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Home Town: Massena (Extreme Northern Ny), New York, USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I love to eat! To me, life is about eating. It's about sharing good food with good friends, enjoying what I eat, learning new and delicious ways to make something... it's a process that is always evolving for me. Most importantly, it's about enjoying how many thousands of ways there are to modify dated, unhealthy recipes laden with animal products, and coming up with a dish that not only did not require that an animal suffer and die, but that is more healthy for me and my family, and more delicious to boot. Win-win. What's not to love about that? :)
My favorite things to cook
My favorite dishes are still the old-fashioned comfort foods I was raised on. I've found ways to veganize all the best dishes from my childhood... macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, sloppy joes (people are ADDICTED to my sloppy joes!), slow-cooked sausage and hamburger spaghetti sauce, macaroni salad, chicken-n-dumplings, waffles, lime/garlic/jalepeno portobello fajitas, tater-tot casserole, chili to die for, stuffed peppers and cabbage, lasagna... the list is endless, and I'm learning new ones every day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I would say our Thankful for Turkeys Thanksgiving: a wonderful annual family event where we celebrate what Thanksgiving means to us and how thankful we are for the freedoms we have by honoring all life. I serve an absolute ton of food, always have requests for recipes, and nobody leaves hungry.
My cooking triumphs
Finding ways to make such perfectly similar vegan versions of the old animal-product dishes people used to have to eat that I am questioned if there's REALLY meat or eggs or dairy in them. I love getting asked that. :)
My cooking tragedies
Nothing extreme or funny enough to list here. Usually they are along the lines of me spending too much time laughing and socializing with family as I try to cook that something burns. I can't say I haven't thrown out a ton of food for that reason alone. I really need to learn to stay forcused in the kitchen!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Flatlander Chili
True story-- I live in Texas, have several times made this chili totally vegan, entered it in "regular" ("carnivore") chili competitions, and taken home ribbons, including 1st place. I used Boca crumbles once (browned in olive oil first to add that greasy chili component) and cheap TVP the next, so zero cholesterol or animal protein in it so we can avoid the diabetes and heart disease so common in our meat-obsessed society now. Everywhere I take this, people rave, and nobody believes it's all vegan. I wait till I got the ribbon before telling everyone there wasn't a spec of meat in it. It's cooking up in the slow cooker right now, and I'm going to wow more people tomorrow at my new job. I, like other users, also changed the tomato juice to tomato sauce, and the tomato sauce to diced tomatoes. Other than that, and getting rid of the animal flesh for stuff that lets me eat till I almost burst without gaining an ounce, the recipe is perfect as is.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2014
Vegan Brownies
Gooey, chewy, fudgy, yummmmmm. I'm a brownie freak and these are everything a brownie is supposed to be. My "omg, these are the best brownies I've ever had" recipe when I want to wow a non-vegan and show them how completely unnecessary eggs are in modern baking. Have made this recipe at least 30 times, it never fails. I took the advice of one of the commenters and added a middle layer of (vegan, of course) dark chocolate chips, which only adds to the perfect texture of this awesome recipe. The only other difference is I usually cut some of the oil with applesauce. I've taken these brownies to work, to pot lucks, to get-togethers... all I've ever gotten is rave after rave after rave. I want this recipe on my tombstone.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2014

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