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Author: AndyDufresne

I live in Portland, Oregon, where I blog about the goings on 'in my vegan garden'. One month a year, my garden blog is transformed by the 31days of vegan food craziness known as Vegan MoFo. Come say hello and tell me how cute my pups are!
VeganMoFo Thurs. Roundup: A Match Made in the Kitchen

VeganMoFo Thurs. Roundup: A Match Made in the Kitchen

Howdy MoFoing Fiends!

VeganMoFo 2011 is off to a great start, full of so many tasty dishes and lots of lovely comments floating around the blogosphere.  As I make my way through each and every post (Ha!), I can’t help but notice that there are some really delightful flavor combinations coming out of your kitchens.   Here are a few that caught the attention of my (somewhat American) palate.

Lemon and Blueberry

Lemon Pound Cake with Blueberry Topping

The marriage of tart and sweet happening over at Andrea’s Easy Vegan Cooking might just be the best ever.  Andrea sure is lucky to have a daughter-in-law that makes such tasty cakes.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter

A Colossal Peanut Butter Cup?  ‘Nuff said, really.  Check out Kristen’s ‘how to’ over at Sugar Skull.

Maple and Pecan

Maple Pecan Oat Scones

Although I’ve never met a scone I didn’t like, Char’s sound particularly delicious.  It must be the combination of maple and pecan.  With the step-by-step photos she provides, I’m wondering why I’m sitting here writing this post instead of making these beauts.

Apple and Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Paczki

Alex over at Cloudy with a Chance of Vegan Meatballs made Paczki, a Polish fried dessert, filled in this case with both an apple cinnamon mixture and cream.  Man these look good!

Avocado and Lime

Southwestern Cobb Salad

MoFo Roundup Crew’s very own Mo is at it again, creating another dish that I want to dive into headfirst.  There are so many great flavor combinations in this Southwestern Cobb Salad, avocado and lime being one.

Tomato and Parsley

Ful Mudamms

Nada over at One Arab Vegan gives us the rundown on Ful Mudamms, an Egyptian bean salad consisting of several ingredients including, you guessed it, tomato and parsley.  The entire dish sounds so fresh and delicious, I wish I had a bowl in front of my right now!

Did I leave out your favorite flavor combination?  Tell me about it below!

VeganMoFo Roundup: Hey there, good lookin'!

VeganMoFo Roundup: Hey there, good lookin'!

Hey there MoFo-ers! I hope you had a fabulous weekend, filled with good eats and scrumptious food porn ogling.

Today’s roundup features sweet treats that caught my attention and set my mouth a’ watering.

Lauren over at Whoa Wren made some delicious sounding Apple Fronch Toast.  She’s welcome to make breakfast over at my home anytime (as long as she brings a few of these lovelies with her!)

Once you take a look at this next treat, I’m sure your mouth will be watering too.  Joni Marie made Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing.  Yes, she really did combine everyone’s favorite dessert flavors into one amazing treat!

These Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are less dessert and more breakfast.  They sound like such a good, tasty meal-on-the-go!

For you raw dessert-lovers (or, you know, just dessert lovers) how about a raw Coconut-Frosted Brownie from Raw Bento?  This looks so incredibly rich and fudge-a-licious!.

Not to play favorites, but have you checked out Loony Louzilla Lovegood Letters lately?  Not only did Louzilla create these Deathly Hallows Trail Mix Cookies in time for a certain movie’s release, she hosted a Gay Cake Contest on her blog and the results are in!  Check it out!

That’s it for now, folks!  Enjoy the lovely week ahead!


VeganMoFo Roundup: Apples, apples, and more APPLES!

VeganMoFo Roundup: Apples, apples, and more APPLES!

If you’re like me you have 37 apples from your farm share this week and are searching for goodies to make with them.  Anyone?  Anyone?  No, I guess not.  Even if you don’t have apples out the wazoo, it looks like there are lots of folks taking the opportunity to get creative with their apples.

Oh my!  Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Tofutti Cinnamon Glaze.  I MUST try this recipe!  First I need to get some of those mini bundt pans.  Job well done, Wasabi Peas.  Go check out the great photos on the blog!

In addition to mini bundt pans, I wish I had a juicer so I could make this wonderfully-hued juice from Living on the Vedge!

Not only was MoFo roundup-er, Jeni Treehugger, creative in her use of apples in this post, she was creative in her stuffing vessel.  I must admit, I had to look up the term “marrow.”

Clare from Always Autumn blogged about preserves, including Apple and Tomato Chutney, Apple and Blackberry Jam, and Apple Jelly!  I’m planning on doing some preserving, so I loved looking at the photos and reading about all the great stuff Clare helped make.

Lisa from Raw on $10 A Day (or Less!) made a creamy spinach soup, including our star ingredient of the day, the apple!  I love that green!

What a great idea over at Cooking for a Vegan Lover!  Cranberry-Apple Glazed Tempeh?  Yes!!

I also love this scientific evaluation that celyn over at Miso for Breakfast conducted on several types of apples, especially because THE BEST APPLE EVER came out the winner!  (That’s the mighty Honeycrisp apple.)

You probably can’t relate to my over-abundance of apples (37?!), but I’m sure many of you, at least, can attest to the toll Vegan MoFo has taken on kitchens around the globe.  Off I go to do some damage control (and prepare for my next MoFo post!)  Happy recipe bookmarking!

VeganMoFo Roundup 8: Finger Food

VeganMoFo Roundup 8: Finger Food

Some folks think we must cease to use our hands as eating utensils upon reaching a certain age.  Well, Vegan MoFo is here to prove you can never be too old to eat with your hands. Here’s a post dedicated to what some call “finger food,” but I just refer to as “yum.”

Ahh Ethiopian cuisine.  All that flavorful vegetable goodness, waiting to be sopped up by spongy injera.  I guess I have Ethiopian food on the mind lately and it appears that other MoFo-ers do too!  Just take a look at the yummy dishes Busy Vegan Mama has been cooking up, not without a little trial and error.

It may be a few days old, but this post, aptly titled “The Incredible Injera Adventure” by Vegan Cookbook Critic is so excellent that I wanted to share it as well.  Check out the wonderful step-by-step photos of the injera making process!

If you’re looking to embark on your first Ethiopian culinary adventure, MoFo’s very own Kittee has a great zine chock full of recipes that are sure to have you smiling as you stuff atar allecha-sodden injera into your mouth.

MoFo Blogger over at Vegan Today has recreated a classic finger food, Ants on a Log, with some scrumptious sounding fillings including “Garlicky Cilantro Hummus with Kalamata Olives.”  Yes, please!

Vegan in Brighton, who’s dedicating her posting to a cookbook challenge this week, also delved into the art of finger food creation, by baking up a batch of Sparkled Ginger Cookies from Vegan With a Vengeance.  I love her method for deciding which new recipes to try!  Also, I love cookies.

Now go eat with your hands, people!  Just don’t get any food on your keyboard.