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Vegan MoFo – Day 23 – I have a Cookbook Problem

I love cookbooks. I’m not huge on making up my own recipes, but I love others…I love reading cookbooks, planning meals, thinking up various occasions to cook for people. As of today, these are all the cookbooks I have.


I love them all. Each one has a purpose. Here’s my thoughts:

Tofu Cookery (TC): dude, it’s pictures alone are hysterical. Plus Isa says the “meat”balls in this book are fab. I will make them…soon!

Vegan Planet (VP): Variety of recipes from all over the world. I love the Flax Berry pancake recipe in here. Lots of choices to please any plate and also for various dinner party themes!

Veganomicon (V’Con): I like this one for “fancy” meals. Trying to impress those Omni friends & fam, you’re sure to find recipes to please in here. I cooked up Easter dinner from this baby!

The Kind Diet (KD): I just bought this, everyone says it’s awesome…I still need o find out.

My Sweet Vegan (MSV): Also, I just bought this. I’ve flipped through it, I have a list of things I want to make…yum!

Viva le Vegan (Vive): This book is great. It offers many ways of making recipes gluten-free and also has an entire index on raising vegan children. This is my go to book for my fudgy brownies too. My secret revealed!

Joy Of Vegan Baking (JoVB): This book is amazing. I have made several recipes from here. Everything has been wonderful!

30 Minute Meals (30minV): Originally for The BF, but he hates cooking, so I took it. I’ve made a few, this is nice form quick weekday/night meals – as long as you plan ahead and have your ingredients.

Vegan Brunch (VB): My go to cookbook for all things breakfast. Seriously amazing book. I love the Chocolate Beer Waffles..actually, I love everything.

Vegan with a Vengeance (VwaV): My first vegan cookbook. Great for newbies, all around amazing. I heart Isa!

Vegan on the Cheap (VOTC): My current obsession and part of my Cooking My Way Through project I’m just getting underway. So far, everything is easy and affordable. Love it!

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (VCIYCJ): I just bought this, got Isa autograph and everything. Cannot wait to start making cookies!

The Chicago Diner (CD): I couldn’t say no to the Diners book…but I can’t remember if I’ve actually made anything from it yet. I just had to have it!

Please Don’t Feed The Bears (PDFTB): Given to me by a friend (thanks Mark!). This book is amazing for weird combination’s and variety of recipes. They have one that involves a slow-cooker, tator tots…need I say more? It’s awesome!

The (Almost) NoFat Cookbook (ANF): Given to me by a friend, I have yet to make anything, but much like Tofu Cookery…the pictures are just too funny!

Vegan A Go-Go (VGG): I got this book for when I travel and it has come in handy to help me eat when on the road in the lesser vegan friendly areas of the country.

Thrive: Great for vegan athletes, easy recipes and just in general great information!

The Face On Your Plate: Truly inspiring. I’m serious, the detail behind it is amazing, references for everything, and it provides an unbiased explanation on everything in the meat industry (At one point he even say’s he doesn’t want to convince you to be vegan, but rather provide you with information to make your own choice). It makes me want to be a animal rights advocate. In some chapters I was in tears. Great book.

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Vegan MoFo – Day 22 – Red Hat Lunch

ON Saturday I headed down to BLN to join my Aunt at her Red Hat Lunch. She drove up from SPI for the luncheon and I took the train down from CHI. We had plans to stay the night in BLN, have dinner, shop, socialize (you know, do girl things!).

At the lunch, since I’m not of Red Hat age, I wear lavender and pink. The Aunt scored me a pink hat (THX!) and I found a lavender top at the sample sale at work (score!). Don’t we look lovely?

imageThe Aunt made a few vegan dishes for me to enjoy! She made German Chocolate Cake (adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World) and Szechuan Black-Eyed Pea Salad from Vegetarian Times. This was a great dish, love the flavor, and even just a typical serving is very filling. It’s  great cold, room temp, or even warmed up a bit. I was blessed with the leftovers, so I’ve been trying it out. Also, several ladies complimented the dish. Actually both. One fellow Red Hatter has a sister severally allergic to eggs and she couldn’t stop talking about how fab the cake was. So The Aunt is going to hook her up with the recipe!
imageI made an easy dish…brown lentils, brown rice, cooked until tender. Add diced onions, some pesto season and viola! Lentil Salad. It was good, but seriously, The Aunts dish was WAY better.
imageYum, cake. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, so I tend to scrap off the icing. But the chocolate cake part rocked. As always, anything from VCTOTW is fab!

I had a great weekend with The Aunt and we even plotted out some of Christmas dinner. She’s offered to cook all the veggies without any butter or milk. I’m so excited!!!

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VWTOTW – PB&J Cupcakes

I’ve always been a fan of PB&J. I’m also in love with cupcakes, so what better combo than to pair these two? I started out with the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World (VCTOTW) Peanut Butter Cupcake as my base:
The I cut out the center
Filled them with Strawberry Jam
Covered and topped them off with the VCTOTW Peanut Butter-cream Frosting…oh my goodness. Awesome…and I fed them to some friends, who are also a huge PB&J fan…they were impressed. I took it one step further. Because when I make PB&J I put sliced banana’s on them as well…so below is the creation. I sort of followed VCTOTW recipe for the banana split cupcakes, but stirred in Raspberries instead and then just topped it off with the PB frsoting…these were my favs.

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For a going away party at work last week I made the Chocolate Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
I frosted them with a layer of strawberry jam and topped off with the Vanilla Butter cream frosting also from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.Everyone loved them and I was able to snag a few for my friends outside of work and they loved them too. Also, if you’re frosting with a jam layer I recommend eating the cupcakes the same day you frost them, they’re just better then…after a day or too the jam soaks in and the cupcakes get a little too soft for my liking.

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VCTOTW – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

When my sister came to visit  we made these awesome cupcakes. I loved them. And everyone else who had them loved them too. We opted to glaze them with a cinnamon glaze (just some cinnamon, powdered sugar, and water mixed to the right thickness). I still crave these in my sleep.

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VCTOTW – Cookies’n Cream Cupcakes

Cookies’n Cream Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

These cupcakes were a huge hit at the office for treat day. People kept coming by to tell me how awesome they were.

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VCTOTW – Orange Pudding Cupcakes

I made the VCTOTW Orange Pudding Cupcakes and I must say they were truly amazing.
Cupcakes…pre oven

Big pile-o-dishes from making the cupcakes

Completed dishes while I waited for the cupcakes to cool:

Completed cupcakes, prefilling and frosting

Assembly required:

Ready for pudding:

I had left over pudding and opted to eat it with each cupcake.

They were really, really good!

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