By sheer coincidence, this recipe is actually vegan. It doesn’t taste vegan, and it’s delicious to non-vegans, even people who don’t typically like vegetables. (It does have peanut butter, so it’s not nut-allergy friendly.)
This is my mother’s recipe, and we discovered it was vegan entirely by accident (it’s not something you think about if you’re not vegan) when she needed something to bring to our movie club, which is 90% vegetarian and 2% vegan (percentages approximate). Since that discovery, several more people in my life have become vegan, so this is turning into quite the go-to recipe. (more…)
This cranberry sauce stole the show. I picked the recipe, but Caitlin babied it through the whole process, beginning with all the crazy ingredients, and ending with things not working the way they were supposed to.
After all the effort, though, it was the best cranberry sauce I have ever had. I would make it again in a heartbeat. (If I had an extra hour or two to spend hunched over a stove…) (Also, I say that fully aware that it was not me hunched over the stove this time.)
Calin’s mom and stepdad came over for round two of Calin’s birthday dinners. Charlotte brought chicken and salad fixings, but I offered to try out another of my new experimental recipes to go with it, since I already had the squash on hand. The recipe was up in the air, but when I realized that the chicken was in a ginger sauce, I realized I had to go ahead with the real recipe in the cookbook – maple syrup, soy sauce, and fresh grated ginger.
I made this in early January, but never got around to sharing. Now I don’t remember what recipe I used or anything about it except that it was delicious. Next time, I’m going to try making it even creamier.
Oooh, but I do remember one thing – I got to use my immersion blender! Huzzah! It was awesome, but lesson learned: next time, either make more, or put it in a thinner pot so the soup is deeper. That thing makes all kinds of weird noises when it gets stuck to the bottom of the pot…
Photo gallery after the jump…