Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Caraway Day!

Blogger of the Day: Linda at Free Range Cookies

Every spice has its day and today it's Caraway Day! Often found sprinkled atop loaves of rye bread, caraway has an anise-like flavor and FYI is actually a fruit, not a seed! It pops up in cuisines around the world, popular in European scones, slaws and stews, hot chili pepper harissas across North Africa and puddings made to celebrate Ramadan and the birth of a baby in the Middle East. Chewing it is thought to settle your stomach and freshen your breath, and if you're feeling lucky it may act as an aphrodisiac!  ;)

Linda Daniels is an awardwinning professional baker in St. Louis specializing in glutenfree treats, including of course cookies! If you live in the STL area, she offers classes at the Kitchen Conservatory. I don't need to be glutenfree but that doesn't stop me from diving into GF baking, plus it's always fun to try new ingredients...especially if you get spectacular scones like Linda's! 

Linda's Seed Bread is just how I like a loaf...superseedy with a rich mix of flavors and textures. Plus she crisps it up for crackers too...ohsogood with homemade hummus or cheezy spread. Crack open your caraway and start a loafin'!  :)

Source your spices...
Frontier Co-op
Mountain Rose Herbs
Penzeys Spices
Savory Spice Shop
Spices Etc
Spices Inc
The Spice House

Do you like caraway on (or in) your breads? How about in sauerkraut? What's your favorite caraway recipe? Where do you shop for spices?  :)

Find more feasts in our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Blogger of the Day: Julie at The Simple Veganista

Julie scoops out wildly delicious vegan ice cream treats in superfabulous flavors! Her specialty is raw vegan yumfulness in breathstoppingly beautiful recipes...I want to live in her kitchen! Stop by her site to sample her talent and capture some frozen magic!  :)


Julie's ice cream recipes don't require an ice cream making machine, but many others' recipes do. The best IC machines include Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach models under $100...that might seem like a lot but it's undeniably worth it on a 90 degree day when you're watching all the nonvegans slurping their scoops and you need a coneful licketysplit! ;)
You might stumble upon a gently used one at a garage sale or resale shop. If you don't dig a machine, just stick your mix in the freezer and stir briskly every 30 minutes until it freezes to your desired thickness.

Vegan Ice Cream Shops include...
Sweet Ritual Vegan Ice Cream Parlor (on facebook) ~ Austin, TX
Big Gay Ice Cream (on facebook) ~ NYC, Philadelphia & Los Angeles
10 Great Vegan Ice Cream Shops from VegNews
Ice Cream Parlors that Serve Dairy-Free and Vegan Frozen Desserts from Go Dairy Free
Search HappyCow for an ice cream shop anywhere around the world!  :)

And don't forget to clean up after your treat!  ;)

Where's you fave frozen scoop shop? Do you use a machine or the handstir method to make your own? How are you celebrating ice cream today?  :)

Check out the rest of our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Ice Cream Soda Day!

Blogger of the Day: Clem at The Vegan Cookie Fairy
Pubs: The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Decadent Vegan Ice Creams Anyone Can Make and Glaces Végétaliennes, Divines et Sans Sorbetière

Clem, The Vegan Cookie Fairy, is known round the world for her elegantly yumful baked treats...from her hungerfilling cookies to her extradecadent cakes and ohgoodgolly this Bourbon Tiramisu. But she is also an incredible Ice Cream Inventor and fantabulicious Float Genius! Her homemade ice cream island floating in a sea of bubbly soda is like sundrenched summer in a mug...crazydelicious!  ;)

Make sure your soda is made with vegan sugar (sugar processed without bone char)...look for "unrefined cane sugar", "evaporated cane juice", "beet sugar" or "raw sugar" in the ingredients. Or use a sugarfree soda, sweetened with agave, stevia, fruit juice, etc. Here are a few suggestions...
Blue Sky Soda
Oogave Soda

Do you call today's treats ice cream sodas or ice cream floats or some other name? Do you call the bubbly soda or pop? What ice cream and soda flavor combination would you create for your favorite float?  :)

Celebrate some more with our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Raspberry Cake Day!

Blogger of the Day: Maria at Cooking With Amore
Pubs: Cooking with Amore

Amore means Love in Italian and Maria has an abundance of it...for people and animals, for giving and cooking and sharing all around! She quit her job as an attorney and devotes her life now to creating recipes, writing cookbooks and donating much of her time and money to animal charities like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She's been offered a position as Head Chef in a vegan bistro in Mexico so don't be surprised to see more south-of-the-border yumfulness in the coming months!  :)

Maria's facebook page features so much more vegan amore!  :)

Which would you choose...Italian food or Mexican food? Raspberry cheesecake or raspberry pie? Volunteering at an animal shelter or providing a foster home for a rescued animal until it's adopted?  :)

Find more feasts in our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Nelson Mandela International Day!

Blogger of the Day: Mel at Veganise This!

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) celebrates the life and mission of a phenomenal man by asking everyone to devote 67 minutes of the day to serving others. Keep up with Mandela Day events or create your own! Need some inspiration? Animal activist Jamie Joseph wrote a fabulous article and webpage about honoring Mandela's spirit and Ubuntu, the universal bond of compassion and kindness that connects all living beings...animals and humans alike, regardless of size, shape, color or country. And definitely check out Boyd Varty's How to Save the Planet - Restoring Eden, his family's crazybeautiful Londolozi Game Reserve (Londolozi is Zulu for "Protector of all living things") and his heartcheering TED talk...including elephants!  :)

One of Nelson Mandela's favorite dishes was Umngqusho (cracked hominy and beans)...total veganfriendly comfort food! Mel from Veganise This! brings us another South African favorite as part of her world tour of vegan recipes. Have an international potluck, invite friends and friends' friends and reach out with yumful compassion!  :)

Chakalaka from South Africa ~ Spicy Beans & Peppers

Jasha Maroo from Bhutan ~ Ginger Chili Tofu & Red Rice

Lahmajoon from Armenia ~ Lemony Pizza

Plov from Tajikstan ~ Spicy Lentils, Chickpeas & Rice

Oromo from Kyrgyzstan ~ Lentil Veg Stuffed Spiral

Mofo Sakay from Madagascar ~ Watercress Fritters

How are you opening your heart with compassion today?  :)

Check out the rest of our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!