Monday, September 17, 2007

Testers, holidays, and stuff

The crisp fall weather is starting to settle in. I'm beginning to think about apple picking and what kind of pumpkin to carve. Time really does fly by.

Speaking of that, sometimes I can be a terrible blogger...letting a month pass by before posting. Fortunately while lurking around reading everyone else's blogs, I eventually get motivated. Sometimes I wonder about bloggers that show up and then disappear forever. Even though most of us don't get to meet in person, we know each other on some level. Has any one ever emailed one of the bloggers that fell off the map just to see how they are doing?

The sourdough starter I got from a friend is gradually taking over the country. It has now been shipped to NY, NH, WA, and CA. Soon I will be mailing some to OH and VA. It is pretty neat to see how it is passed around and kind of amazing to imagine how many generations kept it going after making it through the Oregon Trail.

On to food stuffs...

The supermarket had the mondo green peppers. Of course, I didn't buy them as green peppers fall into the category of "Foods Jody Despises."
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The family got together for Rosh Hashanah dinner last week. My dad's girlfriend is always very aware and cooks special dishes for me. She made some squash soup and almond rice. She was also sure to pickup hummus, tabbouli, babaganoush, and my favorite pita bread. Between all that and the side dishes, I had a full belly.

My aunt also cooked up some wonderful vegan desserts using margarine and egg replacer. She made a lemon apricot cake and also some molasses clove cookies.
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I'd tested a batch of Mocha Snickerdoodles to bring, but didn't make more after my aunt mentioned veganizing her recipes for me. These cookies were adapted from Celine's recipe for Chai Snickerdoodles on her blog Have Cake Will Travel.
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This weekend my aunt and I went for a hike at one of my favorite parks. The weather was beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera. Here's a quick shot from my phone.
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Ok some Lolo/VeganYumYum testers:

Sugar and Spice Snap Peas
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Roasted Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Marinara over red quinoa
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Creamy Broccoli Mushroom Bake The side salad is something that I learned about from B&B at the PPKer picnic. Raw beets, roasted corn, arrugula, with lime and cumin.
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Up soon, more testers for Melody and some other random recipes I want to try.


Jenna said...

YUM! Your food rocks my socks.

Rachael said...

heh, i think i'm one of those people who disappeared off the face of the earth...glad to see you back just made my sugar-addict soul start craving cookies...and hummus...but not together. anyway....

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

mmmm, all this food is making me hungry! especially the lemon apricot cake -- now that sounds fabulous! I emailed EatPeacePlease Leslie to check in recently, and she seems to be doing awesome! :)

Anonymous said...

The food looks great!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Everything looks delicious!! Especially those cookies...

bazu said...

Jody, you are so right! I really do wonder where some of the old bloggers have gone. One of the first bloggers I discovered was Knockedupvegan. Recently, I saw that her entire blog has been deleted. That made me sad!

Your food looks great as usual. I love that your family was so considerate of you- that cake looks awesome. So does all the stuff your dad's girlfriend picked up for you.

As one of the grateful recipients of your sourdough starter, I can proudly say that "it" is alive and doing great!

Lady McHerb said...

Hi Jody,

Just found your blog while surfing around. Great pics!

I'm a fellow MA Vegetarian and, although my blog isn't exclusively about veggieheadom, I'd like to link to your site, if that's cool.

BTW - which park is that picture from? BEAUTIFUL!

Carrie™ said...

I wonder the same thing about disappearing bloggers. How long is it appropriate to keep them on your links list before you delete them? There are some on my list that are going onto 6 months or more. One person I also had on Facebook. She disappeared from both. Her blog link has turned into some internet porn site. I did get a comment from her on my blog though, but no link back.
Anyhow, THAT CAKE!! My family is very accomodating for me as well and I appreciate it tremendously. Those molasses clove cookies sound delicious as well.

Webly said...

You've been busy!
I love the fall weather coming in - my favorite season! I look forward to seeing the pumpkin you carve.