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Vegephilia-all things veggie

Dec. 26, 2012 6:50 pm 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 6:46 pm
I posted my potatoes au gratin recipe. It's listed as "Robin's Potatoes Au Gratin." I have to take a photo of it next time I make it.  I hope anyone who finds it enjoys it.  There may be others like it, but I think this one is pretty accessible and user-friendly. MORE
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Dec. 25, 2012 6:30 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 7:30 am
This holiday season, I tried to make potato latkes-which I haven't done in awhile.  Like riding a bike, right.  Well...I grated the potatoes, wrung them out with my bare hands, wrung them again in paper towel, and again, pressing them through a sieve to get any excess water out.  Still, when… MORE
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Dec. 9, 2012 7:04 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 5:19 pm
I was told I have a Vitamin D deficiency.  I take Vitamin D3, but I am on the hunt for more vegetarian food sources of it, besides "fortified milk" and "fortified soy milk"  Looking for ideas. MORE
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Dec. 9, 2012 6:28 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 5:11 pm
I have always loved vegetables.  Even before becoming a vegetarian, I loved veggies.  I don't know whether it was because my family always made a point of eating them, or because they never served army green, gooky veggies.   I became a vegetarian mainly because it felt like a calling of… MORE
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I have loved cooking since I can remember. I have fond memories of watching my mom, grandmother--and my dad and grandfather cook. I learned even more when I became a vegetarian and my mother said she'd buy what I needed but I'd have to cook my "concoctions" myself.
My favorite things to cook
Gosh, I wish I could pick one. I make a rice casserole that I love. I like baking pies too. There's a veggie version of puttanesca sauce that I make from scratch. And I'm pretty proud of my greatly-reduced fat version of Alfredo sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cousins and I talk about watching our grandmother make "tagelach," a Jewish dessert made of sweet fried dough nuggets held together with nuts and honey (the Italians make something similar, but I don't know their name for it). Potato latkes and different "kugels" are also fond memories. My family's recipe for chopped liver is legendary. I make a vegetarian version of it.
My cooking triumphs
I am pretty dam proud of my vegetarian chopped liver. My other triumph is my stuffed mushrooms. The recipe I am proud to take credit for is my vegetarian stuffed red peppers. It's complicated so I haven't made it in awhile.
My cooking tragedies
I began looking at the cookbooks lying around the house when I was about nine. I decided to make my father a sardines and canned peas omelette. He got sick and the dog wouldn't eat it. Then there was the chocolate cake I baked with my cousin, to which we added 4 bananas. The cake deflated before our eyes. But the one that comes in second, behind my omelette, is the eggplant I roasted in the oven, without making slits in it first. It exploded in the oven and I spend days cleaning it off. The explosion caused the rests that the oven racks went on to bend, making the racks in the oven rest on a slant (interesting when trying to bake cakes).
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