Author: aneelee

cumbias and the 4th

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Today, I find my mind wandering off to the 4th of July celebrations at my parents’ house. We paid homage to “American” culture with frijoles rancheros and flour tortillas (in place of our Yucatecan black beans and corn tortillas). My dad would simmer fajitas on the grill while we worked on guac and pico inside and the cumbias would keep everyone in sync. As my sisters and I got older and embraced more and more […]

Pickles, yo. 

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preserving the seasons

Confession: I have been buying fermented pickles for well over a year (maybe two) and swapping for them whenever possible. Once the household got a hold of fermented pickles, there was no turning back. Vinegar-brined pickles have not cut it since. I hadn’t gotten up the nerve to make my own yet. The process is simple enough (veggies sitting on the counter in salt brine and spices), but fermenting veggies is by definition allowing micro-organisms […]

veggie meal plan – june 22, 2015

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vegetarian meal plans

The weather around here has been strange (and unwelcomed, quite frankly), but our local vegetable stash is doing its best to shake it all off. Summer is here and I am cooking with it every day. We have produce in every nook and cranny of the house, so a week of cooking for meals now and for later in the year is in order. Breakfast Overnight Steel Cut Oats* Quick Breakfast Fried Rice* Summer Scramble […]

crispy okra

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Got my first batch of okra today and we are excited to revisit this now-classic summer snack… Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have non-gooey okra. These little guys are what finally got me to cross over into the land of the okra-lover. Crispy and spicy, they rarely make the short distance from the counter to the kitchen table and have become one of our favorite summer snacks. Yes… okra can be a […]

weekend cooking

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I think it was about a year (or two) ago that I began to do embrace weekend meal prep on the regular. Getting all my legumes & grains cooked, sauces and dressings prepared, and portioning up a batch of stew makes the week go down so much easier. Admittedly, this sometimes cuts out valuable kitchen “play” time, so trying to figure out where I make room for adding in the new and fun stuff that […]