Chef Linda
Linda Soper-Kolton, Chef, came to the Sanctuary as a guest chef to share her love of compassionate cooking in our then-fledgling culinary program. Lured by the magic of the Sanctuary, her love of animals and the urgency of our mission, Linda stayed on to lead and grow the culinary program, inspiring and educating with love, patience, and delicious food.
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Chef Sara
Sara Boan, Chef, joined the Sanctuary staff in 2016 and has been developing recipes and sharing her passion for vegan cooking ever since. She teaches award-winning year-round vegan cooking classes at The Homestead and leads food demos for weekend tour visitors in the spring, summer and fall. When she’s not teaching, Sara is most likely spending time with her partner, snuggling with her rescued kitties or enjoying a cup of freshly brewed oolong tea.
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Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake

Winter calls for warming spices and there’s no better place to find them than in this Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake. Moist and dense, topped with rich caramel and sweet, tender pears, there’s almost nothing that will go better on your holiday table this year. 

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Cashew-Macadamia Cheesecake

Cashew-Macadamia Cheesecake

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Jerk Tofu and Pineapple Skewers

These delicious skewers look fancy, but are deceptively simple to make – and they’re always crowd-pleasers. Using a combination of one jalapeño and half a habañero (or Scotch bonnet, if you’re lucky enough to find them) makes a medium-spicy dish.

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Mediterranean Couscous-Quinoa Salad with Tahini Sauce

This salad makes for a delicious and interesting addition to any picnic or potluck but could work just as well in cooler weather by leaving out the tomato and cucumber.

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Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Kale Hash

If you’re looking for fun and creative new ways to use sweet potatoes, you’ll love this crowd-pleasing recipe. Prepared vegan sausages add tons of flavor and protein, and kale adds gorgeous color and great nutrition.

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Lentil, Quinoa, and Couscous Salad

Often when we’re hungry, our go-to choices aren’t ones that nourish us healthfully. With just a little planning, you can have delicious choices at the ready, like this easy salad made with simple ingredients from your fridge and pantry.

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Grilled Polenta with Summer Succotash

Summer is all about simplicity and the bounty that comes from our gardens and farmers markets which is one of the reasons we love this recipe. Zucchini, corn, and bell peppers all typify warm weather eating.

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Breakfast Nachos

Nachos for breakfast? You bet! An easy Southwestern-style tofu scramble serves as the “meat” here, with black beans added for even more protein. Pickled jalapeños and shredded vegan cheese (pepperjack-style is our favorite) add loads of flavor.

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Curried Sweet Potato-Apple Soup with Candied Pepitas

This soup recipe was developed for a Thanksgiving cooking class when warming flavors and seasonal produce were top of mind.

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Banana Walnut Mini-Loaves

These petite loaves are moist and flavorful from mashed bananas and gluten-free oat flour, which can be easily (and inexpensively) made at home by blending rolled oats in your blender until they resemble a fine flour.