Archive | March, 2010

Tofu Ginger Salad

23 Mar ginger tofu salad

As a vegetarian (turned flexitarian), I’ve had to think of new ways to love salads and find better methods for sprucing up tofu. To make a really quick salad, just top it with silken tofu and pour on a little ginger dressing (my favorite!).

Get the recipe for the dressing:

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St. Joseph’s Day Sfinge

19 Mar sfinge

Go out today and eat a sfinge, my friends, because today is March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day! My ancestors are from Foggia in Italy, and my family always follows the tradition of eating at least one sfinge – St. Joseph’s pastry – during Lent. It’s my favorite pastry of all time.

A sfinge is made of pâte à choux, filled with cannoli cream, and usually topped with a cherry and candied orange peel. Get yours now before Easter arrives! I’ve already had one two days ago, but I think I have to have one more.

Get the recipe.

Vegan Potluck

19 Mar vegan potluck

We hosted a vegan potluck at our house a few weeks ago, which included vegan meatloaf, gravy, and broccoli rabe. It’s fun to try out new vegan food once in awhile.

I was really surprised how good the meatloaf and gravy could be without any meat being involved. The secret was coconut oil.

$1 Pizza Debate

17 Mar pizza

Everyday I walk by restaurants and food stands and I make a mental note to try them the next time I’m out, until the list is eventually too long to tackle without eating out every night of the week. But yesterday, after the Great Pizza Debate appeared, I decided to cross some spots off my foodie wishlist.

I walk by 2 Bros. Pizza every night on my way home, so it’s been on my mind lately. Coincidentally, as the bus pulls into Port Authority every morning, we get a glimpse of 99¢ Fresh Pizza, which has also been on my list to try. I couldn’t have picked a worse night to have a taste test, when every other New Yorker had gotten the idea, but at least I was accomplishing something.

Verdict: I think the overall winner was 99¢ Fresh Pizza. Taste-wise, they had better cheese and more of it. They lost some points on the crust because it wasn’t ultra crispy like 2 Bros. Pizza, but it was thin and tasty. I blame the lack of crispiness on being rushed, because there was such a high demand for slices.

Onto the next foodie debate!

Caramel Shortbread Squares

2 Mar caramel shortbread cookie

For some crazy reason, I’ve decided to make all the desserts for my wedding this summer. There won’t be a traditional wedding cake. Instead, we’re having vegan cupcakes and tons of cookies, like a Pittsburgh-style wedding. Because I’ll be a baking fiend in the months before the wedding, I need to make sure I’m choosing the right cookies for the job: ones that freeze well, hold up under the July heat, and, of course, taste amazing. Spring will be the time that I set up my cookie test kitchen before making the final batches.

Cookie #1: Caramel Shortbread Squares (with my own shortbread recipe)

chocolate design

I made the design on top by pouring the melted dark chocolate on and then piping strips of white chocolate across the pan. I dragged a toothpick in alternating directions to create the effect.

The cookies certainly do taste good (I had a few…or ten), but we’ll see how well they hold up over time in an airtight container in the freezer.