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Tasty Holiday Meals for Challenging Diets

By Jan Buhrman

Happy Holidays to all of you! I wish you a blessed and joyous season, gathered around the table with family and friends and cooking delicious, healthy food. I sent out an email last week about the challenges of serving those who follow diets that used to fall far outside the mainstream. Vegan, gluten free, dairy...

Holiday Tips for Dietary Challenges

By Jan Buhrman

This is the time when family and friends gather to share a traditional meal—and some of them bring their not-so-traditional diets along. I am often asked by friends or clients what they should do when they have a guest with a certain dietary restriction: vegan, gluten free or dairy free. I find any meal can be adapted for...

Haricot Verts with Eggplant Croutons

By Jan Buhrman

2# haricot verts with stems removed 2 cups (or more depending on your pot or skillet) High heat organic oil (like sunflower oil), for frying, 1 eggplant, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes, salt and pepper Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3/4 cup olive oil...

Vegetarian Meals

By Jan Buhrman

 I get very excited by the rare client that I have that wants a 100% vegetarian menu. It is very exciting to me to serve a vegetarian meal for a wedding. I love to make a meal that is so exciting that the meat eaters will be just as charged at the end of...

Peas and Beans and Hazelnuts

By Jan Buhrman

I never get tired of this salad or some variation of it. In my kitchen, we call it the “Bean and Pea Salad”. We use a lot of nigella seeds, and sometimes we go in a different direction and make it with nigella seeds, mustard seeds and minced red onions and tarragon. If you...

Rice Zucchini and Cheese Gratin

By Jan Buhrman

Rice Zucchini and Cheese Gratin Serves 6 This is from an old Julia Child recipe. Sometimes the classics are just too good!       3 pounds zucchini 2 grated carrots (about 1 cup) 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 cup plain, uncooked white rice 1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup) 5 tablespoons olive...

Indian Cauliflower Soup (Gobi Ka Soup)

By Jan Buhrman

Soups, on the other hand, are full of all the nutrition and sustenance you need to not feel depleted or deprived. The rage recently was juicing, but juicing takes out all the fiber, not that that is bad, but in the winter, we want that fiber and warmth! Foods like to be whole. Fruits and...

Roasted Vineyard Vegetables Nested On Berber Grains

By Jan Buhrman

Corn Bisque is a wonderful side dish to with this grain and vegetable meal. At The  Kitchen Porch, we often serve a duo plate for the Vegetarians of these two dishes. ½ cup of olive oil or butter 1 cup of basmati rice 2 cup of mixed  ancient grains such as amaranth, millet, red rice...

Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

By Jan Buhrman

Serves 8 1 pomegranate 4 pears 3 ribs celery 1 grapefruit 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or nut oil 1 lemon 6 cups mixed baby salad greens 1 cup pecan or almonds sliced and toasted sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To remove the pomegranate kernels, cut the fruit in half and place...

Squash and Kale Gratin

By Jan Buhrman

A friend brought this to dinner the other night. She credited Martha Stewart. I have adapted it. 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled 1/2 bunch kale (about 8 ounces), stems and tough ribs removed, leaves torn into large pieces (about 7 packed cups) Unsalted butter, for baking dish Coarse salt and freshly ground...

Curried Sweet Potatoes, Mustard Greens & Garbanzo Beans

By Jan Buhrman

I have had several requests for vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving.  Seriously, skip the turkey and go straight for the side dishes!  Who could go hungry?  I did get a request for vegetarian gravy.  I needed to think about this possibility: deglazing a pan of roasted vegetables with a rich vegetable stock, and of course...

Teenage Eggplant Dinner

By Jan Buhrman

My son and his girlfriend came into the house last night just as I was putting out a beautiful dinner of sweet potatoes, greens, asparagus and scallops.  They turned down an offer to join us for dinner. “What’s wrong with my dinner?  Why can’t you join us???” was my complaint and whining expression of...

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