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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Baked Goods without Margarine? on: October 21, 2008 04:13:42 PM
Thanks for posting the recipe!  Unfortunately, egg substitutes work best in recipes where there are only 1 or 2 eggs -- otherwise it just changes the flavor and/or the texture too much.  The two substitutes that I use most often are flaxseed (take 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds, grind in a blender or spice grinder, then mix with 3 tablespoons of water until it's gooey) and fruit (3 tablespoons of applesauce or ripe bananas, plus about 1/4 tsp baking powder).  Flaxseeds taste kind of like a cross between nuts and whole wheat -- they're good in cookies and gingerbread and other things that aren't too delicate.  And fruit goes well in anything that will already taste like fruit Smiley  Sorry that I couldn't be much help.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Baked Goods without Margarine? on: October 17, 2008 03:16:34 PM
Oooh that sounds lovely!  And I've even got walnuts in my freezer Smiley  Would you mind posting your cake recipe?  I'm actually really good at substituting for eggs -- it's the butter/margarine that have been giving me fits.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Baked Goods without Margarine? on: October 14, 2008 07:45:55 PM
Does anyone have any recipes for vegan cookies, cakes, pies, etc. that don't use margarine?  I haven't been happy with the results I've gotten, even using Earth Balance.  Anything with apples is a total bonus -- I picked about 25 lbs of them this weekend Smiley  Thanks in advance!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Banana Bread Recipe? on: August 30, 2008 10:23:59 AM
Thank you both!  I've always found VegWeb really hard to navigate, so I appreciate your posting the search results for me.  And the square pan is a GREAT idea!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Banana Bread Recipe? on: August 29, 2008 06:51:22 PM
Does anyone have a tried-and-true recipe for vegan banana bread?  I've searched online and most of the recipes are either unreviewed or have comments like "mushy" or "gluey".  (Yuk.)  I've used mashed banana as an egg substitute before, and I think that ground flaxseed would taste good too, but I'm not really in an experimental mood right now.  Wink Thanks in advance!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Giving Canned Goods as Gifts on: August 27, 2008 08:46:52 PM
I recently got into canning this summer and its addictive to say the least. I was planning on giving jams and jellies as gifts for the upcomming holiday season.

I think it's an awesome idea, and I agree with the poster upthread who suggested making them part of a gift basket.  My mom makes shortbread cookies that are wonderful with jam -- I could probably dig up the recipe if you'd like.  You could pair the jelly with a bread, waffle, brownie or cornbread mix.  (I put jelly on most carbs  Grin)  Or do 2 or 3 different jellies. 

And I'm so glad that you're talking about homemade jellies -- when I first clicked on your post I was imagining gifts of canned peas and Chef Boyardee ravioli!
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwich List on: August 21, 2008 01:39:12 PM
Swiss cheese, thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, and Dijon mustard on rye bread -- best grilled cheese sandwich ever!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan zucchini bread help! on: August 19, 2008 02:04:14 PM
Best vegan zucchini cake EVER:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106960.0

They don't use a whole ton of zucchini, but you'll want to double or triple the recipe so it doesn't matter Smiley

Another use for mealy zucchini: make soup.  Cut the zucchini into chunks (remove the seeds if they're very large) and add to a pot with a few peeled, chopped potatoes, a couple of chopped onions, and several cloves of garlic.  Cover with water by about an inch or so, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 25 minutes until everything is really tender.  Blend (really easy if you've got an immersion blender) and serve with vegan sour cream or crackers.  Good hot or cold!

(And just for the record, I'm jealous of your free veg!)
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I'm Going Bananas...HELP! on: August 05, 2008 06:13:03 PM
Bananas freeze really well too...peel them, cut into chunks, and then use them frozen in smoothies or thawed and pureed for banana cake.  (Or you can cover the chunks in chocolate before you freeze them -- yummy snack!)
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Sooo, I guess I'm not a vegetable-type person on: July 27, 2008 05:14:05 PM
Hi there,

I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and have always loved veggies -- so I might not be the best person to ask Smiley  But here goes anyways...

One of the easiest things to do is to start with something that you know that you like, and add a new veggie to it (like mashing some carrots with your potatoes, or adding a cup or two of a frozen veg mix to a soup that you like).  If you like a certain dip, try it with sliced raw veggies instead of chips. 

My favorite way to cook veggies is to roast them -- clean the veggies and slice into pieces about 1/2 inch thick, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake in a 425F oven until tender and lightly browned.  (I can track down approximate cooking times if you'd like.)  It works great with regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, winter squash...and probably lots more that I haven't tried yet!  You can add finely chopped veggies to many pasta sauces, or stir-fry them and serve with rice or noodles. 

If you let me know what kinds of foods you do like, I can get you specific recipes.  And learning to like new foods takes experimentation and persistence -- read blogs and cookbooks and be willing to try something a few times even if you don't like it at first.  Good luck!
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