In the cold winter months when the house is closed up and I am chilled to the bones (I am an absolute sissy in cold weather!), there is nothing better than the anticipation of a yummy warm-me-to-the-core pot of goodness that is simmering away on the stove, perfuming the kitchen with its aromatic flavors.
This Fennel Mushroom Ragu is, in its simplicity, precisely one of these meals. Adorn it over pasta, or as the crowning glory atop grilled polenta cakes or tofu, or toss with pasta and vegan ricotta for a baked pasta casserole. Add a protein—such as beefless tips or chickenless strips for a heartier, stick-to-your-ribs dish. Possibilities abound…enjoy!
I am fortunate to have whom I consider to be the absolute best neighbors in the world. They live across the street from me. For the first six years, I did not reside in my home, but rather, visited several times each year. During the first six years, we became friendly with one particular couple. And then finally, on September 1, 2015, it happened! I was able to semi-retire and move to my dream house in my fantasy world, although it was neither a dream nor a fantasy. It was real life. Ah, so much to be grateful for today. Since then, we (my partner, Richard, and I) have become endearing friends with Skip and Cynthia. But, I am digressing here just a bit. Back to being on point….
If you’ve been following this blog, you might have realized by now that I not only love to cook, but also have a real passion for baking as well. Coupled with that, it positively feeds my soul to gift my baked treats to those I love.
Skip is diabetic, so I tweaked my original carrot muffin recipe (which was not vegan) into a delicious (and quick and easy) sugar-free carrot-apple muffin in his honor.
I just finished baking these muffins as part of my Holiday gift to Skip and Cynthia. I will be presenting these baked goodies to them on “The Giving Plate”. The giving plate reads: This special plate is yours today. Its purpose is very clear. It comes to tell you that you’re loved and someone holds you dear! Savor all the plate contains and fill it full again. Then send it on renewed with love to family and friends.
So, here’s my new, veganized recipe. At the very end, I will include my former original non-vegan recipe, since after all, this blog is “veganification”, celebrating the journey of becoming and being vegan. That includes recipes in addition to us sentient beings.
I recently had the extreme pleasure of presenting a cooking demonstration at Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders in Cottonwood, Arizona, a town located just outside of Sedona, Arizona. The class was entitled, “Holiday Hor D’oeurves” and was presented to twenty mostly-omnivores. I knew I needed to step up my game and be creative and inventive with what I was preparing.
I absolutely LOVE Thai summer rolls and got my inspiration from that absolutely yummy delight. However, it’s not summer, it’s winter (or at least it will be when the holiday actually arrives). So, it got me thinking….how could I transform a summer roll into what I will now call a “winter roll”?
Looking for something different to make with the season’s bounty of apples. Here’s a quick and easy recipe that is a great condiment atop your vegan protein, any vegetable, as part of a vegan cheese and cracker plate, but also atop your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream.
Homemade Chocolate Spiced Ice Cream……just finished putting together a spur-of-the-moment made-up recipe and mixed the ingredients together. Currently in the frig getting cold, so I can put it in the ice cream machine tomorrow night. Can’t wait…so, you might be wondering what makes it a ‘spiced’ chocolate ice cream….
Here’s a simple, yet extraordinarily delicious, muffin that you can whip up and serve on your Thanksgiving table that will wow everyone who likes to have a piece of bread to sop up that amazing vegan gravy you’ll be serving.
All you need are the ingredients, which you probably already have in your pantry, a large mixing bowl, a wire whisk, a 12-cup muffin tin (or a 6-cup large muffin tin, but I recommend the small muffins for the best results), and an oven.
For our first two years, Richard and I had a long-distance relationship, he living in Washington State and I in New Jersey. We’d meet somewhere across the country for our rendezvous, but our favorite place was what has now become our home—Sedona, Arizona.
The first time we met in Sedona was the first opportunity I had to cook for him. Oh, one important fact to note–Richard was not vegan. In wanting to ensure that I was able to create meals that would please this omnivore in my vegan home, I asked him what foods he enjoyed eating. His response—“I can tell you what I don’t like. I hate beets!)
With the holidays approaching, what better sauce to master than a vegan Hollandaise sauce. It’s versatility is endless….from a vegan Eggs Benedict for a Christmas brunch to broccoli Hollandaise served on your Thanksgiving table. Ahhh, what a sheer and absolute delight. Oh, and it couldn’t be easier, really!