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  1. Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano Serves 4 as Side. When the asparagus is extremely fresh, I bring out my 40 year-old Balsamico Traditionale. Feel free to use any good quality balsamic. 1 lb asparagus, tough ends peeled 2 T extra virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste your best balsamic vinegar, for drizzling 1 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano, shaved 1. Move rack to the center and preheat oven to 450°F. 2. Break the ends off the asparagus and peel any tough parts. 2. In a shallow baking pan toss the asparagus with the salt, pepper, and oil. Place the Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings over the asparagus. 3. Bake for 8 minutes or until crisp-tender and starting to brown in places. 5. Transfer to serving platter to avoid over cooking. Drizzle with the vinegar and serve. Variation: Lemon and garlic Omit the Parmigiano-Reggiano and vinegar. Mince 1 garlic clove. Zest the half of a lemon. Toss both on the asparagus with the evoo, salt, and pepper. Cut the lemon into wedges and place in pan. Bake 8 minutes. Move to serving platter and drizzle with pan juices. Keywords: Side, Vegetarian, Italian ( RG972 )
  2. Years and years ago I lived up the block and across the street from a large country store on the outskirts of a college town that sold incredible cheesecakes, Archie comic books for the devout and everything you could possibly need for baking for cheap: all in clear plastic bags sealed with twist ties, weighed and priced. There and then I first noticed different kinds of powdered milk sold next to yeast, wheat berries and rye flour. These were the days that the popularity of Diet for a Small Planet was just beginning to wane and I always associated dehydrated milk with that kind of economical, fringe cooking. Having somehow misplaced my favorite source of simple, basic bread recipes, I opened up Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997; sorry, no time to tend a poolish) and was surprised to see that Deborah Madison recommends the use of dry milk or dried buttermilk in several of her bread recipes. Since there are only a few recipes, it is hard to see a pattern. However, in one case, the recipe is for a whole wheat bread that includes a little gluten flour, but no unbleached white; another is for a rye bread. Does powdered milk complement heartier flours in a way that distinguishes it from fresh milk or buttermilk? Or might it be an established, superior source of protein for vegetarians? Edited to ask: Do I need to make any adjustments in simply replacing some of the water in the recipe with milk--other than, perhaps, increasing the amount of flour slightly?
  3. Celeriac with Olive Oil (Zeytinyağlı Kereviz) Serves 6 as Appetizer. This is one of the typical "Olive Oil" dishes of Istanbul and coastal Turkey. It's typically served cold or lukewarm as a "meze" or as an appetizer before a meal. medium celeriacs medium carrots, cubed c good olive oil tsp flour tsp sugar lemon 5 sprigs italian parsley T fresh dill salt to taste Peel celeriac and cut either into chunks or into slightly concave slices (do this by inserting the knife from the side at a slightly downward angle and cutting around). Chop onions and cube carrots. Heat oil in a pan, add carrots and sautee for 2 minutes, add onions and sautee 2 minutes more. Add flour and continue stirring, add water to cover. Try and arrange pieces so you will need the least amont of water possible, i.e. pack them closely. Add sugar and juice of half the lemon, taste, add more if necessary (it's a matter of taste). Add salt. Add chopped parsley and celeriac tops if desired. Bring to boil, turn down the heat and simmer for around half an hour, till celeriac is tender. Add a tablespoon of chopped dill, cover and let stand. Let cool completely (these dishes are eaten room temp or cold). If you have cut slices, take a slice and put on small plate, then heap some of the onions and carrots in the center. Garnish with fresh dill and add a squeeze of lemon when serving. Some people add a cubed potato to the mix as well; you would sautee this together with the carrot. Sauteeing it for a bit keeps it from breaking up during the cooking. Keywords: Appetizer, Vegetables, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Brunch, Vegetarian, Lunch, Easy, Dinner ( RG1892 )
  4. Rachel Perlow

    Honey Fig Jam

    Honey Fig Jam 1 pt figs 1 c honey 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp all spice 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp ginger, freshly grated 1 lemon or small orange, finely grated zest and juice Wash, remove the stem and blossom end of figs, cut in quarters. Put in heavy bottomed pot with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a slow simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour. Remove lid, remove figs with a spoon to a food mill fitted with large holed disk. Pass fruit through back into pot, discard skin left in the food mill. Stir pulp into liquid. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so then place into clean jar and store in the fridge. Yields about 1 cup. Keywords: Fruit, Dessert, Vegetarian, Intermediate, Breakfast, Topping/Frosting ( RG1156 )
  5. Ocean_islands

    Dark Fruit

    Dark Fruit Serves 2 as Dessert. Dark Fruit This simple recipe was taught to me by a French woman, and it is surprisingly delicious. 1 Cup Fresh Blueberries Red wine, any variety Sugar Choose two small bowls and make this dessert before you begin your meal. Divide the blueberries into the two bowls after washing them thoroughly and removing any stems or broken berries. Pour red wine into the bowl until it just comes to the top of the berries. If you wish, you may add just a bit of sugar, perhaps 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful, but don't mix it up. By the time you are ready for dessert, the blueberries will have released a wonderful flavor into the wine which makes for a refreshing dessert. This dessert could be served with a glass of sparkling water, and it can be made with any kind of berry. Keywords: Easy, Dinner, Vegetarian, French, Dessert, Healthy Choices, Fruit ( RG1155 )
  6. I was wondering if the fine folks here would mind sharing a recipe for chung, or rice dumplings. The picture below is of one from a kind lady who runs a food cart near Yale New Haven Hospital and medical school. It is in a lotus leaf that she carefully removes before serving. It is filled with vegetarian meat and mushrooms. The rice appears to be glutinous brown rice and peanuts. Any advice would be appreciated. The rest of the food here is a basil tofu, pak choy, cabbage, and some vegetable pickles. Dan
  7. Milagai

    Mango kalan

    Mango kalan Serves 4 as Side. Mango kalan is a yummy Kerala dish: ripe mangoes simmered in spiced buttermilk.... Different from the other mango+buttermilk recipes I posted. Many variations on the theme..... 1 c diced ripe mango 1/2 c water 2 c buttermilk or diluted yogurt 2 T freshly grated coconut 1 clove of garlic 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground 1/2 tsp red chili powder (use more or less to taste) 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 T canola oil 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds 1 dried red chilis, broken in half 6 fresh curry leaves salt keep all ingredients ready 1. grind the coconut, cumin, and garlic to a smooth paste. 2. simmer the mango chunks in the water with the above paste, salt, turmeric, and red chili powder. simmer until done. 3. turn the heat very low, add the buttermilk and stir well until mixed. don't let boil just heat gently and thoroughly. 4. in a small skillet or miniature wok, heat the oil, add the mustard seeds, when they pop add the dry red chilies and curry leaves. stir fry quickly for a few seconds until thoroughly sauteed (i.e. this is the tarka). 5. dump this mixture into the buttermilk (it will sizzle). that's all. it's done. taste and check for salt etc. you may want to add a splash of lemon juice if the buttermilk is insufficiently tart, but because you are using ripe mangoes, there should be a definite sweet overtone to this sweet, hot, and tangy dish. it's designed to be eaten with rice, but adapt as wished. goes great with the entire chapati/roti/etc spectrum. Keywords: Side, Indian, Vegetarian, Intermediate, Fruit ( RG1357 )
  8. Roasted Pineapple and Avocado Salad Serves 4 as Salad. A really simple, but really flavourful salad. Big bursts of flavour in the chunked pineapple really make it a crowd-pleaser. 2 c peeled and cored fresh pineapple (3/4" chunks) 1/2 tsp light brown sugar Kosher salt 1-1/2 T extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 T balsamic vinegar 2 Hass avocados, cut into 3/4-inch chunks 4 oz cleaned baby spinach (4 cups) 12 mint leaves Freshly ground pepper Lime wedges, for serving 1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, toss the pineapple with the brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Spread the pineapple on a baking sheet and roast in the upper third of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until softened and just beginning to brown. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar. Add the avocados, spinach and mint, season with salt and pepper and toss. Transfer the salad to plates, top with the pineapple and serve with lime wedges. Keywords: Salad, Vegetarian, Easy, Snack ( RG390 )
  9. purplewiz

    Peanut Butter Chicken Curry

    Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Serves 4 as Main Dish. This is my variation on the "Tender Turkey And Peanut Butter Curry" recipe from Ainsley Harriott's cookbook Gourmet Express 2. His basic recipe is very good, but I've tweaked this to my taste by substituting chicken for the turkey, changing the amounts of most of the ingredients, and adding more vegetables. 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into roughly 1/2" cubes oil for browning 1 small or 1/2 large onion, diced 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (or other hot chile pepper) 1 T grated ginger 1 T minced or crushed garlic (2-3 cloves) 1-1/2 T Madras Curry Powder 1/3 c peanut butter 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (+ cream if it's in there) 1 c chicken stock/broth 1 can diced tomatoes with juice 1/2 lb cauliflower florets, frozen or fresh 1/2 c frozen peas salt and pepper (and possibly sugar) to taste Preheat oven to 350F. In a large oven-safe pot (I use my Le Creuset), brown the chicken in oil. Add the onion and cook until onion is soft and translucent. Add the jalapeno, ginger, and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the curry powder and cook until really fragrant. Add the peanut butter and let it melt, a really short time. Add the coconut milk, tomatoes, and cauliflower, and bring to a simmer, stirring regularly so everything's mixed. Put a lid on the pot and put it in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, add the peas, and bake another 5 minutes. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Serve with rice (or not, if you don't want it). Makes 4 large servings and freezes VERY well. Sometimes the ingredients are a bit on the bitter side, and since I use unsweetened peanut butter, I need to add a little sugar (or Splenda works well, too) to balance it out. (But Skippy and the like work just fine - crunchy or smooth.) Measurements are rough guesses at best, since at this point the only thing I measure is the curry powder. There are many substitutions which can be made with delicious results. I once made this for vegetarians by using butternut squash for the chicken and vegetable broth for the chicken stock. Keywords: Easy, Main Dish, Chicken, Dinner ( RG1383 )
  10. suzilightning

    Senegalese Chicken Soup

    Senegalese Chicken Soup Included in the wonderful Soup thread. 2 T finely diced onion 2 T butter 2 tsp curry powder 1 T flour 4 c chicken stock 4 egg yolks 2 c heavy cream 1/4 finely-diced chicken Handful toasted coconut to garnish In a large saucepan, over medium heat, saute onion in butter until translucent. Add curry and flour and simmer for 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, stirring until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks and cook for one minute more. Press through a fine sieve. Serve hot, with toasted coconut to garnish. If serving cold as appetizer, chill until serving time and garnish with toasted coconut. Keywords: Soup, Vegetarian, Easy ( RG1181 )
  11. Gifted Gourmet

    Potato Kugel

    Potato Kugel 5 large peeled potatoes 1 medium-sized onion (or even a large onion if I want a stronger flavor) 1/3 c matzah meal 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (or even white pepper) 3 eggs, beaten 2 T oil (or schmaltz) Wash and shred (in a food processor) the potatoes and chop the onion. Mix dry ingredients with eggs, potatoes, and onion. Mix everything together, and pour into a *2 qt oiled baking dish. Dot the top with oil. Bake with 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, until top is crusty brown. I work fast after shredding the potatoes lest they turn foul grey ... Keywords: Side, Kosher, Vegetarian, Easy, Potatoes, Dinner, Jewish, Passover, German ( RG1216 )
  12. debsdelectables

    Melinda's Favorite Guacamole

    Melinda's Favorite Guacamole Serves 4 as Appetizer. While I say 4 servings, these are the servings of true guacamole lovers. For Melinda and myself (amongst other guac aficionados) the rule of thumb is one avocado per person. Besides, the leftovers don't usually last longer than a day. Chip recommendations: Santitas (Frito-Lay), Red Hot Blues (Garden of Eatin')--these are spicy, while the Santitas are very nice, white corn, restaurant-style chips. They're both highly addictive. If you use Red Hot Blues, test with Santitas, too, because if you're making this for guests, not everyone likes it as spicy as we do. ;D 1/2 tsp fresh chopped cilantro (dried works too, but only if the finished guac rests in the fridge for an hour or so before eating) 4 ripe Haas avocados (make sure that they've been refridgerated for at least an hour before you make the recipe) 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic (the bigger, the better) 1/4 c green salsa (I prefer Trader Joe's) 1 tsp of hot sauce (the brand/flavor is up to you--Tabasco works just fine for me, but I like the green one to keep the color profile) salt and pepper 1. Skin and de-stone the avocados. 2. Add the lemon juice, the garlic, the cilantro, 1/2 the salsa, and 1/2 the hot sauce. 3. Use a potato masher to squish down the avocados a few times. 4. Mix it with a spoon until the ingredients are combined (shouldn't take long). 5. Taste test with your favorite chip (or whatever you will be serving with the guac). 6. If it's spicy enough don't add any more hot sauce, but add the rest of the salsa. 7. Salt and pepper to taste. If you use dried cilantro, refrigerate the dip for at least an hour before serving. If fresh, you can serve it immediately. Keywords: Hors d'oeuvre, Kosher, Dinner, Side, Easy, Dip, Vegan, Snack, Healthy Choices, Vegetarian, Lunch ( RG1076 )
  13. Carole Grogloth Hawaii

    No Fat Vegan Cooking

    Aloha eGullet Members, Can anyone share some recipes or techniques for cooking tasty vegetables without oil? I am following Caldwell Esselstyn's diet for good health (Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease). He is part of a growing team of doctors who want to do more than fix up sick people, but want to prevent illness from starting. And they have compelling science that shows diet is the answer. Other doctors include: T. Colin Campbell, China Study; Dean Ornish, Eat More Weigh Less; John McDougall, The McDougall Plan; and Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live. These are all very convincing books, if you are interested in good food and good health. However, this movement can use some help from knowledgeable culinary artists, which is why I joined this forum. The Low Fat Vegan Chef, Veronica, has some great instructions with pictures on how to fry onions without oil. I never thought this could be done, but they are delicious. http://lowfatveganchef.com/how-to-cook-without-oil-or-how-to-cook-fat-free/ I'm looking forward to trying some new cooking ideas. Carole Grogloth Hawaii
  14. merstar

    Isabel's Cantina

    If so, how are the recipes? I'm mainly interested in the vegetarian, fish, and dessert recipes. http://www.amazon.com/Isabels-Cantina-Flav...95371904&sr=8-1
  15. Rachel Perlow

    Mushrooms Ajillo

    Mushrooms Ajillo Serves 2 as Sideor 4 as Appetizeror 6 as Amuse. This is one of my favorite types of tapas. I've tried to recreate what we get served in the Spanish and Portuguese restaurants of Newark, NJ. Ingredient Notes: 1) The Spanish Paprika is optional, but don't substitute "regular" paprika if you don't have it, it would be better to just leave it out. 2) Sherry can be substituted for the Spanish Brandy if you can't find it, but I don't think it flambes the same, you would just use it to deglaze the pan. 3) The amount of garlic is approximate, I use about 1/2 a head, you may want to use less. 8 Garlic Cloves, peeled & sliced 1/2 c Olive Oil, good quality 1 lb White Button Mushrooms, washed & sliced 1 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika 1/2 tsp Salt, amount approximate, to taste 1/4 tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper 2 T Spanish Brandy Crusty Bread Add Garlic and Olive Oil to a large cool pan (I use cast iron) and heat gently. When you first detect the garlic aroma, add the sliced Mushrooms and Paprika and turn up the heat. Saute 5-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are fully cooked and starting to get limp, but not to when they have lost too much moisture (use a long handled wooden spoon to keep everything moving). Add Salt & Pepper to taste. To Flambe: Push the mushrooms towards the handle side of the pan. Holding the pan at a slight angle (empty side down), pour the Brandy (not directly from the bottle, have it waiting in a small ramikin) into the empty side of the pan. Allow the brandy to warm for a few seconds, then shift the pan to allow the flames to ignite the brandy fumes. As soon as it flames, stir the mushrooms around until the flames die down. Serve with warm crusy bread to not lose a drop of the garlicy oil. Keywords: Spanish/Portugese, Intermediate, Vegetarian, Appetizer, Side ( RG150 )
  16. fifi

    Oven Fried Eggplant

    Oven Fried Eggplant This is a recipe that my sister and I developed over the years. The original purpose was to get rid of all of those eggplants we grew. It has developed over time and this is the latest incarnation. The stuff is like potato chips and is guaranteed to dispose of excess eggplants. 1 Medium eggplant 1 Egg 1/4 c Cooking oil, olive or a neutral oil to your taste 2 c Or more, seasoned breadcrumbs Heat the oven to 375F. Peel and slice the eggplant in 1/4 inch or less slices. You can do full rounds or half rounds to your preference. Vigorously whisk together the egg and oil. You can multiply this as needed. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg/oil mixture and let drain. In a shallow bowl, bread the eggplant slices, pressing down to adhere as much breadcrumbs as possible. Lay out the eggplant slices on a sheet pan. (I have started using a sheet of the new non-stick foil on the sheet pan and we find that the crispness is enhanced.) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turn, bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot. Notes: If the eggplant gets cold, it reheats beautifully, even the next day. I have used this same method with squash with good success. The breadcrumbs can be anything you wish. They should be well seasoned incuding salt. When I am lazy, I resort to Progresso. I am not sure what other vegetables this will translate to. I think the egg oil mixture is the key to success. Keywords: Appetizer, Side, Vegetarian, Easy, Vegetables ( RG1122 )
  17. Megan Blocker

    Curry Chutney Spread

    Curry Chutney Spread Serves 10 as Hors d'oeuvre. There are many variations on this, including ones that substitute smoked almonds for the bacon (a great tip for vegetarians), but this is my all-time favorite. I often forgo the processing of the chutney - as long as your chutney isn't super-chunky, you should be able to make this without dirtying your Cuisinart! 8 oz cream cheese (light or regular), at room temperature 1 T curry powder 8 oz mango chutney (one jar) 6 strips bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and crumbled 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese with the curry powder until mixture is well-blended and smooth. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the chutney a few times (until lumps are gone). Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of an 8-inch quiche or pie dish. Spread the chutney on top, then top with crumbled bacon. Add the scallions evenly to the top. Serve with hearty crackers or small whole-grain toasts. Spread will keep, covered in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge, for up to two days. Bring to room temperature before serving. Keywords: Hors d'oeuvre, Dip ( RG1384 )
  18. Episure

    PHAD THAI JE

    PHAD THAI JE Serves 4 as Side. Thai rice noodles with garden fresh vegetables. Click for Picture 2 tablespoons of oil 6 - 8 cubes of tofu 10ml light soya sauce 30 g bean sprouts 20 g chopped spring onions 30 g mixed vegetables ( sliced carrots, zucchini, baby corn and brocolli ) 5 ml limejuice 10 g thick tamarind juice 10 ml dark soya sauce 3 g sugar 5 g tomato or chilli paste 5 g chilly powder 5 ml vinegar 100 g parboiled rice noodles 10 g roasted peanuts salt to taste 1. Sauté tofu in oil and light soya sauce. 2. Add the mixed vegetables and stir-fry for a few minutes. 3. Add the limejuice, tamarind sauce, dark soya sauce, sugar, tomato/chilli paste, chilly powder & vinegar. 4. Mix in rice noodles and cook till noodles are done. 5. Garnish with roasted crushed peanuts. Keywords: Thai, Hot and Spicy, Chinese, Vegetarian, Side, Healthy Choices ( RG797 )
  19. Catherine Iino

    Squash, pepper, and Pozole

    Squash, pepper, and Pozole This could be a main course--would work for a vegetarian-but it's pretty rich, so I've listed it as a side. Note that it can be gluten-free, if you leave out the flour, which is no problem. dry pozole winter squash, cut in 1/2" dice oil medium onion, diced dried Greek oregano salt large clove garlic, finely chopped ground New Mexico chili flour* bell pepper, diced sour cream chopped cilantro Rinse pozole and soak overnight. Simmer until tender but not mushy. In a large skillet, saute onion and squash. Add the oregano and salt and cook over medium flame for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, stir, and continue cooking for another couple of minutes. Add the ground chili and the flour; stir well. Add the cooked pozole and water to cover. Lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Stir in sour cream just before serving, and garnish with cilantro. Keywords: Side, Vegetarian, Tex-Mex ( RG1929 )
  20. rajsuman

    Konkani Cuisine

    Hi folks, Before I delve into the details of this little-known cuisine, I'd like to introduce myself. I feel really lucky to have come across this wonderful forum where everyone is passionate about the same thing as me - Indian food. My name is Suman Varadaraj and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I used to be the Indian Food Guide at About.com - the best part of my job was helping all those who wrote in with their queries to discover the wonderful world of Indian food. I've lived in Ghaziabad in U.P. (Have you heard of it Suvir?), Bombay, Mangalore, Bangalore and Dubai. It might come as a big surprise , but I am, of course Konkani. We're a small community and yet it's amazing to see the variations in the cooking styles, depending on where we come from. - My parents are from Mangalore, which is a coastal town down south in the state of Karnataka, famous for its wonderful seafood. We love our fish and our food is 'bold' in the sense that it makes liberal use of garlic. - My husband comes from Bangalore and their food is more 'saathvik' - it leans towards the famous Udupi-style of cooking. They use very little garlic, if any and their food is purely vegetarian. They also tend to add a little jaggery to their side dishes. - My maternal grandma's family was amongst the many Konkani families in Northern Kerala, they have some distinctive dishes not known to other Konkanis. In general though Konkani food can be described as thus: Ghashis: Coconut, chillies and tamarind ground with or without any additional ingredient and made into a sauce for fish, beans or even chicken. The baghaar or tadka also differs. Sukke: Dry vegetable dish, again using coconut, chillies and tamarind with ingredients such as roasted or raw coriander, urad dal etc. Upkari: A stir-fry of vegetables - in Mangalore they generally prefer it with a baghaar of mustard and red chillies , in Bangalore it's usually mustard, green chillies, curry leaves and grated coconut Thalasani: Again, a stir -fry of vegetables, but with garlic and chillies. Thoy/Kholombo: The former being Konkani-style toor dal, the latter being our version of the sambhar. I could go on and on, but at the outset I hadn't even intended to write so much. I'd love to know if any of you have ever come across Konkani food or have tried to make it at home. Thanks for making me feel welcome on this forum. Suman
  21. Cookwithlove

    Tuna substitution

    Hi, I am creating a vegetarian dish and instead of Tuna i am thinking of a meatless vegetarian items similiar to the tuna (ruby red vibrant colour), any suggestion? May all animal be free from suffering!
  22. jende

    Baked pasta dish

    I'm making a cheesy baked pasta dish for a potluck dinner on Thursday. I'm basing the recipe on one from Giada which mixes ziti with marinara and ricotta, and is topped with mozzarella. I'm leaving out the meatballs in her recipe and serving Italian sausage on the side, in consideration of the vegetarians in the group. My plan is to assemble the dish on Wednesday and refrigerate it until it's time to bake it on Thursday. This type of dish should hold ok in the fridge until it's time to bake, shouldn't it? Any recommendations for other similar recipes to look at would be appreciated, too.
  23. Organic herb salad with simple lemon vinaigrette Serves 4 as Salad. Use about aprox. ¼ cup total of the herbs for each salad. The amounts in most stores’ herb packages are about the right portion size for 4-6 salads. Salad Herbs Italian parsley Basil, leaves torn Chive, snipped to ¾” long Chervil Cilantro Dill Tarragon Salad burnet Lemon balm Organic edible flowers, such as pansies, borage, chive blossoms, nasturtiums, calendulas, etc. 2 butter lettuce leaves for each salad for the base Dressing 1/8 c Lemon 2 c Olive Oil 2 tsp Sugar 2 tsp Kosher Salt 1 tsp White Pepper, ground finely make sure all of your herbs and flowers are organically grown. Pick and clean the herbs—you want the leaves to be whole (except for large basil leaves, they can be torn in half) – and pick the petals off of the flowers. Dress the herbs and butter lettuce lightly with the simple lemon vinaigrette (see above). Place the butter lettuce leaves on each plate so that it forms a cup. Fill the lettuce cup with the herbs and sprinkle with flower petals. Serve. Keywords: Appetizer, Easy, Salad, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Side ( RG1260 )
  24. A good friend is vegan, and this sometimes causes problems. She likes to be included in social gatherings (and feels hurt/offended when she isn't included), but many gatherings center on food (either food preparation or eating or both), and most members of our group are not vegan. When we try to include her, there is always some big production made about whether she can eat the food (she usually can't). Sometimes I have tried to make some vegan food, especially for her. This can backfire, for several reasons. she is highly suspicious of whether things are "really" vegan. Sometimes she decides not to come at the last minute. (Given that a lot of our gatherings are casual, deciding to back out of plans at the last minute is considered socially acceptable, so I don't fault her for doing this.) She often decides to eat on her own beforehand, but at the actual gathering, she is always hungry and often monopolizes discussions with the subject of whether any of the food on offer is "vegan." She is very used to eating processed vegan food purchased from "health food stores" that comes out of packages (fake-meat, vegan cookies, vegan candy, vegan potato chips, etc.). She does not seem to trust that food is "vegan" unless it comes out of a package that tells her it is vegan. She also often tries (forcefully) to direct our group to vegetarian restaurants, where none of us want to eat. We love our friend, but her veganism drives us nuts. I recently came up with the idea of trying occasionally to have dinner parties that feature "vegan-friendly" foods (not "vegan" food). By "vegan-friendly" I mean dishes that are not trying to cater to vegans or vegetarians, but just don't happen to have meat or dairy in them. This way, everyone can enjoy the food, without having to eat a bunch of fake meat and tofu-cheesecake, and without leaving my friend out or having to talk about the lack of vegan options all night. Any ideas? Like I say, I am looking for foods that are not trying to imitate non-vegan foods (no grilled vegetables on a bun). So far, I've come up with falafel.
  25. Have you noticed that more and more restaurants are offering vegetarian tasting menus? Is this a trend or just the practice of high end restaurants? Should an all vegetarian tasting menu be less money than one with meat? Can you recommend any restaurants that have tasting menus?
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