Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grilled Asparagus

I know fall just started but I miss summer already. This tasty little treat is a quick summer favorite in our house. But if you can find good asparagus and a warm fall day fit for grilling you can keep the dream of summer alive! The most important part of this recipe is to blanch the asparagus before you try to grill it.
• 12 to 14 ounces of asparagus (this was meant for two people as a main side, if you have others you can feed more people from it)
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste
Set water to boil and prep and wash asparagus. I like to cut most stalks in half.
asparagus waiting

When water is boiling place asparagus in it for one minute only. We are not cooking it fully we are just blanching it, the grill will do most of the work!
blanched and ready for the grill

Next lightly add the olive oil and grind some salt and pepper remember you can always add more later! Place on the grill.
grilling away!

It will take about 10 minutes to cook depending on your grill temperature. The best thing you can do is taste test!
Here it is with grilled corn and veggie ribs!
Yum and done!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Curious about seitan?

One of my favorite resturants in the entire world is Candle 79 in NYC. It is totally vegan and truly amazing. They published a cookbook link below
We made their seitan and although it was good, it was not near as good as being in the restaurant. For those of you not familiar with seitan it is the protein portion of wheat. It is used in many vegetarian and vegan recipes for a meat substitute. Below are some pictures of our process.
It requires a lot of flour!

and it requires a lot of kneading!

and some chilling...
and a lot of cooking...

but it is very delicious!
Yum and done!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • the equivalent of two eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup veg shortening
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


Mix dry ingredients by hand or in a stand mixer. Add the egg replacer and shortening. Mix well, then add the water mix again. Finally add the chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 350 and spoon the mixtures out by the tablespoon full onto a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

before they were found by the family!

and after they were found!

Yum and done!