Seasonal Sundays (Week 11) Mid March

Cauliflower connoisseurs, look for a treasure trove of recipes inside. Pie people, your slice of 3.14 Pi Day is just days away! Curious cooks, you know I hope that this week's recipe collection will inspire your March meals ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

No words, really, as we hold our breath, watching the war on Ukraine escalate.

Instead, let me suggest movies I watched this week, attempting to understand the spine of this country where my great-grandparents lived until emigrating to Canada about 1900.

  • Bitter Harvest, a narrative of the Holodomor, Joseph Stalin's genocidal mass starvation of millions of Ukrainians. I watched it on Kanopy, which is a streaming service available through some library systems, way higher quality movies than the usual sources. Google says it's also available on Hulu, Sling, Amazon Prime, Paramount+, Philo, YouTube, GooglePlay, Apple TV, Vudu. (Gad, life was sure simpler when it was just Netflix and Amazon ...)

  • The Trader is a short documentary set in the Republic of Georgia available on Netflix, you'll never look at potatoes the same again. FYI if you find yourself peering into the backgrounds of photographs for insight into how people's lives are lived, this is 23 minutes of that ...

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Last weekend, my husband, the dog and I joined a rally in support of the defense of Ukraine here in St. Louis. It was a sunny late-winter day, Tower Grove Park's sidewalks still thick with icy slush from a mid-week storm. The rally started slowly, people gathering at a central point carrying Ukrainian flags, protest posters and sunflowers. Who came? First- and second- and even third-generation immigrants from Ukraine. People from Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Russia, Taiwan. I listened in on an interview of a woman from Ukraine (Alona, pronounced just like my name Alanna!) and was struck by her calm, dignity and clear-eyed expression of what is happening in her home country. No fiery words. No fist pumping. No false bravado. I see the same demeanor in interviews of ordinary, everyday Ukrainians on the news programs, those leaving for the safety of their families, those staying to fight. Calm. Stoicism. Determination. Resolve.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ♥, creamy-cold cream cheese and peanut butter filling, drizzled with chocolate, tucked into a graham cracker crust.
  • THE RECIPE Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie A creamy concoction, with just a hint of peanut butter and a drizzle of chocolate.
  • GREAT NO-ROLL CRUST My Favorite Graham Cracker Crust A crisp, sturdy crust, not too sweet, not too buttery.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Such a simple combo, peanut butter and chocolate. It even started my husband's unexpected journey to liking peanut butter!

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Cornmeal Pancakes with Warm Blueberries ♥, a simple but sumptous combination, special for breakfast or supper.

Seasonal Favorites: Cauliflower!

Mexican Cauliflower Rice, more Mexican meal prep ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette, another easy but impressive vegetable recipe ♥ Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Low Fat.

Detox Chopped Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture with broccoli, cauliflower, dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Vegan, great for potlucks and parties.

March 14th = Pi Day = 3.14 = Pie Day Delicious

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pie ♥, a press-in almond crust, no-bake cheesecake filling plus homemade blueberry pie filling.

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

How's That Novel Going? How's That Second Language Going?

Did anyone else write a special list of "life goals" at the start of the pandemic? It was inspiring, all the self- and home-improvement projects that people took on to fill the sudden windows of "free" time.

Me? The piano remains unplayed, the dog mostly unwalked, the hall bath completely undone.

Because, you see, there was also that pesky "keep your head above water" to-do to check off week in, week out.


I did finally get my digital photos in order, culling and organizing eight years of photos an hour at a time over many, many evenings. And that felt GOOD.

And this week, I finally cleaned out the garage. It took only a few hours and man-oh-man, it felt REALLY GOOD.

As life takes on some new semblance of pre-covid-ness, is there anything you'd like to tackle sooner than later? I recommend it.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon & Garlic, so simple, so good ♥

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Spiced Chicken Tagine with Roasted Cauliflower ♥, a one-pot supper, chicken and roasted cauliflower with warm spices and a touch of sour from Spiced Preserved Lemons.

Tuscan Vegetable Stew ♥, a year-round detox stew, quick to make. Vegan. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Cauliflower Steaks with Warm Corn & Poblano Salsa, another vegetarian supper ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Good to Know

Is a Stand Mixer Better for Kneading Bread Dough? The Case For & Against ♥

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole ♥ No bread! Just eggs, green chiles, bits of cheese and a surprising ingredient, cottage cheese. Vegetarian. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Flaky Tender Pie Crust ♥, make your best crust ever.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Savory Stir-Fried Sweet Potatoes ♥ An unusual, easy weeknight vegetable.

Meal Prep

Refrigerator Pickled Beets ♥, made with canned beets or fresh roasted beets, no canning required, keep for weeks in the fridge. Vegan. Low Sugar. Low Cal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

This Week's Soup

Quick Cauliflower (or Broccoli) Soup ♥, fast, delicious soup made with five ingredients. Broccoli or cauliflower.

Finnish Food

Finn Crisp with Marmalade & Cheese, a typical Finnish breakfast ♥

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Potato Soup, all the great taste, lighter and healthier with cauliflower ♥ Lower-Carb & Lower-Cal. Homemade Comfort Food. Perfect for Cold Weather. Great for Meal Prep. Weeknight Easy. Naturally Gluten Free.

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Roasted Cauliflower, another vegetable classic ♥, recipe plus tips and tricks. Vegan. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Makes / Made Me Think ...

Soups & Salads Especially for March

March is such a funny month for cooking, some wintry days (yo, soups!), some spring-like days (hey, salads!) and so many days neither one nor the other, just smack in the middle. So what grabs us depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for March, tons of ideas!

Here's a sample!

No-Cream Creamy Cauliflower Soup, just 3 ingredients ♥ Recipe includes tips, nutrition, WW points.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Banana Cream Pudding ♥, one pudding recipe for parfaits, pie, pavlova and even (yummm) just plain with chopped banana.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Savory Orange Slices ♥, a simple and surprising orange salad, savory not sweet.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice, another healthy cauliflower recipe ♥ Looks like rice. Tastes like rice. But cauliflower!

Something to Read

The story is gut-wrenching but if you, like me, have committed to not look away, Between Shades of Gray is a much-readable YA start. The story follows a Lithuanian family cleaved apart by Stalin's mass deportation of Baltic citizens, ending in the cold, starvation, disease and brutality of a Siberian death camp with Finns, Latvians and Estonians. We have a connection to a Ukrainian family subjected to similar desecration: the tragic toll lasts for generations.

Just Updated!

Favorite Asparagus Recipes ♥ Sides to salads, soups to suppers and more.

Don't Be a Stranger ...

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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