Red Quinoa and Pineapple in a Peanut Sauce

Lack of posting again on my part, I know I'm so totally guilty. See the thing is, is that I've been working on a new project called Mainely Maven. I love this blog, don't get me wrong. Yet I really find that I've limited myself extensively in having such a narrow focus. There are so many things I'd love to blog about, but in this particular one all I can do is talk books and cooking…...more

Deep-Fried Pasta is Happening And It's As Tasty As you Can Only Imagine

Did you ever think of deep-frying pasta? Honestly, this is absolutely genius. It makes a wonderfully unique snack that will amaze all your guests - and you will win the love of vegetarians too....more

Spiced Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

Today is a soup day, in as much sense as any cold day is, and today was no exception. I can't believe how cold it is outside still. It's almost unfair… I'm counting down the days when I can actually see the backyard, and when I can venture forth to garden. I want so badly to have vegetables that I can grow, harvest, and cook with for this Summer....more

Brussels with Rosemary and Shallots- a Vegan Recipe

Most people have memories of their mothers forcing brussel sprouts down their gullets as children.  At least, that is what TV would have me believe. I unfortunately don’t have such memories. I grew up with my mother, and as a general rule, my mother and I have varying palates. I love spicy, salty, stinky foods (peppers, bleu cheese, mayo, broccoli, etc.), whereas she preferred more mild flavors. Needlesstosay, brussel sprouts were not introduced into my diet until later in my childhood. To be exact, I was at friend’s house, and was 16 years old....more

Whole Wheat Blackberry Easter Cookies


Strawberry Banana Smoothie With a Veggie Twist

With it warming up here in Southern California, I've gotten back to my morning smoothie breakfasts. I have currently been enjoying this twist on a typical strawberry banana smoothie. That traditional flavor we all love has received a healthy dose of veggies. It may not look the prettiest but it's damn good and damn good for you.  ...more

Raw Zucchini with Avocado Basil Sauce

Raw Zucchini with Avocado Basil SauceYeah, my evening shift at work tonight was cancelled due to freezing rain and snow! Tuesdays I work until 9pm which doesn’t allow much time to make a full recipe. I make my husband Philip tend for himself and the kids. That usually means Pasta and a jar of sauce. I don’t eat store bought pasta or sauce because I prefer raw zucchini pasta, oh so yummy. So it was a perfect night for a quick bowl of Raw Zucchini with Avocado Basil Sauce, no cooking needed!...more

Filet O' Fu

Warning, this recipe features tofu. I think some people tend to get panicky when introducing tofu. It’s not everyone’s “thang” and that’s okay, but it’s fun to try different foods once in a while, right?...more

Use Your Panini Grill to Make Tofu Exciting!