Thursday, December 07, 2006

Chowder Weather

Cookbook * Vegan Planet
Recipe * New England Chowder
Yumm or Yuck * Yumm

I've made this delicious chowder several times and always ask why I don't make it more often, its so good! Oyster mushrooms give it a real New England Chowder quality. Its been said that "A New England clam chowder, made as it should be, is a dish to preach about, to chant praises and sing hymns and burn incense before. To fight for....". I agree, well sans the clams and add the oyster shrooms. If you've never used oyster mushrooms before, do give it a try. They look and taste like oysters...well, pretty close...and you don't have to worry about all that nasty mercury in your soup. I like to serve this with homemade garlic soup crouton. I think it looks a little like radioactive soup in the picture thanks to poor lighting...yumm!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A Sloppy Joe Marriage

Cookbook * The Artful Vegan: The Millennium Restaurant
Recipe * Sloppy Jose
Yumm or Yuck * Yumm

Sloppy joe sandwiches are good, but at times a bit messy - just like marriage is, at least for me :) For this reason, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with the sloppy joe of all sloppy joes courtesy Millennium's cookbook. With capers and suribachi ground fennel seeds, the sauce has a lot of rich depth. Add chili powder and red pepper flakes and you've got kick! Sauteed with crumbled tempeh and served on focaccia bread, this is truly a "decadent" down home meal. Not what I remember as a kid at all! Served with potato wedges and a simple salad this meal gets a big thumbs up. So, now for the important question...if your marriage/relationship was a meal, what would it be?