- Smitten Kitchen: Gorgeous pictures here and all of the recipes I've tried have been great. She bakes a good bit, so often I just stare at the rich desserts and make a mental note to try those on a birthday or something.
- Baker's Banter: King Arthur's baking blog. Most recent recipe tried there--their toasting loaf (both with raisins and without).
- Closet Cooking: Great variety here. I love that he often goes on a theme--for instance, when he makes chutney, you can expect to see it morph over the next few days as he incorporates it into different dishes to use it up.
- FatFree Vegan Kitchen: A Mississippi vegan? Sure! My all time favorite recipe here has been the lemony asparagus and chickpeas over polenta.
- My Vegan Cookbook: Josh is a genius. I have yet to try a recipe here that I didn't like. Get out your oats and brown rice and go to town!
- No Meat Athlete: Good posts on both food and fitness.
- I eat Food: Answers the age-old question of "what do vegans eat?" Not only does the food look great (check out the recent seitan stew photo) but she also features some pretty adorable kittens (not cooked, of course).
- 101 Cookbooks: Always beautiful and different. This was one of the first, along with Smitten Kitchen, that I got hooked on.
- Bang Bang's Quest for Yay, Yum, and Yes: A relative newbie to the blogging, Bang recently got a job as a flight attendant, so she's not posting as often. Her adventures with seitan are entertaining, though.
- Food Makes Good Fuel: Another runner and foodie; even though he's largely about raw and vegan food, he is an omnivore in reality. He managed to make a breakfast "almond joy." What's not to love about that?
I found out yesterday I'm in the top 50 Networked Blogs for cooking. I was really excited until I realized that this was just a Facebook thing--it's not like all blogs out there. Still, though, pretty cool. That got me to thinking about how I read food blogs every day and never really mention them, so today is about those that are on my live toolbar:
Our last BAM didn't have eggs in it, so when we got home we turned to chickpea crepes. I stuffed them with shitakes, greens, and marconi peppers from the basket. Pretty tasty. These crepes are awesome just eaten on their own, but they make a great omelet substitute as well if you have vegan brunch-mates or if you have a loved one who is cutting back on dietary cholesterol.
OK, so this isn't vegan because that cheese is real cheese. Still, not bad for a pizza with a whole wheat crust and no real meat. I think there was some vegan chorizo on there, though.
Speaking of vegan sausage, here's some of the Italian sausage browned up on top of spicy greens and polenta. I'm excited to see what Kass thinks of hers!
The only thing that allows me to keep doing this? The fact I use my Vibrams. I officially wore these out recently and just took my new pair for a run this morning. I have a middle pair that is still usable (as long as I keep the toe holes taped up).
I am one of those folks who has to grab something to eat on the way out to my early morning run. I got tired of paying through the nose, though, for bars of various sorts. I decided to write a Breakfast Cookie recipe that would come in around 100 calories per cookie, and that has the most good stuff in it I can get. Here's my first attempt (and they are pretty tasty). The original recipe I started with is MyVeganCookbook.com's Oatmeal Rasin.
Angel's Breakfast Cookie #1
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
1/4 cup ground flax seed (AKA flax meal)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup (I threw in a bit more to the wet dough) old-fashioned oats
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. almond extract
6 T. Brown Rice Syrup
2 T. (heaping) no-sugar apple sauce
1/4 c. mix of raisins and dried cranberries
1/4 c. or so chopped walnuts
5 dates, chopped
1 t. cinnamon
Mix well (really best to get in there with your hands). Drop by Tablespoons on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Approximately 21 cookies.
I tested one already (hey, I ran an extra 1/2 mile this morning and took the dogs for a 30 minute walk after)--pretty good. I may try to cut back on the sugar more. We'll see.
I've finally recovered from Sunday's Chile Fest, I think. Here's what was on the menu:
Chile Rellenos (my way--oven "fried". None of that pancake poofy batter)
Grilled steak marinated in red wine, garlic and other goodies (Dani was our grill master)
Chicken that was brined, then rubbed with goodies and grilled
Grill roasted peeled chiles
Grilled knob onions
Grilled seitan (with mexican spices and liquid smoke. I grilled this on my indoor grill)
Homemade corn tortillas
Tomato-habenero salsa (thanks, Stacy!)
Tres Leches cake from La Regional Bakery
There were also chips involved, of course, as well as some beverages of various kinds. The mango tinis were a hit (I think I saw some folks spiking theirs with rum, so not only were Designated Drivers enjoying them).
We recovered yesterday by having leftovers for lunch, then turning some of those peppers and other stuff (left over cilantro, limes, bok choy, knob onions, bean sprouts, bits of meat) into a pot of pho.
I had a great time, as did Dani, although we were both worn out yesterday. And, there's still several big bags of rellenos in the freezer for us to enjoy through the winter!