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No Meat Pizza

Favorites here:

Caramelized onion and potato pizza with gruyere or aged cheddar
Tomato, basil, mozzarella
Mushroom, olives, and aged cheddar
Sweet corn and halved cherry tomatoes (summer only)
Beet and goat cheese, sometimes with arugula added after baking

All of these are white pizzas - no sauce, just a little olive oil, oregano, and red pepper flakes on the dough, then toppings, then cheese. For the potato pizza, we microwave a russet potato, let cool, and then thinly slice. Beets are also cooked ahead. Mushrooms too.

Jan 25, 2014
jennymoon in Home Cooking
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Help! Vegan baby shower luncheon!

Everything sounds delicious, can I come? :)

I would probably skip the veggie wraps (boring, get soggy, and you have all the possible good fillings as salads/sides already).

It might be nice to have a lentil or bean salad for some filling protein if this is intended to be a lunch affair. If it is just nibbles, you have more than covered it.

I really like puy lentils dressed in a mustardy, garlicky vinaigrette tossed with roasted delicata slices and arugula.

Chickpeas with spanish flavors (capers, roasted red peppers, lemon, olive oil) are also a great choice.

Jan 06, 2014
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan
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What's for Dinner #265 - Into the Deep Freeze Edition! (through Jan. 6, 2014)

Not to pile on with advice about your thermostat instead of food, but have you tried putting a wet washcloth over the thermostat sensor while the oven is going?

At least soups and stews are stovetop!

Jan 05, 2014
jennymoon in Home Cooking

Ideas for an elegant but simple vegetarian dinner -plenty of catches...

Here are my ideas that are mostly pantry items with all the vegetables sturdy enough for a few days in the fridge + a few hours in the car:

Mushroom risotto with roasted broccoli or sauteed garlicky kale

Vegetable paella http://herbivoracious.com/2008/07/vegetarian-pael.html

Mushroom pie http://www.veggienumnum.com/2010/08/mushroom-pie/

Lasagna can be made ahead and reheated. It will be fine on the drive, especially if it is in a cooler http://www.chow.com/recipes/11415-winter-greens-lasagna

I think the other commenter's suggestion of french onion soup is great - special, but minimal fresh ingredients. Miso is a nice secret boost to vegetarian french onion soup. http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

Cheese Souffle with a crunchy apple-celery salad or sauteed greens to accompany

Dec 18, 2013
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

For the two of us:
1. Tacos (corn tortillas, refried beans, vegetables vary)
2. Mushroom risotto
3. Pasta with chickpeas, green veg, and hard cheese
4. Chili (with beans and lots of vegetables)
5. Homemade pizza (potato, caramelized onion, and cheddar)
6. Baked beans, mac and cheese, and something green
7. Salad nicoise (no tuna, anchovies for only one of us)
8. Mujadara with mint-cucumber-garlic raita and olives
9. Fried rice (sometimes with baked tofu or a fried egg, always with black bean chili oil on top http://ricewinevinegar.wordpress.com/...) By far the most common meal in our house.
10. Vegetable soups (cabbage-potato, corn chowder, borscht, lentil, miso ramen, etc.)

Dec 16, 2013
jennymoon in Home Cooking
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One corn question, one cocktail question

I don't have any advice for you, but I do have Google skills :)

The cocktail was likely a garden cup from Soluna
http://www.solunasf.com/menu_cocktail...

Dec 16, 2013
jennymoon in Home Cooking

Substitution ideas for white wine in a dish

I think a light broth or stock would work. Simmer a stalk of celery, a carrot, and half an onion in some water for 30 minutes. You could also add any Provencal-y herbs you have handy (savory, fennel, basil, thyme)

Probably water would even be fine. The white wine in this recipe is combined with onions, garlic, olives, and anchovies - I don't think that the taste of the wine is going to really shine through anyways.

Jul 24, 2013
jennymoon in Home Cooking

Pasta Salad for Barbecue

My usual pasta salad has large shells or cavatappi, halved grape tomatoes, cubed feta, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. When the tomatoes and feta leak a little delicious juice to combine with those ingredients in the salad bowl, it makes a very pleasant and fresh salad dressing. I usually also add copious amounts of fresh herbs (cilantro or basil), halved olives, and some green vegetable like peas, asparagus, celery, or edamame.

I don't have kids, but if you leave out the herbs and olives and select the green vegetable that your kid likes best, I bet it will be a hit :) Generally, kids like food that they can identify easily and possibly pick out each ingredient to eat one at a time. That's easier with a non-creamy pasta salad.

Jun 11, 2013
jennymoon in Home Cooking
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V&V What's for Dinner? - Spring!

I sort of did my own thing with the cold borscht. I simmered diced beets, celery, carrots, and savoy cabbage in water with a halved onion that I removed at the end. I served the borscht in a bowl with a small, peeled, boiled potato and garnished with sour cream, quartered hard-boiled egg, and diced cucumbers and radishes. It was sort of like this recipe, but with added vegetables and garnish and without the lemon juice and sugar. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/dining/291frex.html?ref=dining

My borscht was pretty good, but not the best that I've had. Maybe I should follow a recipe next time :) .

I also want to try Lithuanian borscht, which has kefir or buttermilk stirred in. Here is a recipe in case other people are interested too!

http://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/soup-...

Jun 08, 2013
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)

28

Jun 04, 2013
jennymoon in Not About Food

Anthaneum (sp?) - has anyone been to this joint on the CalTech campus ????

I spent a few months at Caltech as a visitor from another grad school. Groups of graduate students and faculty would occasionally go for lunch. The dinner I had there was for a conference banquet.

May 31, 2013
jennymoon in Los Angeles Area

Anthaneum (sp?) - has anyone been to this joint on the CalTech campus ????

Athenaeum
https://www.athenaeumcaltech.com/

Caltech students and faculty call it "The Ath." It is primarily for faculty and their guests. You need to be a member or a guest of a member in order to eat there - alumni do not have access unless they have paid for an annual membership.

The food is quite good - I have eaten lunch there about ten times and dinner once or twice.

Lunch includes a buffet option, for quick-ish workday meals. I ate my first cold fruit soup there. The strawberry lemonade is also memorable. Other than that, the lunch menu is mostly salads and sandwiches, which are fresh, tasty, and well-dressed but not particularly inventive.

Dinner is fancier and very well prepared. You can look at the menus at the website that I linked to above.

The atmosphere is very classy, charming, and old-school. There are white tablecloths and stone columns. The waitstaff are butler-like.

I don't have any tips for getting in - make friends with some Techers and hope they have a wedding at the Ath? It is a popular place for weddings, but you have to be a member or sponsored by a member to have your wedding there. You can't become a member unless you or your spouse are faculty, researchers, alumni, or current students of the Caltech community (includes JPL and maybe some others).

If you manage to get in, have a Berries Athenaeum for me - it's been a few years :)

May 31, 2013
jennymoon in Los Angeles Area

Tempeh recipes anyone?

My two favorite:

Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh with Kale and Wheatberries
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/orange-panglazed-tempeh-recipe.html

Deli-Style Tempeh Salad
http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-tempe...
I usually make this with cilantro as the herb, pepitas instead of sunflower seeds, and lots of chopped celery added. Sometimes I add capers too.

May 29, 2013
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for Dinner? - Spring!

Past few days:

Mac and cheese (actually cavatappi and cheese) with corn and poblanos served with baked beans and broccoli. Cathy's baked bean recipe is great:
http://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2010...

Polenta with lots of asparagus and a fried egg

Stirfry with baked tofu, bok choy, and shiitakes over brown rice

On the docket for the next few days:

vegetable sushi (avocado, oshinko, gobo, cucumber, scallion) made by me and salads made by the asian market. There's a korean garlic scape thing for me and squid salad for the obviously non-veg bf.

cold borscht - any recipe suggestions?

ddukbokki with cabbage and whatever other vegetables are left at the end of the week

May 29, 2013
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian Kimchi

Thanks for the advice everyone! I made a batch of kimchi over thanksgiving and just polished the last of it off this week. I followed the Serious Eats recipe except I substituted a turnip for daikon radish. My CSA seriously overloaded me with turnips this fall!

The kimchi turned out pretty good, but the flavor was not as complex as I like. I think I will add more miso next time, to replace the fish sauce funk. I will also try adding some Asian pear in place of the sugar.

It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be - everyone, make your own!

Dec 22, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Cold fermented cabbage recipes?

You can make summer rolls with the kimchi:
http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kimchi-tofu-summer-roll-120970
or a cold rice salad:
http://www.inpraiseofleftovers.com/bl...

As for the sauerkraut, use it to top grilled sausages and hot dogs with mustard. And it's not cold, but a reuben with a salad or slaw on the side sounds very summery to me!

Jul 23, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for dinner?

That first combo sounds very intriguing! I will have to try that sometime soon. Wikipedia says a goulash is "a soup or stew of meat, noodles and vegetables." Your husband is a very ... creative namer :) But a rose by any other name, yadda yadda yadda. :)

Jul 23, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for dinner?

How did they turn out? I had to look up what a Garvey burger is - I haven't seen them in the restaurants around here. Share the recipe if it was tasty :)

Jul 23, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for dinner?

Udon noodle soup with miso, shiitakes and nori. Topped with a hefty dose of garlic chives and this furikake: http://www.mishima.com/cgi-bin/mishim...

Jul 21, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Making Mujadara Special

Ah, grilled eggplant and zucchini in vinaigrette would be great alongside! Thanks for the idea. :)

Jul 20, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Making Mujadara Special

Thanks for the suggestions! I tried some with sriracha and had some for breakfast with a runny fried egg on top. Both were very yummy :)

Jul 20, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian one-dish pasta meals - new ideas?

Thanks, but I shouldn't take the credit! I got the idea from here:
http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/05/...

Jul 20, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian one-dish pasta meals - new ideas?

I like the veg + bean + pasta combo for easy dinners too. Some ideas:

zucchini + chickpeas + garlic roasted on a baking sheet and added to pasta with olive oil

chickpeas + spinach + kalamata olives + feta (optional)

mushrooms + kale stroganoff like this http://www.chow.com/recipes/30263-kal...

pasta carbonara-style with sauteed smoked tofu instead of pork and for extra heresy, peas. No cream though!

And one of my favorites is pasta with asparagus and a fried egg. Super simple, although it does require more than one pan to be used.

Jul 20, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for dinner?

Pasta shells with lima beans, garlic chives, mint, and goat cheese. Dinner was lima bean inspired, as I try to eat my way through the freezer and pantry in preparation for a move.

Jul 19, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Salt Water Taffy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_wat...

It generally contains butter and is not vegan. However, some vegan brands do exist (like Sweet Pete's). You will have to read ingredient labels and may have to order some online.

If you want to make your own, you could probably just replace the butter with Earth Balance in a standard recipe.

Jul 19, 2012
jennymoon in General Topics

Vegetarian Kimchi

Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for it if I'm ever in WA/OR. I wish they would mail-order.

Jul 18, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

V&V What's for dinner?

Mmm, that 101cookbooks recipe looks delicious! I love her recipes too. I think I'll pass on your dinner tonight though. I hope you feel better soon!

Tonight, I had mujadara with cucumber-mint-yogurt sauce. I made another thread asking for mujadara variations/ add-ons for my large batch of leftovers, so expect some remixes from me for the next few dinners.

Jul 17, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Looking for a vegetarian breakfast sausage recipe

I haven't tried these ones, but his dinner sausages are quite good:

http://vegandad.blogspot.com/2008/03/...

Let us know if you try it! I would guess that the cooking time would still be about the same if you shape them into patties instead of links.

Jul 17, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian Kimchi

I miss kimchi! I can't seem to find any vegetarian kimchi where I am living now. Do any of you have preferred brands/sources?

Also, I want to make my own! I was thinking of starting with this recipe:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Any advice? Do any of you make your own kimchi?

Jul 17, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan

Making Mujadara Special

I just made a HUGE batch of mujadara, which I love. I used Puy lentils, long-grain brown rice, and two large caramelized onions. I spiced it with small amounts of cumin and five spice powder. I made a cucumber mint yogurt sauce to accompany. Here are my questions:

1) What is the difference between cucumber raita and tzatziki?

2) How should I jazz up my leftovers?

3) How would you serve mujadara for a dinner party? I have done it once before with some great olives, homemade hummus, and pita. It's basically a peasant food - so how to make it seem fancy enough for a company dinner?

Thanks!

Jul 17, 2012
jennymoon in Vegetarian & Vegan