Recipe Testing and Recent Eats

I’ve been testing for Vegan Guinea Pig‘s upcoming project. These chili dogs were really tasty and incredibly easy, like so many of Alicia’s recipes. I topped them with a little Cheddar-Style Daiya and served oven fries on the side. When we were in Hawaii, we had potato tacos quite a few times, and I’ve been thinking of them ever since. I finally decided to get some ingredients and just wing it. I was really happy with the way these turned out! I made a... Read More


Carl and I decided to get away from the snow and darkness a few weeks ago, and headed to The Big Island in Hawaii. We had an amazing time hiking, swimming, and relaxing. We also visited Volcanoes National Park, and although we only saw steam, not flowing lava it was still incredible walking on “new” earth. The ground is younger than we are in certain places in the park. We had a great time, and of course, we ate a lot. I tried to eat my weight in fruit every day because... Read More

Apple Cake and Farm Sanctuary

I kind of failed at MoFo this year. I actually started this post during MoFo. Next year I will definitely plan ahead of time. It kind of snuck up on me, along with a crazy work schedule and travel, and I just fell behind on posting and reading. I did post more than last year, though, and I also posted a bit over here. I discovered and rediscovered a lot of amazing blogs, and will have reading material and ideas for years!  I do hope I can also continue to post once a week or... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 11 : Experiments

I cooked a huge batch of adzuki beans a few weeks ago and froze them. I was thinking of ways to use them up, besides just eating them with a big pile of greens, and thought they might be good in some seitan sausages. I hadn’t made them in a while, and wanted to experiment with some different flavors. I also got some tatsoi in my organic delivery box. I think I’d spotted it in the international market, but I never picked it up. I thought it would go great with what... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 10 : Sweet Chia Seed Crackers

I’ve wanted to try some raw crackers for a while, but a lot of them call for juice pulp or flax seeds. I don’t have a juicer, and while I love to add a little flax to smoothies, dressings, and baked goods, the idea of eating a mouthful of them just isn’t appealing. I somehow ended up with several pounds of everything chia seeds in my pantry, and I knew that chia seeds had the same properties as flax. When combined with water they gel, and unlike flax, they don’t... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 9 : Vegan Survey

This survey was born over at the PPK. Today was a hectic day at work, and I’m just now getting settled in at 9:30, so now is a good time to post this! What’s your favorite spice or spice blend? It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d say Penzeys’ Mural of Flavor is the one I use most often. You have $20 to spend on fresh groceries and produce for the whole week (with a fairly well stocked pantry of dry goods, legumes, grains, and spices). what do you... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 8 : Madras Palace

Yesterday afternoon, I had the rare treat of meeting up with my husband for lunch. One of his clients canceled, so he didn’t have to go in until later in the afternoon. I’m always looking for something new to try out, so I checked out and found Madras Palace, a vegetarian Indian restaurant with a lunch buffet. Carl got there a few minutes before me, so asked our server to show him the vegan options. There was actually quite a bit to choose from. I would have... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 7 : Organic Delivery Box

I try to buy local produce as much as possible, or at least organic. I’ve wanted to join a CSA for the past few years, but due to my work situation and other constraints I’ve missed out the past few years. There are lots of farmers’ markets and produce stands during the summer, but now that the weather is cold, and I’m working full-time, I’ve started ordering a weekly box of organic produce. It isn’t much more expensive than a trip to the grocery... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 6 : Vegetable Garden

Saturday afternoon, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew (although at only six weeks old, he didn’t eat much), and I went to Vegetable Garden for a little belated birthday celebration. Located in a strip mall near White Flint Metro in Rockville, MD, Vegetable Garden has been open for nearly a decade. I believe their menu is completely vegan, and most of the food is Asian. There are lots of combinations I’ve never seen on other Chinese-American menus, though. There... Read More

Vegan MoFo : Day 5 – Almaz with Friends

Just a quick post. I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it’s technically still Friday night, right? Tonight I had dinner at Almaz, an Ethiopian restaurant in DC with lots of vegan options. The dinner was in honor of some friends who were in town from San Francisco, and it was a good opportunity to see other friends I haven’t seen in a while. The first time I had Ethiopian, I didn’t really like it, so it was years before I tried it again. I’ll have to thank... Read More