April 30th, 2008


Help with local potluck ideas?

On Monday my organic gardening class is having a local organic potluck to celebrate the end of the year.  We need to find roughly 10 people.  While our area is great for local food (eggs, milk, grass fed meat), there's not a lot of local vegan options outside of produce and unfortunately, most produce isn't in season just yet.  I may be able to squeeze in some locally made tofu, but the beans aren't produced locally as far as I know.  

Here is a link to what's currently local in stores.  There isn't much at the farmer's markets right now either.  Any ideas??

Mina - awesome

The Poor Woman's Taco Salad

For lack of a better term:

I wanted a taco. Bad. Alas, I lacked the veggie ground, tofutti's sour cream, vegan cheeze and tomatoes. Gazing sadly in my near empty refrigerator, an idea formed in my wittle head - random taco salad night! Thus the Poor Woman's Taco Salad was born. 

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me + sadness = true love

fig, almond, cranberry thumbprint cookies

i kind of followed a recipe from veganomicon, but i didnt have a few things so this is what i ended up with. they are pretty friggin good. crunchy from the turbinado sugar and not too sweet despite the amount!

1/4 c soy milk
2 t ground flax seed
((mix these til frothy. put in mixing bowl

1 1/4 c turbinado sugar
2/3 c canola oil
1 1/2 t almond extract
((add these to the soymilkflaxseed mix and blend well

1 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
((add this to the mix and blend

1 c flour
((add this slowly until you reach a durable, but not too dry consistency

1/4 c dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 c fig preserves
((mix in the cranberries.
((roll dough into golf ball sized..balls, put onto sheet pan and press your thumb into the middle.
((fill holes with jam.

bake 15-20 minutes at 350 F.

eat a lot of them.


nut cheese?

i heard about cheeses that are made from nuts and are vegan but i know next to nothing about this.

the sum of what i know is that someone in south america is doing a fantastic job at this and you can purchase his cheeses at a specialty cheese shop. so, if anyone knows more i would love if you would share this info with me.


gnocchi and tomato sauce

2 c flour (i used whole wheat)
1 c boiled and mashed potato or you could use sweet potato or butternut squash.

-knead together and roll into long, thin ropes.
-cut into about an inch rectangles and press into each with a fork.
-add to boiling water, the gnocchi is done when they float to the top.
-serve with your favorite sauce.

easy tomato sauce:
1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
chopped garlic
2 tbl nutritional yeast (optional)
dried basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
i also added julie hansen's vegetarian italian sausage!

also posted here!