spice recipes

Black Sticky Gingerbread
Black Sticky Gingerbread - December 11, 2011

This black sticky gingerbread recipe makes an outrageously dark, dense, flavorful and delicious cake. The burnt-caramel-esque crust that forms on the top of the cake is part of what makes this recipe a keeper.

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma
Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma - March 1, 2011

A thick, cumin and coriander-spiced root vegetable stew. It's a free-wheeling one-pot dinner that attempts to use up whatever winter vegetables I have lingering about.

Shichimi Mushroom Rice Bowl
Shichimi Mushroom Rice Bowl - January 23, 2011

I made this mushroom topped brown rice bowl the other night when I returned from Yosemite - chanterelles, garlic, kale, tofu, and lots of Shichimi Togarashi, the Japanese spice blend.

Jamaican Veggie Patties
Jamaican Veggie Patties - March 17, 2009

A favorite recipe from chef Bryant Terry's newest book, Vegan Soul Kitchen. A richly spiced potato, pea, corn, carrot, and cabbage filling is wrapped with a turmeric-hued pastry crust made with coconut oil.

Cashew Curry
Cashew Curry - January 29, 2009

A simple, last-minute curry recipe - curry powder in coconut milk, deeply toasted cashew nuts, a handful of green beans, two handfuls of tiny cauliflower florets, and a bit of tofu for good measure.

Sante's Hermit Cookies
Sante's Hermit Cookies - December 17, 2008

My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe with me - a simple, drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny currants, chopped walnuts, and finished with a bit of icing.

Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie
Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie - November 23, 2008

Favorite, easy pumpkin pie recipe. Made from a rich, roasted pumpkin and coconut milk base, and baked in a hazelnut-lined crust - delicious!

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup - June 19, 2008

My tortilla soup recipe - a full-bodied, spicy vegetarian broth envelops a nest of baked tortilla matchsticks. Tiny roasted tomatoes along with a bit of goat cheese lend tang and texture, and flecks of sun-dried tomatoes bring depth and richness to each bowl.

Cumin-spiked Tofu
Cumin-spiked Tofu - April 7, 2008

Slabs of tofu marinated in a cumin, garlic, yogurt slather and cooked on a grill or in a grill pan or skillet.

Garam Masala Tofu Scramble
Garam Masala Tofu Scramble - February 11, 2008

A favorite (and quick) tofu scramble recipe using shaved fennel, caramelized onions spices and dried fruit, and then counter-balancing those flavors with cilantro and chopped nuts.

Curried Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad - February 4, 2008

A variation on my favorite egg salad recipe, this version uses plain yogurt in place of mayo and incorporates curry powder, chopped apples, toasted pecans, and minced chives.

A Twist on Guacamole
A Twist on Guacamole - January 30, 2008

A favorite guacamole recipe. Served with toasted naan bread (or chips!), I've added a couple pinches of cumin and curry powder for to incorporate a slightly unexpected flavor profile.

Coconut Chocolate Pudding
Coconut Chocolate Pudding - September 4, 2007

A deeply dark and impossibly decadent coconut chocolate pudding recipe. Creamy coconut milk base infused it with a whisper of warming spices.

A Beautiful Bulgar and Spinach Pilaf
A Beautiful Bulgar and Spinach Pilaf - June 3, 2007

A bejeweled platter of bulgur wheat,chili roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, spinach, and yogurt cheese. A perfect companion for grilled kabobs.

Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!)
Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!) - December 7, 2006

A delicious, traditional tasting, yet healthier gingerbread cookie recipe that includes white whole wheat flour, more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners. You wont miss the traditional version. They are very cute on popsicle sticks.

Dukkah
Dukkah - June 7, 2006

Great for dipping with olive oil, this dukkah recipe is a crumbly nut and spice blend typically associated with Egypt - hazelnuts, cariander seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, dried mint leaves, and salt.

Rajasthani Buttermilk Curry
Rajasthani Buttermilk Curry - May 18, 2006

Rajasthani buttermilk curry recipe from the award-winning cookbook Mangoes & Curry Leaves, by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Spiced Candied Walnuts
Spiced Candied Walnuts - December 30, 2005

This candied walnut recipe was is the perfect solution to a New Years Eve hors d'oeuvres dilemma. Made with walnuts, sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and powdered sugar.

Apple Coffee Cake
Apple Coffee Cake - October 4, 2005

Spicy apple coffee cake recipe punctuated with oozy, warm apples.

Otsu
Otsu - July 19, 2004

Soba noodles are tossed with a fiery ginger-sesame dressing and a generous dose of cucumbers, scallions, and pan-seared tofu - it's the sort of recipe you could serve anytime...