Monday, November 20, 2006

Working Thanksgiving Menu

In response to Jess, this is what I am thinking of feeding myself and my husband for Thanksgiving. Since that sweet potato pie looks so tempting we may drive back from our vacationing location and steal some of Jess's food.

-Pear cider and garlic 2-day-marinaded Tofurky
-Roasted squash soup
-Simple salad
-Mashed potatoes and gravy
-Pumpkin pie
-Harvest popcorn balls from The Vegan Lunch Box
-Soy Nog
-Blueberry sparkling juice

What are you making and for who?

Recently I was in Denver and Salt Lake, so I'll be posting some food pictures from there - stay tuned!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pumpkin Muffins and Snacks

Pumpkin Muffins
From Vegan with a VengaenceThese are the best pumpkin muffins I've ever had.

Yesterday I went to Herbivore to be one of the first to get my copy of Jennifer McCann's new cookboook: Vegan Lunchbox. I wasn't sure if I wanted it or not, but after thumbing through it and thinking of all the food I had seen on her blog and wanted to make but never did - I bought it.

Buying a new cookbook right before leaving town is annoying. I want to make so many things but I just don't have the time. I decided to make some of the more snack-like foods for my up coming trip to Green Build in Denver.

Perfect Pepitas

I'm not sure if is okay posting her recipes on the web, other than her own blog, so I am leaving it out. But basically it's cayenne pepper, liquid smoke and Braggs.
I made another batch with garlic powder. YUM! I did have an asthma attack after adding the cayenne pepper, so I'll have to alter this in the future.

Roasted Chickpeas

These were so yummy before baking them that I barely had any left by the time the oven warmed up! Just simple chickpeas with nut. yeast and salt. The nut. yeast was really subtle when they were done so I tossed with more when they got out of the oven.

Side Note:
If you're in Portland and wondering where to eat out, I have some photos to help. In my photo gallery I have one set aside for Portland Food. I also post these photos on my other blog, if you're interested.

Carrot Pear Pizza w/ Tahini Sauce

Carrot- Pear Pizza w/ Tahini SaucePizza dough by Trader Joe's (or your own special dough)
1/4 block silken tofu
2 Tbl. Tahini
1 clove minced garlic
1 1/2 large grated carrot
frozen spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare dough as suggested.
In a food processor chop garlic. Add tofu and tahini. Blend until creamy.
Spread the sauce over the dough.
Sprinkle the grated carrot until evenly coated.
Add 1/2 pear in slices.
Sprinkle frozen spinach clumps over carrots.
Bake as suggested.

This pizza is a wonderfully simple pizza to put together and the taste is outstanding. For those who like the combination of savory with a hint of sweet - this is for you.

This recipe was created for the Live Journal Vegan_cookoff's Pizza Contest. Go check out the other unique entries.