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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...

Ginger Vegetable Soup

By Jan Buhrman

2 quarts stock 2 cups cauliflower 2 cups chopped broccoli 2 cups chopped green cabbage 2 cups sliced celery 2 cups chopped sweet onion 2 cups chopped sweet pepper 6 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoon minced garlic (4 to 5 large garlic cloves) 3 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger root (1 walnut-sized piece)...

Compromised Spring Dinner

By Jan Buhrman

I just made a compromise with my family. They want pasta (AGAIN!!) and I want greens. I think pasta is my least favorite meal to make, even when I am making the pasta from scratch.  I just don’t embrace the white flour.  My son asks “what’s for dinner?” and I say dandelion greens and...

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