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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:49 pm 
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I made the Applesauce-Oat Bran muffins last week. It had been a while & I had forgotten how delicious they are!

I also made the Berry-Coconut Crisp with blackberries. I subbed white spelt flour for the white rice flour and used extra vanilla extract instead of coconut. It came out nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:34 pm 
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The cashew ricotta is seriously one of the best things I've ever eaten.


Had to pipe in on this. Indeed, I've enjoyed it in regular ricotta applications, for which I had a hankering yesterday, but no pasta in sight.... I therefore dolloped some onto some quinoa, and added some homemade marinara leftover from pizza. Not too shabby!

I always add a few T of nooch and some light miso (offsetting some of the salt) to my ricotta while processing - love the depth both add. I even added some rejuvelac to loosen it up, as needed.

But the REAL treasure was discovered when trying to think "what else?" could be made with the remaining bucket of ricotta (I'd doubled the recipe). Last night's dinner, and again today's lunch, were cold/crispy organic carrot sticks dipped VERY GENEROUSLY into the cold cashew ricotta! So refreshing and good and filling and PERFECT for our present heat wave (blah).

I'm looking to make it again - minus garlic/basil - to have as part of a snack with frozen berries, flax, and a drizzle of syrup or agave (a favorite pregan snack/dessert).

CR = such an amazing food item to have at your fingertips. And really scratches the cheese itch for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:00 pm 
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I finally made the Blueberry Brownies. I'd always been drawn to them, but not quite sure about it...

They're fantastic! Seriously one of the best brownies I've ever had. And they're satisfying without being stuffing, but do leave me wanting more. :)

I made the Braised Seitan with Brussels, Kale & Sun-dried Tomatoes last night. While my brussels definitely could have been cooked longer, these flavors are great together.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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In honor of July 4th, I made the Prospect Park Potato Salad. Yummy! I especially like the inclusion of cucumbers that pickle a bit in the dressing.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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Just made a double batch of the banana wheat germ muffins, which are delicious. Now I just hope they freeze well because that's kind of a lot of muffins.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:16 am 
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VeganVamp, I am also using the cashew ricotta in all possible applications, and one I am going to re-create soon is a chocolate ricotta pie my mum used to make: omit the garlic, add sugar and melted chocolate, and bake in a flaky crust. I'm sure it will be awesome!
I use the CR as a spread on my morning toast too very often.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:15 am 
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VeganVamp, I am also using the cashew ricotta in all possible applications, and one I am going to re-create soon is a chocolate ricotta pie my mum used to make: omit the garlic, add sugar and melted chocolate, and bake in a flaky crust. I'm sure it will be awesome!
I use the CR as a spread on my morning toast too very often.


As decadent and versatile as that ricotta is, my wheels are turning from this idea - I was kicking around the omission of the savory ingredients to use it with fresh berries (a pregan fave). Your mum's pie sounds wonderful - hope to see some pix!


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:05 am 
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Made a few thing this past week from this book:

Prospect Park Potato Salad- I made it exactly as written and it was quite good. Next time I'll add a little celery, radish and green onion. I was going to this time but wanted to try it as written the first time.

Olive Oil and Lemon Dressing- This salad dressing is so good. I served it on a green salad when I had guests over and everyone loved it.

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread- Amazing! I used pecans instead of walnuts. Me and my husband polished off the whole loaf in 2 days. My kids don't like nuts in bread so that just means we got to eat it all to ourselves. I bet it would taste great with lemon instead of orange as well. I plan on making it again soon since my husband likes to take quickbreads/muffins in his lunch so I am always making them.

I have been trying to use my cookbooks more so I have a few more recipes from this book on my "make soon" list.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:09 am 
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I've been marking recipes to try in my other books but haven't slogged through Vcon yet, which I really should. I just make the same few recipes over and over and haven't branched out to something new since the samosa baked potatoes and it has been AGES before that.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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Made the black bean burgers. The burger to bun ratio was off, but we have a few patties left in the freezer.
Must remind myself to buy smaller rolls.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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made some of the Basil-Cilantro Pesto ... have two still thriving basil plants on the kitchen windowsill ...

dolloped it all into an ice-cube tray, froze, then into a plastic bag in the freeze for popping into thing when winter settles.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:12 am 
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I have made a few more things from here this past week:

Curried Carrot Dip: we actually didn't really like this one, ate it with naan bread for dinner but threw the remainder out

Stuffed Creole Peppers: I actually made this recipe but did not tuff the peppers. I just diced them up and sautéed with the rest of the veggies. I took Isa's suggestion and served it alongside mashed potatoes and Jalapeno Corn Gravy also from the book. This was actually a really great meal. The gravy is quite sweet but works well with he Creole Peppers.

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies: Subbed pecans for walnuts and BEST COOKIES EVER! So good. It made ALOT of cookies, 42 actually so I froze half of them to safe for a later date. That hasn't worked out to well as we have been eating them straight from the freezer.

I also repeated two favourites from the book this week as well: snobby joes and lemony potatoes.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:52 am 
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Has anyone tried converting the leek and bean cassoulet to crockpot? I've tried a chili crockpot recipe that involved dropping cornbread dough on top of the stew before serving and cooking it on high for a bit. The topping cooks up perfectly and I think the cassoulet biscuits would do the same thing, but I'm unsure about the timing of everything.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:57 pm 
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Has anyone tried converting the leek and bean cassoulet to crockpot? I've tried a chili crockpot recipe that involved dropping cornbread dough on top of the stew before serving and cooking it on high for a bit. The topping cooks up perfectly and I think the cassoulet biscuits would do the same thing, but I'm unsure about the timing of everything.


Tofulish did the dilly stew from IDI in the crockpot and they're pretty similar! Her post in the IDI thread was recent so I'd take a look at what she did.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:38 am 
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Lately I've made:

French lentil soup - used regular green lentils, not the small puy ones. Very scrumptious basic lentil soup, and so cheap too!

Chewy chocolate raspberry cookies - Great texture, easy to whip up, a perfect chocolatey cookie. I used a mixed berry preserve and unfortunately the flavor didn't come through at all. I don't think it was high quality enough, and plain raspberry probably tastes stronger anyway. Fixed the problem by slathering each cookie with the jam before eating :D An awesome combination.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:38 pm 
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Lately I've made:

French lentil soup - used regular green lentils, not the small puy ones. Very scrumptious basic lentil soup, and so cheap too!


That's my all time favorite lentil soup! I've made it so many times. Everyone is intrigued by the spices because tarragon isn't that common. The combo of tarragon, thyme and paprika is magic.


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:38 pm 
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I had the same problem and I used a decent jam. I think almond extract is so strong that it drowned out everything else. They were still good though.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:50 pm 
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I had the same problem and I used a decent jam. I think almond extract is so strong that it drowned out everything else. They were still good though.


I liked those cookies best when I used strawberry jam with big hunka chunks of berries! It was Smuckers and it was perfect. Use the cheap, chewy stuff :)

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:10 am 
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daisychain wrote:
I had the same problem and I used a decent jam. I think almond extract is so strong that it drowned out everything else. They were still good though.

I'm always super cautious with almond extract. I only add 1/4 tsp max no matter what the recipe says (unless it's specifically an almond cookie).


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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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Pimpinella wrote:
daisychain wrote:
I had the same problem and I used a decent jam. I think almond extract is so strong that it drowned out everything else. They were still good though.

I'm always super cautious with almond extract. I only add 1/4 tsp max no matter what the recipe says (unless it's specifically an almond cookie).

Yeah I leave the almond extract out of those cookies as I find it a bit overwhelming too.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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I've had VCON for ages, but I just made Snobby Joes for the first time. That was a mistake because this recipe is so easy and and, yeah, better than all the other sloppy joes!


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Made the Herb-Scalloped Potatoes last night, always a favorite.

I don't cook very well, so Vcon's always intimidated me a bit. Leafing through it last night, I realized there dozens of not-too-difficult recipes I could have been making all these years. Regrets!


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There's been pumpkin all over the place here lately, and I just remembered how awesome the pumpkin baked ziti is. Soooo happening this week.

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 Post subject: Re: Veganomicon
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Made the Skillet Cornbread yesterday. Pretty good, nothing spectacular, but then again I'm not a big cornbread person. I probably would've liked just a touch more sweetness.

I also made the Lower-Fat Banana Bread, which I'm really surprised I hadn't made before. It is excellent!

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I wanted to make a lazy potpie (had a puff pastry sheet to used up) so I revisited the All-American Potpie, which I haven't made in years. I think what makes it taste so great to me is the use of chickpea flour in the gravy roux - years ago I'd never seen chickpea flour in gravy but now it's everywhere, it really imparts a nice chicken-y taste. Anyway my mom was visiting and she normally eats nothing but processed crepe but she ate a full helping. Of course, she had to say her usual annoying "I don't know WHAT I'm eating here" but she admitted it was really tasty .No doubt the familiarity of the puff pastry as the crust is what got her to at least try it, but still a win in my book, and for this book!


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