Comfort Foods – The April 9th Demo Class

If you missed the demo on April 9th you missed a very special class! We were sold out and it was DELICIOUSLY … comforting! A  night of food nostalgia at its best.

This menu brought me immediately back to my childhood memories of a cold winter’s night gathered around the family dinner table enjoying this meal that was not only delicious but reminds me of a typical June Cleaver-prepared meal.

A Sentimental Journey

The Quintessential 3-Course Home-Cooked Dinner Sure to Hearten and Enlighten One’s Soul

(with a fourth course thrown in for good measure)

1. Eggplant Parmigiana
I’ve not only veganified this classic that frequently showed up on the dinner table growing up…I also lightened it up by eliminating the frying and all the cheese by adding an unexpected, yet complimentary, ingredient that will surprise and delight you.

2. Corn Chowder
A hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, chowder that is all about the corn. Quick and easy, this soup is delicious served warm, but also refrigerates well for a cool soup as the weather gets warmer.

3. Cajun-Inspired Meatloaf
This isn’t my mother’s meatloaf that was smothered with ketchup on top. Oh no! This is a marvel that was inspired by one of my favorite dishes at a New Jersey restaurant that has long since closed. Packed with lots of veggies and other whole plant foods, you’ll want to add this dish to your go-to repertoire. And while you’re at it, you’ll probably want to double the recipe so you can freeze a loaf or two for future meals.

4. Smokey Kale and Potato Casserole
This was my favorite dish that my Dutch Grandma Voorhis used to make. Of course, back then, she made it with bacon, lots of butter, and even more cream. My vegan version brings Ahimsa to the plate without sacrificing any flavor. Double the recipe–Make a huge casserole. Air fried leftovers in the form of tater tots or patties the next day are something to look forward to, I promise.

5. Scalloped Vegetable Casserole
A colorful mixture of vegetables in a cashew cream béchamel and baked to perfection.

6. Say WHAT! – Black Bean Brownies
These fudgy brownies will have you scratching your head in disbelief. They are reminiscent of those all-time favorites from the 1960’s that came out of the freezer and were baked in a tin pan with icing. Most times, those brownies never made it to the ‘defrosted and ready to eat’ stage as they were devoured before thawing. You will have a hard time waiting for these to cool out of the oven; but I promise you, worth the wait!


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*An important aspect of sharing original recipes is to give proper credit to the author(s) of the recipe(s).  I hope that you enjoy using these recipes and making them your own; but please do so with that integrity in mind. With much gratitude. - Linda

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