Recipes and Cooking Tutorials

Recipe: Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee | The Zen of Making

Recipe: Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is my dirty little morning secret: It’s easy, it’s strong, it’s versatile, and it’s a whole lot smoother and less acidic than… Read more

Recipe: Awesome Vegan Alfredo Sauce | The Zen of Making

Recipe: Awesome Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I don’t generally post about food, but after receiving tons of requests on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve finally decided to share my recipe for vegan… Read more

Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag for CRAFT

My cold brew coffee recipe—complete with reusable coffee bag tutorial—is now up on CRAFT: Project: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag Go take a… Read more

Tutorial: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Store-bought vanilla can get pretty fancy, but absolutely nothing compares to the real thing. Homemade vanilla extract makes for a perfect handmade gift, and with… Read more

How-To: Vegan Goldfish Crackers with Plastic Bottle Cookie Cutter

My vegan goldfish cracker adventure began yesterday morning, when I saw this beautiful photo post about making homemade goldfish crackers and using a soda can… Read more

Tutorial: The Walking Taco

When the weather gets hot, sometimes you just need an extra-easy, extra-portable meal. So, if my childhood trips to summer camp taught me one thing… Read more

Seasoned Chickpeas and Potatoes with Coconut Rice

I don’t know if I can really call this a recipeā€”it’s so easy to prepare, you won’t actually feel like you’re cooking. I threw this… Read more

Recipe: Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Autumn in the CSA can only mean two things: sweet potatoes and apples. I always end up with more of each than I can ever… Read more

Autumn-tastic Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Since my vegan gal pals and I went to Natural Gourmet’s Friday Night Dinner, I’ve been dreaming about pumpkin soup. I have no pumpkin soup-making… Read more

Recipe: Saturday Night Chickpea Tacos in 3 Easy Steps

Jeremy and I have been trying to cook together more often, so we’ve been focusing on building a collection of fast, simple meals that we… Read more

How to Make a Memorial Day Picnic Lunch

For Memorial Day, Jeremy, Melissa, and I had our second annual picnic. The goal was to keep it simple (But, seriously, when do I ever… Read more

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna Ever

Whenever my friend Brooks comes to town, we always update our running list of foods that we can both eat, and spend a lot of… Read more

Vegan Broccoli and Teese Soup | The Zen of Making

Vegan Broccoli and Teese Soup

As part of the Teese Vegan Cheese Challenge, the awesome folks at Chicago Soy Dairy sent me not one, but two kinds of Teese vegan… Read more

Vegan Chick’n Noodle Soup

For me, vegan chicken noodle soup is one of those recipes that seems like such a good idea in theory, but always ends up being… Read more

Bean Soup and Cornbread | The Zen of Making

Bean Soup and Cornbread

Tonight, I threw together an easy, hearty meal that really hit the spot after a long, chilly Monday: Bean soup with cornbread on the side.… Read more

A Mug of Hot Chocolate: No Mix Required

It’s bitterly cold and windy in Brooklyn tonight. A little while ago, I ventured out into the snow and wind to pick up dinner from… Read more

Traditional Holiday Cookies, Vegan Style | The Zen of Making

Traditional Holiday Cookies, Vegan Style

The kitchen was a mess. Red and green spatters were on the walls and our faces, edible glitter and sprinkles were underfoot, and every surface… Read more

Potato and White Bean Winter Soup

My best friend Melanie refers to this recipe simply as “the soup.” For as long as I’ve been cooking for my pals, it has been… Read more

Brussels Sprout Chips

Until a month or so ago, I was a Brussels sprout virgin. Though there are few vegetables that aren’t great friends of mine, I’d somehow… Read more

Lentil Soup Success | The Zen of Making

Lentil Soup Success

Lately, I’ve been busy at work and stressed out in life. Last night, I had the realization that, no matter how I arranged my evening,… Read more

CSA Love or The Mall Cookie

I am not a fan of Tuesdays. For me, Tuesday means no yoga, no gym, and having to rush out of work to pick up… Read more

Mac & “Cheese” Like Mom Never Used to Make

Every vegan gal has a longed-for favorite food from her pre-vegan days. You remember how it smelled, how it tasted, how your mother used to… Read more