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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan/Vegetarian resources and information on: December 28, 2008 09:40:52 PM
i feel like i have to talk about some of my favorite cookbooks, since they haven't been listed so far..

the first vegan cookbook i ever bought was The New Farm Cookbook. It's a classic. The best vegan mac and cheese i have ever eaten is in here. They also have sections on how to make soymilk, tofu, tempeh, soy yogurt, etc. It also has a section on vegetarian nutrition for mothers and children if that is of concern to you. all around great book.

for quick easy meals for one, i actually like the Students Vegetarian Cookbook by carole raymond. some of the recipes are like, duh, i can already do that, but there's a lot of good yummy recipes in here.

of course, Soy Not Oi, and Please Don't Feed The Bears. they're both published by akpress. There are stories in both of these, and plenty of weird ass recipes. But i like that because a lot of cooking is inventiveness, and these books are definitely unique.  I made the yogi chai from PDFTB, and mmmmm so good. christmas presents right there.

I also have this really cool book (it's actually 2 books in one) Hot Damn and Hell Yeah by ryan splint and on the other side it's the Dirty South Cookbook by vanessa. also by ak press, also strictly vegan recipes. This cookbook is for tasty food, not necessarily healthy food. I like Hot Damn better, personally, I favor southwestern food over southern, but they're both really good. The taco and burrito fill... yummm. highly recommended.
also, the akpress books are generally inexpensive. They're small, but filled with recipes.

as for online sources, like everyone else i like
and veganlunchbox.
and i always check cheeses at cheese.joyousliving.com
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What fast meals do you ALWAYS have on hand? on: December 16, 2008 03:04:09 PM
 I always have spaghetti with a sauce of garlic, onions, olive oil and crushed tomatoes

and we always have tvp to make meatballs

a really good quick meal is a block of tofu cut into flat rectangles dipped in oil and coated in a mixture of equal parts nutritional yeast, cornmeal, and flour (and spices) then baked for 30 minutes in a 375* oven. Presto, tofu mcnuggets. yum yum yummm

usually I throw a sandwich(or salad) together with whatever vegetable we have on hand
same goes for stir fry

homemade ramen with vegetables, chili oil, sesame oil, toasted nuts, tofu, seasonings, whatever

taco/burrito fill: just tvp or tofu fried with onions and garlic, chili powder, cayenne, garlic powder, cumin, s&p, paprika, whatever else is warm and spicy. Warm up tortillas, spread with beans and/or rice, salsa, veggies, hot sauce, whatever.  soooo so good.

also, mashed potatoes with a big pile of assorted vegetables on top all covered in gravy with homemade biscuits.. yum.

and sometimes just plain old white rice with soy sauce and steamed carrots and broccoli.

all fast, all delicious
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Grey Grace Lace Beret! on: December 16, 2008 02:50:36 PM
I was already going to try this hat after seeing this post, but then I saw a girl at the store wearing one! I really need to make it now. As soon as christmas is over, i'm on it. Almost any fine gauge yarn would work, right? I mean, I have some sport weight, is that okay?
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: super easy vegan banana chocolate chip (cup)cake on: December 14, 2008 10:36:35 AM
I'm totally going to have to make some of these.
I'm a cupcake fanatic.
Thanks tons for the recipe!

me too! they're so much better than regular cake.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / southern california planting schedules? on: December 10, 2008 05:49:39 PM
do you guys think it is too late to plant a winter garden here in san diego? It's still sunny out, we've only had some on and off rain, and then more santa ana. I mean it's cooling off, but we're not going to have frost for another month or two, I would say. I meant to plant in October, but we finally got some new good dirt and mulchy stuff and seeds.
I don't want to plant and have them be too weak by the time winter comes around. But who knows how much of a winter it will even be here, anyways.
should I just wait until spring?
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / super easy vegan banana chocolate chip (cup)cake on: December 10, 2008 05:34:17 PM
Hi, I saw this recipe on delicious tv totally vegetarian on kpbs
it is sooo easy and it uses up those almost bad bananas everyone has sometimes. Plus, it's insanely delicious. The original recipe was for a 9 in. round cake, but I always make it as cupcakes.
so here it is:

1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar(the unrefined kind if your vegan)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup soymilk
1/2 cup light vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 bananas, mashed. depending on size, of course.
chocolate chips

So basically just mix everything together and bake in a 350* oven until light golden brown. You'll smell how good they are when they're done. I guess you could even frost them if you like, but I think they're good plain. ooh you could even add nuts! mmmm
please try this recipe, you won't regret it. I promise.

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Raku! on: December 07, 2008 01:03:51 AM
hey, quiet earth, the grey on your white crackle could have just been smoke residue. An easy way to fix that is just to give it a little scrub, and you'll see that underneath, it's nice and white. Smiley
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: nutritional yeast wisdom on: December 06, 2008 09:34:31 PM
honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much, either. Nutritional yeast is so good and so handy for so many different things (vegan mac and cheese, gravy, mmmmm). What I was reading about it said that msg and nutritional yeast are made in the same manner, but I wouldn't take that to mean they're the same thing. Yeah, it probably contains some form of glutamate, but it's not like you're going to be eating a lot of it everyday or anything. In my opinion, it's something worth having in your pantry and your diet.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / handbuilt mushroom thing and some bowls on: December 06, 2008 09:06:22 PM
so this mushroom is the first thing I ever made. The assignment was an organic pinch pot/ coil sculpture, and this is what I came up with:

I just painted it a few days ago.

at first, I wanted it to be a toothbrush holder, so that's why there are holes on the top, but it didn't really work out.. but oh well.

and this is the second bowl I made on the wheel. The first one wasn't even worth saving for the dog to eat out of.

i really like the outside glazes, it's kind of tannish on the other side, i used brown black and vegas purple red i think and on the inside envy green.

but it ran or something and left this really weird metallic ring.
the whole inside is rough, so I'm not going to eat out of it.
I was thinking about putting a plant in it or something, but nonetheless, i'm pleased.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help understanding this glove pattern on: November 28, 2008 02:08:35 PM
ok, thank you so much.
that's what i thought at first, but i second guessed myself.
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