I try to cook from scratch as much as possible, rather than relying on store-bought items like non-dairy milk and nut butters. Here are my staple recipes that you’ll find linked from more complicated dishes throughout The Veggie Table. (Also see cooking tips for advice on peeling tomatoes, cleaning leeks, soaking beans, and lots more!)
I used to hate making rice, until I realized that the world won’t end if I ignore conventional wisdom. It’s ok to remove the lid to stir during cooking and to add more water, and it doesn’t even matter if there’s liquid left at the end. As when cooking pasta, you can just drain whatever’s left when the rice is ready.