I have a small problem: I bite off more than I can chew. This would explain a few things: 1) my 15 lb weight gain in the last two years, 2) my zest for ordering multiple appetizers and never being able to eat an entree at a restaurant, and 3) subscribing to multiple CSA’s in the summertime and then freaking out when it gets to July/August and I have like, triple of everything.
I hate letting good food go to waste so I act as veggie broker to my friends giving them extras of my goods that Mr. Wonderful and I will just watch shrink and die in the confines of our fridge. In the case of eggplants, luckily I can broker all of them off to friends. It’s the only veggie I do not like, well, at least I thought I didn’t until my friends at VeganGR got a hold of my surplus and made eggplant into gravy!
I told Jon Dunn to write a guest post for me and then I could keep my own mouth shut up there, so here’s what he has to say:
There are lots of advantages to being friends with Adrienne and Derek. But the best is that they give us veggies. LOTS of veggies.
Seriously, Adrienne has admitted she’s been overwhelmed with the summer haul from her three (3!!) CSA shares. So, she’s been kind enough to share the wealth. The only requirement was that we blog about what we did with them.
So today, let’s talk eggplant. Adrienne is not a fan, so it was an easy decision to slough them off on us. It’s a good thing, because I can’t get enough of them! I thought I’d share with you a unique recipe I created one time that was kind of an accident.
I had an eggplant, wasn’t sure what I was making for dinner, but threw it in the oven. Then I started making other foods that were ENTIRELY unrelated to an eggplant. So here I was, with a beautiful roasted eggplant and mashed potatoes. So naturally, I made gravy.
Combined with cashews, garlic, and a bit of herbs, the eggplant comes together in a really silky smooth gravy when you blast it in a high power blender. Make sure you fully roast that nightshade. Hopefully for those of you that hate this wonder-veg, that dread of seeing the eggplant in the CSA box will vanish with this recipe!
- 2 medium eggplants
- ½ C raw cashews (these need to be soaked if you’re not using a high power blender such as a vitamix)
- 1 C water
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp salt (more to your taste)
- ½ tsp thyme
- pepper to taste
- Cut your eggplants in half lengthwise. Score the skin, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Roast the eggplant in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the skin looks all nice and toasty.
- Remove eggplant from the oven and remove the skin (let that sucker cool a bit before you go burning yourself!).
- Drop all the ingredients into your blender, set it to high and let it go for a couple of minutes. You’ll know when it’s ready when it’s all silky smooth.
- Serve over mashed potatoes, baked tempeh, chicken fried tofu, or any other amazing food that begs for a nice home-style gravy.
Posted in CSA, Dinner, Less is more, Meatless Monday, Michigan, Recipes, Seasonal Ingredients, Vegan
Tagged @VeganGr, comfort food, comfort vegan food, CSA, eggplant gravy, homestyle vegan gravy, Jon Dunn, Kolene Allen, Michigan, roasted eggplant gravy, southern vegan food, summer, surplus eggplant, vegan eggplant recipe, vegan friends, Vegan GR, vegan gravy, vegangr.com, veggies
Mr. Wonderful and I have a very, very large raspberry bush. Since raspberries last for about 10 seconds after you pick them, I picked a few large batches and then cooked like crazy. The next few posts are all about the Raspberry. First up, Raspberry Jam.
- 4 C mashed fresh raspberries
- 4 C white sugar
No need for pectin here people, finally a use for the seeds!
Use a VERY large pot, like a dutch oven, add to it the mashed raspberries. Cook over med-high until the jam reaches a full rolling boil. Boil x 2 minutes. Add sugar and stir well. Bring back to a boil, stirring consistently, boil x 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat with rotary beater x 4 minutes. Pour into jars, either sterile and shelve when proper seal has been achieved, or pop into plastic containers and freeze.
*5# of berries is approximately 9 C crushed berries.
Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Less is more, Make Ahead, Recipes, Seasonal Ingredients, Vegan, Vegetarian
Tagged homemade jam, Michigan, Mr. Wonderful, mr. wonderful approved, old school recipe, raspberries, raspberry, raspberry jam, seasonal ingredients, sugar, summer, vegan, vegetarian
I grew up in the Village of Manchester, just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. We take great honor in being the home of the FAMOUS (yes, really) Chicken Broil, a 600+ volunteer driven event that raises funds for community projects and organizations from band uniforms to Boy Scout equipment and just about anything in between. Chances are if you were a kid and grew up in Manchester, or have kids and currently live in Manchester, you have received some benefit from the cash raised by this mostly-male driven event which serves this amount of food in 4 hours:
- 19,000 lbs chicken
- 9,600 lbs charcoal
- 256 lbs butter plus 14,000 butter pats
- 48 22-oz containers of salt for chicken and dressing
- 1,100 lbs radishes
- 14,000 dinner rolls
- 40 gallons of vegetable oil for dressing
- 84 crates of cabbage
- 14,000 1-oz. potato chip bags
- 500 aprons and gloves
In honor of the 58th Manchester Chicken Broil serving over 12,000 meals this Thursday, I give you…. the secret recipe for the only vegetarian component of the meal, besides the roll. Which, let’s be honest, that’s not really part of the meal, it’s the afterthought/filler.
MANCHESTER CHICKEN BROIL FAMOUS COLE SLAW DRESSING
- 10 T sugar (or sugar substitute, I’ve used as little as 3 T sugar with great results)
- 1/2 C vinegar (white preferred, but I usually use rice vinegar)
- 1 C canola or veg oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Coleman’s dry mustard (no subs here)
- 1 T dried minced onions (I’ve used onion powder before, no probs)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 T celery seeds
Add ingredients to a glass canning jar, shake well until all sweetener dissolves and serve over shredded cabbage.
Posted in BBQ, Fridge Finds, Make Ahead, Recipes, Salad, Vegetarian
Tagged cabbage, Carol LaRock, celery seeds, coleman's dry mustard, coleslaw, community, Helen Hosmer, Helen Kensler, June Jenter, Manchester, Manchester Chicken Broil, MI, minced onions, oil, salt, sugar, summer, Village of Manchester, vinegar, World Famous Chicken Broil
It’s getting to be that time of year again. You know, when you are overwhelmed by all of the great produce in Michigan and start, dare I say it, hating things…like corn on the cob and tomatoes. I have eaten so much corn and so many tomatoes this year that I almost can’t eat them any more. The thought of putting a whole cherry tomato into my mouth is starting to make my gag reflex go off. My one problem with feeling this way, is that as a vegetarian, eating seasonally in Michigan means that I have to OD on fruits and veggies in the summer while they are ripe, pack my freezer with blueberries, strawberries and corn off the cob because come February, I start eating crap from the grocery store like tomatoes that are under ripe just so I can avoid winter squash that I have been force fed since November. It’s a vicious cycle. So, I’m trying to appreciate what I have for the moment, because in a few months when I want to start using apples as shooting targets, I will really want some corn on the cob, a juicy ripe tomato, or fresh green beans that I took for granted in August.
With all that in mind. I made this Buttercrust Corn Pie a few nights ago from items in my fridge to combat the corn/tomato problem. I had everything but the ripe olives which I just omitted and added a little extra salt to make it pop.
This recipe would make a GREAT potluck recipe as you can serve it at room temp and it still tastes great. I am thinking of dragging it along to a tailgating party at GVSU in a few weeks. It sets up quickly and once cool, it can be handled with ease in a napkin in your hand if need be (sans salsa of course).
Another recipe featuring corn and tomatoes comes from my friends at Meatless Monday. I have not tried this but it looks post worthy. Couscous Corn Salad with Tofu appears to be quick and painless. Let me know how it turns out.