Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Seems like a century ago now, but I spent four long years of my life studying and taking in the quirks and traditions of South Eastern, North Carolina.   My college years were filled with turmoil, stress, unforgettable fun, and most memorably, a constant lack of finances. My Dad, who graciously paid my tuition despite my having had no real direction or ambition to make my schooling matter, was raised off the coast of Eastern North Carolina.  I was well aware of how different and secluded things were in the Eastern part of the state having visited scores of relatives each summer, trying to understand their unique dialect and always leaving to go back to D. C. a few pounds heavier than when I’d arrived it seemed.  My Grandparents would always serve us all my Dad’s favorites each visit and then there was the finally each trip;  I’d gorge on Dr. Pepper, hushpuppies and cornbread at “The Sanitary Fish Market” in Morehead City till I’d pop!  Back to school days, I lived off campus in a rather small, 4 room house, sans refrigerator, sans stove…. I got a hot plate at some point.  And cooked up a mean iron skillet full…

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Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

I’ll be the first to admit:  I don’t love onions. Not unlike Beets, I know they’re good for me, but I just can’t get over my dislike of their texture. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use them in my recipes that will change my mind some day about the texture of one of the World’s most popular vegetables.  I love the smell, particularly around holiday time with butter and celery simmering away along side them in a pan.  I love onion rings. Unless the breading comes off and I get a mouthful of that slimy strip of thick onion.  Not my favorite.  I love toasted onion seasoning, onion soup (without the onion), and I even love onion bread as witnessed here in this lovely pan of Onion Barley Bread I have for you today.  If I can’t feel that onion texture in a bite, I’m in love with everything else about the old onion.   I hope this simple onion loaf will help to change anyone’s mind about using onions in your cooking.   If you love Onions, you’ll love this simple, hearty loaf already.  If you don’t love Onions,…

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Oatmeal Burdock Buns

Oatmeal Burdock Buns

  Way, way back in 2010, prior to becoming Vegan, I stopped using dairy products in my diet.  This drastically improved my life and changed the way I look at foods and my health.  It changed what and how I ate and, along that path, I began looking at natural foods found in natural places, like the woods, fields, creek sides.  I went through about a 2 year phase of researching and tempting my fate at food foraging.  That’s a longer story that would take us places and down eating paths too numerous for this recipe today.  But needless to say, I made some pretty interesting food and plant options along that path.  One of these discoveries was Burdock Root. Burdock Root Flour  The burdock is a plant found in the continents of Europe and Asia. It is easy to find and identify, as it generally grows along fences and roads. In Asia, the taproot of young burdock plant is harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. It has a gummy consistency and is sweet to the taste. It is rich in calcium, chlorogenic acid, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031524_burdock_root_herbal_remedy.html##ixzz3XEayYRrH  source:…

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Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

  For some crazy reason, I always get a little flustered at Virtual Vegan Potluck time.  A lot flustered this event I should say.  Waiting until the last day to finish my post.  And then scheduling the time wrong so it published this morning?  DUH! But it’s as much fun as ever and so great to see the new participants linking up with old pros.  After much unnecessary stress and contemplation this past month, I decided on a new bread recipe for you.  Berries, fresh Lemon Juice and a swirl of cinnamon make this a very yummy loaf.     This Blueberry Lemon Loaf turned out to be a cross between a sweet bread and a  moist, loaf of bread with a soft crust as far as texture.  It’s not crumbly like a cake in other words.  It has the spring back and ‘chew’ of a bread.  The taste though is all cake.  The berries mix with the glaze for a fantastic blend of sweet and sour.   It’s best served warm.   In fact, you must serve it warm to appreciate the glaze and fruity sweetness.  I’ve kept mine in the fridge and then just warmed up 2 pieces at…

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Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway! Closed

Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway!  Closed

 Giveaway is now CLOSED.  I recently had a chance to talk with Cara Reed, author, blogger and Gluten-Free goddess.  She has a new book out that takes Gluten-Free baking to a new level.  She’s already made headlines on her blog, Forks & Beans, with her famous gluten-free flour blend and mock ups of the world’s favorite candy bars and baked goods.  If you’re not familiar with her site you’ll love it.  I try not to read Cara’s posts on an empty stomach though….too frustating looking at all my childhood sweets so beautifully re-created into healthier treats.  Cara is a real sweetheart herself.  I had a chance to ask her about the book, life and her health changes recently. ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’   Me:  Cara, congratulations on the book.  Is it your life’s ambition?  Or a total surprise to be a published author now? Cara: The moment I began blogging I could have never dreamt that I would be where I am today. Every step has been some of the most delightful surprises I have experienced, with this cookbook being not an exception. Me:  Can we all look forward to your writing another soon? Cara: I already have an entire list…

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Gluten Free Sesame Oat Biscuits

Gluten Free Sesame Oat Biscuits

I’m a biscuit Girl.  Always have been.  If I had to choose between sliced bread, rolls, croissants or a crispy, flaky biscuit I’m always on the side of the last.  I grew up on having quick and simple biscuits like these a couple of times a week sometimes.  These oat biscuits are a little more healthy in the long run than Mom’s but just as easy to make and just as tasty with a bowl of soup, a salad, or just slathered with jam. The biscuits my Mom always made us were one of the first things I attempted to re-create when I was out on my own.  When I first had to figure out how to eat what I was used to eating without spending any of my preciously vulnerable weekly income.  I did have one week in my sophomore year when I knew on Sunday that I had $20 to live on until Friday.  I decided in my ignorance and youth to buy just Diet Pepsi of all things, to get me through.  I survived that week.  But I sure would have been better off if I’d had a few of these biscuits to soak up all the…

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Fennel Frond Gluten Free Breadsticks and “A Writing Process Blog Tour”

Fennel Frond Gluten Free Breadsticks and “A Writing Process Blog Tour”

  This beauty is my web friend, Rika.  Isn’t she just an Asian goddess?   Rika asked me to join the bandwagon and write-up a post for the ‘A Writing Process Blog Tour’ that’s going around these days.  Thank you Rika.  You’re a very special lady and some day, if we ever get to meet in person, I’m gonna give you the biggest hug for having such a big heart.   Here’s a little more about my special web friend Rika: Rika is the recipe developer, food blogger and part-time photographer behind vegan miam. She runs a vegan food and travel blog with her photographer and partner Doni. Rika + Doni are based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term “miam” is just a way of saying ‘yummy’ in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together. Follow vegan miam on Bloglovin’, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.  Rika really only got interested in vegan cooking in the last 2 or so years and it was the travel that propelled her to cook more. In late 2011, she initially started her blog to share their experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that their experiences abroad motivated…

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Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

Green Mountain Mustard makes mustard differently.     They’re not your run of the mill yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle. In fact, they’re not even gourmet mustard. They make different mustard. Mustard that isn’t bright yellow. Mustard that isn’t boring. And mustard that belongs on way more than just your everyday office sandwich. Green Mountain Mustard started out as a “let’s just see if this stuff sells” mustard back in 2007. Several years later, it’s evolved into a brand known for wacky flavors that take you on a flavor journey far beyond national, squeeze-bottle counterparts. With flavors like Deli Dirt (the blend of toppings on an everything bagel), Atomic Rooster (made with homemade Sriracha sauce), and Clove Encounter (made with a whopping 10 cloves of garlic in every jar), we like to help you push the flavor boundaries of condiment creation.   ‘Deli Dirt’ deliciously healthy ingredients:    Did you know that there are 3 different types of mustard seeds?    Mustard plants produce three types of mustard seeds (arguably two): Yellow and brown. There are other varieties, like black mustard seeds and even white mustard seeds, but they are variations of yellow and brown.   You can enter to win 3 Green Mountain Mustard flavors for yourself:  …

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‘Raw’ Sunflower Seed Crackers

‘Raw’ Sunflower Seed Crackers

In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing a recipe and more information about a fabulous new ‘Raw’ foods  recipe book from This Rawsome Vegan Life’s Emily von Euw,  “Rawsome Vegan Baking”   The cookbook is now available at Amazon.  Check it out and be sure to check back to Canned-Time for more details and a shared recipe from the book on March 26th. I’ll be highlighting a few of my own Raw recipes this month as well.  Raw crackers are one truly delicious part of my healthy diet plan.  The flavor combinations, nutrition and varieties are endless.  I mixed up this Sunflower Seed variety years ago and it is still a personal favorite, especially good with sweet jams, nut butters or just as a snack on it’s own. Easy to mix up and inexpensive to make.  A perfect pairing with homemade peanut butter as well ♥ Recipe for that is HERE.    ♥ Check out more nutritional information on the benefits of Sunflower Seeds: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=57http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=57

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Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Mmmmmmm, my old favorite!  Come back better than ever ♥ “Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. It is produced in the Chesapeake Bay area where it was developed by German immigrant Gustav Brunn in 1939 Old Bay Seasoning is named after the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship line that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, in the early 1900s. Gustav Brunn’s company became the Old Bay Company in 1939, the year he fled  Nazi Germany, producing crab seasonings in the unique yellow can container until the company was purchased by McCormick & Co in 1990  McCormick continues to offer Old Bay in the classic yellow can.Ironically, according to Gustav Brunn, he had worked for McCormick for a week before starting his own spice business. He claimed that he was fired when McCormick learned that he was Jewish.” – source Wikipedia  If you can’t find ‘Old Bay‘ seasoning where you live you can try making up your own homemade version.  A good recipe is HERE.  Check the ‘seafood’ section of your store if you can’t find it in baking. The celery seed and heat from traditional Old Bay really is…

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Onion Oat Loaf with Red Pepper Olive Oil

Onion Oat Loaf with Red Pepper Olive Oil

This past weekend, we were out shopping and stopped in to check out an Olive Oil and Vinegar infusing specialty store.  It was beyond expensive and I didn’t think of purchasing anything they had (except for a cute little olive plate for $8 I couldn’t resist) but I did get my mind racing on making my own versions of some oils and vinegars.  Most of them need to rest for weeks to reach their peak flavors.  I’ll save those details for a future posting but I couldn’t resist trying out an old favorite, oil and red pepper flakes, with a new bread recipe today.   In a former life, I was on the road for work nearly 10 days every month and I’ll never forget one stressful Italian dinner with my bosses.  We had been sitting in meetings all day and then finally, after 8pm,  got around to getting out to eat something.  The restaurant was packed.  We were all tired and the wait staff couldn’t have been less attentive.  But our long stressed evening did have one high point, for me at least.  One of the managers with us was obviously a native New Yorker familiar with Italian traditions.…

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Gluten Free Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread

Gluten Free Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread

In 2014, I’ll be host to some pretty awesome breakfast ideas from 12 fabulous food bloggers from around the world. Each month, I’ll be featuring a different blogger’s recipe for 1 fantastic breakfast with all the details.  Each recipe will be as healthy as it is tasty and VERY economically priced as well.  You’ll see my first blogger’s entry in this event coming up next Sunday, January 19th.  Can’t wait to get things started with this 12 month project of my favorite meal teamed up with my favorite bloggers. My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ will have it’s own Pinterest board as well so you can keep track of each month’s new recipe posts.  Then at the end of the year, I’ll run a little vote to see just who’s ideas were the most spectacular of all 12.  More details on all that as the event unfolds.  Now on to my own breakfast idea.  Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread.   I called it a breakfast bread because it is more of a moist sweet bread than a dry toast type.  It stands up all by itself as a meal along with some fruit or just juice or tea.  Not a sandwich type loaf,…

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Tomato Basil Soup with Flax Cracker Croutons

Tomato Basil Soup with Flax Cracker Croutons

Yes, while everyone else is shopping and decorating…. it’s time for another Canned Time soup.     The delicious homemade croutons / crackers add a nice spice and texture to this creamy soup.   You can find the recipe for the flax crackers  HERE.    The flax crackers store easily in a sealed container and break up in soup for a crunchy background flavor.  They hold up to the soup and are also great for spreads and dips.  And the soup is so fresh with all those sweet cherry tomatoes.  I really didn’t want to over do the spices to keep that creamy tomato flavor in the forefront. 

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Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

 This year, I discovered and fell in love with Crystallized Ginger.  I discovered it is easily made at home with a dehydrator as well so I can justify eating making it all the time to nibble on….  For this pudding though,  I used Trader Joe’s brand which is just $1.50 per bag and much quicker when you’re having ginger withdrawals and need a quick fix. My homemade version of Ginger Candy is HERE. I tried bread pudding for the first time this year.  It was okay.  I thought I could ginger it up some and make it a tad more nutritious?  Maybe not.  But it does have some good-for-you ingredients in my version and it’s a holiday treat kind of reasoning.  Just don’t eat the whole pan in one day….  I also made the bread for the pudding myself so I could load it up with cinnamon and pumpkin friendly spices.  I won’t give the recipe for that now but it’s basically cinnamon-sugar-loaf on steroids.  Let your bread sit on the counter for at least 2 days to dry out some before cutting up the cubes for the pudding.  Mine actually sat for 5 days due to my work schedule…

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Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

1 year ago I was dehydrating  Cabbage Leaf Chips This year I made 2 trays of dehydrated BBQ flavored Flax Seed Crackers.  So I needed some dip to go with right? You can find this delicious Beet Hummus recipe HERE. For mine, I added in a can of Chick Peas and a little more lemon to make it less thick.  I would add more seasonings if I had just been serving it with veggies but since the flax crackers are bursting with spice and a little heat, the subtle taste of the  hummus was just right. I love how absolutely CRUNCHY the crackers came out.  Gluten free.  Guilt free. Print BBQ Flax Seed Crackers Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients 2 cups whole flax seeds 1 cup almond meal (use raw almonds for raw options) 10 oz. Hemp seeds (ditto) 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (ditto ditto) 15 oz. can pizza sauce (10 cherry tomatoes crushed for raw) 1 tsp. powdered garlic or 2 cloves minced fine 1 Tbs powdered BBQ seasoning (omit for raw) ½ tsp sea salt Instructions Combine the flax seeds (unground) with the pizza sauce and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir together all other ingredients and…

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Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

1 year ago:    Sweet Potato Stew (so good) No better time than the autumn to whip up some simple, inexpensive  fruit jams to make your baked goods come alive ♥  For the Basil Biscuits: Heat 1 Cup of non-dairy milk to just under 110 degrees in a glass bowl.  Stir in: 2 tsp organic cane sugar, 1 /3 cup olive oil, and 1 Tbs. yeast. Stir and allow to sit for up to 10 minutes while the yeast eats!  (or until you see frothy bubbles on top) Stir 8 – 10 fresh Basil leaves into the liquid.  Pour the liquid in with 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour or bread flour.  Stir until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. With oiled hands, knead the dough gently until it forms into a ball.  Set the dough ball on a warm surface or bowl.  Cover with a cloth and let sit for up to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.  Punch your fist into the risen dough and place it onto a greased pan.  Push the dough with greased fingers into a flat circle about 1/2  inch thick.  Divide the circle of dough with a knife…

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“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

1 year ago – Pomegranate Freezer Fudge My first attempt at mixing, rolling, rising, rolling, folding, freezing, rolling, cutting, rising, baking making homemade croissants. They do involve a little bit of a process to get the flaky dough we’re so accustomed to in store bought croissants. This turned into a 2 day, off and on project to complete.  And with all those steps in preparation, I won’t bore you with all the details. I will link you up with a superb step-by-step instruction that got me through it all…. Thank you so much Izy at Top With Cinnamon ♥ I did make some slight changes to Izy’s recipe. I added the pumpkin filling and pumpkin spread.  I used whole wheat flour.  And I added 1 Tbs of cinnamon and 3 Tbs of sugar to the dough.  I also made my croissants much smaller.  Next time I’ll make them larger though as a lot of the pumpkin filling oozed out the sides when baking.  Still very good but not so great in appearance ;( I also sprinkled each one with a cinnamon sugar mixture after they were cooked. The pumpkin pie spice dipping sauce or filling is like pie pudding.  It contrasts…

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Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

1 year ago – “Pumpkin Spice Syrup”  Welllll….Vegan MoFo for 2013 has sadly come and gone.  But wait!  There’s still more fun to come on Canned-Time.com ♥ In October, my recipes will be highlighting the nutrition and scrumptiousness of the ‘ole Cucurbite or squash family. Up first, not your boring sliced Zucchini with pasta here………. For when you just have to indulge. Or just to impress the guests…. Print Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Dessert   Moist and creamy all in one bite. This Chocolate Cherry cake gets it’s texture from grated Zucchini that will keep each bite tender and gooey. Serve with fresh fruit, a glass of nut milk or just grab a piece and go. Ingredients For the Cake: 2 cups grated zucchini + juice 2½ cups whole wheat flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa (use natural unsweetened cocoa, NOT Dutch processed) 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1½ cups organic granulated white sugar 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tbs. ground flax mixed with 4 Tbs. water) ¾ cup Vegan butter, melted (like Earth Balance brand) ½ teaspoon instant coffee or coffee substitute granules ½ teaspoon Liquid Cherry Stevia from NuNaturals…

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Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Chili

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Chili

OH Boy, we’re heatin’ things up in D.C. this week! Ready for fall weather?  Ready for savory soups and chilis that warm up those first breezy cold days?  This chili won’t disappoint.   It has all the spice you could want and all the flavor of your favorite Mexican meal.  Now that’s a bowl full of fun! Team up your chili with a few hearty slices of spicy, cakey gluten free corn bread and Wow!  You’ve got your groove on…….. I’ve blended the best of a Mexican meal with a simple vegetable chili for the best of both meals.  Heat optional, very recommended! Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Red Chili 1 lbs bag of frozen Okra or 2 cups of fresh, sliced 24 oz. Old El Paso Brand ‘Thick & Chunky’ Salsa (1) 10 oz. jar of Old El Paso Brand Enchilada Sauce (Hot) (2) 9 oz. cans of Green Chilis 14 oz. bag frozen Edamame 32 oz. or 2  cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained 3 cups of water 1 cup brown lentils 16 oz. Tofu Taco Meat 1 cup dried Shiitake Mushrooms 1 tsp. Sea Salt 3 Tbs Chili Powder 1 Tbs. Cumin 1 Jalapeno diced 1 tsp.…

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Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow cooking breads and rolls is awesome! It really has been a wonderful way to bake up some healthy homemade breads without heating up my kitchen.  You can get the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread throughout the house without the heat! I started thinking of slow cooker baking in anticipation of the latest Kathy Hester new book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You. I’m always looking for better ways to do things in the kitchen and this slow cooker idea is spreading fast through my recipes.  So far I’ve slow baked 2 Artisan loaves and 2 rolls recipes.  Each new recipe I’ve learned a little more.  Tweaked my timing.  Increased the yeast, etc.  The bread baking is really based on a simple rule of thumb that bread dough should normally be a 3 to 1 ratio of flour to liquid and they are done baking at an internal temperature of 160 degrees. The rest is up to your own creativity!! To bake in a slow cooker, you’ll need a good meat thermometer.  This will help you know when your breads are cooked through without letting out all the heat from the cooker or relying on a set time…

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Vegan Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Peach & Plum Jam

 Everything in one bite. Some wives dream of great adventure when their husbands are away for the weekend and they’ve nothing but time on their hands.  Me?  I just want time in the kitchen to cook up some fresh fruits and veggies…..yea, I’m that kind of agoraphobic domestic  now days.  Only glitch was that it’s been horrifically hot here for over a week and after working outside all week, even I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen. So I didn’t. Enter Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Fresh Peach & Plum Jam for my solo dinner….   Summer produce is so delicious eaten fresh and ripe. But sometimes you just have to help Mother Nature along a bit and kick things up a notch. When I saw these fresh fruits and veggies at an Orchard nearby yesterday….I could have bought twice as much and twice the varieties.  They really had some beautiful stuff.  You got to love the grocery store for giving us stuff year round….but there really is a huge difference buying locally grown produce that you trust and know has been picked just that day.  In fact, while I was at the Orchard, the workers were bringing in…

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Summer Corn Chowder with Spicy Croutons

Summer Corn Chowder with Spicy Croutons

  With the heat of summer upon us, who wants a hot soup of all things?  Well, I do sometimes for my dinner with a side salad.  This light veggie filled soup uses summer vegetables with a light and mildly flavored broth to fill you up without weighing you down on a steamy summer evening.  Pair a bowl of this Corn Chowder up with some sliced veggies with dip and a icy cold beverage and you’ll have a wonderfully nutritious summer meal that doesn’t leave you standing over the stove for hours waiting for the flavors to meld.  You’re not going to boil this one away for hours like traditional chowders or feel stuffed from a heavy cream version like traditional chowders. Fresh summer corn on the cob, a few potato chunks, some diced beets and sliced cucumbers are all this soup needs. And the crunchy spicy croutons make a great topping to meld in with flavors from the broth as well. The croutons can help use up some stale bread from those humid summer days as well.  Homemade croutons are so delicious and easy to fry up in minutes.  Or dehydrate a few bread slices if you’re really trying…

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June 29th – Vegan Pizza Day!!

One food that really screws up Vegans when they try to eat in a restaurant is Pizza.  Luckily the world is catching up with our needs and providing some great alternatives to cheese and meat laden pizzas.  Today is Vegan Pizza Day.  And if you’re any where near the Washington DC area, you can indulge in some great pie around town. Check out the link from VegDC.com for some healthy kind options today. Say you’d rather make your own at home? Great news, here a list of perfectly fabulous  Vegan Pizza recipes floating the web today: Over at Vedged Out – Thin Crust Sriracha BBQ Tofu and Moxarella Pizza   Keepin’ It Kind has Hawaiian options cooking – Hawaiian BBQ Jackfruit Pizza   Vegan Richa is cooking up some Smoky Pizzas to fit with any summer meal – Smoky BBQ Tempeh Pizza with Red onions, Bell peppers and Parsley.    And you’ll have to fall in love with at least one of the delicious options at Vegan Yack Attack today – Vegan Pizza Day Round-Up! I may be making my own but then again….it’s a coveted day off so I may just check out a DC option and leave the clean…

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Roasted Pepitas Crusted Raw – Vegan Cheeze w/ Baccio Ciliegia (“Satan’s Kiss”) Peppers

Roasted Pepitas Crusted Raw – Vegan Cheeze w/  Baccio Ciliegia (“Satan’s Kiss”) Peppers

 This is my first attempt at a homemade non-dairy cheeze recipe.  I think it turned out well and is fancy enough for party fair and easy enough to serve friends and family 😉 My inspiration for this Spicy Cheeze was from Carmella at The Sunny Raw Kitchen. If you’d like a step by step recipe for this cheeze recipe, be sure to check out Carmella’s wonderful Raw Vegan Tarragon & Mustard Cheeze video.   I followed Carmella’s recipe except I used Cashews instead of Almonds and then added in 1 Tbs. of fresh cracked Black Pepper and some finely chopped spicy red peppers before pouring the cheeze mixture into set. After the cheeze set up.  I un-molded the cheeze and pressed chopped Pepita Seeds onto the outside for an added flavor. The basics recipe ingredients are here.  Be sure to check out Carmella’s video for instructions.   I was really impressed with this easy recipe.  If you watch Carmella’s step by step video, have all your ingredients ready, and then firm up your cheeze in the fridge for about an hour……….you’ll have your cheeze ready to serve! The cost was around $5 and it made 16 oz. of cheese.  I…

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Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

A delicious & hearty sweet way to get your grains, Buckwheat Pancakes! A healthier version of an old classic. The fluffy flavorful pancakes are refined sugar free, very low Gluten and Vegan.  Mix some up in minutes and WOW your guest with nutrition and earthy flavor in each bite.

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Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

“A warm toasty slice of love” This hearty sweet chewy loaf is better than any cold or flu medicine known to mankind.  Okay, well it’s really good though… The crust has enough crispness to balance the chewy buttery inside, the tart raisins balance the spicy sweet cinnamon swirl. If it doesn’t cure what ails you, it sure will lift your spirits after eating a slice…..or two! Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread (Makes a 1 1/2 Pound Bread Maker Loaf) Add ingredients in this order / all at room temperature: 1 1/4 Cups Water 1 Tbs. Earth Balance or Vegan Vegetable Spread 1 tsp. Sea Salt 3 Tbs.  Maple Syrup 2 3/4 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 Cup coarsely ground Barley Flour ( or Oat) 1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed 2 1/2 tsp.  Dry Active Yeast Raisin / Cinnamon filling:   1/2 Cup of organic Raisins 1 Tbs. of Cinnamon mixed with 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup Process according to bread maker instructions for ‘whole wheat’ loaf to the final rise.  Remove dough from bread maker and spread out onto a floured surface.  Shape the dough into a rectangle.  Sprinkle ‘Raisin/Cinnamon’ topping over the dough.  Fold in the sides of…

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