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07/06/2011

Hazelnut scones recipe and Colorado potluck report!  »

Yesterday I asked you what to bring to a potluck. You replied with fantastic suggestions. And yet…I made something else. Behold!

Maple-glazed potatoes and green beans from Vegan with a Vengeance. In the recipe intro, Isa says this is a potluck hit. Plus I could make it with things I can buy at my crappy Denver Safeway (raw cashews? Better Than Sour Cream? Gardein burgers? Tempeh? nope!).


I also made hazelnut scones, adapted from another VWAV recipe. Isa’s scones are too much like biscuits in this purist’s view, so I tried to make them more dense and sconey. I consider this a work in progress, but here’s my version, which is closer Platonic Ideal Scone:

Rachel’s Hazelnut Scones (adapted from Vegan with a Vengeance)
Makes 16 scones

Ingredients
liquids
1/2 cup nondairy milk (the creamier the better)
3/4 cup fresh brewed coffee
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

goodness
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar plus some to sprinkle

dry stuff
3 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup almond meal (or grind up hazelnuts for hazelnut meal if you’re ambitious)
1/2 tsp nutmeg

nuts
2/3 cup toasted and coarsely chopped hazelnuts (toast them for about 12 minutes at 350 F, let them cool a bit, then rub the skins off)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a cookie sheet or two.

Mix together the liquids and set aside so the milk will curdle. In another bowl, cream together the goodness.

In YET ANOTHER bowl, sift 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the rest of the dry stuff together. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to smush the greasy goodness into the dry stuff until it looks like crumbs.

Add the wet stuff and mix until just combined, then fold in the nuts. The dough should be dry; add more flour if it’s really sticky. Knead the dough five to 10 times. It should pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Divide dough in half. On a floured surface like a cutting board, pat each half of the dough into a circle about 8” diameter and 3/4” thick. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. Slide them onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle some sugar on top if you’re feeling fancy.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly browned on the bottom and firm on top. Then eat them with your pinky out.

But that’s not all! When 80 vegans get together, you can bet there’s going to be a spectacular spread. It was so awesome, I only wanted to take pictures of the food, not the people or the teepee or the trampoline or the hot-tub or the pool table or the creek in the woods. It was a good time—if you’re in Denver/Boulder/beyond, join the club.

The food table, pre-swarm


Kale


Kabobs awaiting their fate: the grill


DESSERT! With a cameo by grilled asparagus.

07/03/2011

Quick, vegans! What should I bring for a Fourth of July Potluck?  »

Try not to get too jealous, but I’m going to an 80-person ALL-VEGAN July Fourth potluck tomorrow up in the mountains of Colorado. It’s through Meetup.com, so the people might be total freaks, but I’m betting they’re awesome. I need to decide what to bring! What’s your favorite thing to bring to a summer potluck? Bonus points for a link to an online recipe! Let’s share the wealth here!

[Ed.: Might I suggest Roasted Dill Potato Salad from VegWeb!? I might! —Laura!]

06/23/2011

Queer veggie potluck in Dolores Park on Friday!  »

Rachel here, on the vegan Pride beat again. I’ve drawn a Venn Diagram for you so you can understand better what’s going on:


As you know (because I told you a few weeks ago!), there will be some hot vegan action at the San Francisco Pride Festival this weekend. What you might NOT have known is that you can start that action early by going to the Food Not Bombs vegetarian potluck on Friday afternoon, as a side of asparagus to the Transmarch’s seitan picatta. Did that even make sense? 

Never mind. Here’s what they say about it: 

"Join SF FNB for our annual tradition—the Chez Gay cafe and potluck at the Transmarch! We’ve been doing this for four years now and are super excited for it to be this time of year again! San Francisco Food Not Bomb will provide some food, be cooking veggies at the park, but PLEASE bring veg food to share.

All are welcome to share food and eat.

(As always?)  bonus points awarded for:
*bringing food to share or chopped food to grill
*remembering your own utensil / plate
*dressing in costume—double points if it’s French
*wearing your “vintage” chez gay tuxedo t-shirt (if you want one I think we still have the screen to make some the morning of)
*volunteering to cook in the hot sun

If you would like to volunteer for prep work or cooking at the park, email!

We’re generally a chill bunch, but disrespect for queer, trans, genderqueer or gender variant folks will not be tolerated.

Dolores Park
Friday, June 24 at 3 p.m.

RSVP here

They use rainbow colors in their blog posts! Just go!

11/27/2010

Happy Thanksgiving from reader Andi, who writes that her vegan potluck was “bomb dot com. Two types of stuffing, Tofurky, maple chipotle glazed Field Roast, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes with Dandies marshmallows, stuffed acorn squash, sweet potato knishes, pear and endive salad with candied pecans, butternut squash and mushroom tart, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes with gravy. For dessert? A layered chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée custard, pumpkin pie, and baked apples with Soy Whip!”
And that would explain the place settings at what is clearly a desk, and why those two plates are piled obscenely high with food. Andi and friends, your potluck gets the Vegansaurus stamp of gluttonous approval. We are so, so proud of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from reader Andi, who writes that her vegan potluck was “bomb dot com. Two types of stuffing, Tofurky, maple chipotle glazed Field Roast, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes with Dandies marshmallows, stuffed acorn squash, sweet potato knishes, pear and endive salad with candied pecans, butternut squash and mushroom tart, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes with gravy. For dessert? A layered chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée custard, pumpkin pie, and baked apples with Soy Whip!”

And that would explain the place settings at what is clearly a desk, and why those two plates are piled obscenely high with food. Andi and friends, your potluck gets the Vegansaurus stamp of gluttonous approval. We are so, so proud of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

03/16/2010

New Vegan Event in San Francisco YES!! It’s the Vegan Happy Hour S.F. and it’s at Hemlock Tavern every 2nd Friday of the month. Which means it just happened. SOWWY. However, this is your advanced warning for next month and all consecutive months until the end of time.
It’s a potluck so bring food to share and you can fan them/get more info on their Facebook page. By the looks of their first event, there was hella fried food there CAN I GET A WHAT WHAT FOR DELICIOUS FRY!? Also, vegan drink specials! Let’s get drunk and eat fried food until we’re all so disoriented that we wander into traffic/get involved in an orgy/do something else regrettable!

New Vegan Event in San Francisco YES!! It’s the Vegan Happy Hour S.F. and it’s at Hemlock Tavern every 2nd Friday of the month. Which means it just happened. SOWWY. However, this is your advanced warning for next month and all consecutive months until the end of time.

It’s a potluck so bring food to share and you can fan them/get more info on their Facebook page. By the looks of their first event, there was hella fried food there CAN I GET A WHAT WHAT FOR DELICIOUS FRY!? Also, vegan drink specials! Let’s get drunk and eat fried food until we’re all so disoriented that we wander into traffic/get involved in an orgy/do something else regrettable!

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