December 6th, 2009

Let's Build a Snowman!

Sorry for another post so soon, folks!

Last year my holiday party was a Holiday/Snakes on a Plane Party. I cut tips off of toothpicks and inserted them into (vegan) gummi worms to make gummi snakes. It was pretty awesome. I want to do something similarly cool this year... this year's bad movie to go with the holidays is Cannibal the Musical. Does anyone have any amazing ideas of some kind of food product that would embody my party theme? If vegan marshmallows weren't so damned expensive I'd make little marshmallow snowmen... I don't want to make must snowmen shaped cookies, I'm thinking something a little more... 3-D. Doesn't have to be snowman related, I just enjoy that song. I thought about some sort of interactive making your own snowman thing, but I learned at my (vegan) sushi party that my friends are less interested in interactive food than I think they will be. :-P

Somewhat unrelated, but if you are interested, these are the things I'm baking/making so far:
Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Dipped-Shortbread Stars
Almond Crescent Cookies
Ginger Snaps (with maple frosting, I think?)
Peppermint Patties

Also, I know that we are supposed to use informative subject lines, but I really couldn't think of one. If someone has a better idea for the subject line of this post I will gladly edit.

So many oranges!

I recently found an awesome deal on oranges (which I looooove) and ended up with about 20 more oranges than I know what to do with lol.

When looking for recipes, I keep finding orange zest instead of using the whole oranges.

So besides eating for a snack or just making orange juice, what are your favorite recipes that use whole oranges?

EDIT: I made a recipe for Orange Tea Bread from VWaV.. YUM! That only used about 3 though so I'll be using some of the other ideas. Thanks guys!

Questions (about Agar, and Empanadas!)

Hey, friends & neighbors. Couple quick questions for you fine folks, if you don't mind.

Question the first: I have a recipe that calls for 1.5 Tbs of Agar Agar flakes, but I only have it in powdered form. Do I need to adjust the measurements to compensate for the difference between the two, or will it be OK? I've never used Agar before, so I'm in totally new territory here and not quite sure what to expect.

And somewhat of a follow-up to that question - I found the powder at our local natural market this afternoon, for almost $7 per ounce! That's a little rich for my budget - I wonder if that's a ridiculous price, or if this stuff is just that spendy?

Question the second: I'm trying to make more meals that we can just stick in the freezer and then grab-and-go as necessary, and one of the ideas I had was to make some sort of empanada-y thing. I have the dough handled, but I'm at a loss as to what to fill them with. All of us here love mexican food, but any sort of filling ideas (cheaper the better, of course, but anything will work) are appreciated.

Thanks!

Cowboy Caviar

An absolutely delicious dip. It's very versatile, and you can change the amounts to suit your tastes. I brought it to a family dinner tonight and it was quickly devoured. My niece barely ate her dinner after she ate half the plate of this dip.

1 can black olives, drained and chopped
1 can black beans
1/4 cup onions
1 garlic clove, finely chopped (I used three)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 pkg "cream cheese", softened
2 green onions, chopped.

1. In medium bowl, mix all but cream cheese and green onions
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
3. Whip up cream cheese with a little "sour cream" or "milk" to thin and spread on plate (I used soy milk and just whipped it up with a fork)
4. Spoon semi-drained bean mixture over "cream cheese"
5. Sprinkle with green onions.

Serve with tortilla chips or crackers, etc. I used quotes to denote your substitute of choice.