|Flower Arrangements by Christy Payton|
I haven't posted in a few weeks. I bought myself some new cooking tools, ceramic knives. They're very nice, and, at first, pretty affordable. As my friend said "They came with an expensive training manual." They got a little more expensive as I ended up needing a little medical attention. I got a little careless and tried to slice the top of my left index finger off like a carrot. A few stitches and some swelling, it hasn't been very comfortable to use the computer. Healing, now I can catch up posting some of the great dishes I've been making. I have since broken down and purchased a cutting glove. I'm using it too.
First thing I should do is share about our great local potluck. We've been holding it for a year now in Longview and it's becoming a regular local event.
Our local vegan/vegetarian potluck keeps getting better. Last week we had 45 people and for the first time, ran out of chairs. Everywhere I looked people were tasting, chatting about the food, and sharing ideas with each other. It really was an enjoyable potluck. The food is getting more and more adventurous. We had some awesome dishes like the General Tso's tofu Felicia brought, or Linda's chocolate mousse with cashew creme. Three of our diners were celebrating their birthday's the same night. Nice that they wanted to spend their birthdays with us.
Here's some of the great dishes we got to sample and learn about.
Stir Fry Carrots
General Tso Tofu
Cheezy Spicy Kale Chips
Vegan Buttermilk Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Hazelnut Banana Gâteau de Crêpes
Raw Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Blueberry Coconut Frosting
Homemade Vegan "Sausage" with Sauteed Peppers & Onions
Green Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing, made with vegan sour cream
Mango Sweet Potato Salad
Vegetarian Fruit Salad ~ Fruit Salad with Greek Yogurt
Tomato Mung Bean Salad
Persian Eggplant Stew
Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
Vegetable Barley Bake
Vegan Spaghetti with Zucchini Tomato Sauce
Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Baked Apples with caramel sauce
and much more...