May 25th, 2009

true blood

Eggplant-Zucchini Polenta Lasagna

 I was inspired by Fatfree Vegan Kitchen's Polenta Lasagna with Portabellas and Kale  when I created my own polenta lasagna. We went to the farmer's market today and bought an eggplant and zucchini. I wanted to make a lasagna but didn't want to go get noodles so I remembered that recipe and decided to make my own polenta "noodles."

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ricotta in bulk?

anyone have any idea where I could find a white cheese substitute in bulk?

i'm asking because I work in an upscale (non vegan/vegetarian) restaurant at a country club where I'm always bugging the chefs to put SOMETHING vegan on the menu, and now that they're rewriting the menu, i've finally gotten them to comply. coincidentally, they have a vegan wedding to cater next weekend and the chef asked me where he could buy a good substitute for ricotta cheese without having to go to whole foods and pay tons of money to buy 30 containers of the stuff. and i'm not even sure whole foods has a ricotta cheese substitute to begin with. i suggested some sort of cashew cheese but he doesn't want to use nuts because it's a potential allergen.

ideas, anyone?

Out of date Olive Oil?

My mother yesterday gave me a 1 litre (opened and half used) bottle of Olive Oil that she doesn't use or want. Only my father used to use it.

I thanked her and took it home with me as I use Olive Oil all the time. Thing is, I checked the 'use by' date on the bottle and it says, Jan 2008.

So now I am wondering whether to chuck it out or not?

I don't know whether it would be sensible to use it. I am not sure what its actual life may be, past the manufacturers attempt to cover themselves... but I do need to take into account that it's already been opened.

Any advice would be most welcome! Thanks!