Archive for November, 2011

November 29, 2011

Aunt Pat’s Texas Cookies (Ancestral Recipe #1)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I’m finally going back to my roots and sharing those recipes I received on my wedding day.  Aunt Pat is no longer with us but her memory will always be!


As you can see, Aunt Pat’s cookies are not vegan.  She was a believer in eating whatever she wanted- my best memories of her were going to City Market in Grand Junction, CO to buy Ice Cream then heading to the Video store for a full night of scary movies!  She indulged us as kids and loved us as if we were her own, I miss that about her.

My husband still talks about the Thanksgiving and Christmas we went up to visit our cousins and my aunt.  He misses the over the top food spread that we would never be able to accomplish between the two of us ;).

Aunt Pat’s Texas Cookies are meant to be big and fat and delicious.  Unfortunately because I used coconut oil and reduced it, it didn’t turn out to be the big monster cookies I expected (so please be sure to use the butter- of course use the Earth Balance if you want it to be vegan).  Also, you might want to use a little extra egg replacer if it’s not moist enough.

Here are my replacements (the cookies still turned out delicious, just a little dry):

Coconut oil (reduced by 1/4)
Ener-G Egg Replacer
Oat Flour (because I’m allergic to wheat)
Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (dairy free, gluten free, Vegan)
Brown Sugar (not sure this was a good change but I would stick to regular sugar till you know for sure)

So, this ended up being my dinner last night because I literally could not stop eating it.  It is delicious and because it has nuts and coconut and chocolate and oats; it was like eating a granola bar.  Plus! It had no eggs in it so eating it before it was baked was not a problem.



November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Alternative Meals

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

For those of you that are celebrating minus the meat this Thanksgiving, here are some great alternatives!:

1. Eggplant Parmesan, Salad and Green Beans with Pumpkin Pie

2. TOFURKEY Turkey (OF COURSE!) with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole and Pecan Pie

3. Veggie Loaf with Vegan Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn and Sweet Cherry Pie

4. Jambalaya made with Tofurkey Sausage (which is the BOMB), a side of Corn Bread and Peach Cobbler

5. Lentils and Mashed Potatoes (scrumptious!) and Strawberry/Rhubarb Pie

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and thanks for saving the Turkeys! Gobble Gobble!

November 17, 2011

Yardhouse and Gardein Make a Splash in South Florida!

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Yard House in Hallandale and Merrick Park in South Florida have a variety of delicious dishes to choose from.  One surprise on the menu?  Gardein burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more.

Finally, a restaurant that doesn’t just offer salad and pasta for it’s vegetarian patrons!  They also carry a great selection for our flexitarian friends as well.

I have been there twice now and I can say the following:

The Gardein Chicken Sandwich is delicious topped with cheese and avocado with a side of sweet potato fries (hint: try the truffle sauce with your regular fries).

The Gardein mini sliders were absolutely phenomenal.  I liked them better than the sandwich because they are more “beefy” (I mean that in a texture sense more than a taste sense).   I would compare it to almost the taste of a rib sandwich or some really fantastic mushrooms without being overwhelming.  Absolutely tasty.

Whatever you do, make sure you stop by either of these two stores for a fantastic meal that everyone can enjoy!

Orange Peel Chicken Photo Courtesy of Yard House

Disclaimer: This is the regular Orange Peel Chicken- Yardhouse provided the photo but they have assured me that the Gardein version looks exactly the same.  Apologies if we offend anyone but we wanted to make sure we were honest with our readers!

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