Waffle Iron

I purchased a Calphalon Waffle Iron yesterday and hope to make vegan waffles for New Years Day. I spend New Years Eve with a friend from graduate school and she isn’t a vegan – she eats meat and I respect her choices. She also respects mine and we try to find recipes and restaurants that suit both of us. We love to dine out, but breakfast out in Tacoma, Wa can be a challenge, hence we came up with vegan waffles this year – she called them healthy waffles, but I am pretty certain she meant vegan. Since I’m cooking it’s vegan!!

Anyone have a tried and true vegan waffle recipe?


Friends and Olympia, WA

Today am heading to Olympia, Wa to meet up with friends. We plan to have  soup and/or salad lunch and walk around the Farmer’s Market. Cold – yes, I was reminded to dress warmly. I hope to have some pretty pictures to share.

Here’s hoping a warm vegan soup is in the stock pot near the Farmer’s Market.

Where’s That Vegan Cookbook

Someone had this great idea at work to have folks bring holiday cookies everyday this week. Kinda like a cookie exchange, but instead to just indulge and enjoy as we get through finals – I work at a college. No set days, just bring at will. I volunteered and added “mine will be vegan and yummy”. No comments from the lovely e-mail.

So, was excited to get home and pour over the few baking Vegan cookbooks I have. Problem – I couldn’t find the vegan baking one that I had in my head- like, where would it go? Today sat on the floor to make sure that I wasn’t missing it by looking from above. Nope! I have been known to get rid of a book at whim on my way to Half Price Books, but rarely a cookbook and even more rare a vegan cookbook. I did find a lovely book for our white elephant: Highballs High Heels: a girls guide to the art of cocktails. Oww, that might be a re-gift! Don’t use it  – Don’t need it.

Well, once I started focusing on taking that book out of my library I remembered that the book I was looking for is an e-book. How does one reference those on the book shelf? Then on my i-Pad I have aps for iBooks, Nook, Blio & Kindle. more searching… found Party Vegan by Robin Robertson & Vegan Baking Classics by Kelly Rudnicki in iBooks and Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry.

Now have to settle in, search recipes and decide what to bake. I love cookbooks!


Start Collecting Recipes and Ideas for Winter Holidays – This Year and Next

Holiday meals should be a good blend of family classic recipes with a twist of new recipes – my opinion.

Today in the e-mail inbox I found a recipe for sugar-free cranberry sauce. “Oh no, now what sweeter is used – can’t be good!!” I was wrong – good food of the earth… from Lani Muelrath. Check out her webpage ASAP as she is featuring a webcast with Lindsay S. Nixon about cooking for the holidays and will be introducing her new book: Happy Herbivore Abroad .

Now back to Lani’s recipe:

Lani’s Cranberry Sauce with Dates and OJ Recipe   

  • 2  1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • juice from one orange
  • a dozen pitted dates (doesn’t matter what variety, I used a mix of medjool and deglet noor)
  • 1/4 + cup water
    • soak the dates overnight in the orange juice (you can probably skip this step if in a hurry – if so, maybe cook them a little to soften!)
    • blend the dates with the juice and water
    • put the dates/juice/water in a pot with the cranberries, bring up the heat quickly to get it hot and then and cook over medium/low heat for 15 minutes.

There you have it!  You may need more or less water, depending on how juicy the orange, dates, and cranberries.

Spirited Vegans and Vegan Spirits

The holidays are upon us and many of us Vegans consume alcohol.

Today, while grocery shopping, I spotted Peabody Jones Vodka from the Woodinville Whiskey Company, Woodinville Washington, USA. I was feeling pretty smug to find a Washington state vodka – the family is fond of vodka martinis. When I got home I realized that I had no idea if it was vegan friendly. So, I flew onto the internet to see what Barnivore and Popular Spirits Etc. had to say about Peabody Jones – nothing. Next will be an e-mail to the Woodinville Whiskey Company to see if I will be partaking in the Peabody Jones Martini this Thursday – Thanksgiving in the US.

Vegan Barbeque

I discovered this site today from a fellow blogger, Mo.

 Ori Ann Li, Vegan Chef, shares videos of her cooking on the beach (love this)  and in her home (I assume). Here is the link to her post and video Vegan Barbeque~Celebrating Indepedence Day. I’m allergic to soy, so use in very limited amounts, but this site is worth sharing – I will be checking out her barbeque sauce recipe as well.


4th of July Vegan Food

So, we often fear family or friend gatherings when we are not in the majority – Vegan pride hurts!! Not to mention the cruel jokes and chides at our diet/life style. No Fear!!!

Pack your grocery cart with veggies, fruit and whole grain wonders. Think of your favs, Red, White  & Blue, Independence and a darn great healthy time!

I  bought greek humus, red and blue fruit, red potatoes, mushrooms and a few more items – let’s see what I can create for our Independence Day!

Gotta go shuck corn…

How to Convert a Cake Recipe to Vegan

I’m working on my Memorial Day Menu and thinking about my deceased grandma, Martha.

I have her applesauce cake recipe that creates a hearty and wonderful cake, but contains milk and eggs. Ingredients I don’t eat. So, did some searching on the web and found this blog that talks about converting a cake to vegan. National Geographic of all places – least likely site I expected to find the answer to my questions, but awesome, too!! The link is under the environment – well duh!! As it should be!

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is 7 days away. It’s a day we can all enjoy a wee bit o’Irish charm. Vegans – Heck Yea!!

I bought cabbage, caraway seeds and some root veggies – let’s see what magic I can share with you!! Stay tuned for Irish trivia, links and recipes. Actually am not Irish, but being of European descendant who knows what all is mixed it!! I have two kiddos who are Irish from my first spouse, so celebrate their heritage.

I’ve having a strong urge for those Stout Cupcakes that I love. The last batch disappeared out of the freezer – darn leprechauns.

Here’s a fun page to get you in the mood: http://www.st-patricks-day.com/