What's Cooking - Vegetables

Cauliflower Puree with Browned Bits

Cauliflower, you are having your moment. Recipes call out from blogs, newspapers, restaurant menus and TV. While this was not one of my favorite veggies until recently, this keeper was one of the first repeat recipes I taught and remains as popular today as it was when first debuted nine years ago. Long time Essen… [ more ]

Filed in: Vegetables

Braised Lentils

Hi.  It’s me.  Welcome to my annual attempt to remind you that December is the most important month of the year to feed yourself well.  Not abundance “well.”  I’m talking home cooked food “well,” veggies, fruit and grains “well.”  Before you assign this post to the read in January, new year, new you in-box, hear… [ more ]

Filed in: Entrees, Grains and Legumes, Vegetables, Vegetarian Entrees

Hasselback Potato Gratin

I love this potato dish.  Let me count the ways.  Delicious.  People pleaser.  The LBD of the side dish world – it dresses up everything in its midst with little to no extra effort or adornment.  “Make ahead” is its middle name.  You get the picture. The story:  Last weekend I did a “one night… [ more ]

Filed in: Entrees, Vegetables, Vegetarian Entrees

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

When asked about our clients favorite recipes, I’m always a bit hesitant to answer with the truth, “All of them!”  People cook with Essen because we take the time to vet the recipes, techniques, accessibility of ingredients and applicability to fit with your every day life.  As my friend Kathryn has told more people than… [ more ]

Filed in: Cakes and Cupcakes, Vegetables

Trofie with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

In my family, if a dish has pasta, potatoes or croutons, you’re guaranteed a hit. Italians have a gift for combining their starches (Potato Pizza!) and Pasta with Pesto, Green Beans and Potatoes does it all right. [ more ]

Filed in: Pasta, Vegetables, Vegetarian Pasta