Vegan friendly stuffed peppers!

January 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hey all,

I know it’s been awhile… I’ve been settling into my new job, new city, new social life, new dating life…. It’s all very exciting.  But I have neglecting my poor little food blog.  I assure you, I have been cooking and baking plenty.  I bake nearly once a week for my department at work, and they are equally grateful and scornful that I keep bringing in delectable baked goods.  They think I’m trying to fatten them up or something.  I’ve made chocolate chip cookies, Oreo cheesecake, and even some carrot cake cupcakes last week.  Soooooo good.  I am really taking advantage of my new, red Kitchen Aide mixer I just got.  Love it.

So tonight for dinner, I decided I would try my hand at some stuffed peppers.  I didn’t look up any recipe specifically, and when I went to the store, I just bought some ingredients that sounded like they would go great together.  I realized as I am cooking it, that it is not only vegetarian friendly, but vegan friendly as well!  Here’s a quick breakdown of what I’ve done:

2 red bell peppers, tops cut off, seeds removed

Half a chopped brown onion

6-7 small cloves of garlic, minced

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1 can black beans, lightly drained

a handful of cilantro, chopped

3/4 cup vegetable stock, divided

1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Monterey jack/mozzarella/ cheese of your choosing (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Prepare your brown rice ahead of time.

In a large skillet, with a little olive oil, cook the onion and garlic, til onion is soft.

Then, add half a cup of vegetable stock, black beans and tomatoes to pan.  Add cumin, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne.  Cook for 4-5 minutes til tomatoes begin to break down.  Pour mixture in a large bowl.  Add 1/2 cups cooked rice to mixture.  Mix in cilantro.

Cut the tops off of 2-4 red bell peppers.  Removed seeds and any excess innards.  Fill the peppers with the mixture.  Stand up in a baking dish, and pour the remaining 1/4 cup vegetable stock in dish.  Put the dish in the oven on the lowest rack possible.

Bake for 40-50 minutes.  If adding cheese, add cheese to the top of each pepper in last 10 minutes of baking.

I’m sure adding corn or extra chopped bell pepper would also be a delicious addition!

Voila!  Delicious, hearty, vegetarian or vegan friendly dinner!


Food roadtrip!

December 5, 2010 § 4 Comments

Yesterday, a few friends and I decided to venture north of San Francisco to the beautiful Napa Valley.  A close friend of ours who is living abroad now suggested we look up a burger joint called Gott’s Roadside.  Their tag line is “Tray Gourmet”.

First of all, the drive was beautiful.  It may be a hour and a half out of the city, but the drive is so serene and gorgeous it doesn’t even matter.  When we were pulling up to the restaurant there was a huge line to order, so we knew this place was gonna be good.  People online have dubbed it as the best burger in Napa Valley.

We got in line, got our menus and looked at what to order.  I went with the classic cheeseburger and fries.  You can never go wrong with that.  My friends Angie and Zach ordered the Ahi Tuna burger with wasabi mayo and coleslaw.  And my friend Jak ended up with the Western Bacon Blue ring… bleu cheese, onion ring, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese.  Needless to say, we were not disappointed.

I’m a burger lover, so this was a real treat for me.  If you ever make a trip to Northern California and feel like doing some wine tasting, stop off at Gott’s for a delicious classic roadside meal.

Turkey day!

November 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Well, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t do a post on Thanksgiving. It’s probabaly the number one food holiday in America and at my family’s house, it was no exception. This year we met at my sister’s house and all contributed to the holiday meal. My brother-in-law’s mother eats kosher, so we had ourselves a kosher turkey and made a few other kosher friendly side dishes as well. My mom was in charge of the turkey and I made a chocolate bourbon pecan pie as well as some homemade ciabatta, pancetta, mushroom stuffing.

OH, let it be known, I am not, I repeat not a vegetarian anymore, at all. Haha. I just love food too much. I still eat vegetarian as much as I can.  But when I crave something, I eat it now. Here are some photos of our family’s feast.  My mom’s pumpkin trifle was amaaaazing!

Cooking in S.F.!

November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Well, I’m all moved in!  I’ve been in S.F. for two weeks now, and I finally have internet!  When I moved in, my kitchen was still under construction, but it’s finally done, and I’ve already starting cooking up some new stuff.

Spinach, white bean, and pesto soup.

S.F. sourdough with chddar cheese.

Poached eggs in tomato sauce.

Poached eggs, tomato sauce, basil, on sourdough.

Apple pie.

Pasta Alfredo with Brussels sprouts and mushrooms.

Ludo Bites 6.0 @ Max.

October 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last night, my friends and I were able to partake in a rare culinary event called Ludo Bites.  Chef Ludo Lefebvre opens little “pop-up” restaurants once a year and only serves for a couple weeks.  My friend Alberto kept me notified when reservations would open online.  And we waited til the clock hit 5 pm, a refreshed for about 40 minutes until Alberto was victorious, and nabbed us a Friday night booking at 9:15.  We really didn’t care when we got in, as long as we could eat some of Chef Lefebvre’s food.

The restaurant was packed, and the energy was high and I, shockingly, was the last to arrive.  When I sat down, we collectively decided our best strategy was to order one of everything on the menu and share it around the table.  We doubled up on a few things that were soupy or just sounded delicious.  Most of us ordered the suggested “COQtails” which included a Yuzu tequila martini and Mexican mojito.

Yuzu tequila martini.

Warm baguette, with baratte smoked butter and sardine laughing cow cheese.

Hamachi, Vietnamese style.

Sea urchin roe, frozen milk, balsamic, orange broth.

Marinated mackerel, leche del tiger, baby leeks, verdolagas leaves.

Black trumpet mushroom cappuccino served under warm butternut squash soup.

Barely cooked squid noodle, pad thai, prawn, black radish.

Oriental mussels veloute, heirloom tomatoes, small fries. My favorite.

Poached-roasted foie gras, acacia honey, autumn fruits, dried rose flowers.

Scallop, celery root remoulade, red port, walnuts, passion fruit.

John Dory, potato, herbs, brocollini flowers, green jalapeno nage.

Half chicken, chorizo, poached egg, chanterelles, saffron onion soubise.

Marinated steak, Japanese whiskey, pickled vegetables, amaranth.

Warm carrot cake, coconut thai curry, mango sorbet, kaffir lime oil.

We had a great time.  Yes, I broke my vegetarian-ish-ism for a night.  But I can safely say, I will happily never eat foie gras again.  I had one bite of steak, and I personally thought they went overboard with the whiskey.  It just tasted like eating alcohol.  The rest fit in nicely with my pescatarian diet.  The Oriental mussels were my favorite.  The flavor was insane.  If you live in LA, and ever get a chance to check out Chef Lefevbvre’s food, I recommend it.

Me and Chef Lefebvre!

I ate this last night.

October 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

The Mozzarella cheesestick sandwich from Denny’s.  When we ordered it, the waiter advised us not to get it because it had over 2000 calories in it.  It was so good.

This is what we do when we’re bored.

October 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

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