50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes: Maine ginger blueberry pie

July 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Posted in 50 States 50 Vegan Dishes | Leave a comment
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Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Strawberry season has filtered out, and now it is time for blueberries!

It also is time for Wonder Vegan to go on a diet, and so that meant it was a baking bonanza at my apartment.

One of these items was blueberry pie.

I didn’t think blueberry pie was a Maine thing; I figured seafood would be a bigger contender. Visiting Maine, the state’s tourism website, has a recipe.

According to Wikipedia, the earlier settlers ate it and using wild Maine blueberries truly makes the dish. It IS the state dessert for Maine after all!

While I didn’t have wild Maine blueberries, I used Dynise Balcavage‘s recipe for blueberry pie with a slight modification in her filling: ginger. I once before baked Balcavage’s recipe when I was taste-testing for “Celebrate Vegan.” I wanted to put a summer twist on it, and everyone at the CSA agreed that it was delicious. They said they never thought to add ginger and it was a bit of spunk that fit well.

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And the cooking sprees begin

March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have gotten back into the swing of things! Life can get you down sometimes, and when it’s snowing and cold, it can really get me down.

Post-Run Protein Shake

But now that the sun is shining more often and we have an extra hour of daylight, the cooking resumes!

Let’s start with my testing recipes for Urban Vegan. Since my last post, I have tried: Earl Grey Cookies, balsamic baked beans, orange-soy seitan tenders, chocolate-hazelnut polenta budino, funeral casserole and post-race protein shake. WOAH! lol.

All of the recipes were awesome. I think I screwed up my homemade seitan recipe, so that probably impacted the tenders. The polenta was yummy but didn’t keep well for reheating. Oh, the issues of only two of us!

I would display all the photos, but heck, that would bog down the page!

Potato and Leek Soup

I also have discovered my cookbooks again. I made Potato and Leek Soup from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan, Bean Cassoulet from Moosewood and Millet and Spinach Polenta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto from Vegan with a Vengeance. I have also been looking for recipes online and when I was sick, I found the perfect get-better soup.

I also made chocolate chip cookie dough bites for St. Patrick’s Day for my office. My birthday is in a little more than a week and I wanted to test the recipe I found online. Well, they all went! I didn’t even get one! Serves me right for not saving any! LOL.

I also am developing a vegan version of a recipe that I absolutely love. I got the recipe when I moved into my first apartment on my own and LOVED it so much. But now it isn’t vegan, so I must adapt. Move over, Rachel Ray! That entry is forthcoming, as I still need to do another trial run or two.

This is a short entry, more of a recap, as I have been gone & in my little shell. Well, now it’s time for some spring cleaning and hanging out on my blog more often! Keep posted for more entries soon.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bites

Potatoes, peas & salad

February 15, 2011 at 1:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Well, it’s been an … interesting two weeks. Whereas this is my personal blog, I cannot really explain what has gone on, but I was put out of my comfort zone.

This, unfortunately, meant that I did not cook as much as I wanted. I had to persevere, though, or I couldn’t eat for a week! (Or I would spend money I did not have on quick food, while some yummy produce rotted in my fridge.)

I did, though, make a couple of dishes and am continuing to make dishes as the Valentine’s weekend comes closer.

It is all a balancing act for me, as I work nights, don’t get up until noon, and have about 3 hours to do all I need/want to do before I need to get ready for work. That means I rush to the gym, rush back, rush making food and rush around my apartment in a frazzled mess.

I haven’t had full access to my living room for about 12 days, so nighttime baking/cooking hasn’t been a choice. Plus, Batman has been sick (What, no!? When did Batman ever get sick?) and needs his wisdom teeth out. With fevers, infections and severe pain, I haven’t been able to do much but worry. He tries to go to bed “early” aka between 1 and 2 a.m., and I have no choice but to sit in bed since one of his superhero friends is crashing on the couch.

Anyways, on to the recipes and the reviews!! Get some more teases at Urban Vegan.

First, I made colcannon, an Irish dish. Batman is part Scottish (close enough? he’s gonna hurt me for that comment.) and I love, love, LOVE potatoes, even if they make me sick.

The dish was sooo good and last a long time. Though, my boyfriend’s friend thought it was potato salad. lol. I loved the little bites of bacon. We had a problem with cooking the potatoes, and I think there has to be an easier way to make mashed potatoes, which is the base of this dish. But maybe this is the traditional recipe to make them?

The next recipe I did was mushy peas. I LOVE peas, too.  It was super simple to make, and I ate it right up! I don’t know what else to say about it.

And the most recent dish I made was panzanella. Who would know that a simple salad would taste so good? The dressing was tasted just like from a restaurant, not my simple oil and balsamic that I usually use for salads. The croutons were an interesting touch, but I prefer to have something more baked.  I had been the only one eating it, as Batman likes when I put together his dishes (so high maintenance. lol) But he smelled my leftovers and wanted some madly! Delish, I would say, delish!!

took at work. Sorry for the blur.

 

Oh, more recipe reviews are to come. I am cooking up a storm again!

Urban Vegan reviews

February 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I know, I know. It has been quite some time. I didn’t mean to be gone for so long, it’s just life steals me away.

I was getting into an exercise grove, then on weekends, I didn’t feel like blogging. I also went away to Michigan to visit “in-laws” for 4 days in January. And then, I hurt my wrist when I fell on snow/ice about a week ago.

But, on that note, let’s get to food!

Wayyyyy back, Jamieson and I decided to make blueberry pie, as I am testing for Urban Vegan. Well, it was delicious! I don’t think I have had blueberry pie since turning vegan, and I LOVE blueberries! Jamieson is a master at crust, and he also put his own touches on the crust (can you see the Batman and Wonder Woman symbols?)

Then there was caponata. It reminded me of an Italian ratatouille. I am not a huge fan of olives (hate them, actually), but it did add to the dish. It called for a little bit of sweet, but it wasn’t overpowering. I think the vinegar and other more “sour” vegetables take over. I had it over rice.

Next, I made Italian Mojitos to drink with this dinner. Well, I don’t know if I didn’t crush the mint leaves well (it just said to chop ’em), or maybe sparkling water isn’t sweet enough for me. It wasn’t my favorite, but I think mojitos are on the same line and gin and tonic, and I am more of a wine or sweet alcoholic drink.

I made two desserts. First, what I was most excited about, was the peppermint bark. It was SUPER simple. I still have a lot of it, and I keep trying to hand it off to co-workers, who also enjoy it!

Then I made pear tart tartin. I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour (I looked everywhere. Where do I get this stuff?) I had to use regular pastry flour, but only 1/2. It was difficult to get out of the pan, as the goo went EVERYWHERE, but it was a sweet, yummy dish. Definitely a hearty winter dessert to warm you up!

Well, I did test a few more, but that can be for another post, so I don’t bog this one down!! Happy Friday!

Squash soup — a review

January 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I was chosen to be a tester for Urban Vegan’s latest cookbook. I am so honored!

The first dish I did was her Insanely Thick and Comforting Squash Soup. Well, the title is correct. It is also insanely easy!

Throw everything in a pot and wait for it to cook?

Easy peasy.

The ingredients are readily available at any grocery store, and it was so yummy! Even my boyfriend loved it, and he is a huge meat and cheese eater.

I think using an immersion blender instead of ladling it into a regular blender is easiest, but it wasn’t that difficult.

My only complaint is, it tasted a lot like the potatoes instead of the squash. Maybe it’s the difference in frozen vs. fresh. It also said 4 servings, but they are more like four appetizer servings. It makes about two large dinner servings.

Here are some more delicious photos!

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