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05/19/2014

Five vegan dishes to help you celebrate asparagus season!  »

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"You see, Rodya, to my thinking, the great thing for getting on in the world is always to keep to the seasons; if you don’t insist on having asparagus in January, you keep your money in your purse."
-Fyodor Dostoevsky,
Crime and Punishment

Like any normal person, I didn’t like asparagus as a child. But in my old age, I’m a big fan! And not only is it yummy, it’s a good source of calcium, iron, riboflavin, potassium, dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. Yowza! I hear it’s also high in antioxidants. You go, asparagus!

So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I got to the Carroll Gardens Green Market yesterday and saw bunches of asparagus at my favorite farm stand! It’s asparagus season again! Huzzah! I got me a nice little bunch. 

Once I got it home, I boiled it quick-like and dipped it in some Just Mayo and I called it a day. But I want to make something super cool next week! So I looked up some recipes and thought I’d share them with you guys. 

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First up is a delicious looking alfredo pizza with roasted asparagus by Vegan Miam! It uses Victoria Vegan Alfredo sauce so it’d be super easy peasy. And it has beer in the crust or something! BEER!

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Well look at this! SO PRETTY. It’s an asparagus and beetroot tartlet from Flavour Photos! And according to the blog, asparagus season (in the UK) starts on Shakespeare’s bday! How lovely. 

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Helloooo, nurse! I would tear up this asparagus and sundried tomato quiche. From the Sweet Life Online! Gimme!

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Next, for something super hearty, we have a lovely asparagus portobello risotto from our favorite food genius Vegan Yack Attack!

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Here we have kale, asparagus, and chickpea pesto from Munchin with Munchkin. I could eat this maybe every day? I accept that challenge! 

Finally, if you need any tips picking the best asparagus bunch, our omni BFF Jerry James Stone has made this lovely video for you: 

So these are all the recipes I want to try! How about you guys?! Any recommendations for me?

05/15/2014

Suite ThreeOhSix supper club: Vegan fine dining on another level!  »

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I went to a fundraising dinner at Suite ThreeOhSix last night and I had to share the pictures with you guys because HOLY CANNOLI! 

Meave and I attended an event at Suite ThreeOhSix a while back and since then, I’ve wanted to go to one of their dinners. So when I heard Leanne of Vaute was hosting a dinner to benefit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, I knew it was the perfect time to go! And go I did. 

Because Leanne is only the most adorable, the menu was inspired by her favorite childhood foods; but head chef Daphne Cheng gave these childhood comfort foods a grown up makeover! Here’s the menu:

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This pic is from Suite ThreeOhSix’s instagram.

Is your mind blown?? I believe it’s probably blown. The pop tart is pictured at the top. It was my favorite dish of the night! The date compote filling was amazing. 

The second course was the open face grilled cheese you see below. I loved it!

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My brother was my date because he’s the fanciest person I know. His favorite dish was the corn fritters. This is them, they were topped with greens and some flowery bits:

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Next up was the mac and cheese:

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This was great as well (are you noticing a pattern?). But the dessert! Oh the dessert! Strawberry shortcake, gone all civilized:

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The strawberry ice cream shot was coconut based and very delicious. I don’t normally go in for strawberry ice cream but this was excellent. I also like that the cake was soda biscuit-like instead of sponge cake. That’s the way it should be! Death to sponge cake strawberry shortcakes! 

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Suite Three Oh So Fancy!

If you can’t tell, Suite ThreeOhSix is hella fancy. Unless you are a baller, it will probably be a rare treat. But it’s worth it! And I think the dinners are usually raising funds for good causes like PCRM. And they are always vegan! So make sure you sign up on their email list so you can hear about all the wonderful upcoming events. And I hope you enjoyed these pictures! The lighting was suspiciously good for food photography…

03/11/2014

It is so nice in NYC today! You know what would make it nicer? Getting shwasted! So that is why I’m especially interested in these vegan cosmopolitan lime slice jello shots from More: A Vegan Food Blog. Plus, they are pretty and full of booze—just like me!

It is so nice in NYC today! You know what would make it nicer? Getting shwasted! So that is why I’m especially interested in these vegan cosmopolitan lime slice jello shots from More: A Vegan Food Blog. Plus, they are pretty and full of booze—just like me!

03/04/2014

It’s Fat Tuesday! Let’s eat king cake!  »

I’ve seen Kittee Berns post multiple photos of her delicious-looking king cakes, so I knew it was time for me to get in my kitchen and try making one myself. She has recipes for both gluten-full and gluten-free versions, so I opted to make the XGXFX Peanut Butter Cup King Cake (because there’s nothing better than the magical combination of peanut butter and chocolate [Ed. note: I think that’s widely acknowledged as a fact now]). She even has a King Cake Primer for us folks who have no clue where this delectable treat originated from, along with very clear instructions on how to assemble and decorate one. So, what are you waiting for? Get to baking (and eating)! And happy Mardi Gras! 

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First attempt at baking a King Cake (gluten-free, nonetheless) was a (somewhat messy) success! And delicious! 

02/11/2014

Ooooh sexy sorbet from Perfect Circle Kitchen! It’s coconut vanilla bean. I do love a vanilla bean. Get the recipe here and make me some! I need a valentine! JK, love is for squares. 
I’m very interested in this Perfect Circle Kitchen blog. The subhead on the blog header is, “Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-inclusive meals, hold the fuss.” Have you ever heard of such a thing?! I was totally curious about a “meat-inclusive” vegan blog so I had a little email convo with blog’s creator, Eve Perlman.
So the base of all the recipes is vegan, but then at the very end there are suggestions for adding meat or dairy. I found this totally weird but then my friend Lizzy was like, that’s totes subversive! I mean normally it’s the vegan stuff that gets the footnote! Right? And if you have meat suggestions, maybe you will attract more meat eaters to recipes that are primarily vegan. They will see all this vegan food and be like OMFG that food looks good! Or at least they will get more used to it. I mean I doubt many meat eaters frequent vegan recipe sites; but if there’s a “meat-inclusive” option, maybe it can actually draw them in. AND THEN WE POUNCE!
That’s pretty much what Eve says the concept behind the blog is. Well there’s mostly two reasons; one is to help people transition to vegan cooking. The other is to help people figure out what to cook when there’s a vegan in the midst of meat-eaters or vice versa.
It all started when her friend asked advice on what to make for dinner when her meat-and-potatoes husband, vegetarian son, and vegan daughter-in-law were all going to be dining. She sent a recipe that could accommodate all of the different wants. After that, she “continued to write recipes for friends whose vegan children were coming home on a break from college, people who wanted to make a lifetime transition to a more plant-based diet, or dinner hosts who needed to accommodate everyone at their table.” And eventually, BAM! Perfect Circle Kitchen!
What do you guys think? Could this strategy help convert people? It’s definitely a new approach, at least to me, and I’m all for new approaches.

Ooooh sexy sorbet from Perfect Circle Kitchen! It’s coconut vanilla bean. I do love a vanilla bean. Get the recipe here and make me some! I need a valentine! JK, love is for squares. 

I’m very interested in this Perfect Circle Kitchen blog. The subhead on the blog header is, “Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-inclusive meals, hold the fuss.” Have you ever heard of such a thing?! I was totally curious about a “meat-inclusive” vegan blog so I had a little email convo with blog’s creator, Eve Perlman.

So the base of all the recipes is vegan, but then at the very end there are suggestions for adding meat or dairy. I found this totally weird but then my friend Lizzy was like, that’s totes subversive! I mean normally it’s the vegan stuff that gets the footnote! Right? And if you have meat suggestions, maybe you will attract more meat eaters to recipes that are primarily vegan. They will see all this vegan food and be like OMFG that food looks good! Or at least they will get more used to it. I mean I doubt many meat eaters frequent vegan recipe sites; but if there’s a “meat-inclusive” option, maybe it can actually draw them in. AND THEN WE POUNCE!

That’s pretty much what Eve says the concept behind the blog is. Well there’s mostly two reasons; one is to help people transition to vegan cooking. The other is to help people figure out what to cook when there’s a vegan in the midst of meat-eaters or vice versa.

It all started when her friend asked advice on what to make for dinner when her meat-and-potatoes husband, vegetarian son, and vegan daughter-in-law were all going to be dining. She sent a recipe that could accommodate all of the different wants. After that, she “continued to write recipes for friends whose vegan children were coming home on a break from college, people who wanted to make a lifetime transition to a more plant-based diet, or dinner hosts who needed to accommodate everyone at their table.” And eventually, BAM! Perfect Circle Kitchen!

What do you guys think? Could this strategy help convert people? It’s definitely a new approach, at least to me, and I’m all for new approaches.

02/03/2014

OMFG how is it snowing in NYC AGAIN?! All I want is to be home in front of the Roku with a nice bowl of this Leek and Potato Dumpling Casserole I saw on Kitchen Grrrls. This is pretty much my new favorite blog—it’s named after Riot Grrrls! And the logo is extra fun. And they love biscuits maybe as much as me. WHICH IS SO MUCH.
They adapted the recipe from Veganomicon so you’ll need that but you really should have that. 

OMFG how is it snowing in NYC AGAIN?! All I want is to be home in front of the Roku with a nice bowl of this Leek and Potato Dumpling Casserole I saw on Kitchen Grrrls. This is pretty much my new favorite blog—it’s named after Riot Grrrls! And the logo is extra fun. And they love biscuits maybe as much as me. WHICH IS SO MUCH.

They adapted the recipe from Veganomicon so you’ll need that but you really should have that. 

01/10/2014

This recipe couldn’t be simpler and it couldn’t sound yummier. Let’s all thank Treehugger for bringing us the smashed chickpea and avocado salad sandwich! I’ve been really into avocado toast lately, at home and at a few restaurants in Manhattan. At home, I just plop some avocado on a pumpernickel bagel and sprinkle a little lemon and sea salt on top. But dang, adding chickpeas? GENIUS! And super healthy, right? 
I kind of want this right now but I’m kind of at my office desk and if I start smashing chickpeas, my coworkers will think I’m a weirdo. They already think I’m pretty odd after yesterday, when I informed them I’m on the NYC pigeon rescue street brigade. 

This recipe couldn’t be simpler and it couldn’t sound yummier. Let’s all thank Treehugger for bringing us the smashed chickpea and avocado salad sandwich! I’ve been really into avocado toast lately, at home and at a few restaurants in Manhattan. At home, I just plop some avocado on a pumpernickel bagel and sprinkle a little lemon and sea salt on top. But dang, adding chickpeas? GENIUS! And super healthy, right? 

I kind of want this right now but I’m kind of at my office desk and if I start smashing chickpeas, my coworkers will think I’m a weirdo. They already think I’m pretty odd after yesterday, when I informed them I’m on the NYC pigeon rescue street brigade. 

01/06/2014

Hold the phone! I’ve never seen anything like this before but I’m highly intrigued. Looks mushy but in the best way. It’s black-eyed peas and tofu ricotta deep dish pizza from Vegan Richa! With thyme. Thyme is the jam, right? I never used it that much until some recipe called for it a few years ago, now I love it. My mama grows it in her back yard—seems like a hearty plant!
In conclusion: get in my mouth, wacky pizza!

Hold the phone! I’ve never seen anything like this before but I’m highly intrigued. Looks mushy but in the best way. It’s black-eyed peas and tofu ricotta deep dish pizza from Vegan Richa! With thyme. Thyme is the jam, right? I never used it that much until some recipe called for it a few years ago, now I love it. My mama grows it in her back yard—seems like a hearty plant!

In conclusion: get in my mouth, wacky pizza!

01/03/2014

It is SO COLD in New York, there are icicles INSIDE my apartment. I wish I was kidding. So how great would these bakes apples with apple cider and sea salt caramel be right about now? A million times great. Maybe Veggies and Gin will have me over and gimme all the apples!!!

It is SO COLD in New York, there are icicles INSIDE my apartment. I wish I was kidding. So how great would these bakes apples with apple cider and sea salt caramel be right about now? A million times great. Maybe Veggies and Gin will have me over and gimme all the apples!!!

12/30/2013

My sister Dear Cally and I HARDCORE LOVE muddy buddies! It’s an old side-of-the-Chex-box recipe we used to make. I’ve actually made vegan muddy buddies before, it’s not difficult, but I’ve never made muddy buddy COOKIES before! Amazing! Thanks Petite Panettiere! Imma make these and eat them ALL! And then imma make more and eat THOSE! Then, imma make even MORE and so on and so forth! UNTIL I TURN INTO A MEGAN MUDDY BUDDY!

My sister Dear Cally and I HARDCORE LOVE muddy buddies! It’s an old side-of-the-Chex-box recipe we used to make. I’ve actually made vegan muddy buddies before, it’s not difficult, but I’ve never made muddy buddy COOKIES before! Amazing! Thanks Petite Panettiere! Imma make these and eat them ALL! And then imma make more and eat THOSE! Then, imma make even MORE and so on and so forth! UNTIL I TURN INTO A MEGAN MUDDY BUDDY!

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