Category Archives: Appetizers

Baked Brie with Ojai Pepper Jelly

This easy-to-make recipe is elegant and tasty. It takes advantage of the spiciness of pepper jelly and the creaminess of Brie cheese. If you do not care for pepper jelly, substitute a fresh cherry preserve or a raspberry jam. Either … Continue reading

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Grilled Seitan Rollups with Asparagus

Seitan [pronounced say-TAN] was first developed by Chinese Buddhists in the seventh century as a vegetarian alternative to meat. It was popularized in Japan cuisine when the Japanese developed the process of simmering it in soy sauce and seasonings.

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Mediterranean Flatbread

I like this flatbread with a warm bowl of soup. I also use this recipe as dough for a thick-crust pizza. The use of bread flour, as opposed to all-purpose flour, makes the final product crispier. For a chewier crust, … Continue reading

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Tofu Satey

Satay is a dish of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Traditional satay consists of small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with a spicy peanut sauce. My version is vegan substituting super-firm tofu for the … Continue reading

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Bruschetta with Crispy Eggplant

Wikipedia says that bruschetta is “toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes.” I say it is a blank canvas upon which you can add any topping of your choice. I like to serve … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Bell Pepper Terrine

So what is a terrine? My online Apple dictionary defines it as: 1. a meat, fish, or vegetable mixture that has been cooked or otherwise prepared in advance and allowed to cool or set in its container; 2. A container … Continue reading

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