Tag Archives: Olive oil

How to Make Your Own Soap: All-Natural Castile Olive Oil Bar Soap Recipe

dec1_2013 005I never – and I do mean never – expected I would be making my own soap. I always assumed the ingredients were too caustic, the process too difficult, and the whole shebang just too darn hard.

Thankfully, I was quite wrong.

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Black Olive and Spinach Calzones with Homemade Ricotta Cheese + Jalapeno Basil Walnut Pesto

blog_111913 018It’s sort of difficult, the first time you make homemade ricotta cheese, not to simply devour it all before you’ve actually had a chance to use it in any sort of productive way. (And that’s ok! Have at it. It’s lovely with a bit of honey, smeared over a bagel with some homemade jam… you really can’t go wrong however you want to enjoy it.)

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Chipotle Chili-Crusted Cornmeal Tofu with Parsley Pesto (and Spicy Sour Cream) + Dill Tomato-Corn Saute

Chipotle Chili-Crusted Tofu with Parsley Pesto (and Spicy Sour Cream)One of my favorite cookbooks lately has been Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. This tofu preparation was slightly adapted from a recipe in the book… and deciding to pair it with everything that follows was a matter of seasonal timing.

Our parsley went gangbusters this year… we’re talking mega-weed proportions. And, as I am not a big lover of parsley-for-its-own-sake, I was desperate to find some use for it. I had always wondered what kind of pesto it might yield, and after poking around a bit, I found plenty of proof that others had already successfully blazed that path.

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