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Yet Another Winner: Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese (from Oh She Glows)

December 18, 2011

Oh, Oh She Glows, you’ve gone and done it again…

And by “it”, I mean ‘provided me with yet another amazingly awesome recipe’. Should I even be surprised at this point? If you’ve been reading this blog for the last six months, you’ll surely recall some of the many OSG dishes I’ve raved about here: Nanaimo Bars, Roasted Tomato Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Roasted Tomato Coconut Soup, Spicy Curry Butternut Squash Hummus, and her Vegan Gluten-Free Cookies that found their way into my Half-Moon Spectaculars. At this point, I am convinced not only that Angela can do no wrong, but also that she can do no just-okay. Everything she makes is fantastic, and hands down some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. So, first off, thank you oh so much, Oh She Glows! And secondly, if you’re reading this blog and not reading hers, we need to have a talk.

But let’s get down to today’s business: yet another Oh She Glows knockout, her Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese. I’ve already made this twice, including at my American Thanksgiving blowout dinner, where it was a big hit, and it will be making another appearance at my family’s Christmas Eve Dinner next week. It’s just that good, and made so primarily by the excellent butternut-squash-based cheese sauce it utilizes:

I’ve tried a lot of vegan macaroni and cheese recipes in the past, but this cheese sauce bests them all. I especially love how it’s vegetable-based (although it still uses some nutritional yeast, for extra cheesiness). Poured over some brown rice macaroni and paired with some roasted squash and broccoli and some lightly cooked greens, this is a damn near perfect plate.

So be sure to consider this recipe in your holiday planning this year! It’s a big crowd pleaser, whether your crowd be veg*n or no, and it’s a great use of what’s in season. And in case you didn’t get the hint, start following Oh She Glows, if you aren’t already. Happy eating!

Until we eat again,



Vegan Dinner Parties Made Easy: Zucchini Farfalle

August 15, 2011

Hello faithful readers!

Today I have a quick and easy recipe to share with you, which I think is perfect for any end-of-summer vegan dinner parties you may be throwing. The dish is Creamy Zucchini Farfalle, as recently featured on Vegan Dad’s wonderful blog. From start to finish, the whole thing took me no more than 45 minutes to prepare, and the preparation itself is very simple (it requires a blender, but nothing more complicated than that): First, you make a creamy sauce out of tofu, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and boiled zucchini; and second, you mix that in with some farfalle (bowtie) pasta.* And that’s it! The taste is there, too: perhaps not out of this world, but a solid pasta dish with a full-bodied vegetable flavor. I think this recipe works especially well for dinner parties where you’ll be serving both veg*ns and omnis, as it’s a very accessible dish and does not feel like a imitation of anything traditionally meat-based. And summer really is the perfect time for it, as not only is it light and fresh, it also makes good use of the surfeit of local zucchini you can currently find at summer farmers’ markets.

Though actually, I should point out that I did not in fact use zucchini when I made this dish, because it’s late August in Ontario, and as far as I can tell from my local farmers’ market, late August in Ontario seems to be the season of wacky looking summer squashes, and so I used this wacky looking summer squash in lieu of some less wacky zucchini (what can I say, sometimes I just buy vegetables that look neat):

The recipe worked just as well with this. Keep it in mind for your next vegan dinner party—I hope you and your guests enjoy it!

Until we eat again,


*Did you know? Despite the fact that farfalle is commonly known as bowtie pasta in the English-speaking world, its name is actually derived from the Italian word for butterfly, farfalla. Though one may quite naturally assume that the English misnomer is the result of an alternative interpretation of the pasta’s shape, in truth the name dates back to the early 19th century, when dried and pressed butterflies were actually worn as fashionable bowties. (Pressed moths, being slightly less extravagant, were sold as an affordable women’s brooch.)†

†Not actually true.‡

‡Though farfalla is the Italian word for butterfly.


Things I ate the day Willie began his adventures in Canadia

August 19, 2009

สวัสดี Willie!

I began my day a little later than expected today, but still ended up being pretty productive! I applied for a few more internships (fingers crossed) and cleaned up the apartment a bit. Despite the productiveness, I did watch Top Chef Masters all day (and still am now…) I still love Michael Chiarello. This meant that I wanted to eat all day. Don’t worry, I didn’t give into the temptation, but I still made some serious food.

For my late breakfast, I had oats!


I mixed in some of the Simply Delicious granola sprinkled some cinnamon on top and added a splash of maple syrup. Also, hiding under that delicious mound of oaty goodless is a dollop of sunbutter! Along with this perfect way to start a day, I had some Pandicao:


Hey, I needed some chocolatey comfort after losing you to snowier pastures! I had some cuddly comforting as well…


After a few hours of Top Chef, I really wanted to do some serious cooking. I decided to make pierogi from scratch! (both meanings…)


I decided to fry them for the sake of time, but I think these will be a lot better baked. I’ll probably post a recipe once I’ve tried them baked and I find a good sauce for them. They were pretty good and really hit the spot!

Sorry for the brevity of today’s post but I’m feeling kind of sleepy! I hope Toronto is treating you well!

Until we eat again,



Happy Birthday, Canada!

July 1, 2009

Since it is July 1st (Canada Day!) I thought I would write my first post about our trip to Toronto! This may end up being a rather picture heavy post… I mean… it definitely will be a very picture heavy post…

We started out from The Land of Yellow Bridges very, VERY early in the morning, but this mean that we got to see a beautiful sunrise over Western New York.

Sunrise over Western NY

Unfortunately, by the time we arrived in Toronto the weather had changed into this:


Otherwise, it was sunny weekend and we were ready for some seriously delicious eats!


First, we went to Live Organic Food Bar and it was fantastic! (Live is a little pricey, but totally worth it!)

For a ‘tizer we had the “Poutine.” I was pretty thrilled that these were really just vegan raw disco fries! These are delicious sticks of Jicama with cashew “cheese” and miso gravy!

Jicama Disco Fries

These were amazing! Next up was the juice! We ordered the “Green Kick” with pear, kale, ginger, dandelion, and lemon. Although we both thought it was delish, the kale flavor dominated the juice completely. In other words, if kale ain’t your bag, pick a different juice.

Willie sipping Kale

As you will see, the rest of the food was pretty exciting as well, we had the Pizza M’On and the Sunshine wrap.

Pizza M'On

Sunshine Wrap

The Pizza had a wonderful mix of fruits and veggies on top but, for me at least, it was totally outshone by this amazing wrap! Here is Live’s description: “This garden-fresh wrap is made from sprouted flax seeds and veggies then filled with a sunflower seed hummus, cucumbers, kale, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and sprouts.” It was also filled with yum.

Of course dessert was a must and we chose an almond butter cup and (I think) one of their halwas. (Willie: The dessert on the left was actually an almond bar of sorts, but the halwas did look amazing.)


I would definitely recommend this place! (Willie: I second that.) The next day, after some apartment hunting, we stopped in for lunch at this great little Indian place. Annapurna is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in all of Ontario and the food pretty great. [Warning: not such a great website.] We got the vegetarian sampler and it was a lot of food but, thankfully, not so much food that I quickly developed an Indian-food baby that I would need to sleep off A.S.A.P. (Okay, so maybe that comment needs a little more explanation… I love Indian food a little too much. Some would call it a problem. I do not. Everytime I eat Indian food, I eat way too much and, as a result, must sleep for a few hours after eating.)

Anyway, here are some pics of the food:


These are all the ‘tizers. All of them were out of this world, especially the samosas!


Willie loves his guava juice!


The entree was brown rice with saag and potato masala. I thought the saag was a little too heavy on the tomato and not really heavy enough on the saag… The potato masala was great though! The whole meal was a little odd though because nothing was spicy at all. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy food, but when I eat Indian food, I’m craving that slight burn. It was still delicious though!

This post is getting a little long but there is one more restaurant I NEED to cover. Annapurna did fill us up and we were pretty tired from apartment hunting, so we didn’t go out for dinner until rather late. In one of the guide books we brought with us, they mentioned a popular spot that was open 24/7. We naturally assumed it was a diner of sorts but it ended up being a really cute little bar/cafe/italian restaurant with the most mind-blowingly amazing dessert menu. 7 West Cafe had some of the most delicious ravioli I have ever eaten. ever. and I’m kind of a snob when it comes to ravvies.

7 west ravvies

Sorry about the flash! I might have forgotten to turn it off before taking the picture… it was really dark in the restaurant and I may have been really embarassed, but in the end, it is the only picture where you can really see the food. We also got the olive oil pasta:

olive oil pasta

See what I mean? Pretty ridiculously dark. This was really good, but nothing to write home to mom about… The Belgian Dark Chocolate Cake we had for dessert on the other hand… Honestly, I’m having a foodgasm just thinking about this amazing cake. I usually hate frosting, but I could eat bowls and bowls of the frosting that was on this cake. It gives new meaning to Holy Yum. Oh, now I really want chocolate cake. dammit. Okay, so, maybe it was so good and I was so excited that I didn’t take a picture… I’m sorry. But, not really, because the sooner I could get that cake into my mouth the better.

All in all, 7 West Cafe was a little dark and the wait staff a little too chill, but the food was amazing and the dessert was resplendent.

The next day we drove back to Pittsburgh to a lovely sunset!


sunset 2

Boy am I going to miss this city…

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