Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What is a Buddah hand lemon?

A short late night video for you to check out, Happy Thanksgiving!

A Few of my Favorite Things, Southern Veg Style!

I know I am not Oprah, but I too have a few favorite things that add a little bit of yumminess to my life. By the way, you can purchase some of these things at the Amazon site to your right →. Go ahead, you know you want to ☺.


These two are the ones with the most food bits on the pages from spilling flour, cake batter, oil, gravy, etc.
Vegan Planet has some great cookie and brownie recipes and also great Vegan cooking tips. Very Vegetarian has some great pictures and savory recipes. In fact the foundation for my mac & cheeze came from this book. Must haves for the Vegan/Vegetarian cook.


I like ceramic knives even though they can chip like my red one here. I just have to send it back to the company and they will sharpen it round off that tip for me. The one in its case is brand new. They both cut wonderfully! FYI, don’t try to crush garlic with these. They will definitely break.


This is a cool measuring cup I picked up at a local kitchen store.

Cast Iron Cookware

I love my cast iron cookware. I have this pan and two other pans along with a biscuit pan and two enamelized cast iron pots. Great heat conductors and I can even store food in the refrigerator in my enamelized cookware.

My Heart
Last but not least, my son gave me this flower. It is, out of everything my most favorite thing!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Vegan Cookie Adventure

Secretly I like to bake. You saw I did pies and last night cookies. After I made my stew (pics below), I decided to make cookies. What I used is my 1-2-4-2 formula. 1=fat, 2=sugar. 4=flour, 2=liquid. The numbers equals parts. So depending on how much I want to make I could do 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 4 cups of flour, and 2 cups of milk. Now this formula is for cakes but for cookies I leave out the liquid. I add a ½ teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of soda per cup of flour and use egg replacer; one egg equivalent for each cup of flour. I add vanilla for flavoring and a touch of salt. Now the trick is what flours, sweetener, and fat to use. I use spelt flour, organic cane juice crystals, and earth balance buttery spread. But you can use any flour but note that the denser the flour, i.e. whole wheat, spelt, you can use a liquid sweetener. Agave or maple syrup can work but haven't used rice syrup. Make sure you cream your fat and sugar together. Anyhoo, just play with this idea. One of the reasons I've become so obsessed with Southern Vegetarian cooking is that I became tired of flavorless food (especially cookies). Being vegetarian didn't mean I had to give up flavor. So my Southern Veg folks, don't give up the flavor you love from the south just because you changed your diet.
I almost forgot my stew. It came out great! I used basic stew ingredients, potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, peas, and added aromatics from the garden (parsley and rosemary). Then I added Gardein beefless tips (Target sells them). Not a bad substitute and worth a try if you like stews.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Organic Deals & Coupons: New Pacific Natural Foods Coupons!

I hear a lot of folks talk about the price of organic food is too expensive or it's too pricey to eat healthy. Well with blogs like the one below, you can eat healthy and save a little money. Check it out!

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