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Tuesdays With Dorie: Rewind/Catch-up November 30, 2010

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I have probably been the biggest procrastinator for the month of November.  The last time I posted almost a month ago.

What is up with that? I never do that.

I have an excuse I promise.  I recently came down with a stomach bug and have been exhausted and the last thing that I have wanted to do was get in the kitchen.  Well lets scratch that, I got in the kitchen and baked 3 of the TWD items on time.  But when it came to posting, I procrastinated.  So, I am finally posting/catching up on postings. (more…)


French Fridays With Dorie: Potato Gratin & Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux November 26, 2010

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Again, I apologize for being a horrible slacker.  I actually made both of these November 11th for my anniversary, so as I have stated before, GIANT PROCRASTINATOR.

The Roasted Chicken and the vegetables were awesome.  It was extremely simple to make and right now that is all I can ask for.  At work we are in the middle of holiday rush, I guess that is what happens in the retail industry 🙂  The Potato Gratin was extra yummy.  I decided to only make half a batch of that because I knew it was going to be extra rich.

Both the Roasted Chicken and the Potato Gratin can be found in  Dorie’s newest book, Around My French Table pages 200 and 260 (respectively).


Daring Cooks Challenge: Soufflés November 14, 2010

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Yes, Yes, Yes.

You have entered the zone of procrastination station, and I was suppose to post this on November 14th.  The whole stomach bug thing, put me out of commission for awhile and I said I would make this and I DID!!!! YAY!!!

Because I was the only person eating this, for breakfast, I decided to only make half a recipe.  I also substituted spinach because I was unable to find watercress.  As you will see from the picture, I didn’t use a souffle dish when I baked it so it flared out a little and essentially looks like it is wearing a brown hat 🙂  My bad, I had a few dishes handed but I figured the big one was too big and the tiny ones WAY too small.  I opted for another dish that of course didn’t have straight sides.  The Souffle turned out great.  It was very yummy and perfect for breakfast. (more…)


It’s BACK!!! VEGAN MOFO November 4, 2010

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It is that time of year again….

It is VEGAN MOFO time aka Vegan Month of Food.  Again I am participating, and if you have read my blog before you know that I am an omni that likes to experiment with vegan food and I find it tasty.  It is just hard to give up the habit that is my omni lifestyle to switch over being a full tim

e vegan.  So you could say that I am a part time one 🙂

Oh yeah, and I have become a full time slacker with regard to blogging lately 🙂

This entry I should have written last month, but with Vegan Mofo being in November this year, I conveniently put it off.  In Mid-October I had a bunch of friends over from work for a Pumpkin Carving Party.  One of my friends, Ashley, happens to be Vegan and her husband is vegetarian.

So I came up with a whole menu of food that every one would like that was mostly Vegan friendly.

There was actually only 4 things that weren’t 🙂

Below is the menu of everything I made.  Each item is either marked V (Vegan) or NV (Not vegan).  The items that I have posted about before I have placed links to.  The following recipes can 

be found in Veganomicon: Panko- Stuffed Mushrooms, Cornbread, and Lemon Bars.  The Tiramisu Cupcakes can be found in all likely places, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and then Guacamole can be found in Viva! Vegan.

The Butternut Squash and Apple  Soup was a recipe from my friend Debi.  The actual recipe w

as very simple and completely vegan except for the addition of Half and Half so I just substituted Soy Milk and it turned out fantastic.  Everyone ate everything, and the other omni’s raved about the

food and the cupcakes.  Most omni’s are a little wary about eating Vegan food and everyone dove in without any reservations.  All the new recipes that I made for the night (stuffed mushrooms

and lemon bars) completely surprised me, especially the lemon bars.  If I didn’t know that they were vegan I wouldn’t have been able to guess.  They were that GOOD!!!

I wish I would have taken picture of the soup.  It was pretty and yummy.  I actually have some stashed in the freezer, so next time I pull some out I will take

a picture and post this fantastic recipe.  Maybe I will make that for a post later this month 🙂

The Menu


Panko-Stuffed Mushrooms – V

Avocado Summer Rolls with Thai Dipping Sauce– V

Gourgeres – NV

Chips with Salsa and homemade Guacamole – V

Chicken Salad Puffs- NV

Cornbread – V

Main Course

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – V

Brunswick Stew – NV


Lemon Bars – V

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream – V

Tiramisu Cupcakes – V

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing – NV