vidalia onions and the some grilled brie sandwiches don’t hurt either. This is also something you can’t just throw together as it takes at least 5 hours.  Makes 6 servings Ingredients 4 sweet onions, […]

Bleu Cheese Bread

When I first made it I thought I had made too much butter as I had a few tablespoons left. After pulling it out of the oven and cutting the loaf into pieces I found that some slices barely had any bleu-cheese butter on them. So if after you slather the bread with the bleu […]