Vegan Molecular Gastronomy Valentine’s Dinner

Anyone recall the Doctor Dreadful Food Labs from the 80s? Yea, well my parents never allowed me to tinker with food, afraid I may poison them with the kit’s green candied slime. They never allowed the mad scientist in me to come out, until recently when I discovered the Molecular Gastronomy Kit by Cuisine R-EVOLUTION. Continue reading

Honey Hoisin Chickun

Hoisin & Honey Glazed Chick-un

I know what you’re thinking, enough with the chick-un cutlets already. Faced with a daunting Valentine dinner, I needed a tangy-sweet main dish to include an aphrodisiac honey ingredient so modified a Chinese pork recipe to fit the bill. Once again, decided to include Elianni cutlets and was not disappointed. They looked great and tasted even better. Continue reading

Sautéed Spaghetti Squash

Simple Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash always seems like the forgotten winter gourd. I often easily confuse it for butternut squash at the supermarket. While equally as tasty, spaghetti squash has great natural buttery flavor and is perfect hearty addition to any meal. What’s better is that it is a great low calorie alternative to carb-heavy pasta (as is this Zucchini Spaghetti recipe), and relatively easy to prepare. Continue reading

cooking kung pao

Spicy Kung Pao Chick-un

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chick-un

So a long time ago I used to make this dish with real chicken. The results were often disappointing and often relied on sauce to compensate for the dryness of the chicken. Gross:( However, after I saw that Elianni had their own Kung Pao recipe, I decided to use their veggie cutlets and modify the recipe a bit.

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nacho cheese popcorn

Nacho Cheesy Popcorn

Do you remember the Popcorn Emporiums of the 80s? Walls and walls of vibrant flavored popcorn may be absent from modern mall storefronts today, but this recipe immediately brought me back to the jalapeño cheesiness I remember missing from childhood. Only difference, cheese substituted with amazing nutritional yeast! I use this often when making cheesy nut sauce for pasta, but didn’t realize how good it’d be on popcorn with other spices. Continue reading

Taste of India

Taste of India, in Tampa

Konkani Gotala

Konkani Gotala

With few options for good Indian food in Tampa Bay, there are a few that shine; one of those being Taste of India right off of highway 275 and Fowler Avenue. The decor inside is genuine and food authentic. Wasn’t long before salivary glands start activating once surrounded with aromatic smells from the kitchen. Continue reading