November 25th, 2006


The Essential After Thanksgiving Sandwich

Après Thanksgiving Sandwich

Put on bread of choice desired amounts of:

Tofurky/faux turkey slices
Stuffing (yes, we're putting bread on bread. it's good...)
Cranberry sauce
Sweet pickles/tomato/french fried onions (if you like)

If you want a hot sandwich, simply slightly toast bread and warm the faux turkey and the stuffing.

Eat with desired sides, such as leftover sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, or baked beans... You can also smoosh any other leftovers into the sandwich that you wish, too.


As a side note I'll say that I'm glad I didn't really want a Tofurky this year. The week before the grocery store had many in the freezer, but when I did shopping the night before thanxgiving they were all long gone... And so were all the Tofurky slices...

Peanut butter vegan cookies!

A friend of mine made non veg choc chip cookies and offered me one and then took it back saying "oh sorry, you don't have milk so you can't have them" She sounded so sarcastic and it got me pissed so now i made my own yummy cookies to offer everyone but her and say "oh sorry, i forgot you were not vegan!"

Ok i won't do that because it's not nice, but heheheh..i like thinking about it...

Oh they are just so delicious! (taken and modified from

1 cup peanut butter (used chunky)
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
some cinammon if desired.
Mix dry and moist separately, then stir together, bake in oven on 200C and enjoy!!


Mixer vs. immersion blender

Trying cupcake and frosting recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World has convinced me that I need some sort of electric mixing/beating device. But what? A stand mixer is out--I'm not willing to devote that kind of counter space for that. I've heard wonderful things about immersion blenders, but i don't know if they can fluff things the way a handheld mixer can. If the mixer is the only way to fluffy buttercreams, I'll go for that, but since I'd be unlikely to use it for anything else, I'd prefer the immersion blender if it will do the trick.

Either way, I'd also love brand recommendations (or things to avoid) and features to watch for.

UPDATE: Thanks, everyone, for the advice! I have a Braun Multiquick on the way. Expect ecstatic posts about cupcakes, soups, smoothies, and more in the near future.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Alone for dinner tonight, cravings biscuits, with sweet potato to use up from last night:

Mix together (I didn't bother with sifting):

1 c flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
a few pinches salt (about 3/4 tsp maybe, but no more, they could even stand a little less)

Cut in 2 tbsp oleo, then add

3/4 c sweet potatoes mashed with
good dollop molasses,
same dollop agave nectar, and
several shakes of cinnamon

Mix by hand, adding a splash of soymilk to bind dough.

Pinch off (like cathead biscuits), shape, and place evenly spaced on baking pan.

Bake 13 mins at 400 degrees.

Made 6 large-ish biscuits.

Biscuit #1 was dipped in melted oleo with another dash of cinnamon.
Biscuit #2 was sliced, and spread with peanut butter, which was okay but not fantastic.
Biscuit #3 was plain.
Biscuit #4 will become a late-night snack, and 5 & 6 will be breakfast.

These aren't phenomenal, but they were substantial and filling. Would be good with something savory, like a good winter chili. They fall into the "soft" category more than "fluffy," as they rose a little but were still a bit heavy from the potato. The spices could use some enhancing and tweaking, but I was satisfied enuough to eat them.

If anyone has inspired ideas for tweaks or accompaniments, let me know.