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 Post subject: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10/22
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Here's this week's thread for our current selection; 500 Vegan Recipes. You can however, if you choose, to cook from any book by the authors, Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman.

Coming up in the later weeks;

10/23 - 10/29 - Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet
10/30 - 11/5 - Isa & Terry - Week Two
11/6 - 11/12 - Vegan Diner
11/13 - 11/19 - Dynise Balcavage Week - Urban Vegan / Celebrate Vegan
11/20 - 11/26 - Dessert Week - Any vegan dessert or baking book you own.
11/27 - 12/3 - Nonna's Italian Kitchen
12/4 - 12/10 - Dreena Burton Week


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:52 pm 
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Thank you! I started early for this week, despite not making the VSK okra strips yet.

Easy garlic spread for bread
This was not my favorite garlic bread. Something in the mix didn't combine well with the other flavors. It was still kind of enjoyable, but I much prefer other garlic bread.

Kale pesto pasta
Not a huge fan. I love basil and pesto, but I do not love raw kale or fresh parsley that much. I thought maybe they would be disguised enough, but not so. P very much disliked it. I don't think the cream cheese adds anything. Enough said!

Kale pesto
As I said in the pasta review, we didn't like this. The flavor of raw kale and parsley are still prominent. I love basil and pesto, so it was saddening that it didn't work out. Adding spinach to pesto works well for me, but not raw kale. She does suggest that you can steam the kale (but that it shouldn't be necessary), but I don't want to try this again.

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hoping to have better luck with other recipes!


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Sorry to hear they didn't turn out! They look yummy though.

I have a long list of recipes I want to try this week, and I may cook from it for the next two week since I don't have next week's Veggie Burgers book.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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I also have lots of stuff I want to make from this book, I'm tempted to start with the au gratin potatoes.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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I know, I've made so few things from this book, so I want to try to make as many as possible now. Same for the veggie burgers book!


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I recently got this book and have made several things so far. I especially liked the chili& conbread pie.
This week I'll def. make something with peanut butter, but I haven't decided yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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I made the peanut butter pancakes. The batter was SO THICK! I really could've made waffles with it. And they took ages to cook. I did the first half plain and the second with chocolate chips, and the second half were far better. Oh, and if you have even a half-decent non-stick pan, you probably won't need any additional fat due to the fat in these (mine didn't stick at all until I put in the chocolate chips).

I find that most cooked pb things don't have that much flavour, as if, like alcohol, the pb flavour cooks off. Everything I've made with uncooked pb (ice cream, buttercream, etc.) has had a much more pronounced pb flavour. That said, I'd recommend making these with chocolate chips and eating with raspberry jam - it's an excellent combination, and the chocolate brings out the pb flavour. Otherwise, they're a bit plain.

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rachell37 wrote:
I find that most cooked pb things don't have that much flavour, as if, like alcohol, the pb flavour cooks off.


Definitely agree with that, particularly with waffles/pancakes in my experience. But I guess these recipes just won't have as much flavor because they aren't predominantly peanut butter? Like in peanut butter cookies, or satay sauce, etc.

Someone make the Cranberry Chili, I swear it's awesome!

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Okay, so I actually made the au gratin potatoes today! It was good. I think better than any other potato gratin I've tried since I went vegan, but it wasn't " omfg amazing". It will probably taste better tomorrow!


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I made the Chipotle Ranch Dressing today . . . it was sooo good (I did use store-bought sour cream, as I don't care for their sour cream recipe . . . or any other one I've tried to make myself so far).

Anyway, the dressing was creamy and ranchy with just the right amount of heat. I had it on a salad, but it would be great on a sandwich too.

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I made the Chili and Cornbread Pie and blogged about it here. boring story even more boring - it was a little weird, but good. But it definitely won't fit in an 8" square pan - there are far too many ingredients. But it makes a lot more than 4 servings, so that worked out well.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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disneyfav4ever wrote:
I have a long list of recipes I want to try this week, and I may cook from it for the next two week since I don't have next week's Veggie Burgers book.

There are heaps of recipes on Joni's blog, she has quick links on the right side of the main page or search her blog for "Just The Burger Recipe" or "the best veggie burgers on the planet".

Peanut Brittle Cookies
My peanut + sugar mix never really solidified so I just added the syrupy peanuts to the batter. I made them gluten free and I got 14 instead of 16. They were really peanutty and soft in the middle.

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Mushroom Spinach Rustic Pie
I made heaps of changes to this, mushroom instead of tempeh, half the amount of orange juice + zest, no soy sauce, no marmalade, added some cornstarch to thicken the sauce while cooking, pre-made gf pastry instead of the recipe for crust included. It was REALLY good, I'm going to make it again for Christmas.
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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:58 am 
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Mushroom Spinach Rustic Pie
I made heaps of changes to this, mushroom instead of tempeh, half the amount of orange juice + zest, no soy sauce, no marmalade, added some cornstarch to thicken the sauce while cooking, pre-made gf pastry instead of the recipe for crust included. It was REALLY good, I'm going to make it again for Christmas.
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I've made that before! Except I did it with tempeh, and all the various orange components. I'd definatly make it again, maybe even this week since that's something I almost always have all the ingredients for, but following the recipe, I'd still cut back on the juice and zest too, it's just way too orangey otherwise, but still really good.


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I knew I wouldn't like it if I left all the orange in so 1 orange instead of 2 was just perfect. I have the last slice for lunch today!

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Just put the faux apple-sage sausage in the oven. It smells and tastes the way I remember the apple sausage I used to get did. 90 minutes in the oven is really long for my impatient self, but it gives me plenty of time to make some mashed potatoes to go along with it.


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I made the Blackberry Nut Butter Waffles last night (with peanut butter). Waffles can't really be bad, but these were just okay examples of waffles. I wouldn't feel compelled to make again.

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Rosemary white wine roasted potatoes
These did take forever to bake..even longer than stated (55 minutes). I wasn't expecting to be that impressed, but the flavor is very good. The rosemary is not prominent, but everything is balanced.

Green bean almondine (with a twist)
I don't think there's anything special or twisty about this recipe. Pretty basic, really. Easy, tasty, and healthy, though. I did add some lemon juice.

Cilantro cucumber salad
I'm not sure about this as written (just cucumber and vinegar). I think it would still be ok and refreshing, but I added some tomato, splash olive oil, and agave. Light and tasty! P even commented how he liked it despite not liking cucumber.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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I made the multigrain pilaf tonight. Quite good... but a little on the hot side for me. So next time, less cayenne. Felt very healthy and like I was definitely getting enough protein.

Last night I made the leek bean and rice medley. That was better than tonight's dinner, definitely good. Both taste very 'healthy' as they say. (not bad! Just not astounding, but I feel like it's very good for me)

I think this cookbook might be good for that.. Nothing out of this world like AFR, but simple/wholesome.

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The apple sausage was good, had a really nice texture. They recommend serving it with sauerkraut, but I really think that would overpower it.


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I made the Rosemary Apple Potato Rosti last night. It was really good!

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook Challenge - Week Five-500 Vegan Recips 10/16-10
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Now that I've finished off the au gratin potatoes (yes they were better the next day!), I'm planning to make the chimichangas next. Tomorrow or on friday.


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I made the Chocolate Breakfast Cake. I wasn't terribly impressed, though it is better with raspberry jam. A fuller review is on my blog (link below).

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I made the Basalmic Onion and Potato-Topped Foccicia. I thought I would love it, but it was just okay. The hour of baking made the bottom too crunchy and there was too much onion powder. If I made it again, I think I would substitite a different dough (I like the one from the Moosewood cookbook) and cook it for less time.

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Made the peanut coconut sauce last night and poured it over pasta and baby spinach. So. Good.

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lillianp wrote:
Made the peanut coconut sauce last night and poured it over pasta and baby spinach. So. Good.


Right? I can't get enough of that sauce.


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