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Stuffed Mushroom Caps, the Vegan way

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Appetizers, Recipes | 0 comments

Stuffed Mushroom Caps, the Vegan way

I really do love mushrooms, sautéed, broiled, and grilled. I like to coat them with fajita spices and serve them with rice and beans, or just grilled with a little olive oil and salt and served as a “steak.” They can be served as appetizers or entrees. Some folks like marinated mushrooms others just like them raw in salads. Whatever your favorite way to eat mushrooms is, nothing beats a delicious stuffed mushroom cap. I used to have to make these by the hundreds when working in banquets at the 5-star resort. They are the perfect bite to whet the appetite. I figured out a great way to veganize the traditional stuffing made from animal ingredients. read...

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February Food Observances 2016

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

February Food Observances 2016

It’s been a long couple months with healing from shoulder surgery. I did not plan to fall down on the job, but it really was painful to even type. I’m finally getting back to doing what I love, and what I hope you love to read about: Food! In all its glory and greatness. You might still have to wait a little while for new food photos, but I do have a few surprises lined up for your reading/cooking pleasure. This month we celebrate a few of my favorite foods, one being strawberries. I’ve been dying all winter long to get my hands on these sweet ripened berries so I could make more jam. Strawberry jam and strawberry syrup are both ridiculously easy to make. When the clam shell (equal to 1 pound) comes down to .99 cents US, I’m at the stove with four or five pounds of these delicious tasting berries and some sugar. It’s also Celebrate Berries Month, so I’ll probably tackle a mixed berry compote for sopapillas. read...

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Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival 2016

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival 2016

The month of January rolls around and in Southern Arizona, it’s a chilly 40 degrees at 9 am. The time volunteers arrive and start setting up for the Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival. This is the second year for this event run by U.S. Veg Corp, an event company out of New York City. They also produce the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, and are working on adding a third event for Southern California next fall. This was my second year volunteering. Last year I presented a Chef Demo, Breakfast in the Afternoon. This year, due to health issues, I was asked if I would give a talk in the Speaker’s Tent and if I could help run the tent. I said, “Of course.” read...

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What’s in a Curry? Pumpkin!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Entree, Recipes | 0 comments

What’s in a Curry? Pumpkin!

A while ago I had a bowl of pumpkin curry at one of my favorite cafes. I’ve been entranced ever since. I became obsessed with making my own. After making pumpkin pies for the Pie Social, I had left over pumpkin. Sure I could have made cookies or cake, but I really wanted to try this curry. I looked online at a variety of recipes. All of them said to use a pre-made curry powder. I’m a bit of a spice snob. I like my spices fresh and I like to blend my own so I can control what goes into the mix and the amount. I went searching for a good curry mix and found one at Delicious Obsessions. Let me tell you. I felt a deep satisfaction using this spice blend. It’s a great base for jumping off and adding and subtracting different spices. read...

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December Food Observances: 2015

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

December Food Observances: 2015

As we round into the Holidays it’s time to take a look at the food holidays for this month – and there are some pretty tasty ones coming up! Heading the list of month-long celebrations December gives us National Fruit Cake Month, so bust out that old recipe from your grandmother and get it done. Fruit cake was a way of using up fruit that would have otherwise rotted in a cellar (Refrigeration is a relatively new invention in the history of food storage). Can vegans celebrate Egg Nog Month? You bet. There’s even pumpkin egg nog that’s vegan. Just use your favorite non-dairy beverage like soy or almond milk and add a little pumpkin puree to create a creamy, dreamy drink that can be served at your next party. read...

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Free Pumpkin Class in Scottsdale

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Cooking Classes | 0 comments

Free Pumpkin Class in Scottsdale

Phoenix area readers will get another chance to see the Kitchen Shaman in action next month.  On Saturday, December 12th, Chef Johnna Gale will be teaching a free class on “All Things Pumpkin” at Natural Grocers. Want to learn what pumpkins are good for baking? Want to see Chef Johnna break down a pumpkin step-by-step (from whole pumpkin to puree) in front of your eyes? Want to know about the origin and history of pumpkin as well as some basic nutritional information about the holiday gourd? read...

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Compassionate Holiday Meal Ideas

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Holidays & Observances, Recipes | 0 comments

Compassionate Holiday Meal Ideas

I don’t typically post holiday recipes or what to eat, drink, and cook. This year I’ve compiled some of my favorite recipes that you can use to wow your friends and amaze your family. All the recipes are vegan and gluten free, made from scratch, utilizing minimum allergy causing foods. (Well, I do use soy, probably more than is good for me, but I don’t have that particular allergy.) So here they are, all wrapped up and ready to go. An array of dishes to make all of your relatives want to eat vegan all the time. read...

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Roku and Youtube

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Videos | 0 comments

Roku and Youtube

I’ve been spending time in YouTube land these days. Roku allows me to search, add, and watch all things YouTube. It’s so much better than traditional television.   The other night as we were looking for something to watch, a suggestion came up: “You suck at Cooking.” I’m a sucker for cooking channels and, if it’s not blatantly chopping up animal product, I’ll watch. The first video we encountered had me in stitches. “7 Ways to Chop an Onion.” Between editing techniques and a crazy voice over, this video is worth a watch.   Following were a few other plant-based videos that shows you how they make black bean dip, baked yams (sweet potatoes), and even a blueberry smoothie. These are entertaining and fun videos, without much useful information about cooking. Maybe that’s where the title came from. I’m ok with that; I can’t always be serious about my food.   Give this channel a little bit of love for creativity and ingenuity. You won’t be sorry. And while it is not a vegan channel (some meat products do show up as well as plenty of cheese and eggs), it is heavy on the plant-based side of food....

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Energy For The Day: Date & Nut Energy Balls

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Recipes, Snacks | 1 comment

Energy For The Day: Date & Nut Energy Balls

I’ve been eating “energy” bars since the day I started bicycling long distance, i.e., a LONG time ago. I remember when Power Bar was still a small mom and pop company operating used equipment to crank out their protein packed goodies for athletes like me. Then they sold out and I found out I was allergic to peanuts. This harmless looking ground nut is prevalent in the world of protein and energy bars. Most of the bars either have peanuts or honey, or both. Over the years, I have found very few that are affordable and that I can eat. read...

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Ancient and Modern: Dates

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Fruits, Ingredients | 0 comments

Ancient and Modern: Dates

 What’s not to like about the sweet, soft, scrunchy taste of a date? If for some reason you don’t like them in their pure state, they can be pureed, chopped, wrapped, stuffed, and otherwise transformed into enjoyable foodie fare. Plus they pack a nutritional punch, much better than eating sugar. And I just learned that jaggery, the sugar block that comes from India, is made from date palm sap. Now that we agree about their awesomeness, let’s dig into the history of dates. Where they come from and how long we’ve been consuming them. read...

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