Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lessons in Love: V-day feast, Temp Tatts, Contest Win, Two Pies and a Tester

I love temp tatts, and I suggest you get 'em on for this post!  

Emory's Flaming Panther

 Daddy's Cobra

Mommy's BBQ Dragon

I love blueberries.  And lemon.

 Homemade Blueberry Lemon Compote
 Over Hoecakes!

Next...I really loved this recipe!
 DIY Bisquick from Betty Goes Vegan.  So useful! So fun to make!

I needed it to make the amazing...
Cheezeburger Pie (this is SO good).  I love savory pies!

A delicious, cheezy, doughy bite.

Onto another tester from Joni's upcoming book, 

The Sesame Sriracha Sauce:
I am in love with Joni's new book!  And, now I'm more into spicy stuff than ever (and that's saying a lot since I always loved spicy stuff).

Sesame Sriracha Sauce over Korean Fresh Noodles with Organic Baby Kale, "Heathy Food" Vegan Shrimp (:-) and Black Sesame Seeds.  SO GOOD.

I had never, ever seen baby kale before, but Wegmans had it last week in the pre-washed salad greens-in-boxes section.  It's DELICIOUS and super convenient.  I hope they will carry it on a regular basis.  I LOVE BABY KALE.  

A more traditional, Asian presentation.

And this year, I made a special Valentine's Day Dinner.  I used two recipes from The Inspired Vegan:

Beet Tapenade Crostini and (from scratch) Jerk Tempeh and Peppers over Coconut Lime Rice. 

Molded Beet Tapenade Crostini.
Unmolded! Served with a surprise olive oil (see below!). 

Jerk Tempeh:
This was a wonderful Jerk sauce, even though it had, like 1,000 ingredients!

For dessert, I was out of my Whoopie Pies, but, my friend had made a batch of her own (a GF version of the recipe in BGV!).  She had extras leftover and was nice enough to 
re-purpose some of them over to me :-)  

These were SO delicious.  She promises to give me her GF recipe for them, guys!
I love whoopies!

And, I got a big box on my porch earlier this week...
What could it be?

 Ah ha! My prize from winning The Urban Vegan's Colavita contest!  
I got both the Private Selection and the Argentinian Fruity Olive Oils. SCORE!

I love winning :-)

And here's an early birthday present to myself (to fill all those future whoopie pies I still want to make!):

I was a little tired of the pastry bag thing (they always have some kind of issue), so I thought I might try this gadget.  Got good reviews on amazon, so, we'll see...

My birthday is coming up (I love my birthday!!) and I'll have more exciting stuff to show you and recipes to share.  If you can't wait, here's my birthday post from last year! Gonna be hard to top that...

Anyhoo, have a great rest of your weekend, everyone.  

(I love Mondays off for President's Day :-)



  1. I seriously should not have just found your site, as I'm starving!!! The cheeseburger pie and whoopie cakes are just calling my name. Why haven't we graduated to the George Jetson school,of technology yet, so I could just click the photo and have something yummy to eat right now? Sigh. Just found your site through the Kiss My Aster blog roll on FB--so glad I did! Cheers!

    1. Awww, thanks, Julie! Glad you found me, too!

  2. I don't even know where to begin with all the awesomeness that is going on here. Well, probably with that sriracha noodle sauce dish thing - LOVE. And high five on the crostini, ha ha. :) And few things in life are better than free olive oil! :)

    1. Well, you know what they say about great minds...:-)