Roasted Broccoli Almond Soup

Roasted Broccoli Almond Soup

This broccoli almond soup recipe is the next addition to the fall soup season collection. You know – the time of year when the wind blows and the rains come and you try as you might to resist turning on the heat. While I love 

Garbanzo Bean Soup

Garbanzo Bean Soup

This garbanzo bean soup is inspired by the classic Italian chickpea soup called pasta e ceci. It’s a hearty one pot vegetarian soup for fall or winter.

Fried Patty Pan Squash Patties

Fried Patty Pan Squash Patties

Squash patties. Those of you with a vegetable garden know that late summer brings a bounty of summer crops. Perfect tomatoes. Maybe some beans. A pepper or two. And squash. So. Much. Squash. Every year I make a list of recipes to use up all 

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.

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, 

Black bean burgers: how to avoid a mushy burger

Black bean burgers: how to avoid a mushy burger

One year ago nearly to the day, I posted the following on Facebook, “I feel bad about only posting about coronavirus recently, so here’s an unrelated question. Why do my bean burgers always come out mushy, and how do I minimize that?” That mushy burger 

Washington <del>Redskins</del> Football. <del>Mt. McKinley</del> Denali. <del>TikTok</del> Uuni feta pasta

Washington Redskins Football. Mt. McKinley Denali. TikTok Uuni feta pasta

What’s in a name? With TikTok Uuni feta pasta, pretty much everything. If you know me, you know that I am not trendy. I’m not up on popular culture. I had no idea about any of the food trends of 2020 other than sourdough. I 

The wonders of winter pesto

The wonders of winter pesto

The recent snow has made me ache for the foods of summer. You know what I mean. Berries and peaches, fresh corn, and basil for pesto alla genovese. The pesto that was in the freezer is long gone. How will we get through the next 

Taco meatless meatloaf

Taco meatless meatloaf

It was inevitable that I’d turn one of our favorite meals into a meatless meatloaf. I was vegetarian for over 10 years when younger, and I’ve watched the boom in plant-based meats with interest. So when mr. uglyducklingbakery wanted something to accompany BBQ baked beans 

Harm reduction cauliflower macaroni and cheese

Harm reduction cauliflower macaroni and cheese

There are not many other people who could use “harm reduction” and “cauliflower macaroni and cheese” in the same context. I’ve been thinking a lot about harm reduction lately, and it’s not just because I was interviewed for a Seattle Times article about Valentine’s Day, 

Mushroom bao: reddit baking challenge (wk 6)

Mushroom bao: reddit baking challenge (wk 6)

This week’s 52 weeks of baking brings a temporary pause to the food-focused celebration of Black History Month. Instead, we head to a Meatless Monday celebration of Chinese New Year with mushroom bao from East by Meera Sodha. I had been looking forward to cooking 

Swimming Rama Bowl with Crispy Baked Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Swimming Rama Bowl with Crispy Baked Tofu and Peanut Sauce

This Swimming Rama tofu bowl is an everything-in-a-bowl meal inspired by my crispy baked tofu plus peanut sauce. It’s a great meal for a Meatless Monday or any day of the week. And there are few things better than a sweet and spicy peanut sauce.

Mr. uglyducklingbakery makes shakshuka

Mr. uglyducklingbakery makes shakshuka

I consider myself lucky in many different ways. One of these is that mr. uglyducklingbakery not only likes food, but he also likes to cook. I knew he had potential when he ordered pork belly on our first date. But I really knew he was 

Cavatappi Alfredo and Peas

Cavatappi Alfredo and Peas

One of the joys, perhaps, of work-from-home and remote school is the ability to make a warm lunch. Everyone needs a warm lunch once in a while. I started adding peas to boxed macaroni and cheese when kiddo was younger, and she loved it. It 

Grain Bowl with Maple Brussels Sprouts

Grain Bowl with Maple Brussels Sprouts

It is ironic that I was introduced to the concept of the greens and grains bowl in the Alaska Airlines terminal at National airport. Since arriving late to the food trend, I’ve embraced the grain bowl wholeheartedly because they are easy and can be made 

A Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe

A Crispy Baked Tofu Recipe

This crispy baked tofu recipe was a revelation. I was making a recipe that called for a block of smoked tofu, which I couldn’t find in the supermarket. So I decided to see what would happen when I baked extra-firm tofu. I would not have