Back in the kitchen…

If you’re looking to enjoy more meat-free meals, but really, really love meat, you need to know about Soy Curls.  Butler’s Soy Curls are a dehydrated soy product that can mimic beef or chicken in your dishes.  This week I used them to make Mongolian “Beef” and it turned out amazing.  Because I’m doing both a gluten free and…

Aquafaba Vegan Mayo Success

This recipe for homemade vegan mayo is the bomb. The taste and consistency are crazy-close to the real deal. I usually buy Veganaise or Just Mayo; both brands taste good, but aren’t cheap. I wanted a recipe that included aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpeas). After some online research, I selected a recipe from a blog called Peanut Butter and Vegan  (linked…

Creamy Vegan Potato Mushroom Soup

After scoring a giant bag of white button mushrooms from the discount bin at the Co-0p, I found this amazing mushroom soup recipe online. The originating blog seems dormant since 2009, so I’m paraphrasing the recipe to preserve it.  This blog of mine Hey! Vegan! has been asleep since 2014…  so this is a good time to start sharing great found and…

‘Tis the season…

I bought morel mushrooms at the Dane County Farmers’ Market this weekend.  These  brainy-looking ‘shrooms are worth the expense, so if you don’t have a personal source, splurge– they’re worth it.  The season is ephemeral and nothing compares to the taste of fresh morels. Sauté in olive oil with freshly sliced garlic until lightly browned.  Toss…

Say Yes

Let 2012 to be a year of dietary adventure.  There is room for old favorites, but the plant world contains so many variations on the familiar, that merely including the vegetables you already love in new forms creates a fresh appreciation for the deliciousness of vegetarian dishes.  Color, texture, and flavor are so abundant that…

In 2012, Vegetables Reign Supreme

Hey, hey! For the past 6 months I’ve been more of a flexitarian than a vegan.  Honestly, although I’ve enjoyed every succulent chicken wing and cheesy morsel, I just don’t feel as well physically, or psychologically.  So vegan Rosie is back, and reenergized.  I want to share delicious recipes that will tempt even the most…

Beet Burgers…

I’ve been craving bbq fare.  It’s grilling season , and the aroma of steaks wafting over the fence is almost more than I can bear.  My grilled portobellos have been amazing, but I need variety.  This evening I tried a veggie burger made from beets (click on link to open recipe).  Essentially, it is a combination…

Going can-free…

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is bad.  It’s a neuroendocrine disrupter linked to a plethora of health problems including developmental impairment and cancer.  There are many articles online explaining why we should steer clear of BPA, so I won’t expound on the subject except to make a specific point.  BPA is present in the lining of most canned…

Hello, Dal…

Austin, Texas is a city that knows how to do BBQ right.  Frankly, despite my commitment toward a completely meat-free diet, I recognize the human condition and allow myself transgressions on the path toward dietary enlightment.  In other words, I succumbed to the siren call of some delicious brisket and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Frankly, meat just…

Celeriac, the Quasimodo of the vegetable kingdom…

Celeriac, or celery root, is a gnarly looking thing.  Uncertain what to do with this lump of vegetable, I found a terrific Creamy Celeriac Soup recipe in Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables.  Once peeled, celeriac is sort of potato-ish.  It can be used raw in a salad, but it is coarse in…

Poetry

Poetry is amazing.  Well, let me clarify that statement…  good poetry is amazing. Sometimes I sneak the subject of poetry into a conversation, but it’s a topic that most often falls flat.  Maybe it’s my delivery.   I insert poems that I find meaningful into holiday and birthday cards.  I wonder if people enjoy them,…