After years of cooking corn,  I found a foolproof method that is incredibly easy, unique and simply delicious. Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection Moving around a lot has created an opportunity to try new things and to incorporate different flavors & methods then I had tried before. Take corn on the cob for example.  For most of my early years, I remember hanging out in the kitchen, shucking fresh corn with my mom and/or grandma and then adding the cobs to a pot of boiling, salted water.  I use to love watching the corn go from a pale yellow to a vibrant hue which signaled they were ready to be devoured.  I sure loved corn this way, especially with a big 'ol slab of butter. After moving to Maryland, a friend of mine cooked their corn on the grill and their special little twist, created the best Grilled Corn on the Cob I had ever tasted (Sorry MOM!). This is now my favorite way to make corn, especially when adding a little Sriracha for heat. 

"Sriracha cauliflower wings are my Bae",  or at least that is what my daughter says.  This is HUGE as it is coming from my not completely vegan child who has labeled herself as a "chikatarian" (she likes Chik-fil-a basically).  I know, this is technically a vegan food blog, but to be perfectly honest, I just cannot make everyone eat as I would.  Now, when we are home, I only make 1 dish and everyone eats that 1 dish, but when we go out, they are all free to make their own choices.  Thankfully, they no longer go crazy when they order and have realized how certain foods make them feel as well as realize how eating foods affects other creatures, but chicken, I can't quite get her to give up yet. Thankfully, my kids all LOVE vegetables and so getting them to eat veggies is really easy.   Cauliflower is one of their favorites, whether its raw or cooked and we've used this veggie as a substitute for rice or mashed potatoes and even in shrimp cocktail.  It also works well as "chicken" for making wings.   I mean, it's better than eating "fake" meat made of weird ingredients, right?

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls. Spring Rolls I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off. This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them. Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Vegan & Gluten Free, Southern Style Grits
Bite-size Grits & Greens I am not a Southern girl by any means, but I do love me some southern food. Biscuits and gravy, warm cornbread, or grits and greens, Oh MY! Throw in some sweet tea and we're having a party (and making my kiddos & hubby, incredibly happy). Southern cooking really is good 'ol comfort food, and grits may just win as my favorite since they are little healthier (depending on how you make them) and easier to make vegan & allergy-friendly .

Candied ginger makes this Cranberry Sauce anything but basic, yet, it is so easy and delicious, you'll never want to buy anything from a can again.

Everywhere I turn, Christmas is already happening.  The store aisles are full of decorations, neighborhood homes are all lit up in beautiful twinkling lights and every toy catalog has found its way into my living room.  It is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas,,,,,although Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet.