Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Somethings New and Somethings Old

First, I have to start by saying that imitation is a form of flattery - based on Tracy's posts, I have made Penne Vodka (to DIE for), Lower-Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake, and will soon be making the Pumpkin Ziti - all from Vcon. It's great seeing and reading about some of the recipes before trying them! And besides, it's my job as a little sister to copy my big sister.

However, I do have some shred of independence. With my new cast-iron skillet, I made Meredith McCarty's Skillet Cornbread from her Fresh from a Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook. It was tasty, but quite crumbly. I might stick to my tried-and-true Jennifer Raymond Peaceful Palate Cornbread recipe and try it in the cast-iron pan instead.

I have to admit I'm not a vegan quiche fan, but was intrigued by Vcon's Asparagus Quiche with Tomato and Tarragon. I had found some asparagus at Farm Boy in the dead of winter, but by the time I got around to making the quiche, the asparagus was shriveled up and dried out. Instead, I subbed broccoli. It was the tastiest quiche! I didn't like it too warm, and opted to reheat leftover slices for only 15 seconds. I think this would be tasty in a mini-quiche form too.

I made Vcon's Smlove Pie for the third time for mine and my mom's dual b-day party. In my absentmindedness, I forgot to buy the darn pecans for the topping, so I subbed 1 cup of walnut pieces. I actually liked it better, since I could load up all of the mapled walnuts on the pie!

Finally, I made the Porcini-Wild Rice Soup from Vcon. Reeeaaaal good. Very thick and hearty. Each time I opened the casserole I stored it in, I added some water which increased the volume everytime, so it seemed like one of those cartoons where the pile never gets depleted no matter how many servings I took!


Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh I have been wanting to make that schmlove pie! Yours looks beautiful. And that quiche is on my list as well, broccoli sounds like the perfect winter substitute.

Jennifer said...

I couldn't agree more about seeing and reading about recipes you are interested in before trying them. This, in a way, gives you the experiences of others, so you don't make their mistakes. Their experiences can help determine if you even WANT to make something, or ways you could make it better, easier, etc.

I have been interested in the Lower-Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake, I am assuming you liked it?

I too have been interested in the Pumpkin Baked Ziti for V-Con. Chris made it not too long ago and posted pictures of it on the Eat Air blog and it looked so tasty.

I am drooling over your Smlove Pie, MMMMMMM. I really have to stop looking at vegan food blogs when I'm hungry.

Sarah said...

Hi Jennifer - I did like the bundt cake (although I have to admit I liked the non-low-fat coconut lemon version much better). I did find it to be extremely moist (so much that I e-mailed Tracy to find out if her toothpick came out clean) - so much so that it was almost a little soggy!

I found it has the same taste as my easy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (under Recipes on our blog), however, the bundt cake is moist without making it's own 'sauce' and the bundt makes much more servings for larger get-togethers, so I'll keep that in mind next time I make it.

Can't wait to try the ziti and see what you think too!

Carrie™ said...

I loooove cornbread! But that pie - OMG! Heaven.

VeggieGirl said...

I'm not too keen on quiches either, but that one looks quite delicious! and speaking of delicious, the mushroom soup and ESPECIALLY the Smlove Pie (love the walnut substitution!) look incredible.

Caty said...

The smlove pie looks gorgeous! I keep on meaning to make it but I've not got round to it yet. And the Porcini-Wild Rice Soup looks so tasty.