Sara's Favorite Recipes

This is an ever-growing collection. I used to be vegetarian, and some of these older recipes are for large crowds or food service use. (I was obsessed with whole-grains, gluten-free baked goods, and sourdough bread.) Now I'm learning how to be an omnivore, and am slowly collecting recipes featuring meat. E-mail me if you are trying to cook something, and if I have a recipe that measures up, I'll post it.

Chickpea Curry with Whole Spices

Adapted from "A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen," a fantastic cookbook by Jack Bishop.

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cinnamon stick, about 4 inches long
1 bay leaf
10 whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

1 medium onion, minced

3 medium garlic cloevs, minced
1 tbsp. minced ginger root
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (or equivalent fresh or frozen)

3 15-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 4-5 cups cooked chickpeas)
~1 cup water (or chickpea cooking liquid)
Salt

2 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)

Yellow Butter Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting for a Crowd

Makes three cakes; cut each 5x8, to produce 40 pieces per cake.

If you use only 1/6 of the amount of ingredients listed, you will have enough cake batter and frosting for a 9x13" sheet cake, OR two 9-inch cake layers (you'll need about 1/5 of the amount of frosting in order to have enough for a layer cake). Bake for slightly less time for a smaller cake.

Adapted from recipes by Smittenkitchen.com and Cooks Illustrated

All ingredients should be room temperature.

24 ¾ cups (6 lbs 3 oz) cake flour
4 T. baking powder
3 T baking soda
2 T salt
3 lbs (12 sticks) butter, softened

Chocolate Cake for a Crowd

Makes 2 long pans, enough for 70-100 servings, depending on how you cut it and how hungry folks are! You could probably stretch the batter into 3 long pans if necessary, for less-tall cakes that bake more quickly.

If you want to make a single 9x13" sheet cake, just use 1/4 of the ingredients and bake for slightly less time.

10.5 cups (1575 g.) All-purpose flour
6 cups (1350 g.) Granulated sugar
3 cups (340 g) Dutch process cocoa
6 Tbs. Baking soda
3 Tbs. Salt

~8 cups water
2 1/4 cups Canola/vegetable oil
1 cup + 2 Tbs. White vinegar
6 Tbs. Vanilla extract

Delicious Baked Oatmeal

This is a great way to use up any leftover grain (for cooking instructions, see http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/how-soak-brown-rice )

7 eggs
1 quart of really good milk
6 chopped dates
2 tsp. cinnamon
zest from one organic orange
2 pears (shredded or grated)
Dash of vanilla extract
3-4 cups of leftover cooked oatmeal

Mix well, pour into a buttered 9x13" or so baking pan. Bake at 350f for about an hour, until golden brown and just set (160f when you insert an instant-read thermometer into the center). Eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks!!

Light and Crispy Zucchini Waffles

Soak for 24 hours in large bowl:
-3 cups oat flour (or up to 50/50 oat/sorghum)
-1 cup water
-1.5 cups boosted brown rice starter (450g.)
-1 tsp. Salt

Next day:
Blend till smooth in food processor:
-3 medium zucchini, coarsely pureed (about 3 cups)

Then add zucchini to flour mixture, along with:
-½ cup olive oil or melted butter
-8 eggs, separated, whites beaten till stiff and added last.

Stir zucchini into flour mixture, which should make a runny batter.

Crispy Potato Latkes

Serves 2-3 hungry eaters.

4 large russet potatoes (nearly 2 pounds)
1 small onion, finely minced or grated
2 large eggs
3 tbsp. white flour or arrowroot flour
2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil, for frying

Applesauce, for serving

Shred potatoes using the large holes of a box grater into a large bowl of cold water.

Using a slotted spoon or your hands, transfer potatoes--reserving liquid--to another large bowl lined with a clean kitchen towel; vigorously squeeze water out of potatoes.

Sourdough Masa Cornbread

Adapted from a recipe at http://www.chow.com/recipes/11286 (check this out if you don't want to make my version, which requires sourdough starter)

This is really moist, tasty, tender, non-crumbly, and crispy on the bottom!

INGREDIENTS

* 1.5 c. masa harina
* 2 tsp. baking powder
* 3/4 tsp. salt
* 2/3 c. boosted brown rice starter (http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gluten-free-sourdough-starter)
* 2 eggs
* 1 scant T honey
* 1 c (or a little bit more) hemp milk or other milk
* 4 Tbsp. olive oil, or softened butter

INSTRUCTIONS

Grandma Jan's Apple Pie...

...adapted by Sarabeth

Crust:
2 2/3 cups flour (400g) (can use half all-purpose and half w.w. pastry)
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup plus 1 tbsp (200g) Spectrum Organic Non-hydrogenated shortening
7-8 tbsp. Ice water

Filling:
8-9 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4”x1” slices
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/3 cup All-purpose flour
2/3 cup White sugar or sucanat
pinch salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
¾ tsp. Nutmeg

3 Tbsp. Butter or Earth Balance non-dairy spread

Ginger Snaps

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

From "May All Be Fed: Diet For a New World" by John Robbins. "Molasses and maple syrup give these cookies a rich, sweet flavor, and the fresh ginger gives them an unforgettable snap."

3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup unsulphured (not blackstrap) molasses
1/2 cup canola or safflower oil
3 tbsp. finely grated fresh gingerroot
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 350f. Lightly oil 2 baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.

Good Crunch

This is the best granola ever. Thanks, Sue Cassels!

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or oat flour)
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup (or 1/6 cup maple syrup blended with 1/6 cup dates)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
1 cup raisins

Raspberry-Almond “Torte” Cookies

I think this recipe was first made popular by Annemarie Colbin, and has existed in many variations in and out of the macrobiotic community ever since.

1 c. ground (in blender) almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds - or a combination
1 c. ground (in blender into course meal) rolled oats
1 c. w.w. pastry flour (can use arrowroot instead, I think, or brown rice, but would be crumbly)
¼-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

½ c. maple syrup (or ¼ c. syrup + ~5 tbsp. applesauce)
½ c. canola or other vegetable oil

2-4 oz. raspberry jam or puree (or other flavor)

Preheat oven to 350f.

Maple Oatmeal Rasin Cookies...

...(With Chocolate Chips, if you like)

Adapted from "Naturally Delicious Desserts"

¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup maple syrup
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. nut butter (I used almond)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 ¾ cups rolled oats
½ cup raisins (see note)
½ cup chopped pecans
2/3-1 cup chocolate chips

Poached Pears With Raspberry Sauce

From "May All Be Fed" by John Robbins

Makes 4 servings

These pears are simmered in spiced apple or pear juice and then smothered in a naturally sweetened raspberry sauce.

4 Bosc pears, peeled

2 1/2 cups apple or pear juice

1 tsp. whole cloves

1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

1 tbsp. arrowroot powder (maybe more)

2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear to make them stand upright.

Confetti Quinoa (or other grain) Pilaf

Serves ~35

10 cups quinoa, cooked in lots of water until done, and drained (or, see http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/how-soak-brown-rice to prepare the grain using fermentation for better digestion).

5 onions, 1 pound of mushrooms, and four stalks celery, cooked in olive oil with thyme (maybe 2 tbsp.), salt, pepper, and a bit of red pepper flakes until done.

4 bell peppers chopped fine, 8 oz. frozen corn, and a head of garlic, pressed, sauteed over high heat in olive oil for a few minutes, stirring constantly till done.

Whole Grain Pasta with Red Wine, Red Bean, and Portobello Ragout

“Any nice, chunky pasta works well with this hearty, rib-sticking ragout. However, if you're not in the mood for pasta, you can serve the ragout as a stew, accompanied by bread or rice, or make it into a soup by thinning it with a little water or vegetable stock.” Peter Berley, Fresh Food Fast

12 oz. whole wheat (or rice) penne, rigatoni, or fusilli

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup diced red onion
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
7 fresh sage leaves, chopped
2 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 tsp. hot paprika
½ cup dry red wine

Lisa's Roasted, Marinated Squash with Garlic and Herbs

1 large butternut squash, seeded (no need to peel), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in a single layer in a baking pan until tender.

When the squash is done, arrange on a serving platter. Top with
-half of a thinly sliced onion
-a few cloves thinly sliced garlic
-a generous sprinkling of dried oregano
-fresh minced parsley and mint (can use dried too).

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with
-olive oil
--cider vinegar

Barley-Vegetable Soup

10 servings

3 tbsp. canola oil
2 Medium Onions, peeled & diced
2 Large Carrots, scraped & diced
2 Stalks Celery, chopped

28-oz. can tomatoes, chopped
8 c water
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme

2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1 c pearl barley or brown rice

2 c frozen green beans or peas
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

Sauté onions, carrots, and celery in heated butter or margarine in a large kettle for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, water, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley and lower heat.

Hearty Pea Soup

So good, from "Laurel's Kitchen," by Laurel Robertson et al.

1 onion, diced
2 tbsp. oil
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. celery seed

1 cup green split peas
1/2 cup barley or rice
2 quarts water

2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 small carrot, chopped
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 small potato, diced
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme

Saute onion in oil until soft, along with bay leaf and celery seed. Stir in peas and barley. Add 2 quarts water and bring to a boil. Cook on low heat, partially covered, for about an hour and a half.

Really Decadent, Non-Healthy, Super Tasty Pumpkin Seed Brownies

Well, you might as well do it right, if it's gonna be brownies! This recipe adapted from “The Family Baker,” by Susan G. Purdy.

6 tbsp. (¾ stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for the pan
½ cup unsifted unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperatures
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup unsifted unbleached all-purpose white flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup (6 oz.) dark chocolate chips or solid chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup (2 ounces) toasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts, optional

Overnight No-Knead Bread

2 loaves
Adapted from NY Times Article 11/8/06

1000 g. (6 2/3 c.) whole wheat bread flour
½ tsp. active dry yeast dissolved in ¼ c. warm (110f) water, OR
1 tsp. desem starter dissolved in ¼ c. room temperature water
2 ½-3 tsp. salt
Canola oil mixed with soy lecithin, for greasing pans
Cornmeal or wheat bran, as needed

How to Make Gomasio

A really delicious Japanese condiment:

Preheat the oven to 350f. Rinse 1 cup of unhulled sesame seeds in a mesh strainer, and drain well.

Spread seeds on a baking sheet, and bake 8-12 minutes or so, until the seeds crush easily between your pinkie and thumb. Stir every two minutes after the 8-minute mark.

Put seeds in some sort of grinding device with 1 tsp. salt, and grind until about half of the seeds are crushed.

Sprinkle on everything! Enjoy. :)

Spicy Chickpeas with Ginger and Thyme

Serves 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 onion, chopped

2-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Pinch of chile pepper

1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger

1/3 cup water or vegetable stock

Sea salt (~1/2 tsp.) and pepper

1. Heat the oil gently in a large saucepan or wok.

2. Add the cumin, coriander, garlic and onion.

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Makes 4 to 6 servings

From "May All Be Fed: Diet For a New World" by John Robbins. "When you want to impress your guests, try this impressive, colorful 'tagine,' or Moroccan stew, an exotically spiced vegetable stew spooned over a platter of steaming whole wheat couscous. The list of ingredients may seem long, but the cooking procedure is easy."

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 medium onions, sliced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

Tempeh With Spicy Peanut Sauce

4 Servings

Adapted from "The Complete Soy Cookbook"

3 tbsp. peanut butter

1 tbsp. dark sesame oil

1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. honey

2 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper, or 3/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 cup water, or as needed

1 tbsp. canola oil

8 oz tempeh, cut cross-wise into 12 even-size slices

(I usually double the sauce recipe, and serve the tempeh over quinoa (about 1 1/4 cups (dry) is good for four servings) and sauteed kale.)

Tofu and Broccoli in Creamy Peanut Sauce

servings: 4-6

from Breitenbush Cookbook

Sauce:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup hot water

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tbsp. tamari

2 tbsp. molasses

1 pinch cayenne

1 pinch crushed red pepper

Saute:

1 1/2 tbsp. canola oil

1 tbsp. sesame oil

1 lb. broccoli

1 lb. tofu, cubed

1 cup onion, sliced

5 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp. ginger, grated

1 cup peanuts, chopped

1 tsp. black pepper

2 tbsp. tamari

1/2 cup scallions, chopped

Tofu Burritos

From Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, one of my most favorite cookbooks.

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

1 fresh chile, minced, or 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne

2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)

1 red or green bell pepper, diced

2 tsp. paprika

1 tbsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 cup fresh or frozen cut corn

2 cakes firm tofu (about 1 1/2 pounds), crumbled or mashed

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 tbsp. soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

6 10-inch tortillas OR 10-12 8-inch tortillas

Maya's Black bean-sweet potato Burritos

40 servings

4lbs, (8 1/2 cups)  dry black beans
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup + 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
15 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1.5 pounds (2 ¼ qts) onions, chopped
3 tablespoons cumin
3 cups celery
3 cups green peppers
1 tablespoon thyme
9 pounds yams, peeled, diced
1 1/2 cups orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon orange peel
50 8 inch tortillas
3 gallons water

soak beans in water over night. drain and cook in lots of water until tender (30-40min after boiling). drain.

saute ginger, garlic, onion in oil until softened.

Tempeh Charmoula

From Peter Berley's excellent book, "Fresh Food Fast"

½ c. extra-virgin olive oil
½-1 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 ½-2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. coriender seeds
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
2 8-ounce packages soy tempeh, cut into 1-inch squares

Cashew Ice Cream

Cashew Ice Cream (Vanilla or Chocolate) - no ice-cream machine required!

Soak 2c. cashews in water for 1-3 hours; drain.

Put cashews in blender, and add 1/2 c. agave nectar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla (1/4 c. cocoa powder, if you wish), and water to reach the 3 c. line. Blend till smooth, and freeze.

Enjoy the next day! :) It's uncannily good.

Simply Delicious Greek Pasta Salad

1 pound small shell or spiral pasta
(or use rice pasta)
1/4-3/4 cup olive oil

4-8 oz. feta cheese

1 can black olives

2 medium diced tomatoes, OR 1 pint cherry tomatoes, OR 2 diced red peppers

1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

3 small cucumbers, diced

1 1/2 tbsp oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta until just before it's al dente; drain well. Coat pasta gently with olive oil, then add remaining ingredients except for the feta, and mix gently but thoroughly. Mix in the feta.

Syndicate content