Category: Videos

Cooking up a Storm:  BBQ Mushrooms

Here's another of the videos of the food I've been cooking for the Spouse and family. In this one I'm making one of our favorite dinners: BBQ mushrooms and caramelized peppers and onions with vegan mashed potatoes. Every time I make this food it's usually gone within a day or two. You might be able to see why when watching the video. So tasty.

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Cooking up a Storm: Onion Pakoras

Now that I'm cooking on a regular basis, I'm capturing some of the action with my smartphone and posting these quick video updates on Facebook. Not to leave you out of the loop, I'll also be sharing them here on the blog.

In this video below I'm cooking onion pakoras, a tasty snack from India.

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Vegans on YouTube (Besides Me!)

When I watch YouTube, it is usually vegan food videos. Early on I was looking for ideas of what to cook for dinner. Now, it’s about staying informed and getting a little entertainment. That Big Food channel still hasn’t created a vegan cooking show, let alone hired a vegan chef. That leaves YouTube to pick up the slack – and it has done so with a vengeance.

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Tasting Vegan Cheesecake

We are raised on foods with rich, creamy bases. Letting go of these foods is hard for most of us. When going vegan we want to re-create the flavors we've learned to love. What would two professional cooks think of a vegan cheesecake -- esp. when one is a bacon-loving non-vegan?

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Falafel: Crunchy Vegan Comfort Food

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.

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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. If you are like me, and absolutely love avocados, then you'll truly enjoy this short video that shows you how easy it is to make.

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Let’s Talk Spices, New on YouTube

One of the things I love to talk about is food history. It’s no secret I’ve spent many, many hours reading and researching where the food comes from.

I got the opportunity in January at the Arizona VegFest to share some food history. I gave this talk on the history of spices, where they come from and why some of them are on our baking racks instead in our savory recipes.

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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.

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How To Make Roasted Salsa

One of the staples I have cooked over the years, both professionally and at home, is roasted salsa. This is an easy and fun condiment to make for all sorts of parties, picnics, and dinners. Since I'm from the Southwest, salsa is one of the first things I learned to make well in kitchens. It really is hard to screw up. I've made gallons of salsa, and small batches. The video below shows you how to make enough salsa to last a week, using grilling techniques, and tips on how to process chilis for the salsa.

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Cooking in Kansas

While traveling approximately 3,000 miles this summer, I have had the opportunity to cook in other people's kitchens. We are hunkered down in Kansas for awhile and I was caught sauteing bell peppers, onions and mushrooms for hummus wraps.

Here's the evidence that I'm comfortable in almost any kitchen, at any time, cooking great food for family and friends.

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