Homemade Vegan Pizza

img_6339When I made the decision to go vegan more than a year ago, I thought that truly delicious pizza – one of my favorite comfort foods – had suddenly become a thing of the past. I was willing to give it up, though, because I feel strongly in my convictions to maintain a vegan lifestyle; however, I was delighted to learn that I didn’t have to. After many months of tinkering around with different recipes and trials on our weekly pizza nights, I am proud to share with you what I think is a pretty tasty vegan pizza recipe. It possesses all of the comfort and flavor of a traditional pizza while being 100% compassionate toward animals and the environment and completely free of cholesterol.  Continue reading →

The Day I Stopped Eating Meat

IMG_2454It’s been 55 days since I last ate meat. It was chicken, part of an improvisation on Mexican pozole that I had made for Halloween. As I was cooking the pozole, I hadn’t planned on it being my last dish with meat, but somewhere between pulling the giant pot of finished soup off the stove and slurping down the last helping a few days later, something inside me had changed and I knew that meat on my meal plate had become a thing of the past. And it didn’t stop there. Continue reading →

Making Dutch Letters: A Little Piece of Iowa in Riga

IMG_2105It’s October, my favorite month of the year, and although autumn in Riga is thoroughly beautiful and colorful, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been feeling tremendously homesick lately. Homesick for which home exactly, I am not sure, as there have been many. What I am experiencing is perhaps better described as a homesickness for a feeling… one of comfort, peace, and coziness. When I think about of all of the places I have lived in my life, Iowa is quite possibly the place that evokes this feeling the most, and lately, I have been missing it quite a bit. Continue reading →

Tarator (Cold Cucumber-Yoghurt Soup)

It’s summer time! And in Bulgaria, that means time for the Black Sea coast, long evenings at the outdoor cafes, and of course, tarator. This cold cucumber-yoghurt soup is divine and can be eaten as a snack, a first course, or, if you’re like me and eat it by the bucketful, it can serve as refreshing and healthful meal. With ingredients similar to the Greek tzatziki sauce, tartator is easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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A bowl of freshly made tarator is perfectly complemented with a piece of banitsa, Bulgaria’s national pastry.