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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My first bread! on: March 02, 2010 02:49:01 PM
No problem.  Oh, and I found the whole wheat (or, mostly whole wheat) master recipe written out on the authors' blog too: whole grain master recipe, in case you can't get the book.  Happy baking!
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My first bread! on: March 01, 2010 07:23:53 PM
This looks great!  I love no-knead bread.  Now that you have tried it, I bet you'll be baking all sorts of bread.  Bread baking is addictive.   Grin

If you're looking for more recipes to try, I have a nice no-knead bread cookbook called "Healthy bread in five minutes a day" with lots of whole grain recipes.  I would definitely recommend it - you might be able to get it from your local library, otherwise their basic recipe is in a video on the Amazon page for the book if you want to try it out.  There's also a book from the same authors called "Artisan bread in five minutes a day," which is the white bread counterpart.
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Nummy granola! on: February 18, 2010 02:49:00 PM
That looks delicious! 

I'm curious - do you get "chunks" of granola?  I've made granola before, and while it was yummy, it didn't form those nice little crunchy clusters that I like.  It was more just like individual oats.
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: FrugALong recipe thread on: February 16, 2010 05:11:15 AM
Most couscous I've seen is "white" and not a whole grain, but I have found whole wheat at my grocery store.  Roland is a brand that has both white and whole wheat.
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe? on: February 15, 2010 10:25:58 AM
There is a recipe in the Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar cookbook that's pretty good.  I thought they had a great texture and nice flavor, thought perhaps not *exactly* the same as the Nestle Tollhouse recipe.  My husband was not as much of a fan, although he did eat many of them.  Smiley  I liked that they didn't require shortening, since I'm trying to avoid palm oil for environmental reasons.  Don't make the whole wheat ones by accident, though, those definitely have that "healthy" taste (although they're not bad if you're expecting that)!

The Nestle Tollhouse recipe can actually be made using vegetable shortening (or margarine) and flaxseed+water as an egg substitute (google for the right proportion).  The texture is very slightly different - a little harder and slightly less rich tasting, but barely noticeable.  The flax seed does leave a slightly speckled look, but if you weren't looking for it you probably wouldn't notice.  Other egg substitutes might give better results.

Another recipe to try is from this video: Vegan Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I haven't tried it, but I think I might soon.  Well, maybe not *too* soon.  There has been a near-constant supply of cookies in the house since we got the Vegan Cookies book from the library.. Wink

Just in case, I should also add that not all chocolate chips are vegan, so be sure to check the labels if that's important to you.
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: FrugALong recipe thread on: February 15, 2010 08:25:17 AM
Wheat would be fine.  What about couscous, bulgur wheat, or pasta?  I've had orzo pasta with bean dishes and that worked well. 

There are the slightly more exotic grains that I don't know much about also - quinoa, millet, etc - I think some of those might be "complete" proteins in themselves, so it's worth a little bit of homework.  I don't think those would be as cost effective as rice or wheat products, though, since they are kind of specialty items.
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: FrugALong recipe thread on: February 14, 2010 02:21:01 PM
Here's a recipe we use frequently: Rice cooker asparagus risotto - minus the salmon, since we're vegetarians.  It works with other veggies too - I've done mushroom and butternut squash, which was very tasty!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: FrugALong recipe thread on: February 14, 2010 09:20:42 AM
Rice and Beans

Our favorite super cheap and easy meal is rice and beans.  We make basmati rice in the rice cooker (but any variety would work), and meanwhile rinse and drain a can of beans.  We usually use kidney or black beans, but any variety would be fine.  Put the beans in a pan with some chopped onion or garlic over medium heat, then add a small amount of water and a veggie bouillon cube. 

You can add different herbs and spices for different flavors, or add other veggies.  You can make a chili/salsa-esque dish by adding some diced tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.  Or, try some Italian seasoning.  The other night I just added some ground coriander and a little shake of red pepper flakes.  Dried beans would make it even cheaper, but canned beans are more convenient.

Fresh Baked Bread


Another cheap and quick idea is the "Bread in five minutes a day" books - of course, the books are pricey, but you might be able to get them at your local library.  Otherwise, you can find the basic white recipe here: Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day.  Or, you can find the whole wheat master recipe in the video here: Healthy bread in five minutes a day.  The white recipe literally only uses flour, yeast, salt and water.  The wheat recipe requires some wheat gluten, which is a little more pricey, but you only use 1/4 cup for a 4-pound recipe.  Both recipes are delicious and don't require any special equipment besides a large 5-qt bowl.  They recommend a baking stone, but a cookie sheet will work just fine.  If you like an extra crispy crust, you just take the bread off the cookie sheet for the last 10 minutes of baking.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: American Apparel Dolman Sleeve Hoodie on: February 01, 2010 07:06:12 PM
You might check if thrift stores around you sell patterns.  I've seen a lot of dolman sleeve top patterns at local thrift shops because they were immensely popular in the 80's (disregard the dated pattern photos and focus on the line drawings). 

If you look at the other pictures on the American Apparel page, you can also get a pretty good idea of how the dolman sleeve is constructed.  You could basically just trace around a T-shirt you already own and make sure to make the armpit really low for that "batwing" shape, exemplified here: http://www.americanapparel.net/morephotos/rsa0301/rsa0301_04.jpg  The front and sleeves are all one piece - so you just have two big pieces for the shirt (excluding the hood), front and back.  Both have the sleeves "cut on" so they are continuous with the body of the garment.  Hopefully that makes sense. 

This should be super easy to make!  The only question is..what fabric are you using?  Hope to see it when you're done.  Cheesy
20  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Brunch Help on: January 26, 2010 08:32:56 AM
Post punk kitchen has some nice looking vegan breakfast recipes: PPK breakfast
I tried the apple waffles, and they were tasty but stuck to my waffle iron - would recommend trying more oil instead of some of the applesauce, although I haven't had a chance to try it out myself yet. 

The scrambled tofu also sounds pretty tasty.  You could serve it with hashbrowns (we get plain Ore Ida frozen hashbrowns that are probably vegan), and some vegan sausages or bacon.  If you don't like the meat substitutes, I have seen a recipe somewhere for tempeh bacon.

Other ideas not listed there would be cinnamon rolls, or some other kind of breakfast bread, or perhaps some fancied up oatmeal if your guy likes oatmeal.
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