Sweet Potato-Pesto Hash Stuffed Peppers with Cashew Cream

Sweet Potato-Pesto Hash Stuffed Peppers with Cashew Cream

When food catches me off guard by being extremely delicious, I find it much more gratifying than if I had been prepared for it to be that good.  That’s what makes seeking out new restaurants and constantly creating new recipes so appealing to me.  And it is what made my trip to Prasad an eye-opening and revitalizing experience, reminding me of how completely satisfying a well-prepared vegan meal can be.

Spoiler alert: the food I ate there inspired this recipe!

Last week, I took my first solo vacation.  It was to somewhere I’d never been, but had always wanted to go – Portland, Oregon.  

I think my expectations of the city had just been accumulating over time, from friends who had visited some of the many epic breweries there, or whose aunts cultivated massive personal gardens in the area, from magazine articles touting the burgeoning culinary scene, and even quirky TV shows that poked fun at the laid-back hippy/hipster vibe Portland is reported to exude.

All of it made me want to go.  

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Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares

Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares

Throughout all the culinary classes I took a couple years ago, I never heard of anything that sounded fancier than “port reduction.” 

It’s really just a syrup made of a sweet fortified wine… but it actually tastes as fancy as it sounds.  (Which is good, or else it I think it’d be something of a letdown.)  Still, it’s as easy a sauce as you can make, being only one ingredient, and you can put it in or on anything dessert-like!

With such an ingredient, I decided it should be part of a dessert that embodied total, all-out, fanciness.  You know, as opposed to halfhearted fanciness.  Because anyone could make a port reduction and put it on… fro yo or something… but a cheesecake would make it simply extended-pinky-worthy.

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5 Healthiest Birthday Recipes

5 Healthiest Birthday Recipes

My birthday was this Monday, hence it is the beginning of my Birthday Week.  It is the week where I am the Queen of the world, and nothing can go wrong, and calories don’t count at all.

Or, at least, it would be if I could have all the wishes those darn birthday candles are supposed to give me!  I mean – if those wishes ever worked out, I might even have that pony by now…

But, since the world still works the way it did before my birthday week (guess how old I am!?) I have to concede that healthy eating – and, you know, obeying the laws and all – is still important. 

Imagine that if all those wishes did come true, and I decided take full advantage of them:  You might see me running down the street with a couple dozen boxes of apple-pie filled doughnuts, (oh, yes, there are such things!) having just stolen them from the nearest bakery, and commanding a passing limo driver to halt in his path so he could drive me around while I stuffed my face with them.

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