Spicy Eggplant Salad with Mint and Garlic

This Calabrian dish is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant in the summer. It has a simple set of ingredients that come together perfectly with the right execution. It takes about a day for the eggplant to marinate, but it will last refrigerated for about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Ingredients 8 Italian […]

Friendship Cup

I first heard of this drink while scouring some of my authentic Italian cookbooks, and finally had it during one of my solo trips to Italy. It’s quirky, intense, fun, and eminently drinkable. It’s Italian name is La Coppa dell’Amicizia and it’s a mix of espresso, grappa, wine, sugar, and lemon zest. It’s traditionally served […]

Spring Peas with Porcini

This dish, called Piselli al Porcini, is my variation on a classic peas and prosciutto dish. It’s a very simple dish and the trick to it is to use dried porcini instead of fresh ones. It’s also very easy to make this dish without the oil, too. Ingredients 1/4 cup of dried porcini 1 small […]

Bruschetta Three Ways

Bruschetta, pronounced brew-skett-uh in Italian, is both simple and exquisite, rustic and fancy at the same time. Whenever I have my grill going, I always think of pulling out a loaf of bread and garlic and making a quick snack of bruschetta. While you will get the best flavor by far on the grill, you […]

One Pot Orecchiette

This recipe is a simple variation of my favorite orecchiette recipe, without as much mess. It can all be made in one pot and putting it together only takes a few minutes. Minimal cleanup, minimal work, maximum flavor. I love that. Ingredients 10 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of olive oil (omit this for […]

Apple Blackberry Dessert Polenta

I created this dessert as part of a challenge to myself to find a way to new way to use polenta in one of my classes. I had a ton of it sitting around and wanted to do something unexpected with it. Thus, dessert polenta was born. It’s a little sweet, but not overly sweet, […]

Watermelon Jicama Salad

I love watermelon salads and I’ve posted one before on The Vegan Taste. This newest one is now my reigning favorite. I could eat this for lunch every day of the week. It’s refreshing, slightly sweet, has a little crunch, and a little pep from the fresh lime, and a complex, resonant heat from the […]

Coconut Berry Refresher

  In the picture you see, I used a combination of strawberries and rosemary. I also like blueberries with rosemary, strawberries with basil, strawberries with mint, blackberries with thyme… really the combinations are so limitless! This comes together in no time, is low calorie and yet is a nice decadent treat. Think about serving this […]

Coconut Lemongrass Lentil Soup

This is one of those recipes that I think will work when I create it, but far exceeds my expectations. It’s a simple coconut lemongrass infused broth spiked with fresh lime. Just that combination is perfection, but when you add red lentils and trumpet mushrooms, it becomes soul-satisfying perfection. Ingredients 2 cups of coconut milk […]

Manzano Salsa

I was first introduced to the manzano pepper by a nice gentleman in Prescott, Arizona during a day trip. I can never pass up a farmer’s stall. When I saw these, he explained they were peppers. He gave me his family recipe in a mix of English and Spanish. That was almost 15 years ago, […]