Belated Vegan Eats…Austin, Texas edition

Curra's Tacos on Get Sconed!

In the footsteps of South by Southwest, it’s undeniably become a huge vegan travel destination, arguably replacing Portland as the ‘mecca’, if you will. My visit with team Vida Vegan Headquarters is now months behind me, and there’s this before and after of my thoughts (and hunger for) tacos…and margaritas. The growing vegan options in town have such a buzz to them, rapidly growing both casually and grander; both key signs that your city has become the vegan must (and as someone who moved to Portland in 2004, trust me on that!) Continue reading

Home Bars Rule: DIY Chocolate Liqueur

Cacao Nib Liqueur on Get Sconed!

What’s about to happen with the following ingredients is so simple, it’s practically a guide to cooking dried pasta. All that takes is water, a generous pinch of salt, and a pot to put on the stove. In this case, … Continue reading

June cookin’

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First things first, Happy Vegan Pizza Day! If three little things weren’t standing in the way of my own pizza-making ambitions today, well, I’d have some dough rising right now. Instead, I’m melting into a puddle of freckles as it’s … Continue reading

Further Northwest, Continued: 48 hours & Spring Vegan Eats in Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market

My travel bug has been itching up a storm, and this Spring’s venture to Victoria B.C. and back has only made it twitch some more.  J. Legume and I spaced out the journey with evenings, exploration and meals in Seattle, … Continue reading

The Post with Division Street (Vegan) Pho Chay

Curry Pho on Get Sconed!

I’ve been tinkering around with the eventual recipe for Division Street* Pho, which is traditionally identified as a pho chay, for months now. Tinker, tinker. I found myself on what became an epic quest for vegan pho chay in Portland last winter (which I’ll be compiling one of these days), and really studying the flavors in the bowls in front of me…. Continue reading

Dinners Resume (Life before and after VVC2013)

Bagelwich

After the first Con in 2011, I returned to my delusional day job and vowed that if I could help put together something so seemingly epic, I wouldn’t be in the same place next time around, grumbling and devoting so much time to things that didn’t matter to me. I’m definitely not Continue reading

From the PPK Test Kitchen: Isa Does It Tester Photos

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Mission, complete!  Weeknight dinners…all set. No excuses. Testing for Isa Does It, Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s ode to weeknight wonders, has ended, which is sad news for me, but good news for you! This brand spankin’ new book is officially due out … Continue reading

Next Stop on the Whole Grain Vegan Baking BlogTour…

Peanut Butter (Sriracha!) Surprise Cookies

It’s my day on the Whole Grain Vegan Baking Blogtour, and I’m taking the teeniest, tiniest moment away from uh, week-of Vida Vegan Con-hyperdrive duties, before bed to share what I’ve made so far from this intriguing, wholesome book. Let’s be honest, there are a lot lot lot of vegan cookbooks out these days (and well, seemingly every few days), but when Tami and Celine put out a book, you take note.

And when they ask you to join a blogtour, you’re so in. Continue reading

Aspargus for Dinner

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Bit by bit, her favorite cookbooks and well worn recipes from newspapers (Sweet Potato Pie Casserole, I’m talking to you), impressive family holiday spreads, baking peanut butter fudge cookies, frosting cupcakes for class, using a food processor to puree the filling for her well-loved stuffed mushrooms (which she kept making, despite developing a severe fungus allergy – and I remember bits and pieces of that fateful ravioli at a restaurant on Long Island well), savoring good wine and balsamic, aged Parmesan and visits to gourmet Italian markets, the early days of the Food Network, forming those croquettes out of leftovers mashed potatoes, and even her go-to fried potatoes & scrambled comfort food – it all starts to reappear: and I try to savor them, one by one. You never want those visions to go. Continue reading