Carolyn Cope

Carolyn is the voice behind the popular blog Umami Girl and writes frequently for other food-related publications. Equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live, she holds certificates from both the French Culinary Institute and the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program. Carolyn has lived and worked in New York and London and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in a sweet little seaside town in New Jersey.

Vegetarian Muffuletta Sandwich

This wonderfully savory and flavorful vegetarian muffuletta sandwich swaps in “meaty” roasted eggplant and marinated portobello mushrooms for the traditional deli meats. There’s an easy vegan adaptation, too.

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How to Make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot mac and cheese could not be easier, creamier, or more delicious. This version incorporates the classic flavors of homemade macaroni and cheese with a combination of aged gruyere, sharp cheddar, and parmigiano cheeses, plus dashes of Dijon mustard, nutmeg and cayenne.

Halloumi and Lentil Bowls

Dinner tonight doesn’t have to be hard to be fabulous. Case in point, these vegetarian, gluten-free halloumi and lentil bowls with broccolini and roasted peppers all drizzled with magic blender dressing. They take 30 minutes max to put together, most of which is chill time while the lentils simmer away.

Orzo Chicken Soup

It just takes twenty minutes and six ingredients to make this creamy orzo chicken soup, also known as Avgolemono. It’s perfect on a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers

With this burger, you get way more than one flimsy peice of bacon. Top your burgers with a bacon weave, blue cheese and deliciously caramelized onions.

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Puff Pastry Cheddar Straws

With just a few simple ingredients, these cheddar straws make for an easy hors d’oeuvre or snack that pairs perfectly with wine or beer. Super Bowl anyone?

Savory Shiitake Oatmeal

Soy sauce and a dab of butter launch this cheap and easy meal into full-umami territory. Add vegetables and grated cheese for a full bowl of deliciousness.

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