Monday, November 19, 2007

Veganomicon and Beyond

I know I've posted plenty of pizza on here, but this time I made the sauce from scratch! I used the marinara sauce recipe from Veganomicon. It was so simple and, despite the short list of ingredients, made a very flavorful sauce. We ate the rest of the sauce on some gnocchi. I think I enjoyed this sauce more than the bottled sauces I've tried, and it is much cheaper to make.

Can you tell just how much I love Veganomicon? This is the Saffron-Garlic Rice, served with Morningstar Farms chik'n strips and sautéed bell peppers. My boyfriend said this might very well be his favorite rice yet. Garlic and onions can do no wrong around here.

I think I have a problem. I am addicted to testing recipes for others. These Buffalo Breakfast potatoes are a tester recipe for Frecklefoot over at the PPK. You can check out her blog here.
I did something silly at the grocery store recently. Even though Texas Pete hot sauce has never failed me, I bought the generic stuff because it was cheaper (not that Texas Pete is all that expensive). Little did I know that the generic stuff has no spice to it at all. It shall henceforth by known as "not hot sauce". So, these potatoes tasted great, but it was all tang and no heat whatsoever. I'll definitely be making them again, but with a different hot sauce in the future.

Sadly, the vanilla-yogurt pound cake is all gone. We were in need of another dessert last night, so I chose the Chewy Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies from Veganomicon. My boyfriend was skeptical, but in the end the cookies won him over. He said he would have eaten the whole batch if I'd let him. The introduction to this recipe in Veganomicon says that they are wonderful as ice-cream sandwich cookies. I'll be trying that this summer!


julie said...

I gotta start making my own sauce! The store bought stuff can get so expensive. I am glad you like it--now I can try it without hesitation =]

Those cookies are a favorite around our house (and other people's houses too)!

bazu said...

Me too, me too! I'm testing tons of recipes right now too (or, well, once I get back into cooking mode, I will be a better tester!). I'm also really picky about which hot sauces I like (I kinda hate tobasco). I also much prefer homemade tomato sauce, especially with a few fennel seeds. It just doesn't compare to store-bought.

VeggieGirl said...

Once I started making marinara sauce from scratch, I knew from that moment on that I could NEVER go back to using jarred sauces - the sauce from Veganomicon DOES look and sound quite tasty (right now though, I'm hooked on the marinara sauce recipes in ED&BV) - I'll have to try it!!

Wow, the Saffron-Garlic Rice looks phenomenal!! Haha, oh yes, garlic and onions certainly can't go wrong around here either!! :0)

How fun that you got to test that breakfast potatoes recipe for Frecklefoot!! Ahh, that's too bad about the hot sauce been not-so-hot :0( I gotta have my spices too!!

mmm, the chocolate-raspberry cookies are the perfect way to end a great meal - Veganomicon is indeed a fabulous cookbook!! :0)

Melody Polakow said...

OH, that pizza looks amazing.. and the cookies.. YUM!

Cakespy said...

Those cookies do look great...excellent that the skeptic ended up wanting to eat them all, what a great review! I'll bet they WOULD in fact be a great sandwich cookie.