Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes 2012

Crisp Polenta Cakes with Braised Cabbage and Beans

The $64,000 question for Thanksgiving with vegetarians is what to do about the main course. There are two schools of thought:

An entree is really important; a meal isn’t a meal unless there is something is in the middle of the plate.
Don’t worry about it. The turkey, after all, is only one of about two hundred …

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Vegan “Bacon” From King Oyster Mushrooms – Recipe

Vegetarian "Bacon" From King Oyster Mushrooms

Let me say for the record: I have no desire to eat bacon. I prefer for pigs to keep their own bellies and backsides. However, I’m not at all opposed to having good ways of adding crispy, salty, savory, smoky goodness to my meals.

I know I go on about king oyster mushrooms a lot. I …

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

Strawberry Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

No, this isn’t a miniature cake. It is actually 6 inches in diameter, and, I don’t know, 6 inches tall and serves 8 pretty handily.

I’m a pretty lousy pastry cook. I typically don’t have the patience or skills to create perfect geometric shapes, frost things just right and so-on. So when I got the Momofuku …

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Pan-Fried Polenta with Chickpea Stew, King Oyster Mushrooms and Fig Puree

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of cooking a five-course dinner at Cafe Flora as a benefit for City Fruit, a wonderful organization here in the Seattle area that harvests thousands of pounds of fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste and donates that fruit to food banks and sell some of …

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Harissa Potatoes – Recipe

Harissa Potatoes

This was absolutely an improvisation; I’d been traveling and had very few vegetables in the house on my return, but found a few waxy potatoes lying around along with a hunk of feta and a package of dill that was still good. That got me to thinking of Middle Eastern flavors and 15 minutes later …

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The Best Way to Sharpen Your Knives at Home

Chefs Choice 130 Knife Sharpener

I’m kind of a freak about sharp knifes. When I cook in other folk’s kitchens I usually find their knives are as dull as a wiffle ball bat, and I can’t figure out how they stand it.

Few things make your life in the kitchen more enjoyable than truly sharp knives. They make your work faster, …

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Turkish Chickpea and Potato Stew with Baharat – Recipe

I’m obsessed with baharat lately. Baharat is a spice mixture that is popular throughout North Africa, the Levant and the Middle East. Most versions include black pepper, cumin, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. The Turkish variety usually adds dried mint and savory. Like anything else in food, every village and maybe every cook has their own …

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