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Today, I take a diversion from my typical blog post.  It’s a rather auspicious day.  Today marks my 100th Veganification blog post!

So, instead of talking about food, which I always seem to do, I’m going to shift gears a bit today.  As I sat here contemplating what to write about, I kept coming back to how much I have to be grateful for and about.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of ‘taking stock’ recently, which resulted in making some significant decisions regarding how I will be allocating my time in 2018.  I was able to let go of some tasks which truly no longer serve but I had been continuing more out of a sense of obligation (and probably some ego involved in there as well).  All good!

But, it also brought the acknowledgment that there are many things in my life that do serve and that I hold dear in my heart.  People, places, things…and also the two cats with whom I have the pleasure to reside.  The two girls are Tasha and Maizie.

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The Last of the Plum Tomatoes

Today we harvested the last of our plum tomatoes from the garden.  Wanting to luxuriate in the last of our bounty, I was determined to make the most of the richness and umami flavor that can be imparted when a plum tomato meets high temperatures, as in roasting.

That being said, however, that were only five beauties; so it seemed sinful to turn on the oven for such a small batch.  Ah, but alas!  Not to be diverted from my goal.  The perfect solution was the air fryer, which has become my go-to appliance on the kitchen counter.

The prep was simple – I cut the plum tomatoes in half lengthwise, laid them cut side up in the air fryer frying basket, sprinkled a dash of Himalayan pink sea salt, sesame seeds, garlic powder, and fresh ground white pepper on top, put them in the air fryer at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, and let the air fryer do its duty.

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Thanksgiving Ideas – including Cranberries!

Need some help with coming up with some delicious Thanksgiving offerings?  No need to look any further. Below are eleven website links with a plethora or Vegan Thanksgiving options.  Two of them are even gluten-free.

Do you eat a whole-food, plant-based diet with no added fats/oils…check out the Forks Over Knives link.

Ah, gluten-free … there’s not one, but two websites for you!

So, after you peruse these excellent resources, scroll down for my quick and easy, oh-so-scrumptious Cranberry Walnut Orange Sauce.

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Looking for a show-stopping appetizer for your Holiday dinner party that will have everyone thinking you toiled over it for hours on end (but really didn’t—shhhh, I won’t tell!) This Free-Form Savory Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Root Vegetable Tart will fit the bill exquisitely, I promise!

While this recipe may look like it has lots of steps, trust me…it’s really easy to make. Additionally, you can prepare the individuals components and park them until you are ready for the assemblage and baking.

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Before I start telling you about my recent culinary demonstration, I must clarify a frequent misnomer about the event which we have come to refer to as ‘High Tea’. It actually isn’t a true ‘High Tea’ at all. In fact, High Tea is something quite different from the regal British tea, properly referred to as ‘Afternoon Tea’.

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Happy Halloween!

This time of year always make me think, “PUMPKIN”. I adore that amazing vegetable. This summer, our garden gifted up with two absolutely beautiful pumpkins, both volunteers as we did not plant them. What a lovely surprise. So, the question remained, what to do with them?

Well, there’s always the ubiquitous pumpkin pie but you probably already have a plethora of recipes for one. And, at least for me, one can never have too much chocolate.

My answer to the question became a Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Magic Bar….one spring form pan, a couple of quick recipes put into one pan, and viola! you have a multi-tiered dessert that is as impressive as it is luscious.

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This is a recipe that my friend, Terri, developed many years ago. (You might recall that I wrote about Terri in my July 4, 2017 blog.)

In addition to be a wonderful friend, Terri was an avid vegan activist and excellent cook. She prided herself on her original recipes; and I was blessed enough to have her share this one with me.

I recently shared this recipe in one of my Veganification Boutique Culinary Demonstrations/Tastings, and everyone absolutely raved about it.

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As the sun sets here in the Sedona area, the crisp air settles in.  Perfect time for a warm bowl of soup.

I love how the fragrant aroma permeates the kitchen when a pot of soup is on the stove.  It’s comforting.  It’s home.  It’s the anticipation of dinner.

I went to the farmer’s market.  The plethora of autumn harvest vegetables had me spellbound. As I perused the bounty, I saw It!  There it was! My inspiration for tonight’s dinner!

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For those of us who remember Star Trek, The Trouble With Tribbles provided figurative thorns in Captain Kirk’s side. Not to dissimilar is the predicament with prickly pears, except that they provide literal thorns.

Prickly pear cacti, a member of the opuntia genus, abound here in the Southwest. The cactus itself is a paddle with spines. In the summer, they first burst with beautiful flowers, and by mid-September, they are bearing the most fascinating fruit, aka Indian fig. When ripe, its skin is a vibrantly-rich maroon thick exterior ensconced with even more spines. These spines are hair-like prickles, the smaller ones almost invisible to the naked eye; and the more mature ones looking like barbs ready to strike. Touch one, and those almost invisible spines will not-so-politely remove themselves from the prickly pear and insert themselves into your penetrable skin. And that’s when the fun begins. Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself.

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I absolutely adore entertaining and feeding people. But I also want to enjoy their company when they arrive rather than being held captive in the kitchen, thus missing out on all the lively conversation.

If you’re like me, I have just the answer for you! A vegan charcuterie platter and a make-ahead entrée.

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Looking for a quick and easy dessert? It really doesn’t get much simplier than this one, especially with the wonderful fruits that are in season. A fresh fruit tart with a cookie crumb crust and a custard filling is just the thing to whip up when you need a dessert with only a couple hours notice.

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One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. And I’m not taking about Pizza Hut or Little Caesar’s, or the like. I’m talkin’ wood-oven New York style pizza.

It starts with the crust, which is admittedly, no easy feat. I finally came upon a recipe that was buried in my pile of cut-out recipes, so unfortunately, I have no source to cite. It’s also not your typical pizza dough in that it starts out with a sponge. Absolutely divine, never fail, recipe…

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About Linda Voorhis

I’ve always had a love for cooking and read cookbooks and cooking magazines the way other people read books. They inspire me to create my own recipes and have taught me the ‘science’ of cooking, most especially baking.

Julia Child (definitely nothing veg about her, but probably the greatest skills technician) and my maternal Italian grandmother, Mary, were my first mentors. With the advent of the celebrity chef and abundance of television cooking shows, inspiration continued to be placed before me. Food, its preparation with love, and the creativity it sparks within me, became a passion of mine.

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