Black Bean Soup, or, an Ode to Sour Cream

Sour Cream. A delicacy of which I am unworthy.  You, Fermented Miracle, transcend culinary fantasies as you skip and slip over tantalized taste buds. Managing to destroy all boundaries between sweet and savory, you lay your head on the shoulders of fruit and vegetable, of dinner and dessert. Bacterial Marvel, what else can I say about your beauty, your bite, your cold perfection?… Read the rest

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

I will take any excuse to eat a large amount of cheese and my current excuse is Caprese Salad. Besides mozzarella, this salad also features tomatoes and basil, meaning you can flaunt it as a healthy meal to that coworker who is literally always drinking a green smoothie. If you don’t need to one-up a colleague, you can serve this recipe on some ciabatta bread for a no-fork-necessary-but-probably-napkins-needed delight.… Read the rest

Battle of the Veggie Burgers: Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Burger vs. Trader Joe’s Masala Burger

Frozen veggie burgers: the reason that vegetarians are still invited to and ridiculed at barbecues. These prepackaged patties are the ultimate vegetarian convenience food (besides, like, actual vegetables). Sometimes they attempt to replicate meat with mystery ingredients, other times they are just a hodgepodge of beans and grains smashed together. Veggie burgers are one of the most mainstream meat alternatives and as a result there are thousands of options to choose from.… Read the rest

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

What is art? This question has been discussed since humans developed the ability to win an argument and then bring it up slyly for the next forty years. There is, of course, no right answer, but people love to make the distinction. It’s not enough that we have the capacity to paint, but we have the capacity to say that another person’s painting looks like it was made by their four year old German Shepard.… Read the rest

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

Washington, D.C.: the capital of our great nation. Teeming with senators and representatives, monuments and museums, Sasha and Malia, the District expends a lot of energy. And what sustains the (arguably) most important city in the world? Brunch. Any good yuppie, facing a long week at their start-up or non-profit, depends on Sunday brunch to inspire and enrich them.… Read the rest

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

What is a snack? For some it’s a handful of nuts after yoga. For others it’s carrots with hummus before an exam. Perhaps it’s a mid-morning apple, to keep you from eating three of the Krispy Kremes that your “friendly” coworker left in the kitchen. To me, a snack connotes a small amount of food that gives you a reason to exist between meals.… Read the rest

Painfully Easy Peanut Noodles

Sometimes I just want to take a bowl of noodles to the face. I don’t want vegetables, I don’t want protein, I just want pasta and sauce. In a different lifetime I’m sure I could attribute this craving to my rigid exercise schedule and resulting Olympian caloric intake. For now I’ll just say eating a large amount of the same food feels good.  … Read the rest