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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Oh, cauliflower – what can’t you do?

You roast to perfection.
You make spicy ‘wings‘.
You can be roasted whole.
You’re delicious in Banh Mi.
You make tacos better (somehow).

Seriously, I think I’m in love.

This 6-ingredient, 30-minute recipe is bound to wow your guests this holiday season (and beyond). Cauliflower mocks mashed potatoes beautifully, and it all starts by steaming your cauliflower until tender.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks (30+ ideas)

Happy holidays all! What you see here is a holiday gift guide for cooks and culinary enthusiasts. I get asked for ideas every year, and know it can be tricky to find a thoughtful gift for the chef (or serious home cook) in your life. So(!) here’s my gift guide – one that primarily highlights small producers, and products I genuinely use and love. And, if you don’t spot something here, I also posted a round up of 15 Great Culinary Gift Guides yesterday.

St. Agrestis Amaro & Townshend’s Kashmiri Amaro
An after-dinner sip of amaro always hits the spot. And, part of the fun is tasting all the different ones available. These are two recent favorites in gift worthy bottles. The Townshend is chai-spiced, which, honestly, I thought might be a miss. Instead it is surprising, balanced, and feisty – in the best way possible.Holiday Gift Guide for CooksJacob May Cutting Boards
Jacob May end grain kitchen boards are contemporary classics. Heirloom quality, they get better each year. I’ve had mine for five or six years now (!?) and love it more each time I reach for it. The recipient of one of these should be extra, extra special ;)…

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Donabe & Japanese pantry
I love cooking in clay pots, and despite a real effort to scale back, have growing collection of them. Toiro Kitchen is my favorite source for donabe, Japanese clay pots. The Kamado-san double-lid rice cooker is my favorite, but I also love the Ibushi Gin donabe smoker. Beyond donabe, everything in Naoko’s Torio Kitchen is gift-worthy, and a selection of the pantry items would make a great basket. If you can visit the Los Angeles store do it. You’ll find a helpful staff to explain their incredible selection of donabe, pantry items, and Japanese tableware.Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

All things Herriott Grace

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Vitamix 7500 in white
I bought one of these years ago, and my pureed soups, smoothies, and nut milks have never been silkier. It is really is that good. In the years since, I’ve also experimented with other blenders, as well as the little Magic Bullet – and, at a much, much lower price point. Nothing I’ve tried comes close to this big guy. You know those commercials where someone gets a car with a bow in the driveway? That’s the realm we’re in. The Mercedes of blenders.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pure Stainless Steel Can Opener
A can opener for a gift? This is the smoothest can opener I know, it quickly opens cans with precision every single time. Wayne and I sometimes fight over who “gets” to open the can. 

Iris Hantverk brushes
Here’s the entire Iris Hantverk kitchen line of brushes. They are beautiful, utilitarian, and a simple pleasure to use.Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Weck jars plus wood lids
A set of Weck jars is a great gift. They stack nicely, and help turn chaos into calm. All my favorite dried beans and pulses go straight into them. I also use them constantly in my refrigerator (below), in the quest to minimize plastic, and single use containers.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks
Levo oil
I put this on my personal wish list. It just seems like it would be a blast to experiment with. I like to think that I’m not one for gadgets, wifi-connected devices and single-use appliances, but this is the sort of thing I can’t resist. For the right person who likes to experiment in the kitchen, this is going to perfect. Lots of cool ideas, ratios, recipes on their site if you poke around.Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Moccamaster in white
We’re currently an espresso (and lots of tea) household, but friends have told me this is a great combination of style and functionality.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Jenni Kayne Tableware
Jenni Kayne always has a great selection of bowls and tableware (the wood bowls!). They’re the sort of kitchen items that get better and better the more you use them.

 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Wonder Valley Olio Nuevo
I’ve been working my way through a bottle of the Wonder Valley Olio Nuevo (Thanks Chanda!). Made with olives harvested in October 2018, this is the fresh, bright stuff. Limited to 600 bottles. 

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Diaspora Co. Turmeric
Sana’s Diaspora Co. sources turmeric from Andhra Pradesh, India. It is some of the best you can buy.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Coffee Manufactory Holiday Bundle
Not sure if you knew, but our friends at Tartine and Tartine Manufactory have a coffee venture. And like everything they set their sights on, it’s spot-on. Check out this holiday gift bundle.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Breakaway Matcha
Eric Gower’s Breakaway Matcha is one of the best sources of matcha tea in the United States. A great gift and introduction to the different grades of matcha is this matcha flight.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Lord Windsor Coffee
A local fav in Long Beach – a few bags of the Costa Rica blend or No Stresso Espresso in this colorful packaging brighten a friend’s morning ritual. 

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Canyon Coffee
Ally and Casey’s Canyon Coffee never disappoints – I like the Colombian blend, but they also offer gift packages. If you’re on the West coast, keep an eye out for them at a bunch of holiday markets, where you can have a cup in person.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

For the adaptogen enthusiast: The O’CLOCKS – More about them here. And the collection as trio here.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

For cooking Inspiration on Cozy Winter Nights – Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Ila Black Lava Salt
The perfect finishing element for anything from salads and spreads, to cookies or homemade crackers – we love the Ila black lava salt. Bonus points for the beautiful, weighty, black on black packaging.  

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Song Tea White Dragonwell
Peter Luong carefully sources tea from China and ships it back to the states with temperature control, so you get the freshest, most subtle flavors. I love the white teas in particular, and the description of this one with notes of chrysanthemum, rice milk, and marshmallow caught my attention.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Leaves & Flowers Turmeric Wellness Tea
This is the herbal tea blend I drink the all the time, select the glass jar for gift-worthy packaging. I really enjoy all the L&F blends, and you can’t go wrong with their seed tea, hibiscus blend, or peace tea (these are all the ones I buy most often) – I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to experiment, because it’s hard to go wrong here.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Sarah Kersten Ceramics

You’ve no doubt seen Sarah’s classic fermentation crock, but her ramen and salad bowls deserve to be in daily rotation.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Malinda Reich

Malinda’s pieces are all one-of-a-kind ceramics made in small kiln firings in San Francisco. We enjoy having them on the table and sprinkled throughout favorite corners of the house. 

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Nappalachia Cookies

For your favorite cookie lover. My pal Natalie kindly sent me a box of these as a house-warming present when we were moving into our new place. And, while all of these cookies are super A+, I promptly fell in love with the GF Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butters. I mean, each cookie goes into the oven weighing nearly 1/2 lb. Laugh/cry.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Luvhaus Ametrine
Sean has recently introduced bold glazes which pop on any table. I love this one called ametrine. For the bold table scape.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Colleen Hennessey Ceramics

I’m never very far from a Colleen Hennessey bowl in my kitchen. They mix and match beautifully, can go oven to table, and are resilient (if you tend to be tough on bowls and plates).

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Earthen Ceramics
Julia opened a fantastic shop in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood this year. But if you can’t visit in person, her site has a good selection of her work.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks

Julie Cloutier
Julie Cloutier’s bowls and cups, (and her signature style) are a score for the minimalist cook in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks
Happy happy holidays! And, I hope this has helped your gift buying process a bit :)! -h

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15 Great Culinary Gift Guides

If you’re shopping for the perfect gift for the cook in your life, I’m hoping this will be a helpful jumping off point. I was working on a 101 Cookbooks holiday gift guide (which I plan to post tomorrow!), and noticed there are a lot of really great culinary-focused gift guides already out there. So I wrangled my favorites into this list. Hope you find something special for the cook in your life. -h

GOOP Cook’s Gift Guide: The compact, over-the-shoulder, Portable Table Barbecue caught my attention. Also lots of ideas in the GOOP Wellness Junkie’s Gift Guide.

– Not a gift guide perse, but CAP Beauty alway has lots of great products for your favorite cook, food, or wellness enthusiast. Start here, For The Foodie. Poke around The CAP Grocery. Or, jump into The Honey Pot.

15 Great Culinary Gift Guides

– FOOD52 has a good number of A+ holiday gift lists. They’ve set up a page indexing them named The Great Gift List. Be sure to poke around Amanda & Merrill’s Co-founder’s Gift Picks, as well as The Big Wows.

– Serious Eats also has a range of culinary focused holiday guides. Love this one (The Bookworm) focused on the culinary bookworm in your life – lots of great cookbook classics in this list. There is also a holiday guide focused on The Beginner Cook and one for The Baker in your life. Links to all their other holiday gift guides are listed at the bottom of each page as well.

– The Strategist published a list of The Best 35 Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Home Cook. And there are a number of extra cool items here. Notably the red version of the awesome yellow Dansk Pot you see in a few of the episodes of Samin’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat series. Also intrigued by the mega-bento.

– Huffington Post: I like the scope of this round-up of Homemade Holiday Gifts. Even if you don’t use the recipes linked to in the article, this list is full of cobweb-clearing ideas to use as an initial brainstorm and to get the holiday ideas flowing.15 Great Culinary Gift Guides
– Wholefully: Cassie shares a really great spectrum of Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar. And do you see the cute gift tags? You can download the template for those as well. If you want to keep your soup mixes veg, simply swap in veg bullion for the chicken bouillon called for.

– And one more, last-minute, addition to this list from The Strategist – The Best Gifts for Chefs, According to 24 Chefs and Restaurant Owners. If you have a serious home cook on your hands, one that is particularly tough to shop for, browse this list. It tipped me off items like a Microplane spice grinder (adding to my own wish list!), and Thai fruit carving tools.

Gift Wrapping Inspiration

15 Great Culinary Gift Guides

– Check out this post on Remodelista (from a few years back) for DIY: Holiday Gift Wrap ideas. Or take a master wrapping class in holiday wrapping with Claudia Schwartz (pictured above) or Matt Dick – two of my very favorite people and both masters of the presentation of the gift.

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4-Ingredient Easy Vegan Brownies

4-Ingredient Easy Vegan Brownies

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make a brownie that is so easy that it can be made quickly, with minimal equipment, and with ingredients I always have on hand. I imagined the texture and flavor I wanted and worked backward from there. And friends, I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results! Let’s make ooey-gooey vegan brownies!

The base of this 4-ingredient, 30-minute, 1-bowl recipe is dates, which create the fudgy texture, naturally sweeten the brownies, and bind the batter as well.

4-Ingredient Easy Vegan Brownies from Minimalist Baker →

Beet Veggie Burger Stuffed Pita with Whipped Feta

Close-up, overhead shot of pita stuffed with beet burgers, arugula, and whipped feta

During the busy holiday months, I’m always looking for extra quick ways to eat well. It always feels like lunch is my weak area. It’s easy to ditch cooking and head out with friends. But, I feel it when I do.

And so, I like to have a few lunches that feel a bit extra but take very little work. This is one of the reasons I love working with Dr. Praeger’s. I know I can keep a few veg burgers on hand for quick and filling lunches or dinners.

Greens: Arugula, Spinach, or Lettuce

I love the flavor arugula adds to any sandwich or burger. The baby arugula you find in most stores in mild, with just a hint of pepperiness. This is the version I prefer with this stuffed pita. However, you can also use the spicier arugula you might find at the farmers market.

If arugula isn’t your thing, swap it for baby spinach. You could also use lettuce (like a nice leaf of butter lettuce!)

Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Heat Beet Burgers

I like keeping a few premade items on hand. In an ideal world I’d make everything from scratch but the truth is, I’m not there in my life. And so, I turn to companies I know use minimal but solid ingredients.

These Sweet Heat Beet Veggie Burgers from Dr. Praeger’s are new and now one of my favorite options. They have a good flavor, six types of veggies, and have 19g of protein in one patty. Plus, they are vegan and gluten-free.


Obviously, using feta is a no-go if you want to make this vegan. However, since the burgers are vegan, I want to give you an alternative. You could use a vegan feta but frankly, it’s more work than it’s worth. I’d recommend going with a nice layer of hummus instead!

Ditch the Bread, Make a Salad

Finally, if you want to ditch the pita: turn this into a salad. Cooking up a veg burger as salad topping is one of my favorite things to do. It’s an easy way to make a filling salad without reaching for a ton of ingredients.

Overhead shot of pita stuffed with beet burgers, arugula, and whipped feta

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Roasted Sweet Potato Spring Rolls with Spinach

{Sweet Chili} Roasted Sweet Potato Spring Rolls

This is one of those recipes that has found a way into the rotation every winter. It’s a lovely mix of fresh ingredients with the feeling of a hearty lunch. Best of all, these spring rolls can be made up to 24 hours in advance making them perfect for lunches or even get-togethers.

Rice Papers

Rice papers are a pantry staple in my house. I want to know that if I have produce on hand, I could easily whip up a batch of spring rolls. I usually prefer these brown rice wrappers but they aren’t the friendliest version to start your rolling journey.

There are also discrepancies among different brands of regular rice papers. Some are too thin and tear easily while some have other ingredients outside of tapioca and rice. This older post about the differences can also be super helpful.


Older version: Noodles

This recipe has actually lived on the site for years but was one that needed a solid update. The original version called for using rice noodles with the sweet potatoes. While I still like this version, it’s heavier than these all veg and green version.

If you want to add rice noodles, cook according to the package, drain, and then rinse. Add a about ¼ to ⅓ cup of noodles to each other. I really like Annie Chun’s Maifun brown rice noodles. Beyond adding these noodles to the sweet potato rolls, they also work well as the basis for veg-heavy noodle bowls.


Heat Level

One thing to watch with this recipe is the spice-level. I like these spring rolls pretty spice so I use what feels like a decent amount of crushed red pepper. You can obviously use less or you can switch up the source of the heat.

If I have sambal oelek or a garlic-chili paste on hand, I’ll often use that as a substitute. If you’re not a fan of spice, ditch the crushed red pepper all together or go with ½ teaspoon.


Make into a Salad

If you’re not feeling confident in your rolling ability or can’t find the rice papers, turn this into a salad. The sweet potatoes and spinach make for a great salad combination. Use a ginger-based dressing to boost up the flavor.


Save for later/Make-ahead

Spring rolls can be made ahead of time, up to 24 hours. When I do this, I wrap them in a damp towel and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Roasted Sweet Potato Spring Rolls with Spinach

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Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day, I was thinking through my rolodex of recipes and realized I don’t have a basic vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookie on the blog. I KNOW. It’s just wrong. So, obviously, I had to fix that. The rest is history. Friends, ready your aprons and let’s bake!

This 9-ingredient recipe starts with aquafaba! Yes, aquafaba knows no bounds. It acts as a binding and leavening agent in these cookies, which is kind of amazing.

Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Minimalist Baker →

21 Breakfast Recipes for the Holidays

I love a good breakfast, doubly so during the holiday months. There’s something special about sharing a freshly brewed cup of coffee and delicious breakfast with people you might only get to see occasionally.

My love of this also might stem from a deep love of breakfast. It always feels less fussy than holiday dinners but just as special. I like to keep it simple and go for easily scalable recipes. Below are 21 breakfast recipes to get you ready for feeding the family during the holiday season.

Kale Baked Eggs with Dukkah with Toast | Naturally Ella

For the Crowd

One of the major adjustments to life with my husband was life visiting family with my husband. For any occasion or holiday, we’d all pile into one given house. At first I was completely overwhelmed (this was not a trait of my family) but now, it’s something I love about holidays.

Of course, when your house goes from 3 people to 12 people, it’s time to pull out the recipes you know easily scale. For this I turn to granolas, pancakes, waffles, and beautiful (easy) eggs bakes.

Blueberry Chia Jam with Yogurt and Sunflower Crunch
Oat Teff Pancakes
Kale Baked Eggs with Dukkah
Spelt Waffles


Enchilada Skillet with Eggs | @naturallyella


If you’re not used to dealing with special diets, it can be kind of intimidating. But, with a bit of prep and knowledge, you can rock an delicious gluten-free friendly breakfast. For grain-based items, use quinoa or millet. Look for recipes that are naturally gluten-free (like the tostadas). Finally, for many recipes, you can swap a 1:1 flour in for all-purpose and have delicious gluten-free pancakes or waffles.

Spinach Millet Egg Bake
Enchilada Skillet with Eggs
Breakfast Tostada
Gluten-Free Cornmeal Waffles with Sorghum Strawberries


Grain-Free Granola | Naturally Ella


Similar to the gluten-free recipes, I shoot for recipes I know everyone will enjoy. Porridges with alternative milks are a great way to go. I actually prefer my porridges with almond or oat milk. Granola is also a great way to go. Pick up regular and vegan yogurts to please everyone!

Cracked Einkorn Porridge with Stewed Blood Oranges )(use alternative milk + non-honey alternative
Grain-Free Granola
Garlicky Bean Toast (leave off the feta)
Vegan Carrot Waffles


Pumpkin Bread with Oats

Baked goods

When all else fails, baked goods are a good thing to have on hand. There’s nothing quite as perfect as a hot cup of tea and a slice of the pumpkin bread. Best of all, many baked goods, like scones and muffins, can be made ahead of time and frozen. I like to keep a batch in the freezer and pull them out when I need something extra.

Pumpkin Bread with Oats
Savory Scones with Chives and Feta
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Muffin
Lemon Poppy Seed Scone


Broccoli Melt with Fried Eggs | Naturally Ella


Finally, my favorite category: egg-based breakfast recipes. Baked eggs, frittatas, and quiches are an easy go-to. But I don’t stop there. Toast and veg-cakes are also great when topped with eggs. Best of all, for the egg toppings, you can use soft-boiled eggs (which can be all cooked at once!)

Quinoa Chard Frittata with Balsamic Onions
Broccoli Melt with Fried Egg
Sunchoke Latkes with Poached Egg
Kale Quiche with Garlic
Sweet Potato Hash Egg Skillet

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5-Minute Caffeine-Free Chai Mix

5-Minute Caffeine-Free Chai Mix

In college, I had a chai-a-day habit. In fact, I used to swipe a handful of quarters from my dad’s coin jar (sorry, Dad!) on my way out the door to class to treat myself to a chai at a local coffee shop. There’s something magical about the creaminess of the milk balanced with the subtle sweetness and spice. Swoon.

These days though? I don’t steal from my dad’s coin jar anymore (promise).

5-Minute Caffeine-Free Chai Mix from Minimalist Baker →

Favorites List (11.23.18)

A double dose of links, recipes, podcasts and reading for the long weekend. Enjoy!

– The records John Lennon had in his jukebox (Spotify playlist)

– Reading: Hell’s Backbone Cafe (the New Yorker)

– Not just for Thanksgiving: Rancho Gordo New World Thanksgiving Recipes

– The Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018 (Eater)

– In Marrakesh, One Designer’s Adobe House Is as Colorful as Her Ceramics (NY Times)

– Donate: Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen has served over 75,000 meals in communities impacted by Northern California wildfires.

– Listening to: Narcos playlist (Spotify)

– Sobbing in Starbucks (Eater)

– Movie Night: Kasama Infinity : Coming soon to streaming…

–  Listening to: Nigella on Ottolenghi’s new podcast

– Reading: Little Fires Everywhere

– Lending: Kiva (101 Cookbooks Team – $439k! to date)

– Podcast: Sold in America (Noor Tagouri)

– Lanzhou, China hand-pulled noodle school

– A Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics 

Mumbai is a city of bread: From a Parsi chutney bread to a century-old ‘puriwala’

– “I Panic If I Don’t Have at Least 5 Jars of This Spicy Chili Crisp” (NY Mag / The Strategist)

-Inside a 17th-Century Portuguese and Japanese Cookbook, recipes for caramel, cake, and an early tempura (Atlas Obscura)

– Reading: Is the Second Farm Crisis Upon Us? (Civil Eats)

– Watching: Christiane Amanpour newish interview show (PBS) – or(!) her podcast

– Listening to: Mirah’s new album “Understanding” (streaming)

– Reading: What R.O. Kwon Can’t Live Without (NY Mag / The Strategist)

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