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12/31/2012

Happy Almost New Year: it’s the Vegansaurus best meals of 2012!  »

You didn’t think we’d let 2013 come at us without a best of list, did you? OF COURSE NOT. So for your reading pleasure, we came up with our very favorite meals of 2012. Let’s do this!

Jenny (that’s me!): My new favorite restaurant of all time is Pura Vida in Las Vegas. I ate so many wonderful meals this year, but Pura Vida topped them all. Chef Mayra is a culinary mastermind—her dishes are vibrantly colorful and packed with so much flavor! Almost every day I think about the breakfast burrito I had about eight months ago, and I cannot wait to to get back to Vegas to hit her up again! I’ve actually planned my entire wedding in Vegas (sans groom) (for now) solely based on Chef Mayra catering the elegant debauchery that will no doubt ensue.

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Latin’tude breakfast burrito, I love you!

Megan: ”For me, it was the year of chickpea flour—and more specifically, the Tuscan chickpea frittata. Oh boy did we have some good times this year! I made them every which way from Sunday. So easy and so yummy! And totes versatile. It’s the best!”

Man, that was a lot of fun, when Megan was making all those frittatas! I can’t believe I never tried one myself, but I suppose that will have to be what 2013 is for!image
Vegan, gluten-free frittata; so many delicious combinations!

Laura: ”The VegNews all-cheese holiday party, catered by Miyoko Schinner was, in a word, mind blowing! Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!! Giant cheese-stuffed ravioli was maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life (SORRY ABOUT THE PHOTO, I’m too pretty to be good at anything!) and fried croquettes on amazing salad, and so much more. Vegan meringue, too! Holy mother!

"Vegan cheese, you’ve come a long way since your days of gross inedibility! Buy Miyoko’s book IMMEDIATELY!”

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Hot dang, that VegNews staff knows how to get down!

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Vegan cheese, you HAVE come a long way!

Meave: Of course, sometimes it is impossible to pick just one, so our Meave gives the lowdown on her top five! First, comes Isa’s Maple Pecan Pie, because what holiday is complete without this delectable dessert? (Follow Meave on Instagram to see how her beautiful pie turned out—I was blown away at its loveliness!)
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Maple pecan pie, before meeting the oven! 

Next up we have a filling and colorful veg bowl, to which Meave explains, “Angela Liddon, salad genius, made so many of my lunches better with her legume and veg bowls, but my favorite was her Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl. Meave is quite the salad dressing connoisseur (“I’m picky”), so if this made the list, you know it’s got to be good! Of course we can’t leave out the brunch at Donut Farm, which includes Meave’s personal faves — the winter hash, double-dipped donuts, banana fritters and potato works!
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Winter hash forever! Or at least until spring!

Last but certainly not least, Sinto Gourmet kimchi, and for ogling, everything by Tofu666 (“my No. 1 source for food porn”).

Sarah: Keeping up with her title, Sarah dishes out some raw opinions, telling us her favorite dish of 2012 was “Cafe Gratitude’s I Am Whole bowl. Always”. I bet she’s missing that over on the East Coast! Hope you got your fill on your recent L.A. adventure, Sarah!

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Sarah’s version of said bowl, via her personal blog queerveganfood.com.

Andrew: “I’m going to have to go with our recent Mexican vegan Christmas dinner menu—homemade refried beans, Spanish rice, homemade mole with tofu, three kinds of homemade tamales (soyrizo, mushroom and mole, and green chile and cheese); margarita pizza with soyrizo (definitely NOT homemade); and horchata made from scratch, which was used for Mexican White Russians. This fed seven of us at dinner and then everyone got some to take home. And we’ve had leftovers for one meal a day since.” I did manage to get myself invited to this magnificent dinner, but alas, Long Beach was just too far away!

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Check out this magnificent plate, made complete with a Tecate, of course!

That’s enough about us and our favorites—now it’s your turn to rave about your absolute faves from 2012, so the rest of us can enjoy them in 2013! Happy New Year everybody!

11/26/2012

Chocolate Pudding Pie from Leaves and Flours! HELLO NURSE! I like pudding and I like pie crust, so this is very pertinent to my interests. 

Chocolate Pudding Pie from Leaves and Flours! HELLO NURSE! I like pudding and I like pie crust, so this is very pertinent to my interests. 

A pumpkin pie from Linda at Vegetate.us! She doesn’t exactly celebrate Thanksgiving but she sure knows how to celebrate fall! This is from last year but it’s so pretty. This year they made some fruit butters. There’s a cute photo of that as well. 
Update: oops I see Laura already posted this, it was bound to happen. My bad! We just love posting stuff from readers!

A pumpkin pie from Linda at Vegetate.us! She doesn’t exactly celebrate Thanksgiving but she sure knows how to celebrate fall! This is from last year but it’s so pretty. This year they made some fruit butters. There’s a cute photo of that as well

Update: oops I see Laura already posted this, it was bound to happen. My bad! We just love posting stuff from readers!

11/16/2012

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie, WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?! Stop undressing me with your delicious little pecan eyes, this is not how it’s going to go down! OK, maybe it is. Let’s do this.

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie, WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?! Stop undressing me with your delicious little pecan eyes, this is not how it’s going to go down! OK, maybe it is. Let’s do this.

06/28/2012

Seitan, mushroom and thyme pie from UK vegan blog Spice Box of Earth! How much do you want this? Spoiler alert: SO MUCH.
This is maybe more of a wintry dish but I’m sure it’s good cold so maybe summer is actually the perfect time for it. Because god damn it’s summer. New York is supposed to be 90 degrees today. Shoot me in the head, please. But not before I get some seitan pie!

Seitan, mushroom and thyme pie from UK vegan blog Spice Box of Earth! How much do you want this? Spoiler alert: SO MUCH.

This is maybe more of a wintry dish but I’m sure it’s good cold so maybe summer is actually the perfect time for it. Because god damn it’s summer. New York is supposed to be 90 degrees today. Shoot me in the head, please. But not before I get some seitan pie!

03/14/2012

It’s Pi day! Another excuse to eat pie!

Back in January it was National Pie Day, a fake holiday made up by pie marketers, god bless ‘em. But today, the 14th day of the third month, is International Pi Day, a real holiday made up by math nerds, god bless ‘em.

Get yourselves some pie, people! If you’re too lazy busy to bake it yourself, make go to Mission Pie in SF or Souley Vegan in Oakland or perhaps Watercourse Foods in Denver or, um…somewhere in NYC? Help me out, guys! Anyway, the point is to EAT PIE. Do it.

[Pie photo by veganbaking.net on Flickr]

01/23/2012

Today is National Pie Day! It’s your duty as an American to eat pie! Or make some pie! There’s a cookbook just for that! Don’t forget savory pies either, those totally count! I wish I didn’t have a job so I could be at home right now, making and eating pie until I groan!
And if you can’t buy vegan pie near you and you’re too lazy to bake one, just make a “crisp” and call it good: Microwave some apple slices with cinnamon, sugar, and Earth Balance and throw some oatmeal mixed with sugar and melted EB on top! I just made that up in my head, no idea if it’ll work, but it sounds awesome.

Drool-worthy strawberry rhubarb pie photo by Veganbaking.net via flickr.com

Today is National Pie Day! It’s your duty as an American to eat pie! Or make some pie! There’s a cookbook just for that! Don’t forget savory pies either, those totally count! I wish I didn’t have a job so I could be at home right now, making and eating pie until I groan!

And if you can’t buy vegan pie near you and you’re too lazy to bake one, just make a “crisp” and call it good: Microwave some apple slices with cinnamon, sugar, and Earth Balance and throw some oatmeal mixed with sugar and melted EB on top! I just made that up in my head, no idea if it’ll work, but it sounds awesome.

Drool-worthy strawberry rhubarb pie photo by Veganbaking.net via flickr.com

12/20/2011

Cookbook review: Vegan Pie in the Sky makes pie vegan, delicious, easy to make  »

Here are a few things to like about Vegan Pie In The Sky:

1. It’s the latest cookbook by awesome vegan mavens Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Instant cred!

2. It comes in an adorable square shape.

3. It proves that your pies can have flaky crusts, delicious fillings, and be gorgeous baked goods without animal ingredients like butter or eggs.

Those are all pretty good selling points, I think, and plenty of reason why you should pick up VPITS, or perhaps give it to your favorite baker as a holiday gift. The book looks small, but it’s 75 (!) recipes that covers everything from making the perfect pie crust to filling said crust with deliciousness—including 18 chocolate pies!—to topping it off perfectly. As a bonus, many of the fillings are gluten-free, and you can always experiment to make the crusts gluten-free as well by using your favorite flour sub.

Look, what I’m saying is that I don’t even really like pie, and I still want to make all of these. If I haven’t convinced you yet, check out the four sample recipes on the Post Punk Kitchen site.

Terri Coles lives in Toronto, where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues. We edit out all her extra vowels.

11/26/2011

My Thanksgiving, by Rachel.
This year for T-day I got to visit my in-laws in south Florida. They’re nice folks but they’re meat-eaters. This made me sad for many reasons, but mostly because the last two years I got to host vegan thanksgiving at my own house and it was SO FUN to plan and cook super yummy food that I could eat all of and that involved no carcasses.
But I can’t always have my way, so the vegan husband and I made the very best of it. Bonus: in Florida you get to eat Thanksgiving outside!
Here’s how we made the out-of-town thing work:
1. We arranged ahead of time to cook our own little sub meal. Main dish (curry-crusted tempeh from The Millenium Cookbook), side (red wine roasted Brussels sprouts from Vegan Holiday Kitchen, review forthcoming), and a dessert (the pumpkin pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky). This worked because we’re more passionate cooks than the in-laws. In other situations, that might not be OK, in which case I’d probably have to cry or raid Whole Foods or something.
2. We gave our hosts a shopping list ahead of time, and we brought some of the weird stuff, like agar powder, with us. We also brought little Ziplock baggies with the spices we needed for each dish, because buying a zillion spices is a lot to ask.
3. We scaled down our ambitions a little. For example, we made pie in a store-bought crust, which we wouldn’t have done at home. It still rocked.
4. We were clear on our mission: This was not an attempt to win over any carnivores with amazing vegan food; this was making sure husband and I had enough to eat that we liked. If no one else had taken a bite of our stuff, that would have been OK. Same if nothing else had been vegan (though a family friend nicely made the effort to veganize her dishes too).
Next year in my own kitchen! But this year was really nice. People even ate most of the Brussels sprouts!

My Thanksgiving, by Rachel.

This year for T-day I got to visit my in-laws in south Florida. They’re nice folks but they’re meat-eaters. This made me sad for many reasons, but mostly because the last two years I got to host vegan thanksgiving at my own house and it was SO FUN to plan and cook super yummy food that I could eat all of and that involved no carcasses.

But I can’t always have my way, so the vegan husband and I made the very best of it. Bonus: in Florida you get to eat Thanksgiving outside!

Here’s how we made the out-of-town thing work:

1. We arranged ahead of time to cook our own little sub meal. Main dish (curry-crusted tempeh from The Millenium Cookbook), side (red wine roasted Brussels sprouts from Vegan Holiday Kitchen, review forthcoming), and a dessert (the pumpkin pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky). This worked because we’re more passionate cooks than the in-laws. In other situations, that might not be OK, in which case I’d probably have to cry or raid Whole Foods or something.

2. We gave our hosts a shopping list ahead of time, and we brought some of the weird stuff, like agar powder, with us. We also brought little Ziplock baggies with the spices we needed for each dish, because buying a zillion spices is a lot to ask.

3. We scaled down our ambitions a little. For example, we made pie in a store-bought crust, which we wouldn’t have done at home. It still rocked.

4. We were clear on our mission: This was not an attempt to win over any carnivores with amazing vegan food; this was making sure husband and I had enough to eat that we liked. If no one else had taken a bite of our stuff, that would have been OK. Same if nothing else had been vegan (though a family friend nicely made the effort to veganize her dishes too).

Next year in my own kitchen! But this year was really nice. People even ate most of the Brussels sprouts!

11/18/2011

The Sweetest Vegan is back with Thanksgiving recipes! Hurrah! Try the delicious-looking pumpkin pie recipe above and then make this tofurky recipe for the pre-dessert meal! I think they call it dinner. Ever heard of it?

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