Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Top 10 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, Featuring Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Cranberries

Ah, yes, Thanksgiving... perhaps the most anxiety-filled holiday for vegans (and turkeys!) alike. It's one of those days when your vegan/vegetarian values will likely end up on display, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. However, it's up to you to handle things in a civil, kind-hearted way - especially if you want to save the family arguments for topics like politics or Adam Lambert's recent AMA performance.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Check it Out: Chicago VeganMania!

Honestly, where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that CH and I were planning our big Toronto trip, and I was searching for fantastic vegan restaurants to visit, and lots of cool sites to see. Back then, I was even brimming with lofty ideas about doing a mega-travel-post upon our return...

Yea, looks like that plan hasn't been realized yet. But, I do have an excuse, as any good blogger should.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Road Trip Trail Mix

Veggie Terrain will be on a short hiatus while JD and CH go on a much-needed vacation. Our trip will take us (on the road) all the way from Chicago to Toronto, Ontario. But don't worry! When we return, I anticipate posting lots of delicious food, wine, and beer pics. Hopefully this quick trail mix post will tide you over until then!

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that road trips present the perfect opportunity to throw together one of the easiest (and healthiest) snacks you can make: trail mix!

Plus, it's almost impossible to go wrong while making it, which is particularly helpful when you're running around trying to pack your bags at 2am the morning before your trip! (Not that I would know anything about that, mind you!)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Perfect Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes (aka: potato latkes) have held a special place in my heart ever since I first discovered them in a book my grandma gave to me when I was around 10 years old. Oddly enough, the recipe came from a food-based science experiment book, although I just preferred to think of it as a really fun cookbook.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Vegan Twist on Tapas, Featuring Gazpacho!

Anyone familiar with traditional Spanish tapas can attest to the fact that the phrase "vegan tapas" is almost an oxymoron. Which means, of course, that tapas are exactly what CH was in the mood for on his b-day a few weeks ago! (Not vegan tapas, per se, but I digress...)

As a result, when I decided to make him a delicious spread of vegan tapas for dinner, I felt like I was grasping at straws. So, I kept racking my brain for ideas based upon the food that we encountered in Spain years ago. Unfortunately, that method wasn't exactly fruitful, particularly since all of my "tapas memories" consisted of downing pitchers of sangria while CH enjoyed jamón ibérico and various cheeses. Ick.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Smoothies 101

This post is lovingly dedicated to my dad, who hasn't stopped asking me smoothie-related questions for approximately 6 months. Dad, if the recipe isn't provided here/your query isn't answered in this post... well then, God love ya!
It's that time of year again: the sun is starting to shine and the heat is picking up a bit (every few days, anyway!), which means that cool, fruit- and veggie-filled smoothies are cropping up almost everywhere.

So, what's a thirsty guy/girl to do? Should you succumb to the temptation of Jamba Juice, or even Dunkin' Donuts? Should you give that old 7-11 gas station "smoothie" a try? Should you buy one of those instant-smoothie mixes from your local grocery store? Or, should you take a chance and try making a scrumptious, healthy drink all by yourself?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cheese-Less Flatbread Pizzas: They're Re-Vegan-Diculous!

So, here's the deal: I was never a big "cheese lover" when it came to pizza (even before becoming vegan). I always hated how the melted cheese got super-stringy, like an obnoxiously long strand of gum or something.

Basically (in my book) too much cheese = too much chewing + too many distractions, which does not make for an enjoyable pizza-eating experience.

That's why I always found it kinda crazy when people would go ballistic about vegans eating cheese-less pizza. ("No cheese, what's the point?" "You're ruining that pizza, ya know!")

Then I realized that all of this disdain had nothing to do with cheese-less pizza generally, but everything to do with BAD cheese-less pizza (and just the idea of cheese-less pizza for some) specifically. I will admit it, eating 2 or 3 terrible cheese-less pizzas will have even a stringy-cheese-hating girl like me reaching for the faux-cheese. Stat!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Vegan Goddess: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau!

I know, I know, it's somewhat unseemly to gush about a person who you don't even know, but I just can't help it...

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a genius!

(If you don't know who she is by now, stop reading this second and go take a listen to one of her fantastic Food for Thought podcast episodes. Go ahead, I'll wait...)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Cuban Black Beans + Rice

To say it's been a long time since my last post is clearly a gross understatement.

However, instead of trying to catch you up on all of my shenanigans (several cooking classes, a fantastic concert, mild food poisoning, and a brutal non-Swine-Flu-related-cold), I've decided to just stick to the recipe for this post. You see, I have a date with Flight of the Conchords in Milwaukee today, and I don't wanna miss it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Portland: Part Deux

CH and I recently got back from Portland, OR (it was our second trip there in less than a year!), and I'm pretty sure that Portlanders are doing just about everything right. They have good food, delicious coffee, nice weather, beautiful scenery, laid-back attitudes...

I could go on and on.

However, since my love affair with Portland isn't likely to end anytime soon, I suppose the least I can do is try to share it with all of you!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Spicy Potato Tacos

If these delectable tacos look vaguely familiar, they should. They're modeled after the famously fantastic Crunchy Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos (aside from a few obvious changes).

Since I'm in love with everything potato-related, I figured there was no harm in marrying a few red spuds with some taco seasoning and a shell or two. Turns out, I was right - these tacos are simple, satisfying, and oh-so-scrumptious.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Oscar (or Any!) Night Pretzels

Like many of you, CH and I spent Oscar night basking in the warm glow of the TV and consuming tons of delicious food. And, since we had seen (and loved!) most of the nominated films, we decided to celebrate our excitement regarding the ceremony by preparing one of our favorite snacks: home-made soft pretzels.

Two hours before the show started, we set all of the necessary supplies/ingredients out and got to work.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Cold Sesame Noodles

Ah yes, Cold Sesame Noodles. One of those simple, yet hard-to-perfect dishes...

I tried cold sesame noodles for the first time while visiting NYC as a Senior in high school. I was there for a Drama Club trip - the trip was packed with plays, musicals, and tons of sight-seeing - but I fell in love with the food. And, of course, the city.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Obama Day!

This is what Barack and I ate for breakfast this morning. (He stopped by for a small pep talk regarding that under-the-radar speech he gave today.)

It was no biggie - I typically "pal around" with awesome dudes.

This one just happens to be our President.

And I just happen to have a renewed sense of faith in our country today!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Box o' Cookies for Your Troubles

Oops - I almost forgot to announce the winner of the box of Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's!

The winner is:

(drum roll, please....)

Tory, aka Herbivore, from the very cool blog, Herbivious.

Congrats, Herbivore! Make sure to contact me at veggieterrain [at] gmail [dot] com with your info, and I'll send those cookies out to you asap!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

They say it's your birthday...

...and it is!

Today is my birthday, and it's the second one I've celebrated since starting this blog!

However, instead of making cookies, cake, or b-day tartlets, I've decided to do something a little bit different.

As I inch even closer to the ripe old age of 30 (yikes!), I thought it might be useful to share a few of the things that I've been doing to stay healthy with each passing year.

First: I try to eat breakfast every day (although it's a constant battle). I used to be really good about grabbing a cup of tea, some fruit, and a granola bar whenever I was headed out in the morning, but now that I'm job hunting, it's a little more difficult. Since I often get completely engrossed in whatever I'm doing, I easily lose track of time (and my hunger), and forget about breakfast altogether. Thus, I've been making it a priority to eat within the first hour of waking up.

whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and agave nectar

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Product Reviews: Candy Cane Joe-Joe's

Candy Cane Joe-Joe's:
They'll make you say,

Yep, these are quite possibly the most addictive cookies to ever come out of a box (or an oven, for that matter).

They're similar to an Oreo cookie, but have tiny bits of seductive candy cane mixed into their delicious vanilla (vegan!) cream middles. I like to eat them as-is, but CH prefers the old "twist, separate, and devour the middle-part first" method. Either way, you're looking at heaven. (See: exhibit "A" - the ethereal glow around the Joe-Joe's box, below.)

Before I go any further, I want to be clear about something: I don't even like candy canes, and I'm not a huge fan of cookies either - so these have to be pretty darn good to earn a positive review from me. (Don't get me wrong - I can fully appreciate a fantastic cookie, but I'm not the type of person who fantasizes about them all day...)