Veggie Chef
5:25 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Yam Slam Stew

What you need:

1 small yellow onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)

1 ½ pounds yams, cut into 1-inch chunks (scrubbed well/not peeled)

1 small green pepper, diced

1 13.5 ounce can light coconut milk

2 cups vegetable broth

¼ cup Thai Kitchen brand green curry paste

1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Cooked rice, couscous or quinoa (optional)

What you do:

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Veggie Chef
5:19 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Curry Kick!

Last week, I made a curried yam stew using a green curry paste.

This week it's a pasta salad with yellow curry powder and cayenne pepper, which is tempered by the use of cooling cucumber.

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Veggie Chef
5:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Tahini, Hummus, and Olive Tapenade

Today, I want to share recipes for a couple of things you can make at home that aren't as hard to make as you'd think.

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Lynn Neary is an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

In her role on the Arts desk, Neary reports on an industry in transition as publishing moves into the digital age. As she covers books and publishing, she relishes the opportunity to interview many of her favorite authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McEwan.

Veggie Chef
5:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Bali Tofu

What you need:

1 TB olive oil

¾ pound tofu cut into bite sized pieces (did I mention it was Twin Oaks)

¼ c vegetable broth

½  of a medium onion, diced

1 clove minced garlic

1 TB fresh chopped fresh cilantro

½ tsp grated fresh ginger

½ tsp grated lemon peel

¼ tsp cumin

1/8 tsp turmeric

½ cup light coconut milk

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Veggie Chef
4:52 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seven Layers of Party Dip

If you're looking for an appetizer you can make to take to a friend's house to watch a game, movie or even a meteor shower, I've got a party pleaser for you.

This week's recipe, a seven-layer dip, is one I've had in my arsenal for a while. However, I've recently revamped it to make it spicier, non-dairy and even easier to make.

What you need:

2 15 ounce cans vegetarian refried beans

1 12 ounce container of non-dairy sour cream (like the Tofutti brand)

1 tsp. ground chili powder

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

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Government & Politics
4:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Virginia's GOP Convention

While Democratic candidates for statewide office have been circulating petitions to get on the primary ballot, their Republican counterparts have been criss-crossing Virginia, attending scores of mass meetings. 

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From the Ground Up
4:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT's Design-Build Laboratory

Architects spend a fair amount of time putting pencils to paper and building small models of what they’d like to construct – but how do they know their designs will work in the real world, and what does it take to get something built.  That’s what Virginia Tech hopes to teach in a whole new way.  It’s called a Design-Build Laboratory,  it’s gaining favor at schools around the country.

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VT College of Architecture & Urban Studies
3:56 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT Students Design & Build Clifton Forge Ampitheater

Chuck Almirez/Virginia Tech

To be an architect used to mean being involved in every aspect of a project-- from drawings to ribbon cutting. But like most modern professions, architecture has become specialized and more segmented.  Students in a unique design/build program at Virginia Tech do it the old-fashioned way though-- and their efforts won them the American Architects 2012 Building of the Year Award.

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Law & Crime
10:03 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Eastern Shore Arsons

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In the rural beach community of Accomack County, state and federal investigators are searching for clues in the ashes of what is now the 73rd arson since last November.

Many of the old Eastern Shore farmhouses being targeted are used only during the summer by visitors or migrant workers who harvest and pack produce.

State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the arsons happen at night and neighbors live a mile or more away from each other making it difficult to see anyone suspicious.

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