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National Grilling Month: BBQ Tofu and more!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

National Grilling Month: BBQ Tofu and more!

Happy National Grilling Month! Summertime is perfect for firing up the backyard grill (or where ever you put yours) and July is the month to celebrate. Here are a few ideas for the vegan Grill Master to put between their tongs and on the flame. As a chef, I’ve done my share of grilling. On the line the grill station is one of the most valued positions. The grill guy has to cook everything to perfection and in a timely fashion. On several occasions I’ve turned down this highly prized position in favor of the saute station. Saute is a higher pressure position and usually involves more vegetables and fish than meat. read...

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July Food Observances

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Holidays & Observances | 0 comments

July Food Observances

This is a repost of July Food Observances from 2016 (because they don’t change much from year to year!). July is one of my favorite Food Holiday months because, Ice Cream! Read on to discover some of the best food holidays for vegans to celebrate. July is the height of summer, the time for barbecues and picnics. Time to gather around the grill and cook great food. The food holidays for this month reflect the outdoor philosophy, appealing to the paleo monster inside all of us. As a vegan it’s hard to feel included in these outdoor food events. I have a few suggestions that can take your vegan grilling experience to the next level. Check out this post from last year about tofu pups and try our Southwest veggie patty, it’s a triple protein threat combining black beans, quinoa, and chickpeas and is perfect for cooking over the flames. Served with summer citrus coleslaw and hearty potato salad, these salads are definitely crowd-pleasers. read...

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Summertime Grilled Vegetables

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Recipes, Side dishes | 0 comments

Summertime Grilled Vegetables

I’ve been remiss in posting one of my best-kept secrets: Grilled Vegetables. They are my go to summer filling for tacos, enchiladas, salads, and wraps. Grilled veggies pair nicely with garlicky hummus to make for a light summer lunch, especially when watermelon is served as a side. Here’s the best way to prepare the bounty of summer. I use yellow squash (summer squash), zucchini (italian squash), and chayote, which is a native squash plant from Mexico and abundant here in the US Southwest. Other ingredients include onions and sweet peppers, and if you are so inclined, poblano or jalapeno peppers. read...

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Spiced Orange Pumpkin Granola

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Breakfast, Recipes | 0 comments

Spiced Orange Pumpkin Granola

Granola is one of those foods that is convenient yet expensive to buy. I’ve spent many dollars on this food for my spouse and I, when I know all I have to do is make it myself. I have made granola on quite a few occasions. These days it’s even more necessary to make my own. So I concocted this version. The basic ingredients stay the same in any version of granola: oats, syrups, salt, and margarine. What does change are the flavor components, like the flavorings and spices. I like orange and vanilla flavored things. You could use almond or other extracts that are available on the market. read...

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Falafel: Crunchy Vegan Comfort Food

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in How to, Recipes | 2 comments

Falafel: Crunchy Vegan Comfort Food

There are times that the camera comes out and I record the food that I cook, the recipes I’m working on. With the release of my new e-cookbook Things Vegans Fry, I created the video below, “How to Make Falafel.” What makes it special besides the fabulous falafel is that a friend of mine makes an appearance and tries fresh out of the fryer falafel, which I am really happy about. I’m also thrilled they loved my crunchy little bits of fried fava beans and chickpeas. read...

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Tofu Scramble Breakfast Stack: This just might be a thing

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Tofu Scramble Breakfast Stack: This just might be a thing

Some days I’m just lazy. I want to to cook fast and easy. I keep a mix of seasonings and herbs around just for this reason. Other times I’m inventive and coax amazing flavors out of the food I’m cooking. There are those times when I’m really just trying to make the plate look pretty like I was taught. Not easy when there are hungry stomachs who just want dinner! So the other day I got up and made tofu scramble. Pretty easy. A little chopping, then sauting, add some seasoning, add the tofu and turmeric, and there you go, scramble. Usually, I make breakfast potatoes too, with onions and peppers. I decided to make the round kind on this day. After everything was cooked, I made our plates and we sat down to eat. I was really enjoying this meal I created while staying in Kansas. So was the spouse. And then, for some unknown reason, I started putting a little of the scramble on the potato. Mind you there’s a little vegan cheese on there, so it’s a bit gooey. Then I stuck another potato on top of the scramble, then more scramble, then another potato. And took a bite. read...

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What do Vegans Fry?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Books, Cookbooks | 1 comment

What do Vegans Fry?

Writing a cookbook truly is a labor of love. One has to think about a theme, work on recipes, write out descriptions, take pictures, have the recipes tested, and then put everything together. There is editing involved. And formatting. And then all the social media. And this blog post. And more social media. And getting you to tell all your friends about this fabulous cookbook that they want. Amazing, right? It took a better part of a year to create Things Vegans Fry. Some of it was circumstantial: needing surgery, dealing with pain levels, and not being able to cook as much. Then there was pushing each other to edit, rewrite, and otherwise do the backend things that make books possible. read...

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Food and Fun at the Vegan Street Fair 2016

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Events, Festivals | 0 comments

Food and Fun at the Vegan Street Fair 2016

There’s a vegan pulse in Los Angeles, CA. Restaurants abound that cater to the raw food lovers, the juicing crowd, vegans, and vegetarians. Many restaurants have a vegan choice on the menu because of the high demand.  And recently, The Vegan Street Fair brought many of these venues together in one happy Vegan Street Fair. This is what it states on their website,  “Its a place where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.” read...

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SoCal Chocolate: Chocxo

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

SoCal Chocolate: Chocxo

I love happy accidents and amazing finds. On this trip to Southern California, as we were driving into Costa Mesa, I saw a sign that said Chocxo. I pretty much knew it was a chocolate/coffee house and then I saw part of the sign said locally roasted. We were on our way to the local library to work, so I stopped in. I am a chocolate lover and I search out the places that serve above and beyond commercial, Americanized, or even European varieties. It is part of being from the Southwest, raised so close to the land of the Aztecs (read this article if you want to know about chocolate and the Aztecs). read...

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Time to Make the Guacamole

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Condiments, How to | 0 comments

Time to Make the Guacamole

One of the staple condiments around this house is guacamole. Our close proximity to California and Mexico, where the largest crops of avocado trees are grown make having this sauce handy convenient. There is much talk in the healthy eating circles on whether avocados are good for you or not. The argument is the good vs. the bad fat. Personally, I don’t care. I love avocados. They go on my sandwiches, on my burgers, in my salads. And the amazing spread guacamole flavors my burritos and tacos. read...

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