BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

BBQ Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers

These BBQ quinoa and pinto bean burgers are everything you might want in a bean burger. They are packed full of flavor from the barbecue sauce, garlic, green onions, and cheese. And they’re sturdy enough to hold all the toppings you might want. No mushy 

Watermelon Panzanella with Sourdough Croutons

Watermelon Panzanella with Sourdough Croutons

This watermelon panzanella is a marriage between a poorly risen sourdough (a long story) turned into homemade sourdough croutons and a large watermelon that happened to be sitting on my countertop. And that happy union became a variation on a classic summer salad.

Spinach Caprese Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Spinach Caprese Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

This spinach caprese salad with cherry vinaigrette is one of those salads that you’ll want to eat all summer long. Think of it when the tomatoes are bursting, the basil is overgrowing its pot, and the trees are weighed down with so many cherries that 

A cauliflower burger with baked cauliflower patties

A cauliflower burger with baked cauliflower patties

NOTE: Be aware, my dear reader, that this recipe for baked cauliflower patties is a work in progress, but another reader has requested an early share. Maybe you can help to solve the conundrum of my still-slightly-mushy cauliflower burger. As you might know, I hate 

One Pan Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

One Pan Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

It’s a common refrain. There are nights when I have neither the time nor the energy to spend hours in the kitchen, chopping and stirring. This vegetarian eggplant lasagna is for those nights. The recipe takes all of the components of a vegetarian lasagna – 

Purple sweet potato pancakes (aka purple sweet potato latkes)

Purple sweet potato pancakes (aka purple sweet potato latkes)

When life gives a Jewish girl purple sweet potatoes, what does she do? She makes purple sweet potato pancakes and homemade applesauce.

Baked purple sweet potato loaded with white beans, Parmesan, garlic, and rosemary

Baked purple sweet potato loaded with white beans, Parmesan, garlic, and rosemary

This recipe for baked purple sweet potato loaded with white beans, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and rosemary is for a loyal reader who asked for “more vegetables.” I think it’s been about 15 years, since a bicycle trip to Argentina and Chile, that I gave up 

One pot gnocchi with asparagus, peas, spinach, and lemon

One pot gnocchi with asparagus, peas, spinach, and lemon

It happens. It’s 530pm on a weeknight after work, and I go to start the recipe I had planned for dinner. And the first line of instructions says, “Soak split peas for 1-4 hours.” DOH! Now what can I make that will be done quickly? 

Eggplant casserole with penne, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil.

Eggplant casserole with penne, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil.

As with many things in the kitchen (and in life), this eggplant casserole is the result of an accident. Unexpected factors coming together in the right place at the right time. First, someone in a Facebook group posted a 30 minute sheetpan eggplant with tomato 

Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)

Fawaffle (a Falafel Waffle)

I can tell you the moment it happened. We were at the ball field. Mr. uglyducklingbakery was flying a kite. I had recently discovered the joys of the waffle iron and was contemplating new things to waffle. Mr. uglyducklingbakery walked up to me and said,