Friday, June 25, 2010

Holy Muffuletta!

How in the world had I never made and/or eaten a muffuletta sandwich before???? Sandwiches are my favorite food ever! Well, I'm glad I finally did it, whatever the hold up was. I made the Muffuletta Sandwich recipe from the Veganomicon cookbook, but modified it by adding Tofurkey brand Italian Deli Slices and subbed some herb-marinated tempeh for the eggplant, since it's not yet available at the farmers' market. When it is, I'll be sure to make it again!!! Olives are just wonderful, and a showstopping sandwich like this is a perfect way to let them shine! This awesome recipe was made even better by using a delicious locally-baked crusty bread, from KC-based Farm to Market bread company. Yum City, USA!! ps this went perfectly with a side of tasty vegan potato salad! duh!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rhubarb All Day Long: Big Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake!

Because rhubarb is still in season and even breakfast deserves dessert: Big Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake!!
I veganized the recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog, using Earth Balance for the butter, Tofutti for the sour cream, flaxseed for the yolks, and Ener-G Egg Replacer for the egg. It turned out perfectly! The cake itself is buttery and rich, but still light enough, like a good coffee cake should be. The rhubarb, which came from my friend's garden, was delicious!!! Obviously. And the BIG crumbs were simply perfect. Dry in a good way, crumbly, and amazing. I could have eaten the whole pan!!This wonderful coffee cake was preceded by an equally wonderful brunch: my Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches and Herb-Roasted Local Potatoes. The sandwiches were made up of baked tofu "eggs, " my breakfast sausage patties, fresh spinach, melted Daiya cheddar, and a maple cream cheeze spread I whipped up. All on locally-baked multi-grain toast. It was brunch perfection!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rustic Rhubarb Crisp

Dessert in a cast iron skillet? Yes, please!I seriously cannot get enough rhubarb!!! Here's an awesome rhubarb crisp, made in a cast iron skillet, and the only utensils you need are a knife and mixing spoon. It's sooooo good!!
Rustic Rhubarb Crisp (serves 8-10)
4-5 cups rhubarb, diced into 1" pieces
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 400 F. Thoroughly oil a 9" or 10" cast iron skillet. You may also use a 9" square or round baking dish for this if cast iron is unavailable.
In a large bowl, combine the rhubarb, sugar, flour, vanilla, and salt. Let sit while you make the crust.
In a separate bowl, toss together the oats, pecans, flour, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar. Add in the vanilla and oil, and stir until fully incorporated.
Pour rhubarb mixture into greased skillet in an even layer. Then pour the crisp mixture over the top of the rhubarb, spreading evenly. Lightly pat dough to create a flat surface.
Place skillet in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes, until the topping is browned and the rhubarb begins to bubble out of the sides. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Best served with vanilla vegan ice cream!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Recent Tester Goodies

Being a tester for cookbooks is soooo much fun!!! And tasty, too!

Almond Lime Cake with Rosemary Lime Frosting, from the upcoming Vegan Girl's Guide to Life by The Urban Housewife. One of the best cakes ever!!! And the most beautiful! Sweet Potato Pie, from the upcoming Vegan Bakesale by Carla of The Vegan Year blog! I loooooove me some pie, and anything sweet potatoes, too. Perfect combo!

And finally, Chocolate Cereal Squares, also from the Vegan Bakesale cookbook. So much crispiness and chocolatiness all in one!!! Yummmm!