Vegetarian BLT w/ Homemade Seitan Bacon & Spicy Tomato Jam Yum!

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I thought this veggie bacon, lettuce, and tomato jam, sandwich was to die for! The picture doesn’t do it justice. So the other night, we’re watching Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and they were showing a bacon, lettuce and tomato (BLT) sandwich from … Continue reading 

Vegetarian Caesar Dressing (& Caesar Toasts)

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This is a traditional caesar salad dressing minus the anchovies. Egg yolk is whipped up with a few other ingredients and then olive oil is drizzled in and whisked creating a creamy and tangy caesar dressing. This recipe is adapted … Continue reading 

Vegetarian Reubens w/ Homemade Seitan!

Vegetarian Reuban Seitan

I’m really excited to share this new sandwich recipe: corned beef seitan reubens! I don’t remember when I last had a reuben, but it has been forever and I’m not even sure what made me think to make it.  I … Continue reading 

Cheesy Mushroom Sliders

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These mushroom sliders rock! My friend Marc got the recipe from our friend Jason and when I tried them OH MY! No wonder he was raving. Hawaiian sweet bread with cream cheese and other goodies really come together in this … Continue reading 

Vegetarian BBQ Meatballs

Veggie Meatballs

I made these veggie bbq meatballs for a Christmas party potluck. I ended up mixing up a modified version of this homemade bbq sauce with a bottle of pre-made Korean BBQ sauce, but you could use your favorite bbq sauce. The meatballs … Continue reading 

Right Next to the Stove

In the cupboard next to the stove and above the spices we keep all the bottles that make for juicy cooking. Somehow this cupboard keeps getting fuller and fuller!


  • Olive Oil – We use this for everything.
  • Coconut Oil – This is how we deep fry. Also used in anything that a little hint of coconut sounds good with. I think it is the healthiest oil to cook with.
  • Sesame Oil – LOVE sesame oil! It is so good in Asian dressings and stir fries.
  • Mustard Oil – Used in acharijhal moodi, and Bengali cooking.


Vinegars & Cooking Wine

  • White Vinegar – Especially for marinating onions as a Indian condiment. Also used in achari and other dishes.
  • Rice Vinegar – Good vinegar for Asian dressings and other Asian dishes.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – For salad dressings and glazes. Oh and great with extra virgin olive oil and a crusty loaf of bread.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – Great for salads.
  • Black Vinegar – Great for Chinese dipping sauces. I tried a random brand and found it totally unpalatable, so ended up ordering Chinkiang Vinegar on Amazon. I don’t know if it is the real deal, but it tastes 10 times better to my palate!
  • Apple Vinegar – Great in dressings and other recipes.
  • Rice Wine – For Chinese dishes.
  • Mirin – Japanese sweet rice wine.


  • Pomegranate Molasses (here)- I can eat this stuff from the bottle! I’ve used it in this Fesenjan.
  • Liquid Smoke (hickory) – A drop for a smokey flavor.
  • Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce – Great little ingredient for random recipes.