Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Blueberry Ice Cream Day!

Blogger of the Day: Debbie at The Health Seekers Kitchen

The last blast of blue for National Blueberry Month is a deliciously chilly scoop perched on a succulent fruit! If peaches don't spin your spurs, try mango or papaya...or skip the fruit and go with a cone or bowl with sprinkelz. Lots and lots of sprinkelz.  :)

Debbie is a Natural Health & Healing Counselor so her recipes are packed with plantbased goodness...yippee! She offers an assortment of classes at the Bosch Kitchen Center in Sandy, Utah...past classes included "Superfoods for Super Health", "No-Knead Artisan Breads, Sourdough Breads and Raw Nut Cheese Spreads", "Make Your Own Raw Cultured Sauerkraut & Kimchi", "Salsa Fermentada ~ A New Way to Salsa" and "A Night in Tuscany". Plenty of sampling too!  :)

That wraps up Blueberry Month in the US, but Canada celebrates it in August! Find blueberry facts & FAQs and more recipes too...

Do you take cooking classes? What skill or recipe would you like to learn in a class? How are you celebrating the Blues?  ;)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Blogger of the Day: Lesley at The Purple Carrot (formerly Lesley Lifting Life)

One of my best friends has a birthday this week so I'm bringing her a yumful surprise...cheesecake! Lesley's recipe is slambam easy and extraspeedy...just about an hour in the freezer. Go with her Cheezecake Bites if you need an even quicker hit of cheesecake bliss. ;)

When she's not devising delicious eats, Lesley devotes herself to new precious projects, touring the country to research Neapolitan pizza, and helping out in her husband's pizza restaurant il Lazzarone. They serve authentic Neapolitan pizza adhering to strict culinary standards, including a veganfriendly marinara version...yumza!  :)

If you had to choose...strawberry or cherry cheesecake? Raw or baked? Favorite pizza restaurant? What's the best birthday surprise you ever had?  ;)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy National Lasagna Day!

Blogger of the Day: Janet at the taste space
Pubs: A Vegan Dinner Party

I clearly remember the first day I rode a bike. My dad had been teaching me for weeks, but I kept wobbling like a drunken clown on a greased tightrope. Then one summer evening came along that sent our family backyard party scurrying inside because of a sudden downpour. The food was hauled in, the kids descended to the basement for ping pong and monopoly, and the adults stirred cocktails and gossiped and noshed on leftovers. I wandered out to the garage, empty at the time, and decided to practice riding my bike solo. Back and forth, round and round, I wobbledstopped, wobbledstopped, wobbledstopped until one supercalifragilistic moment when I rode across the whole garage. Which I admit isn't exactly the Tour de France...but give me credit for persistence and determination.  ;)

My little golden flyer bike got some serious mileage that summer but nothing like what Janet's bike must get every day. In addition to creating some of the most delicious vegan dishes on the planet, she cycles some serious terrain including the grueling Shiner GASP and the challenging Rideau route with her dad. She definitely glides a happy groove when it comes bikes, balls and all sorts of yum, which brings us to today's food holiday...

Mention lasagna and people get weakkneed and dizzydrooly within seconds! While a bigfatslab of cheezeheavy layers can spin me superhungry, summer calls for a lighter slice. Janet makes it happen with easy zucchini and crazygood cauliflower cheeze. Time to stack it up!  :)

Name your favorite do you like to layer it? Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Do you still go riding? Describe your favorite ride. :)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy National Milk Chocolate Day!

Blogger of the Day: Alisa at Go Dairy Free
Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living
Go Dairy Free: The Best-Selling Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living
2012 No Dairy Product List for Multiple Food Concerns
2012 No Dairy Product List for Multiple Food Concerns – Just the Subs

Alisa's spectacular site discusses everything about dairyfree living so while you will see references to nonvegan foods, you will also find a treasure trove of vegan resources including How to Substitute Milk and other Milk Products, hundreds of product and restaurant reviews and recommendations, a helpful Guide to Vegan Living and my favorite...The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Burgers!  ;)

Alisa's Mylk Chocolate Frosting is a huge hit in my little dairyfree nephew first had it on his 3rd birthday and he's been loving it ever since! You can eat this ambrosia on just about anything or straight out of the bowl. Why mess with a cake in this heat? A bowl of frosting and some strawberries or bananas (or just a spoon!) will smile up your day!  :)

Go Dairy Free features a tremendous collection of recipes by Alisa and many guest recipe creators, all dairyfree...those that aren't strictly vegan often include vegan options. There is so much creative culinary talent here so definitely check it out if you need inspiration!  :)

If you just need some quickfix milk chocolate, grab a vegan bar of deliciousness!
Snap! Crisped Rice Milk Chocolate Bar by Go Max Go Foods
Boom CHOCO Boom Ricemilk Chocolate Bar by Enjoy Life
Organic "Milk" Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar by Sjaaks
Nut 'Milk' Raw Cacao Chocolate Bar by Organic Nectars
Organic Rice Milk Chocolate Bar by Moo Free
Dairy-Free "Milk" Chocolate Bar by Plamil

If you had to choose...mylk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate? Frosting or ice cream on your cake? What would you dip in a bowl of yumful mylk chocolate frosting?  ;)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Lychee Day!

Blogger of the Day: Janet at Vegan Feast Catering and Gonna Go Walk the Dogs
Pubs: The New Vegan: Fresh, Fabulous, and Fun

Meet the lychee (or litchi), a sweet juicy tropical fruit encased in a bumpy red inedible shell. You peel it, seed it, munch it up...then keep on eating more because they're lowcal and powerpunched with vitamin C! Historically they've mostly been grown in China, India and Southeast Asia but if you're lucky enough to live in the "tropical" US, you can find them fresh at farms and farmers' markets in Hawaii, Florida, Texas, etc. If you can't find them there or in your grocer's produce section, look for canned lychees in the canned fruit or Asian section of your store. No lychees in sight? Sub in its cousin the punkrad rambutan!  :)

Janet's not afraid to try crazycool things like lychees, seaweed, rambutans or mangosteens. As head of Vegan Feast Catering she's a creative superstar, inventing recipes that use weird, freaky and exotic ingredients blended brilliantly in surprisingly imaginative ways. She's famous for her zillions of spins on cupcakes, plus she's dreamed up gelatinfree blueberry "jello"...holydeepblue cups of yum!  ;)

How do you eat lychees? Have you ever tried a Lychee Martini? Are you brave enough to try exotic fruits and veggies? What's your favorite way to eat a cupcake?  :)

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