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Uchepos with Tomatillo Salsa

Uchepos with Tomatillo Salsa

During the summer months, I’m always trying to find creative ways to use fresh corn. Having grown up in Norway in the 70s and 80s, we really didn’t have access to this fabulous produce. Norwegians use canned corn a lot—in salads, stews, and even tacos! (yes, I know). This is why it’s always a luxury and delight for me to bask in fresh corn on the cob; the flavor is so sweet and juicy and the bright yellow color brightens up any dish.

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Creamy Summer Corn Soup

Creamy Summer Corn Soup

If you’re looking for something incredibly tasty to make this week that truly embodies the summery season, look no further. Yesterday I made this creamy corn soup for Sunday supper and it was beyond anything I ever hoped for. The sweetness of the corn paired with a little heat from the poblano peppers and jalapeños I added was just perfect. By sprinkling in some tortilla chips at the end, it provided that welcome contrast of some crunch. Of course, I had to add some vegan cheddar cheese to just take it over the top. Who knew soup could be so life-changing?

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Farmer Market Swiss Chard Quiche

Farmer Market Swiss Chard Quiche

I absolutely love this time of year, when nature gets a chance to really show off, producing a bounty of colorful, beautiful produce with fresh, explosive flavors. Having been a chef now for well over 12 years, my taste buds really started awakening about 6 years ago when I gave up meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. It also forced me to not think of vegetables as a ‘side dish’ or afterthought, but thinking up creative ways to turn them into exciting meals that would please meat and vegetable lovers alike.

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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Farro

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Farro

There is nothing more satisfying than char-grilled, seasonal vegetables like peppers, portobello mushrooms, zucchini and corn with their array of colors, textures, and flavors. You can use these vegetables in so many ways, and I always grill up an extra amount so I can add into salads, sandwiches, tacos, burritos and wraps the following days. If you’re a burger fan, you can also use these vegetables as toppings, which I’ve done before and is delicious.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Crema

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Crema

Have you ever made a dish that was so good, thinking “I am going to make this weekly from now on?” Well, that’s what happened after I made these taquitos this past weekend for Cinco de Mayo. Deliciously crispy on the outside,  when biting into these taquitos you get an explosion of flavors that are perfectly paired with the lightly spicy chipotle crema and creamy, citrusy guacamole toppings.

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Black Bean Caldillo

Black Bean Caldillo

There’s nothing more I enjoy than to take a classic dish, steeped and rooted in a country’s culture, etched into people’s memories and that brings out that warm and fuzzy feeling,  and turn it into a more compassionate meal, void of animals but filled with love...

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Greek Rice Bowl with a Creamy Yogurt-Dill Dressing

Greek Rice Bowl with a Creamy Yogurt-Dill Dressing

I've had a love for Greek food ever since spending several summers in the Greek island of Skiathos during my teenage years. My sister worked and lived there for over a decade, and my niece and nephew are half Greek, so I guess you could say I have a close connection...

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Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Before I went vegan, I worked at Swedish restaurant Aquavit, located in midtown New York for a while.  This also happens to be where I met my American husband, who worked as a chef there at the time.  I fell in love with both the food and the chef, and...

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Best Ever Portobello Mushroom Wellington

Best Ever Portobello Mushroom Wellington

The holidays for me is a particularly great opportunity to showcase to my husband, other family members and friends that eating plant-based not only is satisfying and delicious, but even more exciting, varied and tastier than what you might ever have experienced as a...

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Risgrøt (Norwegian Rice Porridge)

Risgrøt (Norwegian Rice Porridge)

Risgrøt, or risengrynsgrøt as they call it in my part of Norway, is a simple rice porridge made typically of short grain rice, short grain rice, salt and perhaps a little cream.   Served with a generous sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon with a big dollop of butter placed...

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