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12/16/10 9:19 P

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Thanks! :)

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Not at all. It's fun to hear what you made. Anyway, we all have things going on where we have to make special food, so this was a nice blog to share. Thanks.

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I made chili (with Yves ground round, black beans, kidney beans, and other veggies). It was superb! I also made cornbread from Vegonomics. It was okay, but a bit dry, because I made it the night before.

I also made kale chips and sweet potato fries (with rosemary).

My friend brought Soy Delicious cookie dough ice cream and organic raspberries!

Oh, and we drank a fair bit of wine!

It was a great success. :)

Thanks for asking! I'll try out these recipes soon. I didn't see them in time for the party, because I have sporadic access to the internet. :( Sorry!

Edited by: YOUCANLOSEIT at: 12/16/2010 (16:06)
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12/15/10 3:15 P

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What did you end up making?

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Thank you so much guys!!! The party went great! :D One of my guests brought some Soy Delicious ice cream, which I thought was really nice of her. :)

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12/15/10 12:59 A

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Thanks, DarkWillow,

That looks wonderful.

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12/14/10 1:54 A

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Sure can :) This recipe can be halved...it serves about 6 as is.

Ratatouille

1 pound eggplant, chopped into small cubes
1 pound yellow squash, cubed
1 pound zucchini, cubed
1 pound mixed peppers, red, green, yellow, cubed
1 pound onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound tomatoes, chopped either fresh or canned
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Rosemary or one sprig fresh
salt and pepper to taste

When preparing the the vegetables, make sure to chop them into uniformly sized pieces to ensure even cooking.

Preheat oven to 400.

In a dutch oven or other large ovenproof pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onion until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and continue cooking over a very low flame.

In a separate large skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over a high flame and add enough eggplant to cover the bottom of the pan without overcrowding it. Cook until it begins to brown. Transfer the cooked eggplant into the dutch oven containing the onion and garlic. Add remaining eggplant to the skiller, cook until browned and transfer to dutch oven.

Cook the remaining vegetables in the skillet, except the tomatoes in batches, adding additional oil to the pan as needed and continue to add the browned, cooked veg to the dutch oven, stirring every time you make an addition.

When all the vegetables except the tomatoes have been added to the dutch oven, add the spices, herbs and vegetable stock and raise to a high flame. Stir well and cook for five minutes on high heat and then place in the preheated oven, uncovered, for a half hour.

If using fresh tomatoes, peel, seed and chop them while the ratatouille is in the oven.

After a half hour, remove the ratatouille from the oven and empty the cooked vegetables into a large colander set over a bowl. Return the liquid to the pan and heat over a high flame, boiling until the liquid begins to thicken. Keep adding the juice as it drains from the cooked vegetables.

When the liquid has been reduced, turn off the flame and return the veg to the dutch oven and add the tomatoes. Cover the pan and let sit for about ten minutes.

The ratatouille can be served warm, or at room temperature or even chilled. Make sure to remove the bay leaf before serving.






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12/14/10 12:29 A

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Hi DarkWillow,

That sounds great. Can you share the recipe?

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12/13/10 10:29 A

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I just made a ratatouille the other night for some friends that I served warm over some red rice. It was so colorful and tasty that I think I'm going to make it again to bring for Christmas dinner at the in-laws this year. Our friends loved it and didn't even notice the lack of meat.

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12/13/10 10:26 A

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Vegan Carrotcake Muffins are always a crowd pleaser!

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12/13/10 3:13 A

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Here's something I made for Thanksgiving and it went over really well. This was a variation on a recipe a Sparkfriend sent (theirs was a raw salad).

Peel and clean out a large butternut squash (I used a regular vegetable peeler). Shred the butternut. Add in cinnamon (lots is good), a small splash of balsamic vinegar, and ginger root. The original recipe called for micro shredded ginger root. I used my ginger root ice cubes (made in advance, boiled ginger root, water strained off and frozen into cubes). I put in about 6 or 7 cubes but could have used more (it was a very big squash). Slice, peel and core apples, use an amount about equal in volume to the squash. I used a combo of granny smith and a sweet type of apple and covered them in lemon juice to retain their color (and that added to the flavor of the dish, too). Mix all of that into the squash. Add raisins and agave nectar, to taste, for sweetness. Bake at about 375f for ... oh about 40 or 45 minutes. It was grand.


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My cousin sent me this recipe and said it was absolutely amazing. You can also put in nutmeg, if you like.

Croustarde aux Pommes (Apple Crunch)
5-6 apples
cinnamon to taste
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Chop up the apples and place them in a 8×8 inch baking pan (use a bit of PAM or an equivalent to lightly “grease” the pan. But you can probably get away without it).
2. Pour the maple syrup over the apples and then sprinkle cinnamon over it all (I like to use lots! ).
3. In a bowl, mix together the flour and oatmeal. Then add the applesauce and brown sugar, and mix until the flour is just moistened and even a bit dry in some parts.
4. Spread (or sort of “spoon and pat”) the flour/oatmeal/applesauce/brown sugar mixture onto the apples. It doesn’t have to spread from edge to edge – just spread it out best you can and don’t worry about empty spots!
5. Bake this in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes. When done, just “scoop” out of the pan, making sure to get both the crunchy part (the croustarde) and the apples. This is definitely not something you can cut! I usually just stand right over the oven and eat it all straight from the pan!
[Note:I used a lot less maple syrup and a little less brown sugar and it tasted fine. S.V.]
From Lana Porter, fatfree.com


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12/13/10 12:20 A

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What's in season depends where you live. So you might as well tell us what produce you have access to that you feel like cooking with.

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12/12/10 10:50 P

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I found this gal has great, simple recipes. She was featured in the DailySPark. www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=veg
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Her "thanksgiving" menu can be easily replicated and all those items are in season ohsheglows.com/docs/Oh_She_Glows_Din
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. I served the majority of the food for my Thanksgiving--the eggplant toasts were a HUGE hit and the sweet potato casserole was more like a dessert than a side!

I also swear by Robin Robertson who wrote 1,000 Vegan recipes--my stepdaughter loves her vegan mac n cheese :)

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12/12/10 8:56 P

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Hi everyone!

I am having a dinner party at my place in two nights. I'm having 4 friends over. There are no allergies.

Any favourite crowd pleasers out there, that are in season right now? I don't want them to be too complicated, but I want to prove to my friends that vegan is delicious!

Thanks!!!

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