Today is World Vegan Day and the first day of World Vegan Month. As I paused a moment to acknowledge this day, it brought me back to that infamous day in November, 1997 that thrust me into transition, when Freya Dinshah, Executive Director of the
Earlier this month I participated in the Cornville Chili Cook-Off with my mole-inspired chili, and I won Second place! Now, while first place would have been amazing, I am happy to report that the other vegan option out of 30 participants won first! Amazing! In
Being a Jersey girl, Jersey corn represented the much-anticipated August harvest each year. One of the great joys of being a transplanted Jersey girl now residing in the Sedona area is the elongated corn harvesting season. Ah, what more can a vegan food-obsessed girl ask for?!
Well, different ideas for fresh corn, that’s for sure.
Hauser & Hauser Farms in Camp Verde, Arizona, has become my ‘go-to’ stop for fresh-picked corn that is grown without all those nasty chemicals. And I know this because I often bring home some lovely worms that have opted to take up residence in the ears of corn that made their way back home with me. I gladly welcome these worms to their new home, my raised bed garden, where I have a worm colony that gets happily fed my organic coffee grounds with other goodies on a daily basis.
Ah, so with the abundance of fresh-picked corn on the cob, we’ve been feasting upon just quickly blanched in boiling, salted water for no more than one minute, cut off the cob and pleasantly devoured raw in our nightly garden salad, fresh-baked corn muffins, and in a myriad of one-pot chilies, etc. (thrown in just at the end before serving so as not to ruin their fresh-off-the-cob raw-ness.
But alas, pancakes were calling out to me as well. And with the plethora of fresh ears, corn pancakes aka breakfast for dinner, were top on the agenda for the day.
I needed to make dinner one evening and had a plethora of ingredients in the refrigerator that I wanted to use up! This is a great way to become inspired to experiment, and it’s how I came to make this absolutely yummy and delectable Quesadilla Cake!
Life has a way of throwing curve balls our way sometimes…
Mine started coming last September when my 86-year-old mother coded and was placed on life support. As you might remember, I live in the Sedona AZ area; and my parents resided in New Jersey, just ten miles outside Manhattan
One of my favorite times of year is summer. With summer comes the adventure of farmers market season. Did you know there are several farmers markets in the Verde Valley every week during the long days of summer?
My personal favorite is the Old Town Music and the Market. Each Thursday night starting at 5;00 in evenings in May, June and September. Thursdays in Old Town Cottonwood is a great place to be! It’s right there behind the city buildings on Main Street. My friends who live in Old Town say that they enjoy Thursday nights because they can hear the music from front porch but walking over is quite easy too! The best part though comes when you’re able to walk away with some fabulous finds and some great goodies.
Sweet Corn on my Brain
Back in 2017, I posted a blog about squash blossoms, and how eating them batter dipped and fried was delicious. But in that same blog I also talked about sweet corn. Organic, fresh picked summer corn is almost to die for. I love harvest season and the corn score I can return home with, ready for consumption!
I thought this week I would go ahead reiterate how awesome summertime sweetcorn is and give you a few ideas of how to enjoy this tasty treat.
Fireworks are to 4th of July as Grilling is to Summer
When the chocolate craving bug bites, do you find yourself reaching for that all too inviting bar of dark chocolate stashed at the back of your pantry? Hey, it happens! I had such a moment recently, and remembered I have a wonderful little recipe for chocolate mousse, which sounded much more fun! It may be a little less “instant gratification” than that chocolate bar, but it is oh so worth it!