August 17th, 2005

Recommendations?

In attempts to increase the variety in my diet, I've noticed that most vegan recipes call for a food processor. Also, I'm trying to start drinking more juices and stay away from sodas (or at least limit myself to one a day!). This put me out on my search, and the reason for this post; Which food processor and juicer (a combined unit would be fabulous) would you recommend? I've looked at reviews on amazon, however it seems that all of the units recieve such mixed reviews.

Maple Candy

My mom brought me home a box of maple candy, my favorite. I read on the box that it was 100% pure maple syrup, and I was wondering if I could make this myself. How would I go about doing this?

I checked the memories but didn't find anything under candy, if I should look somewhere else, please let me know!
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stuffed soft pretzels

i came up with this the other day and the pretzels are awesome...although i'm not the greatest at writing recipes.

2 cups warm/hot water
2 packets active dry yeast
2 handfuls brown sugar
small handful sea salt
olive oil
6 cups flour
follow your heart vegan gourmet cheese (i used cheddar and monterey jack)
baking soda
coarse salt
parchment paper

pour water into a very large bowl. add yeast. wait, then stir until dissolved. stir in sugar, salt, and olive oil. add 2 cups of flour and mix thoroughly. add flour gradually while mixing (you might not need to add the whole 4 cups). the dough should be moist, but you should be able to get it off your hands. if not, add more flour. knead. oil the bowl (pour oil in, smear it around with the ball of dough so the bowl and dough are both covered). cover with a damp towel and place somewhere warm to rise for 3 hours. heat oven to 450 degrees. fill a large pot halfway with water. add a few handfuls of baking soda. bring to a boil. meanwhile, cut cheeses (start by cutting half of each) into long, thin strips. also, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. pull off a piece of the dough. you should be able to roll it into an approximately 18-20 inch log with an inch diameter (use the first piece to experiment. when you stuff the pretzel, the desired width will become obvious. when you fold the dough into the pretzel shape, the desired length will become obvious). flatten the log width-wise. make a row of each type of cheese down the length of the dough. fold one side of the dough over the cheeses, then the other. pinch/press to seal. fold the new log of stuffed dough in a U shape. twist the ends and fold over into a pretzel shape. drop the pretzel into the baking soda water for a few seconds. pull out with a spatula and place on the covered baking sheet. sprinkle with coarse salt. repeat with the remaining dough. bake until lightly browned (about 10 minutes).

Vegan Mac and Notcheese

I'm not sure if it tastes like cheese persay, but its fucking excellent. SO good I ate it before I took pictures! Seriously, please do yourself a favor and make this tonight. You will be happy.

Vegan Baked Macaroni & 'Cheese'

Ingredients
2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
pinch of salt (to taste)
pinch of black pepper (to taste)
1 3/4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup vegan bread crumbs
Directions:
Cook the elbow macaroni according to its directions. Drain and rinse well. set aside.

Make a roux by whisking together the flour and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a sauce pan over low-medium heat. When the roux is thick, add the 1 3/4 cups boiling water, spices, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast. Whisk well, and when the mixture is thoroughly mixed, add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil (or to desired consistency). Give it a taste, and add salt or pepper accordingly.

Mix the pasta and ?vegan cheese? sauce in a casserole dish and mix bread crumbs into mixture bread crumbs. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serves: 3-5

Preparation time: 25 minutes
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gall stones :(

Hi everyone,

A friend of mine has recently discovered that he has gall stones and has to switch to a healthier diet. His old diet is an american dairy farmer's diet, and vegetables/soy used to scare him. But now that he has to completely change his diet around, he is at a loss.

Does anybody have experience with feeding someone with gall stones, or has had their gall bladder removed? He says that everything he eats makes him hurt, and I worry about the nutrients he is getting from only eating ultrasweet peanutbutter and white bread.

Thanks in advance for any insights and recipes.

x-posted to vegrecipes.