Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Garlic Day and National Garlic Month!

Blogger of the Day: Brandi at The Vegan 8

One of my favorite food holidays of the year...I come from an Italian family so everyday is Garlic Day but I feel compelled to celebrate the glories of garlic in a big way today. I love the bulb!  ;)

First a few facts...according to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival folks, garlic comes in five basic varieties:
• Softneck Silverskin "has a strong flavor and stores well when dried".
• Softneck Artichoke "has a milder flavor and may have fewer and larger cloves than silverskin".
• Hardneck Rocambole "has a rich, full-bodied taste. It peels easily and typically has just one set of cloves around the woody stalk".
• Hardneck Porcelain "is similar to rocambole in flavor and typically contains about four large cloves wrapped in a very smooth, white, papery sheath". It's often mistaken for elephant garlic.
• Hardneck Purple Stripe "is famous for making the best baked garlic. There are several types of purple stripe, all with distinctive bright purple streaks on their papery sheaths".
Visit Garlic Guru Bob's incredibly helpful website Gourmet Garlic Gardens for more about each variety and how to choose between milder, medium and hotter subvarieties.  :)

Today's the perfect day to visit Brandi's brilliant website. Gorgeous weather and lots of family activities leave little time for multistep meals. The genius of The Vegan 8 is that virtually all of Brandi's recipes use 8 ingredients or less (other than water and salt) so everything is easy and accessible and absolutely delicious. Nothing is boring or bland...Brandi layers in flavors in every dish she creates. It's a challenge to stick to a limited list but she comes through everytime with a beautifully healthy plate of vegan yumfulness! And fortunately for garlic lovers like me, she's got plenty of garlic-tinged goodness to go around!  :)

Garlic love spreads coast to coast...
Gilroy Garlic Festival  July 25-27, 2014  Gilroy, CA
(Gilroy's 2014 Great Garlic Cook-Off is currently accepting submissions through May 1, 2014!)
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival   Sept 27-28, 2014   Saugerties, NY

Are you a big bulb fan? Do you have a favorite variety to cook with or grow? Have you been to a garlic festival? What's your favorite gourmet garlicky dish?  :)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Hot Cross Bun Day!

Blogger of the Day: Emily at This Rawsome Vegan Life
Pubs: Rawsome Vegan Baking

Ho hum hot cross buns. Rather staid raisin rolls that primly present themselves at Easter feasts and Sunday brunches everywhere. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes you just gotta shake things up a bit. Emily's version bumps up this humble baking required and tinted with cinnamon and spice and raw vegan goodness!

Emily is sweetly spirited and remarkably talented when it comes to crafting raw vegan cuisine. She lives her life and chooses her foods with an emphasis on being healthy, compassionate and kind inside and out. She's an outdoor girl too, into hiking, camping, kayaking and fitness...vigorous activities that need nutrition so her recipes aren't just carrot cubes and lettuce leaves. This girl does raw right and gives you the goods on how to do it too. Her new cookbook is a stunner so check that out after you check out her fabulous frosted buns...  ;)

Are you a fan of the rawsome life? Have you rawified an old standby dish into a surprising new delight? What recipe would you most like to make from heavenly Emily's site?  :)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Vegan Cheese Ball Day!

Blogger of the Day: Josh at My Vegan Cookbook
Pubs: Vegan Gingerbread Houses

Springtime's arrived so let's play ball! Throw this cheese ball on the table with a basket of crackers and GrandSlam!...instant hit! You can try different sizes...giant cheese planets (perfect for Earth Day!), baseballs (tailgate friendly!), one goodsized golfball for each person (enough for 3 or 4 chips) or microballs with a surprise inside (roll, poke a hole, tuck in a soynut or bit of chili pepper, then close up the hole). Cover them with chopped nuts, seeds, crushed chips or spice mix...whatever spins your spurs. Serve with crackers, chips or veggies and let the good times roll!  ;)

Josh started his blog with his now-famous Cheeze Ball, smoked it up with a Cheddary version, and is now tossing out spectacular vegan recipes with a Southern spin. Pick your peaches, ball up your Cheezes, then explore more from Josh's Vegan Cookbook!  :)

Are you a vegan cheese ball fan? What's your favorite vegan cheese flavor? What other festive foods do you serve for parties or tailgates? How will you be celebrating Earth Day?  :)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Garden Pea Day!

Bloggers of the Day: Rich and Kate at Vedge
Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking
Horizons: The Cookbook: Gourmet Meatless Cuisine
Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine

Every vegan I know has some kind of bucket to try, cookbooks to buy, bloggers to meet, vegan shoes to collect. If you've got a "vegan restaurants to visit" list, Vedge needs to be on it! This Philadelphia restaurant run by chef Rich Landau and pastry chef Kate Jacoby is a pinnacle of plant-based ingenuity. Their dishes are spectacularly creative and fresh and wholly delicious! They rose from the roots of their previous cafe and restaurant Horizons to establish the much-celebrated Vedge, and are currently in the building stages of their newest venture V Street, so put that one on your bucket list too! Now, let's get to our bucket of peas please.  :)

I'm an unabashed fan of the entire pea family from the Sweet Pea to the Snap Pea and especially the Garden Pea in between. By any name, be it Garden Peas, Green Peas, English Peas, Sweet Peas, Baby Peas or even Baby Sweet Peas...I am singin' the praises of these edible emerald jewels! Their vibrant hue and veghearty flavor satisfy my springtime cravings, and their humble simplicity slots right into my timepressed cooking schedule. I'm perfectly happy with a naked bowl of them for a quick snack, or throwing them in with pasta or quinoa, shrooms and a few cashews for a healthy happymeal. The team at Vedge spins them stylishly delicious, as they do with every little glory from the garden!  :)

Vedge elsewhere on the net...
Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce
Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Persillade
Eggplant Braciole with Salsa Verde
Atlantic Tofu Gratin
Caribbean Seitan BBQ Wings
Spanish Roasted Brassicas
Roasted Sweet Potato Pate
Roasted Turnips With Mushrooms and Wine
Roasted Carrots With Black Lentils and Green Harissa
Chocolate Beet Pots de Creme
Head in the Clouds Coconut Chocolate Mousse
Grilled Broccoli Shoots, Shaved Charred Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Peppers

A Vedge offshoot -- V Street at Rittenhouse Square

Vedge raves...
Caitlin at the vegan chickpea
Dynise at Urban Vegan
Rika at vegan miam
Trey Popp at Philly Mag

Have you visited Vedge? (link to your review!) What other restaurants are on your bucket list? Do you grow your own peas? What else are you planting in your edible garden this season?  :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Tofu In A Coat Day!

Bloggers of the Day: Vicky & Ruth at May I Have That Recipe

Nothing could make me happier than crispycoated tofu so yes, I've replaced the traditional "National Glazed Spiral Ham Day" today with Tofu In A Coat Day! And starring centerstage is this yummarific pretzel and cashew crispycoated tofu from Vicky and Ruth! These East Coast sisters were born into a Jewish Lebanese family and were raised in Barcelona so their cooking is a crosscontinental menu of healthy flavors and easy treats. They've created boatloads of craveable vegan recipes (many are kosher and Passover-friendly too) so hop over to MIHTR and get your coat on!  :)

What's your favorite tofu coating? What else might you cover with pretzels and cashews? Do you enjoy blending cuisines? Care to share one of your crosscultural creations?  :)

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