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Favorite sauces for your vegan cooking?

You are most likely thinking of roasted cashews, the cooking process creates that sweet flavor that most people attribute to cashews. Soaked raw cashews on the other hand are fairly bland, but add a nice creamy dimension to sauces due to the relatively high fat content (albeit healthy fat)

May 09, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Favorite sauces for your vegan cooking?

cashew "cream" sauces are by far my favorite to use, and are so versatile since raw cashews dont have much of a flavor profile to begin, and thus absorb other flavors easily. This link: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitche...
has a basic recipe for cashew cream, along with several different flavor combinations that you could use for different cuisines. There are tons of recipes out there on the internet as well. One of my personal fav's is to mix in some pureed pimentos and nutritional yeast, makes a great "cheese" sauce for mac and cheese and other dishes that require a melted "cheese".

May 09, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Resources for a potential vegetarian

Rella, yea I am avoiding all of those processed fake meats/cheeses. I am shooting for fruits/veggies/whole grains/legumes, with occasional animal protein in the form of eggs and cheese.

On a separate note....... I have to admit that I sinned today, I went to a food truck festival in Sacramento, and there was a delicious smoky flavor in the air, which I soon discovered to be blue-cheese and avocado hamburgeres. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.... haha. I figure though, I did pretty well going a full 1.5 weeks during my first attempt at a vegetarian diet. One step at a time I guess.

Apr 21, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Resources for a potential vegetarian

Just out of curiosity, what WAS it that you were missing? If you dont mind sharing.....

And I have already reserved several of the books that you mentioned at the local library, cant wait to go pick them up and start learning more about this process.

Apr 21, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Resources for a potential vegetarian

Wow, ninrn, that was an amazing reply. Thank you for all the great information. I am going to make it my mission this weekend to check out all (or at least as many as I can) of those references that you listed. So far, the transition has actually not been too tough for me. Its so funny that you said "eat lots of legumes, get familiar with tempeh, and eat lots of dark leafy greens". Dinner last night was literally sauteed tempeh with lentils, lacinato kale, and quinoa. I am actually really digging the vegetarian diet so far. I dont know if it is in my head or not, but I seem to actually be feeling "lighter" and more energized since starting my experiment about a week or so ago. Anyway, I look forward to checking out new and delicious recipes from the resources that you provided, thank you!

Apr 21, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Resources for a potential vegetarian

Hey all, I am considering going vegetarian for many reasons and would like to do some research on dietary requirements, vegetarian recipes, etc. Are there any websites out there (or print sources) that have good information for vegetarian-curious omnivores? I am a complete newbie and know nothing about leading a vegetarian lifestyle. Thank you.

Apr 20, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Thank you, CH!

Agreed, I am so glad to see this new board added. Thanks CH!

Apr 20, 2012
NorCalEats in Vegetarian & Vegan

Good Mexican Restaurant near 50 in Sacramento?

I've found that a majority of the best mexican joints in town are further to the north or south, there is an odd "dead zone" of mexican food around the 50. The only decent place close to the 50 (depending on your definition of close) is Taqueria Ay jalisco. They hand make all their toritillas, the process of which you can watch while waiting for your order. Pretty typical menu options, but it is all done very well.

Apr 14, 2012
NorCalEats in California

Graduation Dinner in San Luis Obispo

I would recommend Novo if you are looking for a larger, more lively spot which also happens to have great Mediteranian/New American food. Palazzo Giuseppe's is a great little Itialian spot if you are looking for something more intimate/formal. Big Sky is also a great spot which has a more vegetarian/"healthy" leaning to it, but always great food and wonderful service.

Mar 27, 2012
NorCalEats in California

Easter Brunch in Davis?

I also live in Davis, and would say that Osteria Fasulo and Seasons are your two best bets for brunch. Double check though with each spot to make sure that they are actually doing an Easter Brunch. Bistro33 would be a decent back-up choice.

If you don't mind traveling to Sac, Tuli Bistro is a personal favorite of mine. http://tulibistro.com/menu-brunch.html. Taylor's Kitchen is another fantastic brunch spot, though a tad more expensive (but totally worth it) http://www.taylorskitchen.com/taylors...

Mar 27, 2012
NorCalEats in California

Best Bagged Tea Brands?

+1 for Good Earth's Original Sweet and Spicy tea! Made with roobius tea leaves and various spices like cinnamon, cloves, etc. Very strong but soooo good.

Mar 16, 2012
NorCalEats in General Topics

BREAKFASTS IN SACRAMENTO

Tower Cafe. They have a wide selection of breakfast/brunch options from various cuisines. French toast is supposed to be amazing, but Ive never actually tried it, everything else on the menu looks too darn good. It can get pretty busy, especially on the weekends, so expect a short wait. Its worth it though.

Feb 24, 2012
NorCalEats in California

Carmel dog friendly patio restaurants

Our family (and pooch) really enjoys eating at The Forge in the Forest when we are in Carmel. They have a great outdoor seating area (with heatlamps if it happens to be a little cold) and fantastic food. They even have a dog-specific menu: http://www.forgeintheforest.com/foodn...
Needless to say, very dog friendly.

Feb 19, 2012
NorCalEats in California