All posts tagged: Cooking

cold berry soup

I have big news from our little urban “farm.”  Yesterday was our first official harvest.  I’ve been using a bit of thyme here and some chives there, but yesterday was different.  I filled a bowl. I picked my first hydrangea bouquet! I also got to see the cutest sheep on the side of the road between Stoddard and Peterborough, NH. Ever since my friends came over for a vegan feast, I’ve been craving the cold berry soup I made.  Guess what everyone in New England?  It is strawberry season!  Instead of buying the bland, too-perfect strawberries from the store, you can get the really red, ripe, juicy beauties from somewhere local. There couldn’t be a better time to try this recipe out. cold berry soup *I used “Fresh Berry Soup” from Moosewood Cookbook as a sortof basis for this vegan version. Ingredients 2 cups of orange juice 1 carton of So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer 1 container of So Delicious Coconut Milk Plain Yogurt 1 tbs agave nectar 2 tbs fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 …

vegan food for friends–smores included!

Last weekend, some very special friends came over to have a little summer kick-off dinner on the back deck.  This included furry friends, too. Since Elinor is 100% vegan and Joanne is a total foodie with a side degree in cooking (no pressure, right?), I decided to challenge myself.  Rather than rely on the easy standards like cheese and crackers and spinach artichoke dip, I went totally vegan! It was so much fun making Toad in the Hole, hummus, bean salad, cous cous,  chilled berry soup, and of course the sangria.   The salad with ginger carrot dressing and smores that my lovely guests brought were the icing on the cake. Over the next few posts, I’ll share some of the yummy vegan recipes that you can use to host your own vegan dinner.  Today I’ll start with the smores that Elinor brought because they are easy and too good for words. smores ingredients sweet & sara vegan marshmallows (the toasted coconut version is my fav) vegan chocolate bar (be sure to find a fair trade brand) graham …

True Bistro is truly decadent

Last night, I had a date with one cool chick.  My friend Elinor took me to an incredible vegan restaurant in Somerville, MA called True Bistro.  Anyone who thinks vegan food consists mainly of bland vegetables and plain tofu needs to have a True Bistro experience to prove this misconception all wrong. Our meal started with a bottle of vegan Pinot Noir (all wine is not vegan and you can read more here) and crusty bread dipped in olive oil.  I then agonized over what to order. Do I get the grilled romaine heart salad with French lentils?  The phyllo purse with seitan, quince, and roasted squash?  Oooh but what about the roulade of sweet potato stuffing with porcini gravy?  We made our decision and I took my camera phone out to document our experience. We settled on first sharing the ravioli filled with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions in sherry cream.  Doesn’t sound so vegan does it?  Lets just say we practically licked the sauce from the dish when we were finished and …

best vegan and veggie cookbooks

I love cookbooks.  I love the pretty pictures.  I love the promise of an intriguing meal.  I love receiving them as gifts.  I certainly love giving them as gifts.  The Huffington Post tweeted out a link to thier article featuring the best cookbooks of 2010, so naturally I opened it with enthusiasm, hoping to get cool gift ideas for this year.  Disappointment soon followed.  How could they have Meat: A Kitchen Education, but nothing labeled as vegetarian or vegan?  In response to that, I’m presenting you with what my fellow Twitter and Facebook friends (and I) feel are the best offerings so far.  Trust me, cookbooks are one rockin’ gift to give a vegetarian or vegan. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. This is my all-time favorite.  One of my most treasured Christmas gifts, I’ve also given it as a gift to many people.  Not only are these cupcakes beautiful, but I swear on my life they fool even the most die-hard dairy-lovers.  The ones I most frequently …