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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Country Chateau Dressing

This recipe hails from a 1985 cookbook titled: The Lose Weight Naturally Cookbook by Sharon Claessens. My mother passed this out-of-print Rodale Press book (my favorite publisher) on to me. The title is misleading, because I find it to be more of a health-directed than a lose-weight cookbook. The recipes are awesome. Look for it in a used bookstore... and grab it if you find one. This particular recipe, along with the Fabulous French recipe from How it all Vegan (posted at a earlier date), are my
go-to favorites for salad dressings. They taste amazing and the ingredients are pantry staples. Hopefully, the beautiful red color comes through in my photos.

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (I use rice vinegar)
2 tbs olive oil (this can be left out for a good tasting, fat-free version)
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp honey (I substitute agave nectar)
1 clove garlic
dash of cayenne pepper.

Whirl in a blender until smooth; shake well before using. Stores x 1 week in the fridge in a glass jar. For you weight watchers... 1 oz is 1 point, zero points if you make the olive oil-free version.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chard & White Bean Soup

What to do with a big bunch of rainbow chard?

2 tbs olive oil
1 bunch rainbow chard coarsely chopped w/ stems (or any greens)
4 large cloves of garlic chopped
1 large onion chopped
1 can Canellini (white beans) drained & rinsed
1/2 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 qt vegetable broth
1/2 tsp dried sage
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper

Heat oil and saute onions & garlic until soft. Add beans and sage, then stir for a minute. Add chard and stir until it starts to wilt. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, and add macaroni. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes. Add lemon juice. Salt & pepper to taste. Best served with a slice of sourdough or other crusty bread that has been toasted and spread with olive oil & crushed garlic.

I forgot to take a photo of the finished soup, which is much more appetizing. So I included a picture of a nice place to serve your dinner... Editorial comment: we don't use the dining room enough and I am on a campaign to stop eating in front of the TV.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Leek & Potato Soup

This is a super easy, amazingly good soup recipe, adapted from one of my can't-live-without cookbooks: Saved by Soup (Judith Barrett). She calls it Lusty Leek & Potato Soup... I find the exact amount of leek can vary and it comes out great every time.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large leeks, white parts sliced thin (you can use more leeks if you like)
2 lb of waxy potatoes (like Yukon Gold) sliced thin.
1 quart of vegetable broth.
salt & pepper

Heat the oil and saute the leeks until they are soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for about 30 minutes. The potatoes should be soft and break up when stirred. Just add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I sprinkle with fresh herbs (like thyme or chives) but it is good just plain.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Haluski, Kapusta sort of...

I was craving some of the polish dishes of my youth, so I came up with this recipe, which was just thrown together, but turned out amazingly delicious. The photo doesn't do it justice.

2 tbs olive oil
2 onions halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 small head of red cabbage chopped
2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 tofurkey polish sausages sliced into coin-shaped pieces
seasoned rice vinegar (find in the Asian section of the market)

Heat the olive oil and saute the onions and garlic over medium heat until they begin to carmelize (brown). Add the apples and cabbage. Stir for a few minutes and then cover and lower heat. Allow the mix to steam for about 15 minutes until the cabbage is cooked. Then remove cover, increase heat to medium and stir until the moisture is evaporated and the cabbage begins to brown (about 10 minutes). When the mixture is browned, add the tofurkey sausage and stir. Cover for about 3 minutes to heat sausage then remove cover and stir until the sausage begins to brown.

Before serving, drizzle with the seasoned rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. As with most of my recipes, the proportions aren't critical.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Creamy Mushrooms over Soba Noodles

I adapted this recipe from the VegCooking section of because my parsley is gone to seed and I was drinking white wine and didn't have the recommended pasta... you know how it goes.

Creamy Mushrooms over Soba Noodles

2 tbs Earth Balance buttery spread
8-12 oz of mushrooms (I used a combo of white &
cremini; but your choice)
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 tbs all purpose flour
1 & 1/4 c unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tbs fresh parsley)
Juice of 1/2 lemon (I cheated, used bottled, was fine)
1/4 c white wine
Salt & Pepper to taste

Melt the Earth Balance in a saute pan, add
mushrooms & garlic stirring until the mushrooms
are dark and reduced. Set the mushrooms aside.

In the same pan, melt the second tbs of Earth Balance
and stir in the flour. Cook stirring for about a minute,
making a roux to thicken your sauce. Slowly add the
soy milk, stirring until it is smooth and thickened.

Add the mushrooms, lemon juice, thyme, salt, &
pepper. Add about a 1/4 cup of white wine and
and cook until reduced and sauce has a pleasant

This is all somewhat imprecise, but a testament to
the flexibility in cooking, life, and the universe
at large.

I ladled the sauce over soba noodles... but use the pasta
of your choice. Over toast would work. I sprinkled
tabasco and nutritional yeast on top at the end,
but it really didn't need it. I do that with everything.

There's even a photo that becomes more delicious
looking when you click on it!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fabulous French Dressing from "How It All Vegan"

Everytime I make this dressing, people ask for the recipe. It is from the cookbook "How It All Vegan" by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer. I have most of the cookbooks from their series (The Garden of Vegan, La Dolce Vegan)

Fabulous French Dressing
1 clove garlic (minced or I use a garlc press to really get the garlic flavor disseminated)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp paprika (I like to use Hot Hungarian Paprika for a bite)
1/4 tsp pepper (fresh ground for me)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs vinegar (I use rice vinegar because the taste is mild)

Wisk or shake and enjoy!