Oh this old thing? Just some Blue Hubbard squash I had lying around. No big deal.
Nah, as we learned last time,
it's TOTALLY a big deal. This is the coolest/scariest/punkest/most intimidating squash I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. After using heaps of it in the bean stew
, I still had a craptonne leftover, and there's only so much squash I can eat plain. So we're making muffins! I thought I hated muffins, but I like the ones I make. I think I just don't like buying other people's because...they're muffins. You shouldn't have to spend money on such things. So here. Make your own. Even if you don't have a crazy old mother hubbard, just use pumpkin. Or any squash. But you wouldn't have as much fun.READ IT ALL!
For Thanksgiving, my best friend gave me a squash she bought at the farmers market. I know you're thinking, how nice is that! What a lovely friend! Squash can feed people! You know what else squash can do? KILL PEOPLE. You know what else? DEMOLISH TALL BUILDINGS.
Yeah, so my friend gave me the BIGGEST SQUASH IN THE ENTIRE WORLD (that wasn't entered into some sick contest of genetically mutated growths at a county faire or anything), the enormous Blue Hubbard Squash. With a slightly blue-tinted skin, this squash weighed about 15 pounds and gave me the shivers. For days (weeks? I lost track of time. no it was just days) I stared at it, half hoping to get inspired as to its uses, and half hoping to somehow break it open with my mind. READ IT ALL!
Well, it's a few days after Thanksgiving, so what does that mean, dear Friends? It means it's time for the Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich! Every Thanksgiving, Monica would take her leftover turkey, stuffing, gravy, and whatever else she made that year, and stuff it into a huge sandwich for Ross. I believe that the below clip shows Ross at his absolute best, freaking out (rightfully so!) when his boss "mistakenly" eats this special sandwich. Featuring Monica's trademarked gravy-soaked bread called "The Moistmaker", this sandwich was apparently worth screaming at your boss and losing your job over. Now that's a good sandwich. READ IT ALL!
Hey so apparently it's Thanksgiving tomorrow! Did you know, because I kind of forgot. Hence I'm giving you my required Thanksgiving recipes and posts this late in the game. You have been looking at blogs for weeks now, inundated with recipes for stuffing, seitan roasts, pumpkin this and that. Bu if, like me, you are deciding today what to make for tomorrow, then make this! It's easy and delicious and has pumpkin; what more could you ask for? Also, I'm pretty sure the Pilgrims didn't eat it, which I think is a main criterion for Thanksgiving food. READ IT ALL!
I'm tired of pie crust. That's right, I said that. That just happened. I've made so many lately, going through so much palm-oil-laced Earth Balance, that I presently have no desire to eat any more buttery layers or bake with questionable morals. But it was my dad's birthday recently, and when I ask him what he wants for his birthday 'cake', he always says Boston cream pie. Well, not exactly. He recounts what he would have as a child: a Sara Lee graham crust with "soft, gray chocolate" (ew) layer and white cream on top. I'm not sure that's a Boston cream pie, and when I made the one from Vegan Pie in the Sky
, he said it was nothing like what he remembers (though delicious). So I winged a recipe from scratch and you'll have to make it now because, like I said, best pie ever. And it's so easy to make! No weird ingredients, and so much wiggle room with the ingredients.
What's the secret, you ask? It's my aforementioned (likely momentary) abhorrence for regular pie crust. Instead of dealing with that nonsense, I altered a batch of my favorite cinnamon sugar cookies and spread the batter into the pie shell. READ MORE!
Many new project announcements for Broadway shows make me raise my eyebrows in doubt or surprise. No project has ever made me angry, expect when I heard that "Once", one of my favorite movies about the music of one of my favorite bands, was getting the musical treatment. I felt personal attachment and ownership over the material, as I often do, but this time I had no hope that a stage show could capture the personal feel and beauty of the movie. I of course was wrong, because Once: The Musical is so incredibly lovely and pure. Some aspects are improved in the stage show, and the various added characters round out a superb experience of the power of beautiful music. READ IT ALL!
Welcome back to the "Challenge Accepted" series! Today, we are making vegan rugelach, a traditional Jewish pastry in which a triangle of dough is wrapped around a filling. My food guru Elli challenged me to make them, and because she is the wise expert on all good food in Philly, we listen to her. READ IT ALL!
Philadelphia's Chinatown is packed with vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and while they are uniformly decent, some stand out from the pack. New Harmony is one of those standouts. Specializing in vegetarian mock meats and seafood, as well as insanely good steamed buns and dumplings, this is one of the (very) few non-Szechuan Chinese restaurants I'll go to excitedly. Owned by Ming, the nicest restaurant proprietor this side of anywhere, New Harmony mixes crazy good, greasy comfort food with a casual atmosphere and, on Thursday, a doughnut delivery from Vegan Treats. I know. READ IT ALL!
Every night is a fantasy! Every sound's like a symphony! And I love you Baltimore! And one day when I take to the floor, the world's gonna wake up and seeeeee Baltimore! And me!
You can be sure that I was singing this (the opening number from "Hairspray") the entire time I was in Baltimore. It was stuck in my head the whole time, of course! And now, recapping my whirlwind 24 hours of eating, you can be sure it will stay stuck in my head for another 24 hours.
Baltimore is a pretty fun city. I saw barely any of it, due to the short time frame that was already booked with food stops and long walks around the beautiful Johns Hopkins campus (where boyfriend when to school). But what I did see showed an exciting mixture of big city fun and really frightening big city crime. That's Baltimore for you! READ IT ALL!