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I’m Still Here

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I’m Still Here, but I’m not pulling a Joaquin-like hoax about a career change. I’m just going AWOL from MOFO for a bit, apparently– the thesis and an article are taking up all my focus right now.
But since I’m Still Here, I’m still eating, and will be back soon!

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November 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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Fried “Egg” Sandwich

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Now, I never went for a fried egg sandwich in the old days, but this really tastes good, and I’ve made it every once in awhile since the early vegan days, when my only vegan book was The Garden of Vegan. (Wow, imagine! No Isa/Romero yet!) So simple, yet so tasty: you just mix a tablespoon of nutritional yeast with 1/8 t. each of salt and pepper, dredge two slices of tofu in the mix, and fry in a bit of oil. It does taste kind of eggy, but in a good way. It mostly just tastes savory and good-for-a-sandwich-like.

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November 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Chorizo Chard Sopes

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This is why I had seitan chorizo kicking around my fridge for that reuben I posted the other day! Sopes, from Viva Vegan!. I fell in love with sopes at Mex-I-Can restaurant, and was eager to try making them at home. And the process is pretty easy! The dough is a very easy masa dough; it’s just the shaping of the shells that takes a little practice. I think we did alright, though!

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Above are the shells, pre-cooking. The bottoms are toasted in a cast iron skillet, then the shells are brushed in oil and baked. For filling, I used sauteed chorizo from the book, sauteed chard (this made the sopes extremely messy to eat), cabbage, thinned cashew crema from the book, and bottled tomatillo salsa. Below, another shot, from the evening we actually made and ate them. The picture above is pretty and well-lit, but leftover sopes just don’t taste as good the next day! The baked shells get a little tough after spending the night in the fridge. Also below, corn torillas from the book, made with the same dough as the sopes. This was my first time making tortillas and they worked quite well! They were also a far less messy way to eat clumps of cooked chard. I think the next time I make sopes I’ll make sure all the fillings are chopped very finely.

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November 16, 2010 at 4:20 am

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Nostalgic Apple Crisp

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My mom’s a great cook, but she’s never baked all that often. Exceptions: microwave brownies (remember those?? I don’t know where they went; they probably quietly decided that they are more hazardous than your average baked good or something), birthday cakes made from boxed mixes and decorated awesomely according to request (my favourite year was when she made me a sheet cake decorated to look like a map of the world!), cookies from a mix, and apple crisp. So at least several times a winter/fall, I try to recreate her apple crisp. The only real difference is that I tend to leave the peel on, and I use different margarine. But otherwise I’m transported back twenty years ago, to watching my amazing playwright mother throw this together, with a cigarette and the eighth cup of coffee of the day on the go. And the apartment would start to fill with the aroma of baking apples and I’d get so excited about apple crisp on the way! The crust was always the best part, and I’ve never quite been able to replicate how she makes it. It’s just margarine, flour, brown sugar, and oats, and it’s best when it’s part crispy, part crumbly, and part soggy. Fantastic!

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November 13, 2010 at 1:57 am

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Chorizo Reuben!

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Normally I’m a little wary of seitan sandwiches: gluten on gluten is for once in a blue moon. But this was delicious! I had chorizo from Viva Vegan! in the fridge, and some sauerkraut and the last of the Wildwood aioli kicking around in there, too, and very little time on my hands to make lunch. To the last of the aioli I added a touch of ketchup and a touch of dijon, fried up the sausage, toasted the bread, and presto, I had a real treat on my hands!

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November 11, 2010 at 3:38 am

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Brought Soup

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It’s my fifth year anniversary of being vegan today! My anniversary present is a great boyfriend who is learning to cook vegan things with me, and who brought me this vegetable bean soup he made up the other day! It was delicious, as things that people make and bring over so often are, but also incredibly delicious in its own right.

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November 10, 2010 at 3:52 am

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Cowboy Cookies

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Over the past few days, the relationship I’ve been carrying on with the large bag of chocolate chips I bought for the cake ganache has been, shall we say, unproductive and dysfunctional. Therapy worthy. I decided tonight that I needed to kick those chocolate chips to the curb. I know it’s debatable whether turning a given problem into cookies could ever be described as “kicking [said problem] to the curb.” But whatever, that’s what I did and I’m pleased, especially because 1) they are delicious and taste quite a bit like my Mooma’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, which I haven’t tasted in years; and 2) they used up some of the shredded coconut I’ve had kicking around my freezer for a long time. So, for Vegan MoFo Day 8, I offer a recommendation for Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar‘s Cowboy Cookies.

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November 9, 2010 at 2:29 am

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