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Author: Luciana

I love travel, writing, cooking, baking, and the worldwide vegan community. I live in the exurbs of DC with my husband, dog, and two mischievous cats.
Vegan MoFo : Random Wednesday Roundup

Vegan MoFo : Random Wednesday Roundup

Whether they’re planning for Thanksgiving or not, MoFoers are cooking up some amazing things, with less than a week left.

Megan, from Down Home Vegan makes a lovely Vegan Salad Niçoise with marinated seitan. At Vegan Gourmet Caravan there is an amazingly beautiful Orange Dragonfruit Ice Cream.

Vegan Orange Dragonfruit Ice Cream

Noelle at An Opera Singer in the Kitchen whips up some tasty Tropical Persimmon Muffins with Coconut Spice Creme. The Ceci with Garlic and Sage over at C’est La Vegan has me drooling, and would make a great appetizer for Thankgsiving, or any time of the year.

Ceci with Garlic and Sage

Allyson at Manifest Vegan makes some perfectly fluffy Gluten and Soy-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.

Gluten and Soy Free Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Vegangela makes a different kind of risotto using cauliflower instead of rice, while Tofu Mom at Tofu N Sprouts wows us with Pumpkin Polenta with Pumpkin Seed Sage Pesto.

Pumpkin Polenta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Vegan Epicurean bakes up a sweet and spicy Tamarind, Orange, and Cayenne Baked Tofu, and I would love a slice of this Chocolate Chestnut Tart from the New Vegan Table.

Vegan Chocolate Chestnut Tart

That’s it for the last Wednesday of Vegan MoFo 2011. Have a safe and happy rest of the week, whether you’re celebrating a holiday, or enjoying delicious meals just because!

Wednesday MoFo Roundup : Delicious Ways to Start the Day

Wednesday MoFo Roundup : Delicious Ways to Start the Day

I try to plan for satisfying, varied breakfasts throughout the week. On Sunday, I plan to make a big batch of scramble, hearty muffins, or a big pot of oatmeal, but then Sunday night comes way too quickly. During the week, I’m running out of the door, shoveling random pieces of fruit into my bag, and I’m lucky if I have to time to pour cereal into a bowl. On the weekend, though, I like to take my time and have something a little more substantial. Lots of you know how to prepare amazing breakfasty food, any time of the day.

Over at Babe in Soyland, Kayla makes a hearty Tofuevos Rancheros. She enjoys this meal after a long run, but I’d just be running to her table to try this dish! Gluten Free Vegan Munchies cooks up some homefries to load onto breakfast tacos.
Breakfast Tacos with Homefries

Always Autumn bakes up some quick and easy, though definitely delicious chocolate croissants, inspired by Nigella Lawson, and Mihl at Seitan is My Motor makes two kinds of amazing croissants using a more traditional method.

Vegan Croissants

I’d love to take a bite of the simple, but tasty sounding tofu egg sandwich on the p.h.d.elicious cooks plants in tiny kitchens blog. I also really want to be invited over the next time Midwest Veg makes this banana bread french toast, drizzled in caramel sauce. Yum!


That Pain in the Ass Vegan fills thick pancakes with strudel filling, and the only pain I’m feeling right now is hunger, while Whoa Wren washes brunch platter of scramble and hash browns with an amazing sounding dessert loaded with bananas and mousse! That sounds like a great way to start the day!

Celestial Bananas

At Vegan Brew, I was wowed by the use of beer in a glaze for pumpkin bread that would a perfect way to start a chilly fall morning. Rebecca at Pure*Life*Taste cooks up one of my favorite muffin flavors, cranberry and orange, loaded with walnuts.

Cranberry Orange Walnut Muffins

I’ve certainly been inspired to make something a little more interesting!  I hope you all take time out for breakfast!

Vegan MoFo : Weekend Giveaway!

Vegan MoFo : Weekend Giveaway!

And the winners are…

gilding lilies – “Teese pizza please, with some vegan hot chocolate with Dandies for desert!”


Sarah – “I would make pizza if the cheese is mozz style. But if it’s cheddar style I’d try it out in broccoli cheddar soup, melted on a broccoli covered baked potato, or in some jalapeno cheddar beer bread. Yeah, buddy. As for the marshmallows, I’ve always enjoyed watching them bloat up real big in the microwave. So I’d probably just sit them on top of some graham crackers and nuke away to my heart’s content.”

Please email with your name and address. Thanks for commenting!

Two things that make it much easier to stay vegan these days are the selection of vegan cheeses and marshmallows. One company, Chicago Soy Dairy, is committed to producing quality vegan products like cheese, ice cream, and marshmallows.

Today two lucky readers can win a couple of Chicago Soy Dairy’s excellent products.

Today we’re giving away:


Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

Toast them, make s’mores, make rice crispies treats, or just eat them straight out of the package. Dandies taste just like traditional marshmallows, but are made without the nasty traditional ingredients.


Teese Vegan Cheese

One of the first truly meltable tasty vegan cheeses, Teese works great on pizza, sandwiches, over pasta, and just about anything else you can dream up. It’s available in four tasty flavors – mozzarella, cheddar, creamy cheddar sauce, and nacho cheese sauce.

Two lucky winners will receive one package of Dandies and Teese each!

Now to enter into the contest just tell us how you’ll use your cheese and marshmallows! Hopefully not together, but we’re not judging…much.

Leave a comment and we’ll pick two winners at random, tonight around 10pm EST. Sorry, folks, but this one is limited to U.S. mailing addresses, only.

Vegan MoFo Wednesday Roundup – Traveling Vegans

Vegan MoFo Wednesday Roundup – Traveling Vegans

I’ve seen so many wonderful and creative dishes come of out the kitchens of Vegan MoFo participants. However, lots of you are also showing us how easy it is to stay vegan while traveling and eating out around town.

The Hungry Vegan Traveler grabs some delicious looking Thai food at The Smiling Elephant in Nashville, TN. Over at Adventures in Veganism, they head to newly opened V-Note in NYC, and dine on some gourmet vegan food, including fair trade chocolate fondue that I’d love to dip into.V-Note Chocolate Fondue

Cara at Kids Playing with Skulls enjoys a corn dog with tater tots for the very first time at Hungry Tiger Too in Portland. At Végétalien à Paris they visit Bob’s Kitchen, a popular vegetarian lunch spot, and dine on mango-filled sushi, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies.

Vegan Stephen orders a yummy Daiya covered pie from Escape from New York Pizza in San Francisco which he enjoys while watching the Walking Dead. Bianca at Vegan Crunk shows us that it is even possible to eat well while at sea. Tofu with Hearts of Palm–I’ve never seen that combo at any restaurant I’ve visited!

Tofu with Hearts of Palm

Vegannifer shows us around some of her favorite places in Columbus, Ohio, and eats and amazing fig and rice pudding empanada, heads to the Rad Dog lunch cart for a chili dog, and then swings by Pattycake Bakery to wash it all down with some pastries.

Fig and Rice Pudding Empanada

Jojo of Vegan In Brighton, shows us around Edinburgh, Scotland for several days, and includes a visit to Henderson’s Vegetarian restaurant. She and Nick have a beautiful meal, including these flapjacks with chocolate sauce.

Flapjacks with Chocolate

Finally, we have Melisser, The Urban Housewife, who is spending most of MoFo on the road, touring the East Coast of the U.S. and promoting her book, The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life. Melisser visited several spots in DC, including Soul Vegetarian, one my favorite places to get an amazingly creamy mac n’ cheeze. Melisser is heading to Philly tomorrow, and then to other cities, so be sure to check and see if she’ll be in your town next.

See y’all next time!

Vegan Mofo Roundup 3 – Hey There, Sweet Stuff!

Vegan Mofo Roundup 3 – Hey There, Sweet Stuff!

It’s Day 3 of Vegan Mofo, and I’m amazed by the number of delicious and creative ideas folks have come up with. For some reason I had dessert on my brain today. I’d blame it on the cooler weather, but even the frozen desserts caught my attention.

Over at Hell Yeah It’s Vegan, Claryn makes a really tasty yellow berry cake with buttercream frosting. At Parsley Park, Rom gives us a recipe for some creepy and cute Chocolate Skull cakes

Morbid Chocolate Skull Cakes

Easy Vegan shares a ton of info about ice cream makers and shows us a delicious assortment of vegan ice cream. Not a Rabbit lays down the law about proper brownies.

Fudgy Brownies

Pure Life Chef makes some lovely Sundae Cupcakes and makes Hazelnut Biscuits that are wholesome, yet decadent with their yummy dark chocolate filling. Bev at Red Hot Vegan Momma makes homemade Bourbon Creams that I wish I was eating right now.  I didn’t know they didn’t actually have bourbon in them, I just knew they were delicious! Over at In the Mood for Noodles, Toby and K make some vegan honeycomb candy.

Vegan Honeycomb Candy

The Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, and Almond Butter cookies over at ‘Scend Food sound like a great variation of the classic, and don’t forget to check out Vegansaurus for this week’s veganized Top Chef : Just Desserts recipe.

There are lots of inspiring participants, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the month!

Soup, Stew, and Chili Roundup for 10/30

Soup, Stew, and Chili Roundup for 10/30

MoFo is coming to an end and as the month of October comes to an end, most of the Northern Hemisphere is cooling off. For me, this time of year means getting cozy with a big bowl of soup.

Jes of Cupcake Punk cooks up a nicely spiced Curried Winter Squash Soup, perfect for using up the squash popping up at your local farmer’s market.

Curried Winter Squash Soup

Tom from Yours for Good Fermentables also uses squash in his Never Ending Veggie Pot o’ Soup, but also fortifies it with beer, something he knows plenty about. Dannibazaars Vegan Emporium veganizes a pumpkin soup from the Food Network, and Deb at Invisible Voices cooks up a recipe perfect for the autumn harvest.

Harvest Moon Soup

MoFoers also cooked lots of hearty bean soups and chili this week. Smacky Tomato fed her family a cannelini bean soup with my favorite vegetable, kale. Meanwhile, the Whole Food Vegan creates a three bean chili using heirloom beans. I have some beans in my pantry just begging to be used in this recipe! Beer makes another appearance in both the chili and bread at What Your Momma Didn’t Know. I’m not a beer drinker, but I love the taste it gives to certain foods! There is also a lovely raw chili featured at Fashion Peace while the chef at Intellectual Blackout uses hummus and lentils to create a yummy chowder.

Chili Photo 004

Kelly at Vegan Thyme lists miso as one of her reasons for being vegan, then uses it to whip up a hearty Miso Soba Noodle Soup while Cyn at What the Hell Does a Pink Haired Girl Eat? whips up a classic Potato Leek Soup from fellow blogger Jessy, who also enjoys some lovely soup with her sister at a local restaurant.

I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the blogs this month, and I hope Vegan MoFo has been as inspiring for you as it has been for me!


Thursday Roundup – Pizza, Dumplings, and Other Doughy Things

Thursday Roundup – Pizza, Dumplings, and Other Doughy Things

With a little more than a week left, there is still lots of MoFo deliciousness. Lots of bloggers are featuring pizza, sandwiches, and other creative ways to use dough. I’ll eat pretty much any (vegan) thing if you stick it on crust or baked in a pie.

Vegtastic Voyage shares a pretty amazing veggie calzone with us, and In-A-Gadda-Da Vegan orders up a wonderful cheeseless pizza piled high with veggies.


Meanwhile, Amey over at Vegan Eats & Treats whips up a beautiful tomato pie in a cornmeal crust.

I’ve yet to make any of the recipes from Vegan Soul Kitchen, but I really want to try the BBQ Tempeh Sandwich with coleslaw that is featured over at Cooking Vegan With Soul.


Columbus Vegan whips up jackfruit carnitas and stuffs them into a lovely, cheesy chimichanga, and Veg Chef-to-be whips up some homemade arepas stuffed with black beans.


You’ll want to save room for dessert, though! Dandelion bakes up some tasty and sweet apple dumplings, a perfect ending to any fall meal.


That’s it for now. With a little over a week left, I can’t wait to see what everyone cooks up as MoFo wraps up!


When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big…Bowl of Pasta? Roundup 10/15, Part II

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big…Bowl of Pasta? Roundup 10/15, Part II

I don’t know what the weather is like in the rest of the country, but here in Maryland, it is rainy and cold, with no sign of sunshine, or warmer weather, for days. With autumn upon us, and especially after a long day and commute, I want a quick, satisfying meal, and pasta delivers every time.

Columbus Vegan reminds us that pasta doesn’t always have to be made from a grain, and serves up tasty tofu with spaghetti squash in a cream sauce. I really enjoy spaghetti squash, and really should use it more often!


Lots of MoFoers are serving up cream sauces with their pasta today, something I have yet to make as a vegan. It isn’t necessarily diet food, but with no cholesterol, it certainly doesn’t qualify as a heart attack on a plate! Bonnie, over at Eating With the Rabbits serves up a beautiful plate of the sauce from Yellow Rose Recipes over tagliatelle. Catherine at the In-a-Gadda-Da Vegan sings along with The Beets as she prepares a killer tofu alfredo, with peas, and over at Beats, Rhymes, and Cookies, there’s a yummy sounding pasta with an invisible cream sauce, peas, and veg ham.

Meanwhile, over at Vegan Crunk, Bianca serves up a delicious looking casserole made with coconut milk and butternut squash that would be perfect on any fall table.

Butternut Squash Mac

Jen McCleary bakes up a cheesy and flavorful manicotti sure to stick to your ribs during these long, cold, nights, and the Green Goddess simplifies lasagna by baking up some luscious sounding lasagna rolls.

Finally, we have Stella, who creates a deliciously different pesto from pecans and cashews. Easy, tasty, affordable, and quick, things that I definitely look for in a recipe!


So, put a pot of water on to boil, and let me know when dinner’s ready! See you MoFos at the dinner table!

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