Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Dinner 12/31

Rueben Sandwiches
(tempeh, soy cheese, "drunken cabbage" via Michael Symon, homemade rye bread)

Portobello "Fries"
(grilled mushrooms, then sliced and rolled in seasoned bread crumbs, sauteed in olive oil -- via Ray Ray)

Salsa & Louisiana Pepper Chips (Organic)

Apple Brownies

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Dinner 12/30

Roasted Salsify Soup*

Wilted Greens w/ Garlic, Rasins and Pine Nuts

Sauteed Tofu w/ Red Pepper and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce


* Check another one off the "foods I have never had before in my life" list -- Liz picked up some Salsify (the black kind) at Kreiger's today -- they were nice enough to special order it. As it's a root vegetable, the taste is very Parsnip-esque when roasted (as in tonights recipe). We have another batch, so I expect we'll try it some more in the week to come...

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Dinner 12/28

Ciabatta Toasts w/ Sauteed Lion's Mane Mushrooms*

Apple Sauce**

Mache Salad***
(mache, baby tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice dressing)

* you'll see this for the next three days or so, we got five really big heads...

** the last two bags of the season from Beckwith's Apple Orchard, so Liz made some really nice apple sauce...

*** Mache! very delicate, very tasty

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Dinner 12/27

Carbonnades a la Flamande
(over gemelli pasta)

Sauteed Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Braised Fennel

Homemade Bread

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Dinner 12/25

Tofu Biryani
(via Madhur Jaffrey)

Purple Potatoes w/ Mint and Jalapeno

Smothered Cabbage
(cabbage, turmeric, cumin seed, asafatida, salt and pepper)

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Dinner 12/24

(cabbage and dill)

Seared/Steamed Green Beans w/Shiitake Mushrooms

Boiled Yukon Potatoes w/ Parsley

Homemade Bread

Shaved Fennel and Mixed Green Salad w/ Orange Vinaigrette

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Dinner 12/23

Focaccia Pizza*
(sun-dried tomatoes, soy cheese)

Mixed Green Salad
(greens, dried cherries, fig vinaigrette)

* yes, post party dinners are small. especially with the big family dinner tomorrow...

Monday, December 22, 2003

Dinner 12/22

Arroz Verde
(Poblano Rice)

Tofu a la Uva
(Tofu and Grapes -- via Diane Kennedy)

Seared/Steamed Green Beans w/ Chipotle

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Dinner 12/21

Focaccia Pizza
(focaccia bread, w/ shiitake mushrooms, green olives and soy cheese)

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Mike and Liz's Holiday Party v7.0 (optimized)

White Bean Cassoulet
Marinated Carrots
Potato Salad
Salsa (Tomato / Tomatillo)
Olive Tapenade / Baguette
Hummus / Baba Ghanoush
Roasted Almonds (w/ cumin, red pepper, sugar and salt)
Tofu Curry Phyllo Cups
Lotus Root Chips
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Stuffed Mushrooms
Tofu Salad Sandwiches
Cucumber w/ Cream Cheese and Dill Spread
Rice Paper Salads w/ Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
Large Capers
Focaccia Pizza
Grapes / Star Fruit
Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Olive Oil Cake
Eggnog Cookies
Sugar Cookies

And much Coturri wine... ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Dinner 12/18

Lo Mein w/ Tofu

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Dinner 12/17

Seitan Stroganoff
(over Gemelli pasta)

Boiled Red Potatoes w/ Parsley

Mixed Green Salad w/ Oyster Mushrooms and Cherry Vinaigrette

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Dinner 12/16

Tofu Marsala
(tofu, shiitake mushrooms and garlic)

Braised Fennel

Homemade Garlic Bread

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Dinner 12/14

Black Pepper Tofu Curry

Turmeric Potatoes and Cabbage

Keralan Stir-Fry Beets

Toor Dal w/ Tomatoes and Onion

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Dinner 12/13

Pasta Pomodoro

Garlic Bread

Mixed Greens w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette

Friday, December 12, 2003

Dinner 12/12

(tofu, shiitake mushrooms, leeks, red bell pepper, red onion, green peppercorn, jalapeno, carrot, garlic, ginger, sake and soy sauce)

Basmati Rice

Soul Vegetarian's Chili

I'm putting this on here for a couple of people who have asked in the past for a copy of the recipe (now that SV is no more). From the PD 9/16/2001

6 cups of dried kidney beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 gallon water
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 Tbsps (or to taste) sea salt
1/8 cup garlic powder
3/4 cup (or to taste) chili powder
1/4 cup (or to taste) cumin
1/4 raw sugar (such as Turbinado, we use Rapadura)
2 cups tomato paste
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced green pepper
2 cups TVP

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and rinse. Add oil and 1 gallon water to large stainless-steel pot; bring to a boil and add beans and bay leaves. Cover and simmer until beans are soft about 40-45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for TVP and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Add TVP.

Serve in bread bowl, with your favorite crackers, or with cornbread. Also good with a green salad.

Make 12 servings

Obviously you can cut the recipe in half (or quarters) pretty easily. Or make the whole batch and freeze it for those really cold Ohio winter nights.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Dinner 12/11

Tofu For Almodovar*

Saffron Rice

Homemade Onion, Garlic and Thyme Bread

*Ray Ray w/ evoo all over the place ;)

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Dinner 12/10

Fennel, Shiitake Mushroom and Udon Noodle Soup
(w/ fried tofu and rooster sauce)

Endive and Celeriac Remoulade Salad

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Dinner 12/9

Eggplant Parmesan
(over Gemelli Pasta w/ red sauce)

Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Bread


Chocolate Cake*

* mmmm... birthday cake. I have to tell you -- Liz makes perhaps the greatest vegan cakes you will find. After 20 years of making them and knowing what to substitute (mostly the soft tofu to egg ratio) she is the queen of vegan cakes. Between the homemade breads and cakes she makes weekly, I am one lucky sonofabitch ;)

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Dinner 12/6

Wilted Chard w/ Chipotle Cream Sauce
(tofu and soy milk cream sacue w/ chipotles)

(avacado, soy sour cream. chili powder, lime juice)

Refried Black Beans and Chips

Tortilla Casserole
(tortilla strips, tomato, mexican oregano, soy cheese, soyrizo and soy sour cream)

Friday, December 05, 2003

Dinner 12/5

Shaved Fennel Salad

Roasted Potatoes a la Ray Ray*

Braised Cardoons w/ Bagna Cunda**

* w/ EVOO of course ;)

** no, really, go ahead and Google it ;)

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Dinner 12/4

(tofu, red bell pepper, carrot, celery, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sake and pepper)

Basmati Rice

Grilled Eggplant w/ Sesame Oil

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Dinner 12/3

Gemelli w/ Arugula, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Braised Brussel Sprouts

Herbed Bread
(thyme, sage)

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Dinner 12/2

Seitan Stew
(seitan, onion, garlic, carrot, herbs de provence, red wine and veg stock)*

Braised Leeks

Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Kale w/ Raisins and Pine Nuts)

* similar to a bourguignon, but I made it in the Wok in about 20 minutes. The wine was Prat-Majou, an unfiltered red table wine from France.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Dinner 12/1

Cap'n Janeway*
(gemelli w/ tomato, soyrizo and cream sauce)

Italian Bread

Steamed Broccoli

* for anyone just joing us -- it's a old recipe from Kate Mulgrew via an ancient issue of "People" that we adapted. Hence the name...