Recipes and pondering
February 8, 2021
Vegan Smoky Collard Greens

There are few things that this Yankee girl enjoys more than collard greens. These are the bomb. These have a little kick. My first experience with homemade collard greens was with my friend Chance, who showed me how she made them with a smoked turkey leg. I hope you are watching me from heaven. No […]

January 26, 2021
Napa Cabbage and Noodles, Vegan & Gluten Free

This all started when I ordered some Napa Cabbage from Wegmans and what they brought me was enough cabbage to feed an army. It weighed more than my dog and he is 10 lbs. What to do ? I really wanted to use glass noodles, they are made from sweet potato starch. No bueno, I […]

November 26, 2020
Why It's More Than Just Food

Welcome! Here you see a bowl of soup. But its the spoon that invites us in for a further taste. Food, we need it to survive, but we also can use it to thrive. Our very first connection to another human is through food. Food is in every part of our lives from celebrating a […]

November 9, 2020
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

We learn to adapt. It's the name of the game these days. In this very odd time in history, it's important to do things we remember we loved. These are the things that ground us and nourish us. when our world spins out of control.

June 15, 2021
Best ever Carolina Mustard BBQ Tempeh Sandwich Vegan and GF

Wow! It's June. It been a while since I actually posted a recipe. I was thinking back to when I first tasted Carolina Mustard BBQ. I was visiting friends in Lady's Island in South Carolina. I never got over it. Before I ever thought of making it I would go in to the Piggly Wiggly […]

April 12, 2021
Stuffed Artichokes, Hippie Food of the 60's. Gluten Free

Stuffed artichokes helped define the 60's for me. I was first introduced to stuffed artichokes as a very new teen, visiting my hippie cousin Rosie in Greenwich Village in NY. I remember passing by the clothing shop" Paraphernalia " when Go Go boots were all the rage and mini skirts were the thing to wear. […]

January 30, 2021
Shepard's Pie, The ultimate Snowstorm meal, your way.

Its is a whole entire 18 degrees out. BRRR. I think you know where I'm going with this. I don't know about you but I'm making Shepard's Pie. The first time I tasted this I was in Salisbury, England. Also referred to as Cottage Pie, I was swept away, as I have been from day […]

January 11, 2021
Quick Easy Black Bean Soup, Gluten Free and Vegan

I think any kind of weather is soup weather. When I used to work in a commercial kitchen, my work husband ( who was from El Salvador) used to make Black Bean Soup. He would use fresh black beans. There is nothing like it. This however is an abbreviated version. I used organic canned black […]

January 7, 2021
What to Keep in Your Gluten Free Pantry, Dry Storage.

It's always good to have some extra odd things on hand for when you don't feel like shopping, have a special meal in mind, or just want to get creative.

January 1, 2021
Turkish Beetroot Salad, Grounding Culinary Medicine for a New Year, Vegan and Gluten Free

I know I say this all the time, but REALLY this is one of my favorite recipes. I have been craving beets ever since this new reality of ours has surfaced. Every grocery order  that I do, I inadvertently forget the beets. Not this time, I really needed them. Here’e why. Last year, I  taught […]

December 30, 2020
Simple White Chili, Gluten Free, Winter Comfort Food

We will get through this Sometimes it takes comfort food. Stay warm and above all healthy. Here's to a HEALTHY 2021.

December 29, 2020
Welcome 2021, Something Special for YOU.

While this year has been difficult, there are still plenty of things to be grateful for and to look forward to. What's been going on behind the scenes here at Its More Than Just Food, is a lot of study in to healing foods and experimenting (as I always do ) on healthier alternative food […]

December 23, 2020
Guide to 10 Must Have Medicinal Dry Spices for Your Winter Pantry

These are my 10 go to spices for the winter season. I don't want to hurt any spices feelings, after all there is SO much to choose from. This is just a short list, a lot of herbs are still available fresh, but these are the ones I keep on hand. Where do we start? […]

November 28, 2020
Crones and Scones, How it Started

This literally started unexpectedly, as I was making a batch of gluten free scones. This year I turned 65, complete with Medicare bombarding my inbox and snail mail. Age is just a number, and although I believe this to be true, I realized something was different. We were in pretty much lockdown for months. I […]

November 18, 2020
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Gluten Free

I love winter squashes. And especially acorn squash. I bought these mini squashes but had no idea what I'd do with them. This was a pleasant surprise as I made these sweet and savory. I had no idea how this would work, but how can you go wrong with these ingredients? To begin with I […]

November 16, 2020
Why Online Dinner Companions May Be the Cure For Loneliness

You know I talk about what is Culinary Medicine all the time. But maybe the medicine isn't what we eat, but having someone to eat with.

September 20, 2020
Kasha Varnishkas ( Kasha with bowties) The Ancestral Jewish Kitchen

No holiday would be complete in my home without Kasha Varnishkas. It is an acquired taste for some because of its texture and nutty flavor. You could say this is truly Jewish soul food. It's my mothers favorite. My tribute to her is at the end of this blog. I would be remiss if I […]

September 18, 2020
Apple Kugel, My Favorite Jewish New Year Treat from the Ancestral Kitchen

Circa 1990's Tucson, Arizona. My son was maybe 1 or 2. No matter where we lived we were surrounded by friends who embraced us as family. Most friends we met at Shul. Some memories are ingrained in your soul. When I think of the holidays, I think of Linda and Andy Kunsberg. I loved our […]

September 3, 2020
Roasted Butternut Squash and Fuji Apple Soup. Easing into Autumn.

This is usually the first soup I gravitate to making in the fall. I've made many different versions. Its sweet and spicy, and the color reminds me of warmth. I'm like " I get to buy fall veggies now, Hooray !" But its still hot out. This is a good one to file for the […]

September 3, 2020
Figs Glorious Figs, Making Jam, Eating with the Seasons

We often hear, eat with the seasons. There is a reason for this. Having something grown nearby insures freshness and peak nutrients. I can't think of a better way to end the summer than with fig jam. Health Benefits, lets talk about that. Figs Glorious Figs How do I love thee? Let me count the […]

August 24, 2020
Almond Butter Chocolate Cups with Nut Free Option

There is no reason in the world to deny ourselves some simple pleasures. There is an art to food substitutions. It's knowing what ingredients to substitute for others. The occasional treat, well maybe not so occasional, but necessary to our well being, chocolate is in its own food group. I'm not judging. I ate this […]

August 21, 2020
Creamy Thai Beet Soup. Culinary Medicine for the Liver

I was looking through recipes to find something different to make with beets. Nothing will flush out toxins from the liver better than beets. The only issue here was I didn't have all of the ingredients. I was missing red curry paste, and lemon grass. So I figured I'd make a version of my own. […]

August 9, 2020
Culinary Medicine is an All Year Practice. Bone Broth in August.

It's August in Richmond, Virginia . It's hot, muggy, humid. This is not the time of year you're supposed to be making broth. My body is not sure it knows what season it is only that it need healing. Yes I am human and fall off the wagon. I've had too many wonderful Hanover tomatoes. […]

July 21, 2020
Gluten Free Knishes

The very first knish hit the streets of New York In 1910. An Ashkenazim ( Eastern European ) pastry filled with mashed potatoes, onion and chicken fat for flavor. I guess you could call it the Jewish version of Pizza. These days we don't use chicken fat so I substituted broth in the potato mixture. […]

July 8, 2020
Get Your Vitamin C ! Vegan Smoothie Bowl

This is one of the easiest and more delicious ways to get in your Vitamin C. I am notoriously bad about taking my supplements . But with Covid 19 still lurking about, its a good idea to boost your immune system. This is *REAL C . Not some ascorbic acid but the highest quality Vitamin […]

July 4, 2020
The Importance of The Ancestral Kitchen. My Grandmothers Bowl

There is no time like now to explore the Culinary history of our ancestors. With rich Black history literally being unearthed from the depths of a deliberately silenced history book, I see a lot of my friends turn to the women in their families and community that led the way in the kitchen and beyond […]

July 3, 2020
Easy Asian Cold Noodle Salad, Gluten free and Vegan

Summer 2020, How I love thee, let me count the ways. I am being a bit tongue in cheek of course. Even though a lot of us are at home that doesn't mean we want to be tied to the stove. This delicious dish has been my life saver in more ways than one. I […]

July 3, 2020
Salmon Cakes, 2020 Summer's Best Recipe Gluten Free

This has got to be my favorite recipe this summer. One thing we can say for sure, this is the summer of change. Welcome to my first blog for my new website! I have been in most of the spring and summer, partly thanks to Covid -19 ( or Rona as we call her) and […]

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