Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins (One Per Crazy Cookbook Collector Customer: Borders Closing Is Bittersweet)

Aren't these muffins pretty? I decided I'd store them on my kitchen counter under my cake keeper. I love looking at pretty baked things. I know I just finished telling you all, "Oh, the hands of time demand me that I tear myself from my laptop. . . posting less. . . blah, blah, blah"--but being the woman I am (can you say fickle and prone to bouts of deep desire to garden?)--I had to wrestle myself from my yard chores and huddle indoors with a TON of hot beverages these past few days because St. Louis has once again fallen into the "freezing temps" and this has left me sad and stuck indoors baking--the baking is not as sad as is being stuck indoors. *Yesterday the ice-storm-no-one-predicted caused a twenty-six car pile up on a major interstate here. Twenty six cars. Unbelievable. We are prisoners to our weather here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vegan Chicken Pot Pie: Carla's Top Chef Recipe (Insert "Social Break" Here And Veggie Seedling Growing Update)

We are huge Top Chef fans around here. Huge. (Not that it's the most vegan friendly cooking show around, but can you name ONE that is?) Vegan or not, I am always on the lookout for something yummy to vegan-ize. Two weeks ago Carla's Chicken Pot Pie won. I knew immediately that this dish would soon make an appearance at our dinner table. It did. And I can say with absolute certainty that it is hands down THE BEST darn chicken pot pie. Ever. I won't re-live the episode for you. The link takes you right to the site where you can download the recipe--worth the watch, too, if you have a moment. Obviously, I subbed the chicken. I used Gardein Chicken. I heart the Gardein. Also, I added wild rice. The rice imparted a nice, nutty flavor. As far as any other vegan subs, the usual suspects: Earth Balance for butter, unsweetened soy milk. You get the picture.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Seed Starting: My How-to for Beginning Your Own Veggie Garden Indoors (And Fingers Crossed It Works!)

Five days ago, I began my tomato seeds. I may have jumped the gun a bit. But I am banking on our spring to come earlier this year, just like the groundhog said it would. Just like the fur on my dogs is saying it will. (It is shedding time here. Dog Hair: Don't Leave Home without It.)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Syrup Cake (The Perfect Grammy Night Dessert: Was that Johnny Depp singing with Norah Jones?)

My love of music runs far and it runs deep. My ipod is filled with a ridiculous assortment of music. Ridiculous. Last night was a ritual in our home: we watched the Grammys. No phones, no texts (I have never sent a text in my life)--but you get the idea. Last night's award show was probably one of the best I'd seen--especially for an Almost Fifty gal like me--seeing the tour de force of "seniors" out hip the hippest of them, I was floored. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vegan Orange-Almond Tart (Pardon Me, Have You Seen My 10 lb. Bag of Oranges?): French Fridays with Dorie

So, this week, it's oranges, last week, it was eggs. Not that oranges pose any great diet/moral concern, they don't. However, how I lost a 10 lb. bag of oranges is a whole other story. I wanted to write a true "foodie" post today. Bring in all the bake-ness verbiage I could muster, follow that with some true-to-form food shots. Well, that all got tossed out the window when I lost my bag of oranges I'd purchased to make this lovely French dessert some place between Walmart and home. It doesn't seem like a big deal until you realize I never purchase oranges more than two at a time. If that

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vegan U.S. Senate Bean Soup (We're All Friends Here, Right?)

Vegan Thyme: Vegan U.S. Senate Bean Soup (We're All Friends Here, Right?)
Yes, yes, I know. This soup goes by many names. When I was growing up it was known as "ham and beans" or maybe to you, "beans and hamhocks". We didn't use the term hamhock ever in my house. I had never heard of a hock-of-ham until we moved our Yankee selves south. Then one time a friend invited me over for dinner. They were having, you guessed it: hamhocks and beans. I looked at it, smelled it, then asked the obvious: What's a hamhock? We won't elaborate on this here. But suffice it to say, I'd put the thought of white bean soup out of my mind ever since.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Basque Potato Tortilla (a.k.a. Red Neck Vegan Tater Hash): French Fridays with Dorie

Nine eggs. NINE?! I screamed this over the phone to my husband as I ran to the store grabbing our food stuffs in the wake of this last two-inch state-of-emergecny snow we had--fearful we'd be "trapped" for a week and I'd be facing Thursday night, Dorie-less. "For crying out loud, it's a quiche we're making!" Husband is now silent as my diatribe calms down. To be quite honest, I am not much of a planner and had not even opened the book to this next recipe yet. I like to be surprised. Nothing like a nine-egger to throw you a curve. I vaguely recalled there being some potato thingy coming up in the French Friday cookbook--but the egg thing, not so much. Checklist in hand, I asked my DH to please finish reading me the ingredients so I'd be sure to have all I needed to re-create Dorie vegan. Oh please, potatoes and onions? I'm getting a little fed up with the French here or I am having one heck of a PMS bout (I think it's the latter). I can only say that for the American diet crisis we are in, using nine eggs in anything these days may get you put on a list of "Most Dangerous to Your Health Food Blogs" to follow. To her credit, Dorie does suggest that were you to make this, a serving option might be to cut this up into little squares and serve it from a toothpick--appetizer-like. Uh, okay.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Almond-Swirly Bundt Cake (Scenes from "Snleet" Midwest Storm Shut-Ins)

Vegan Thyme: Vegan Chocolate Almond-Swirly Bundt Cake (Scenes from "Snleet" Midwest Storm Shut-Ins)
After about the third hour of watching weather maps and dopplar radar loops yesterday, I began craving cake and an ice pick. The cake won. Mind you, I had baked chocolate cupcakes the night before, piled high with a glob of frosting--these would be part of our "provisions"--holding us over should "the end" come sooner than we expected given the "Tons of snow" we were anticipating! Tons! That's what the local weatherman said we'd see: TONS of snow. Seemed strange to me. I'd never, in my Almost Fifty years of living, heard a forecast calling for a TON of snow.

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