CREATE vs ENGINEER

Create connotes willy-nilly. There's nothing willy-nilly about my process. I engineer everything I do - the entire recipe developing process is engineered. I don't cross my fingers, take a deep breath or hold my breath, pray, hope, wish or hand it over to the universe. I take control at every juncture. I don't try something … Continue reading CREATE vs ENGINEER

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SPINACH BENEDICT SALAD

SPINACH BENEDICT SALAD Fresh spinach, mushrooms, and croutons tossed with a creamy fresh lemon, tarragon and garlic dressing! Topped with matchstick slices of Veggie Canadian Bacon! My plan was to make  a Veggie Eggs Benedict, which would require a stove, a toaster and a blender.  When the lights went out at Kirby Manor and I had … Continue reading SPINACH BENEDICT SALAD

FRIED VEGGIE BOLOGNA SANDWICH

FRIED VEGGIE BOLOGNA SANDWICH Toasted English muffin spread with veggie mayonnaise and mustard. Layered with red roasted pepper, fried veggie bologna, iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach. Sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper. Five minutes from start to finish. Sink your teeth into satisfaction and make your taste buds happy! Makes 1 sandwich 1 English muffin, lightly … Continue reading FRIED VEGGIE BOLOGNA SANDWICH

GRAIN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS WITH BOW TIE PASTA

GRAIN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS WITH BOW TIE PASTA Sauteed peppers and onion with pan-fried Field Roast Italian Grain Sausage. Simmered in a stewed tomato, garlic and basil sauce. Tossed with bow tie pasta! Serves 8-10 Sauce: 4 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 jumbo or 2 sm. green pepper(s), cut into 1/2 inch squares 3 … Continue reading GRAIN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS WITH BOW TIE PASTA

GARBANZO BEANS WITH SAVORY RICE

GARBANZO BEANS WITH SAVORY RICE Marinated textured vegetable protein (TVP) sauteed with caramelized onion, garbanzo beans and orange zest. Served with steamed rice seasoned with coriander, oregano and garlic! Makes 6 cups rice; 2-1/2 cups beans Rice: 3 c. water 1-1/2 t. salt 2-1/2 cups Canilla Parboiled Golden Rice 1 t. dried oregano 2 t. … Continue reading GARBANZO BEANS WITH SAVORY RICE

CHAR-GRILLED TOFUTTI CREAM CHEESE SANDWICH

CHAR-GRILLED TOFUTTI CREAM CHEESE SANDWICH with sweet red roasted peppers and veggie ham!  Tastes like it was cooked outdoors over an open flame! Makes 4-6 sandwiches 8 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, plain 1 t. garlic powder 1/2 t. salt 2 T. finely minced onion (minced means minuscule pieces; shave the onion with a … Continue reading CHAR-GRILLED TOFUTTI CREAM CHEESE SANDWICH

BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA

BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA An American slant to Mexican bean salsa. Bourbon Baked Beans mixed with caramelized peppers and onion and pineapple salsa. Seasoned with fresh basil and mint! Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 7 cups 2 T. corn oil 1/2 lg. sweet onion, peeled and diced into 3/8 inch squares salt and … Continue reading BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA

DUAL-PURPOSE PUMPKIN NOG

DUAL-PURPOSE PUMPKIN NOG  Pumpkin blended with Coconut Almond Milk, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg! Serve as a cold dessert soup or as a beverage dessert either plain or spiked with brandy or sweet Marsala wine!  Serve ginger snaps alongside! Happy New Year! Makes 4-1/2 cups 3 c. unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk by Blue Diamond 2 c. … Continue reading DUAL-PURPOSE PUMPKIN NOG

LEMON HORSERADISH SAUCE

LEMON HORSERADISH SAUCE with chopped parsley, roasted peppers, garlic and tarragon!  Serve over, or toss with, steamed veggies of choice, or over oven-roasted root vegetables after you take them from the oven!  Makes 2-1/2 cups 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 T. margarine 2 c. unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk by Blue Diamond 2 t. … Continue reading LEMON HORSERADISH SAUCE

CRANBERRY BLUEBERRY SAUCE

CRANBERRY BLUEBERRY SAUCE A fresh cranberry and blueberry sauce made a little thinner than your traditional cranberry sauce, to be spooned over stuffing in place of gravy. Can also be used over English muffin or toast for breakfast or as a soy ice-cream topping! Makes 3-1/2 cups 12 oz. pkg. fresh cranberries 2 c. fresh … Continue reading CRANBERRY BLUEBERRY SAUCE

FAT-FREE MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

FAT-FREE MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE Stewed tomatoes, sweet red roasted peppers and pumpkin!  Nobody will guess there's pumpkin in it! Serve over, or tossed with, your favorite pasta! Great for the whole family! Makes 6 cups sauce 4 c. stewed tomatoes including liquid (Del Monte BRAND is gluten-free) 4 c. sweet red roasted peppers including liquid … Continue reading FAT-FREE MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

SPICY INDIAN SALSA

SPICY INDIAN SALSA Indian flavors meld with the traditional flavors of Mexican salsa. Chili beans, scallions and Garam Masala spice. Exciting and different!  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 4 cups 24 oz. jar mild thick and chunky salsa (Frito Lay Tostito brand is gluten-free) 15-20 extra-large California black olives, finely chopped 4-6 scallions, … Continue reading SPICY INDIAN SALSA

BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE

BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE Soy cream cheese combined with black olive paste, basil and garlic. Hand-whipped till light and creamy! Served with assorted chopped pickles, mustard, assorted crackers and bread! Makes 1-1/2 cups 8 oz. soy cream cheese, I used Tofutti brand, at room temperature 1/2 c. Black Olive Paste from Italy ( a flavorful one) … Continue reading BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE

HOMEMADE SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIS

HOME MADE SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIS Sauteed sauerkraut, sweet onion and garlic stuffed into pockets of hand-rolled dough. Boiled till tender, then pan-fried till golden and puffed. Delicate! One of my favorite all-time foods! Makes 24 1 c. flour (Pillsbury's Best All-Purpose Flour works best for homemade pierogi dough) 1/2 t. salt 1/3 c. cold water 1/2 … Continue reading HOMEMADE SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIS

HILLARY CLINTON COOKIES

HILLARY CLINTON COOKIES Hazelnut coconut cookies with maple syrup. Topped with maple icing! Makes 45 cookies Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1/2 c. trans fat-free margarine 1/4 c. white sugar 1/4 c. light brown sugar 1 c. hazelnuts 1/4 c. Grade B maple syrup 1 c. flaked coconut 1/2 c. orange juice 2 t. vanilla … Continue reading HILLARY CLINTON COOKIES

APPLE DATE COOKIES

APPLE DATE SPICE COOKIES with sliced almonds. Drizzled with lemon icing! Makes 3-1/2 dozen Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1/2 c. trans fat-free margarine 1/2 c. sugar 1 c. whole dates, finely chopped 1 t. vanilla extract 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1/4 c. finely ground flax seed 1/4 c. unfiltered, pure pressed … Continue reading APPLE DATE COOKIES

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP REFRIGERATOR COOKIES

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP REFRIGERATOR COOKIES with cashews and coconut. The lightest textured chocolate chip cookie you'll ever taste! Makes 5 dozen Preheat oven to 350 degrees 1 stick salt-free margarine, I used Fleishman's brand zest of 1 orange, plus 6 T. of the juice, strained 1 c. dark brown sugar, firmly packed 2 t. vanilla … Continue reading MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP REFRIGERATOR COOKIES

SWEET RED ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE

SWEET RED ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE  A cheesy mousse-like spread made from cashews, sweet red roasted peppers, sweet onion, garlic and nutritional yeast. Use as a spread for hors d'oeuvres, as a spread on submarine sandwiches or for mac and cheese!  Makes 3-1/2 cups spread 1 c. whole salted cashews 1/4 c. melted margarine 1/3 c. … Continue reading SWEET RED ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE

ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D’OEUVRES

ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D'OEUVRES A cheesy mousse-like spread made from cashews, sweet red roasted peppers, sweet onion, garlic and nutritional yeast. Spooned onto lightly broiled potato bread rounds. Half topped with strips of roasted pepper and the other half topped with Kalamata olive strips. An elegant, melt in your mouth hors d'oeuvre! Can … Continue reading ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D’OEUVRES

ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA

ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA Sweet red roasted peppers blended till smooth. Combined with non-dairy creamer and a little nutritional yeast for a subtle cheese flavor. Ladled over angel hair pasta and topped with chopped Kalamata olive! Surprise! Makes 2-3/4 cups sauce 2 c. sweet red roasted peppers, plus 1/2 c. liquid from … Continue reading ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA

MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD with green scallion and fresh sweet red pepper! Served with Caramelized Onion Ritz Crackers! Makes 1-3/4 cups 8 oz. soy cream cheese (Tofutti brand is best, since it's thicker than other brands) 4.2 oz. pkg. Meatless Pepperoni by Yves 1 c. thinly sliced green scallions, green part only 1/4 … Continue reading MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

CARAMELIZED OVEN-ROASTED VEGGIES

CARAMELIZED OVEN-ROASTED VEGGIES Coated with an extra virgin olive oil, garlic, rosemary, cracked pepper sauce injected with a soy bacon flavor component. Subtle, melt in your mouth delicious! 6 main dish servings or 10 servings for a buffet Preheat oven to 400 degrees 3 lg. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes, no … Continue reading CARAMELIZED OVEN-ROASTED VEGGIES

SWEET LIME COOKIES

SWEET LIME COOKIES with coconut and almonds. Topped with cherries! This is my macaroon! Makes 52 cookies Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1/2 c. trans fat-free margarine 1/2 c. sugar 1 c. powdered sugar 1/2 c. fresh squeezed strained lime juice, about 6 or so limes - squeeze your own! 1 t. baking soda 2-1/2 … Continue reading SWEET LIME COOKIES

COOKIE COATED RED GRAPES

COOKIE COATED RED GRAPES Whole red grapes wrapped in an allspice and Balsamic sugar dough. Baked, then dipped in chocolate! Extra special! Makes 32 cookies Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1 stick margarine 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1 t. salt 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. finely ground black pepper 2 T. Balsamic … Continue reading COOKIE COATED RED GRAPES

SMOKED ALMOND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

SMOKED ALMOND CHOCOLATE COOKIES with raisins, Chipotle powder and coffee! Complex and satisfying! With each bite of the cookie, new flavors emerge! Makes 9-1/2 dozen Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2 c. smoked almonds 1 c. chocolate chips 2 c. raisins 1/4 c. finely ground flax seed 1 stick margarine, softened at room temperature 1 … Continue reading SMOKED ALMOND CHOCOLATE COOKIES

COCOA COCONUT CLOVE COOKIES

COCOA COCONUT CLOVE COOKIES with ginger and sliced almonds! Makes a great holiday cookie! Intense flavors contrast with light textures, surprising the palate! Makes 5 dozen Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1/2 c. trans fat-free margarine, at room temperature 1 c. sugar 1 t.baking soda 1 t. salt 1/2 c. grape juice 1 T. powdered … Continue reading COCOA COCONUT CLOVE COOKIES

SAFFRON ALMOND COOKIES

SAFFRON ALMOND COOKIES with raisins and Marsala wine. Topped with cocoa-sugar. The perfect cookie! Melts in your mouth! Makes 4-2/3 dozen Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 1 t. salt 1 t. baking soda 1 pinch saffron stigmas 1 T. Balsamic vinegar 1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed firmly 1/2 … Continue reading SAFFRON ALMOND COOKIES

PINEAPPLE GINGER CARROTS

PINEAPPLE GINGER CARROTS Fresh streamed baby carrots in a light pineapple and fresh ginger sauce! Wonderful with rice dishes, even plain rice! Serves 6 1 lb. fresh baby carrots, steamed or boiled till tender, then drained 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits (Dole), drained over a bowl (reserve liquid) 1 T. cornstarch 1/4 c. white vinegar … Continue reading PINEAPPLE GINGER CARROTS

POTATO TURNIP CARROT MASH

POTATO TURNIP CARROT MASH with coconut milk, fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Simplicity is key! Serves 8 13 med. russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half 2 turnips, the size of sm. apples, peeled and cut into quarters 1/2 lb. carrots, cut each carrot crosswise into 3 segments, then cut each segment into … Continue reading POTATO TURNIP CARROT MASH

HOLIDAY STUFFING CASSEROLE

HOLIDAY STUFFING CASSEROLE Pineapple sage stuffing with almonds, layered with mashed potatoes and yams, topped with a coriander and onion gravy, and pineapple mustard-mint fresh cranberry sauce. Baked till steamy hot! Who knew stuffing could be elegant? Makes 12 servings Preheat oven to 400 degrees Mashed Potatoes and Yams: 5 med.-lg. russet potatoes, peeled and … Continue reading HOLIDAY STUFFING CASSEROLE

PINEAPPLE MINT CRANBERRY SAUCE

PINEAPPLE MINT CRANBERRY SAUCE Fresh cranberries cooked with sugar, pineapple, ginger, mustard and mint!  Serves 6 14 oz. pkg. fresh cranberries, washed and drained 1 c. water ½ c. light brown sugar ¼ c. white sugar 1 sm. can pineapple rings, including liquid, cut into tiny triangles/wedges ¼ t. ground allspice 1 t. powdered ginger … Continue reading PINEAPPLE MINT CRANBERRY SAUCE

CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING

CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING with walnuts, celery and sweet onion. Seasoned with sage and allspice! One of the best stuffings I've ever had! Serves 8-10 4 c. water 3 sm. vegetable bouillon cubes 1/2 c. dried cranberries 1/2 c. walnut pieces 1/4 c. dark brown sugar 1 T. dried rubbed sage 1/4 t. ground allspice 1/2 … Continue reading CORNBREAD CRANBERRY STUFFING

CREAMY MUSTARD MINCEMEAT SAUCE

CREAMY MUSTARD MINCEMEAT SAUCE with  fresh red grapes, maple syrup, a hint of smoke, fresh rosemary and soy sour cream. All sweet and sour sauces don't have to be Asian influenced. This is sweet and sour American style! Makes enough to cover a large vegetable stir-fry 1/4 c. margarine 5 peeled garlic cloves, finely chopped … Continue reading CREAMY MUSTARD MINCEMEAT SAUCE

PINEAPPLE COCONUT CURRY BREAD STUFFING

PINEAPPLE COCONUT CURRY BREAD STUFFING with sauteed celery and onion. Flavored with brown sugar, curry and ginger. Rich and creamy! Baked till crisped and served with Raw Cranberry Cilantro Relish! Serves 6 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Make Raw Cilantro Cranberry Relish: A fresh cranberry, orange and cilantro chop! Makes a great relish to accompany your … Continue reading PINEAPPLE COCONUT CURRY BREAD STUFFING

COFFEE BAKED BEANS

COFFEE BAKED BEANS with charred onion, caramelized mushroom and brown sugar! If you like coffee, you'll love these coffee baked beans! Serves 4  1 T. margarine 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 med. yellow onions, cut into 3/4 inch squares 8 oz. fresh white mushrooms, sliced, not too thin salt 16 oz. can Heinz … Continue reading COFFEE BAKED BEANS

MEXICAN ITALIAN HAT DANCE

MEXICAN-ITALIAN HAT DANCE Caramelized onion, green pepper and mushroom combined sweet red roasted peppers and a salsa-marinara seasoned with garlic, basil and coriander! Tossed with orecchiette (hat) pasta and fresh cilantro. Get ready to party! 6 servings for main dish, 12 servings on a buffet 4 T. margarine 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 … Continue reading MEXICAN ITALIAN HAT DANCE

GRITS AND MIXED CREAMED VEGETABLES

GRITS AND MIXED CREAMED VEGETABLES Charred and caramelized sweet onion and mushroom combined with mixed assorted veggies in a beautiful sage, thyme and tarragon animal-free cream sauce! Served over grits! Makes 6 servings 4 c. water 1 t. sea salt 1 c. Quick cooking Grits 1/2 c. plain soy milk (I used Silk organic, unsweetened) … Continue reading GRITS AND MIXED CREAMED VEGETABLES

MEATLESS PEPPERONI GRINDERS

MEATLESS PEPPERONI GRINDERS Fried onions and peppers, sweet red roasted peppers and fried meatless pepperoni served on a grinder roll spread with marinara sauce and coconut oil spread. Light and satisfying! Makes 2 grinders (subs) 2 T. olive oil 1 lg. green pepper, cored and cut into 3/8 inch strips 1 lg. sweet onion; cut … Continue reading MEATLESS PEPPERONI GRINDERS

MAPLE WALNUT CRULLERS

 MAPLE WALNUT BUTTER Peanut butter replacement for kids and adults! Walnuts processed till smooth, then combined with Grade B maple syrup and Silk Coconut Milk. Creamy delicious! No artificial ingredients! Makes 2-3/4 cups 1 lb. walnut halves ½ c. Grade B maple syrup ¼ t. sea salt ¼ c. Silk Coconut Milk (Original) ¼ c. … Continue reading MAPLE WALNUT CRULLERS

APPLE PECAN BEAN SALAD

 APPLE PECAN BEAN SALAD With thinly sliced sweet onion and celery marinated in a sweet curry and cinnamon Balsamic vinaigrette. Fabulous! Makes 9 cups salad Make dressing first. Makes 2 cups  3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 c. white vinegar 1/4 c. Balsamic vinegar 1 c. light brown sugar 1 t. salt 1 T. … Continue reading APPLE PECAN BEAN SALAD