March 15th, 2008

Roly Poly

What else to do with mustard greens?

I've got some sort of obsession going with mustard right now. Sure, I love the collards and the kale and the chard. But the mustardy goodness is calling to me loudly these days. Problem is, I only ever really think of one way to make it--sauteed or steamed, then tossed with a shallot-or-garlic vinaigrette. Which is absolutely delicious, don't get me wrong. But what else can I do with them? I think I'm getting hung up on their ruffliness (I tend to choose flatter kales for that reason) as well as their more distinctive flavor when it comes to mixing them up with other things. Help? The only recipe in the tags is my own...

Chocolate chip cookies

I've been playing around for a few weeks with a bunch of different recipes and I believe I have found a pretty ideal chocolate chip cookie recipe. It has a rich, brown sugary flavor, a nice crisp exterior with a chewy center, it isn't at all greasy, and it tastes great as dough.
I veganized this from a Weight Watchers recipe, but I also increased the size of the cookie, so that throws off the points. (If you care, I figure about 3 points for 2 cookies) Makes about 32 cookies.

1/4 cup vegan stick margarine (I used Earth Balance stick, original called for butter)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar (I used TJ's organic. The original recipe calls for dark brown)

1 tbs Ener-G egg replacer powder (original called for 2 egg whites)
1/4 cup warm water (replaces moisture from eggs)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream oil, sugar and margarine until well combined and a bit fluffy. Add egg replacer, vanilla, and salt and beat until fluffy. In a seperate bowl, whisk to combine flour and baking soda, fold into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. 

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a baking sheet covered with parchment or a Silpat ( I <3 my Silpats) about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.