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I have been making sauteed radishes and asparagus with garlic. I didn't care for radishes before making this. Yum.

What Are Some Fresh Ways to Cook Spring Vegetables? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/8/10 10:44 AM

I haven't read through everyone's comments, so I apologize if this is a repeat. I'm a vegan and my husband an omnivore. I'm the cook. I make a lot of vegetables and other sides, and then prepare a separate meat for each of us.

One vegan dish that he loves is Pasta E Fagioli (from the Veganomicon). You can find it by searching online.

Another dish that I make as a side for him, but as a main dish for me is sauteed greens with white beans (

Help Me Find Fresh Ideas for Flexitarian Meals! Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/2/10 03:45 PM

I was just thinking about this!

Tonight, I made beef tips over egg noodles for my husband. It's one of the dishes that I would make for him 20 years ago when we were first married. At that time, almost everything that I made was something that my mom had once made. The meals revolved around meat and I generally used canned vegetables. *wince* I grew up eating overcooked vegetables and so I didn't care for them much.

Since then, I've learned to like every vegetable that I hated as a kid (by using different cooking methods and seasonings). I'm really passionate about vegetable dishes now.

I also eat a mostly vegan diet and my husband eats considerably less meat. Cooking blogs have certainly helped my cooking to evolve as well as the food channel and collecting cookbooks. I like to work with plating and... I could go on for a long time. I won't be competing on Top Chef any time soon, but I like to pretend that I am. :)

Then and Now: How Has Your Cooking Changed? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/1/10 07:47 PM

I have been totally out of breakfast ideas, often resorting to roasted potatoes with refried beans, so I'm thankful for this post and the comments. Thanks!

10 Vegan Breakfast Ideas | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/7/10 07:50 PM

I have been doing roasted tomatoes an entirely different way, but will give this a try for something new.

If anyone is intereste, this is how I broil tomatoes to make them into instant pasta sauces or chunky tomato soup:

Quick Tip: Roasting Tomatoes Under the Broiler | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/31/10 10:22 PM

Ahh, this is when I like to get out the graph paper and start planning what will go where this spring. One thing is for sure: LOTS MORE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES. (Eight plants wasn't enough. =] )

By the way, I adore the photo used in this post.

Now's the Time for Garden Planning | Apartment Therapy Chicago
2/17/10 11:02 PM

I love to cook salmon many different ways, but my favorite is to broil it (skin off) with sliced heirloom tomatoes (when in season), thyme, garlic, kosher salt, freshly-ground pepper, and olive oil. We often eat it over pasta since it makes its own sauce.

What Is the Best Way To: Cook Salmon Filets? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/10/10 02:40 PM

How frustrating to see Anna's photo credited to the wrong person, someone who snatched it without permission. I hope that you'll change the link to Anna's site.

New Year, New Bedroom: 8 Things We Love For Under $25 | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/8/10 03:10 PM

I will check it out because Nate is one of my gay crushes and he seems so sweet. Now, whether I take his advice is an entirely different story. Like someone above me said, I'll stick with Apartment Therapy.

Will You Watch? The Nate Berkus Show | Apartment Therapy Chicago
1/5/10 11:09 AM

I lightly scrub and/or peel them, cut into quarters or eighths, lightly coat in olive oil, add salt/pepper, and roast between 400 and 450 degrees until desired caramelization is reached. I fin them to be so deliciously juicy. I do the same with rutabegas, which turned out even better.

Seasonal Spotlight: Turnips! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/4/10 09:27 PM

I just roasted brussel sprouts for an evening snack ... for the second night in a row! They were my most-hated vegetable as a child, but I found that roasting cures most all vegetable fears. Yum.

Here, There, & Everywhere: Brussels Sprouts | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/4/10 09:23 PM

I have a few feet of snow, so I think that I could line my front walk with them. Very cool idea.

How To: Make a Snow Candle | Apartment Therapy Chicago
1/4/10 09:07 PM

I looked at the recipe more closely after leaving my comment and then I saw the disclaimer. D'oh! I'll definitely give it a try with another beer.

25 Vegetarian and Vegan Meals from 2009 The Kitchn's Best Recipes of 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/29/09 12:52 PM

I'm bookmarking this post for later reference, but I must point out that bullet #5 is NOT vegetarian or vegan. Guinness beer is made using isinglass (fish bladder), so us diehards might want to avoid that one.

25 Vegetarian and Vegan Meals from 2009 The Kitchn's Best Recipes of 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/29/09 11:30 AM

I have the dual-ended spatula and I like it quite a bit. My only advice would be to be careful where you put it in the dishwasher. Mine got quite beat up from being near other utensils.

Great list. Thank you.

The Kitchn Reviews! 20 Tools and Appliances Best of 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/28/09 12:26 PM

I was an on-again, off-again vegan for a decade. I made poor food choices as a vegan and/or vegetarian, like lots of processed fake meats. Last year, I decided to give the Quantum Wellness cleanse a try for three weeks. I felt so good eating vegan, that I haven't stopped. It's been nine months since I last had meat although I have mostly avoided dairy for about ten years.

My daughter eats a little meat, which she prepares for herself, but I still cook full-on meat dishes for my husband. I have, however, incorporated vegan recipes into our menus and he is eating healthier than ever (read: a lot less animal products).

At this point, I can't imagine going back to eating animal in any form. It's what works best for me.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Vegetarians: When Did You Stop Eating Meat?
3/11/09 10:29 PM

My daughter (16) and I have long had a tradition of standing around the kitchen and sharing a pomegranate. (I slice through the rind, essentially halving it, and then twist it apart, like an avocado.) We then stand over the sink, fold back the rind a bit at a time, eat the arils (never knew that was the name for them!), and toss the scraps into the compost bowl.

We recently inducted our husband/father into the ritual.

Ahh, I love pomegranate season. :)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Seasonal Spotlight: Pomegranate
10/23/08 10:02 AM

Yay, Wisconsin.

I am a life-long Wisconsinite, and I love it here. I adore autumn and winter, but I'd really like to have another month or so of heirloom tomatoes.

Thanks for saying such nice things about my state. :)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: Harvest
10/5/08 07:17 AM

Are those marbles in the first photo?! I think I'm in love.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Instant Decorating: The Art of Arrangements
9/26/08 05:10 PM

This last weekend, I picked up a few pounds at the local farmer's market. They were so pretty, that I had to take a photo too. You can see them here:

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Food Porn: Photographs of Heirloom Tomatoes
9/9/08 05:30 PM