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Crushed Heirloom Potatoes

As with tomatoes, the profusion of heirloom varieties of potatoes at farmers’ markets has helped us rediscover them as a seasonal ingredient in a rainbow of flavors, colors, and textures. This recipe is the perfect vehicle for trying any number of them. Nutty, creamy La Ratte fingerlings are a favorite of French chefs. German Butterballs, as their name suggests, are soft and buttery. For even cooking, choose potatoes that are about the same size.


Vegetarian!
Source: Bon Appetit, January 2005 (Entered by Eric Wagoner)
Servings: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredient keywords: potatoes, cheese, pecans, augula
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Easy Vietnamese Basic Dipping Sauce

This basic sauce is almost as ubiquitous in Southeast Asian cooking as catsup is in ours. Called Nuoc cham (“nook chahm”), it can be made in many versions, some cooked, some uncooked. Many nuoc cham recipes use a commercial preparation called “fish sauce”; it’s made from fermented anchovies, and smells awful but tastes good. However, substituting soy sauce (which the Vietnamese themselves also sometimes do) makes the recipe vegan and it still is tasty.


Vegan!
Source: an unremembered website (sorry! It was some time ago....) (Entered by Janice Matthews)
Servings: About 1 cup of sauce
Ingredient keywords: lime, sugar, garlic, pepper
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Okra with Tomatoes (Mayai Wara Bhinda)

At least one okra hater testifies that this is an eatable okra dish. As an okraphile, I can’t stop eating it. Browning the okra is magical — if you don’t feel like turning the oven on to roast it, this way of cooking it is a good alternative.


Vegetarian! Vegan!
Source: Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian (Entered by Regan Huff)
Servings: 3-4
Ingredient keywords: okra, tomato, garlic
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Steamed Eggs and Squash

Right after I graduated college, a coffee shop opened up town. Besides the usual coffee shop drinks, Martha’s Black Dog served up a few simple but beautifully prepared dishes, and the place quickly became a favorite place to eat. This recipe for Steamed Eggs and Squash is one of her dishes that is still in my rotation today. It’s a great way to use up the overflowing basket of squash and zucchini, along with those eggs that are finally plentiful. Add a side of sauteed green beans and some crunchy toast, and you’ve got a fine meal suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And made 100% with items found through Athens Locally Grown


Vegetarian!
Source: Martha's Black Dog, a defunct eatery in Socorro, New Mexico (Entered by Eric Wagoner)
Servings: Serves two. Or one, if that one is me.
Ingredient keywords: squash, zucchini, eggs, cheese
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Wild Green Salad with Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette

This delicious dish combines the bitterness of wild greens, the sweetness of tomatoes and figs, and the tanginess of balsamic vinegar into a light, refreshing summer salad. Feel free to substitute whatever greens you have on hand, or add protein to transform this side dish into the star of the show!


Vegetarian! Vegan!
Source: A weekend kitchen experiment :) (Entered by Micah & Tanya Hudson)
Servings: 4-8
Ingredient keywords: arugula, spinach, lambsquarter, chicory, greens, herbs, tomato, flowers, fig, vinegar, oil, mustard
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Yemenite Chili Paste (Z’chug)

A spicy chile sauce made with green chiles — almost like a chutney — and an ingredient in Yemenite Eggplant Spread. Add chopped tomatoes or tahini to reduce heat. Serve with felafel or bread, or add to stews, soups or salads. Keeps covered in fridge for up to 2 months. From Gil Marks’s really excellent cookbook of Jewish vegetarian cooking from Africa to the Middle East to eastern and western Europe.


Vegetarian! Vegan!
Source: Gil Marks, Olive Trees and Honey (Entered by Regan Huff)
Servings: 2 cups
Ingredient keywords: jalapeno, cilantro, garlic
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