El Camino Real: el segundo

I went back to El Camino Real last weekend. I just couldn’t help myself. While I sampled some of my favorite appetizers from the last visit (fried pickles, stuffed jalepenos) I also tried the vegetarian wings, which were so inceadible – juicy and crispy and spicy – they could make any meat-eater forget the difference.  I also order the Chili Rellanos (above) a chili stuffed … Continue reading El Camino Real: el segundo

I am so in love with the whole-grain rolls from Metropolitan Bakery, I want to sing about it. They have all kinds of delicious texture, and an almost nutty flavor, and go well with all of may favorite sandwich toppings. I found out that I can order these rolls bulk from the main Metro bakery, so I ordered 5 dozen and made a whole spread … Continue reading


After sitting in a dark movie theater for almost 5 hours to watch “Che” – the roadshow version – Senor Lanky and I were hungry. I’d long wanted to visit one of the Afghani restararaunts near Chestnut and 2nd, and Ariana’s 20% discount for Ritz moviegoers made the choice between them simple. I ordered the chalaw kadu, sauteed pumpkin with yogurt sauce and a bit … Continue reading Ariana

Dhalak Vegetarian Platter

I met up with my friend Monica the other night for dinner. We often to go Dhalak to drink on their back patio, but hadn’t eaten there in ages. After ordering their vegetarian platter (ignore all those beef tibs – they just combined our meals on one tray), I remembered why. While the food is perfectly satisfactory, they don’t have a single spicy dish featured … Continue reading Dhalak Vegetarian Platter

Seitan, broccoli, carrots and greens with peanut sauce

I had a craving for peanut sauce last night, so I whipped up an almost-quick dinner of homemade setian (frozen and thawed), fresh broccoli, carrots and greens. I stir-fried the seitan first in just a bit of peanut oil until it browned, then added the veggies, a touch of homemade vegetable broth, and steamed everything for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile,  I made the “lighter” version … Continue reading Seitan, broccoli, carrots and greens with peanut sauce

Spicy Minestrone

Minestrone can take a bit longer than to make than many soups, but it’s a great way to clean out your freezer or vegetable drawer.  I based the soup loosely on the Minestrone from Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, but added my own spin with potatoes, carrots, frozen lima beans, red peppers, hot peppers (for winter warming kick!), frozen shredded zuchinni, some small tri-color … Continue reading Spicy Minestrone

“My Own Private India Menu” from Veganomicon

Though I appreciate it when cookbooks include entire menu selections, I rarely use them as more that a jumping off point. Last weekend, partially inspired by some brussel sprouts I had purchased at the co-op, I decided to cook the entire — menu from Veganomicon. I substituted some leftover black rice for the called-for basmati, but I was otherwise true to the menu. The curried … Continue reading “My Own Private India Menu” from Veganomicon