Top Chef: Just Desserts, episode three airs tonight, and our third chef is revealed! »
The third episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our third guest chef (see the first two here!) who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! Have you been able to bear the suspense? We have, but just barely! Ohhhh, puns, can you take it?!
This week’s guest chef is the TOTALLY RAD Celine Steen of the hugely popular and highly delicious Have Cake, Will Travel! If you’ve spent more than two seconds on Have Cake, Will Travel, you know that Celine makes the most ridiculous-looking food EVER. If you haven’t tried to eat your screen while on her site, have your prescription checked, okaaaaay?? Not only that, she co-wrote the fabulous must-own cookbook 500 Vegan Recipes: An Amazing Variety of Delicious Recipes, From Chilis and Casseroles to Crumbles, Crisps, and Cookies. It’s epic. What’s more, she has TWO cookbooks coming out in 2011, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions (GENIUS!) and Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites (MORE GENIUS!). No vegan (OR ANY) kitchen is complete without Celine’s website, cookbooks, and AMAZING food photography.
We love her and are so honored to have her tackle this week’s recipe, however insane/terrifying/complicated it might be. So enjoy Top Chef: Just Desserts tonight (if you want, no pressure, KILL YOUR TELEVISION! Unless you’re me and then IF YOU TOUCH MY TV IMMA MURDER YOU) and then check back with us next Monday to see Celine’s amazing veganization of the winning dish!
And now, your episode preview: Will our veganizer have to make A WEDDING CAKE? Or is this a preview of something completely different?
[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]
Have Cake, Will Travel, win a book! »
Celine of Have Cake, Will Travel has a copy of Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets that she wants to give to you! All you have to do to enter it is leave a comment on her excellent, fact-filled post no later than noon on Friday, Mar. 19 (that’s Pacific time!); a winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
A million recipes, a whole bunch of videos, some adorable (rescued!) animals, another fruit in a cute shape AND MORE: Friday link-o-rama! »
The Cute Show visits an alpaca farm. It is unsettling to hear the farm children talk about the little creatures in terms of fleece quality, but I advise ignoring them and focusing on the unbearable squeezeability of the alpacas. Look at their furry little legs and their fuzzy heads! Look at the little bitty blue-eyed deaf one! It’s only four days old you can pick it up and snuggle it LOVE YOU ALPACAS.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau makes the best tuna salad and quesadillas you’ll ever eat: the kind without tuna or cheese! Yes, really. Instructional video and recipes here.
WAY better than the heart- and star-shaped cucumbers: buddha-shaped pears! Will someone in Europe please send us some? Label them “trinkets” or whatever on the customs form, you KNOW how California is about importing produce. Dear state of California, we promise not to let these pears’ seeds come anywhere near your fertile soil.
There’s going to be a small, open-air fall farmers market just around the corner from the White House!
Activism had some effect! Remember how in The Cove, some of the dolphins were sold to aquariums, and the rest were murdered to be sold for meat? Well! Because of international pressure created by audiences of the film, the Japanese town responsible for this horror show has promised not to slaughter the dolphins in the season’s first “catch” (ugh). Instead, the people say they’ll release the dolphins they don’t sell live. Yes that’s still far from ideal, but it’s a huge improvement over mass murder.
San Francisco city Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced an ordinance this week to prohibit the procedure known as declawing on cats. For all the nothing that our local government seems to accomplish, this little piece of legislation is at least a little compensation:
"…[D]eclawing and tendonectomy are inhumane procedures that cause pain, anguish and permanent disability to a cat, and frequently result in behavioral and personality changes in cats subjected to those procedures. The primary benefit of the procedures—the convenience of pet owners—is outweighed by the cruelty of the procedures. It is inappropriate to remove parts of an animal’s anatomy, thereby causing the animal pain and suffering, and restricting and altering its natural behaviors, simply to fit the owner’s lifestyle, aesthetics or convenience, without benefit to the animal."
We like our Board of Supes with a little righteous anger.
Make cheezy quackers with Celine of Have Cake, Will Travel! She’s adorable, they’re adorable, there is nothing not adorable (and delicious!) about this video.
The recipe for “Ultimate Vegan Hot Wingz” over at Vegan Dad looks too good! If I make these, don’t expect to get any! Just me and the hot wingz and LEAVE ME ALONE I’M STARVING.
Har har: Quarry Girl announces the release of their iPhone app, which allows you to just push buttons instead of talking to people. This is all you talk about anyway, right?
MORE DELICIOUS FOOD ALERT! Carrie at Map Mistress tells us how to roast perfect sweet potatoes (Hey! It’s almost fall! CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE THIS SHIT IT WAS JUST NEW YEAR’S!) and I know this was mentioned before but VEGAN CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUITS over at It’s Faturday. That truly calls for a what what in the butt shout out.
Eater SF has a few photos from inside Gracias Madre, the vegan nuevo Latino restaurant by the Cafe Gratitude people. It’s set to open in “late summer 2009,” which technically means anytime between now and Sept. 21. Who’s taking me when it opens? I will eat raw vegan nuevo Latino ANYTHING, especially with those Gratitude nut cheeses, they are the best.
Hey, it’s National Cholesterol Month. You know who has super-duper excellent blood cholesterol? Vegans! Oh yes. Encourage all your non-vegan friends and family members to get their cholesterol levels checked, while you eat dairy-free ice cream out of the carton, in front of them. Because usually you are good and can keep your smugness to a minimum, but no one’s perfect, and basically the NIH is asking you to rub your better health in everyone else’s face, so why not?