Student Spotlight + Recipe: Alana Haldan

My name is Alana Haldan and I am a Natural Chef student with a passion for vegan, plant-based cooking, fermentation, and raw foods. Before diving into the culinary world, I was a graphic designer, spending most of my time behind a computer screen. Despite thinking of myself as a healthy eater, I felt overweight, tired, Read More

Mushroom Stock

Mushrooms, in combination with aromatic herbs and vegetables, lend a rich, earthy flavor to this stock that can be used in vegetarian dishes as an alternative to meat stocks. Save Print Mushroom Stock Author: Bauman College Serves: 2 quarts   Ingredients 1½ Tbs olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped 1 medium leek, sliced 4 cloves Read More

Cashew Sour Cream

Cashews provide an excellent dairy-free base for creating dressings and creams, both savory and sweet. In this recipe, the combination of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice lends the perfect acidic punch to this nut-based alternative to sour cream. Save Print Cashew Sour Cream Author: Serves: 1 cup   Ingredients 1 cup raw cashews ½ cup Read More

Bandakka (Okra) Curry

Bandakka Curry With influences from Indonesian and South Indian cuisine, this rich, Sri Lankan curry, adapted from Charmaine Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook Series: Sri Lanka & The Philippines, features nutrient-dense okra—also known as “ladies’ fingers” or bandakka—coconut milk, green chiles, and curry leaves. Seasonal Okra Low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, but high in both Read More

Fermented Asparagus

Springtime’s sweetheart, asparagus, comes and goes as fleetingly as the season itself. These delicate spears ferment for a short time and their freshness is preserved by soaking in the salty brine. Since they are not cooked, they soften slightly in the brine and their raw flavor is showcased. Be careful not to ferment for much Read More