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Alu Methi Tikki

Vegetarian traditions are found in cultures around the world, with India being the most prominent.  As a young man, I journeyed there four times and experienced the marvelous cuisine first-hand in homes, temples restaurants and street cafes.  I learned the value of treating every meal and each morsel with respect and appreciation.  I also discovered… Continue reading Alu Methi Tikki

Whole Grain Goodness

Featured in the Warrior Monk Conversations Podcast Wheat and Grasses Farro from Italy Kamut Einkorn, Spelt, Emmer Freekeh- green wheat Other Whole Grass Grains Buckwheat groats Barley- Staple grain of the ancient world and a precursor to wheat and rice.  Rye Oats Seed Grains Fonio- African grain native to Senegal with superfood characteristics Sorghum/Millets- Sorghum,… Continue reading Whole Grain Goodness

Super Mac N Cheese at the Motown Macdown

Garden Fresh Gourmet founder and CEO, Jack Aronson, recently invited me to participate in the first annual Motown Macdown in Ferndale, Michigan.  This macaroni ‘n cheese competition is a benefit for Justin’s Vision, a non-profit organization which sends children with severe illnesses and their families to the Give Kids The World Village in Kissemee, Florida.  The Macdown was… Continue reading Super Mac N Cheese at the Motown Macdown

The Great Plains Heartland

State of the Veg Union Part 4 Traveling east, through amber waves of grain, to Lincoln, Nebraska, on our San Diego to Detroit restaurant tour, my wife Sara and I marveled as the Rocky Mountains disappeared into the ground and flattened into the Great Plains of the mid-west. We pulled into the historic Haymarket District of… Continue reading The Great Plains Heartland

Santa Fe to Boulder

State of the Veg Union Part 3 with Anasazi Bean Enchilada Recipe Day three of our veg restaurant tour from San Diego to Detroit began in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest capital in the United States. It was Memorial Day and this unique city of all adobe-style buildings was full of tourists, musicians… Continue reading Santa Fe to Boulder

State of the Veg Union Part 2 Sedona

Feeling rather full after stopping at two delightful veg restaurants in Scottsdale, we headed north toward ChocolaTree Cafe in Sedona, Arizona, a mostly raw cafe with an awesome reputation.  The journey through the mountains was breathtaking. The landscape slowly transitioned from a desert-scape dotted with saguaro cacti to a high mesa semi-desert grassland with clumps… Continue reading State of the Veg Union Part 2 Sedona

Historic Eastern Market in Detroit

It was 1973 and I had just moved from Cleveland to Detroit when I made my way to the Eastern Market for the first time at Mack and Gratiot near Detroit’s city center.  At this point in my life, my open-air market experience was limited to the West Side Market in Cleveland, established at the… Continue reading Historic Eastern Market in Detroit

State of the Veg Union, Arizona Part One

I planned my current book tour in Michigan to span most of the summer,  so my wife, Sara, and I made the decision to drive from San Diego to Detroit–stopping in veg restaurants the entire distance.  Every chef fantasizes about doing this, but most of us don’t get the opportunity because we’re so busy.  Because… Continue reading State of the Veg Union, Arizona Part One

May Markets Shine

The celebrated markets of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County often overshadow the incredible, yet unsung, farmers markets of San Diego.  There are fifty markets in San Diego supported by more certified organic farmers than any other county in America, over 320. At least one market is open every day of the week, supporting… Continue reading May Markets Shine

Living Patio Potager

After selling Inn Season Cafe in 2002, Sara and I began to restore homes. Our passion was to breath life back into homes built in the 1920s with Arts and Crafts influences and handcrafted before the age of drywall and engineered trusses.  We appreciated styles such as Tudor Revival, Cotswold, Spanish Revival and Craftsman for… Continue reading Living Patio Potager