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Fatfree Vegan Kitchen, will you be my Valentine?

14 Feb

I hope everyone is having a nice Valentine’s Day, filled with hearts and flowers and all that junk.  I spent my Valentine’s Day unpacking and resting after a long drive in a very large truck.  I also went grocery shopping and observed a gaggle of men and children hovering over the sparse supply of bouquets left in the floral section.

I have no recipe to post but I will tell you that Susan from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen posted a cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day.  Banana-Maple Oatmeal Cookies, to be exact.  And you should make them, because I made them this evening and they are yummy.  Actually, I made Banana-Agave Oatmeal Cookies, but I’d like to try them with maple syrup sometime.

I usually make baked oatmeal (I will get around to posting this recipe) every week to take with me to work as snacks.  What a nice change!  Thanks, Susan!

Making more soup tomorrow, I will let you know how it comes out!

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New Year’s Snacks: Pita Chips and White Bean Dip

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

Ellen and I went to a New Year’s party at our friends’ house. Since Ellen is more considerate than I am she asked if we could bring anything. The answer was yes – snacks! So Ellen decided to make white bean dip and I worried about what I should make and then decided on pita chips. They would go with just about any other dip that was served there, and especially with Ellen’s white bean dip.

So the way to make it it is easy. Take a pita, cut it in half. No, not into two half-moons. Cut it down the sides so that you have two discs. Now brush both sides with olive oil. Okay, now cut it into quarters, put it on a tray, and bake it for about 10 minutes at 375°. When the chips are crisp or crispyish, they’re done. I seasoned mine with garlic powder and coarse salt. They were good!

-Bret

Yeah New Year’s snacks!  Really, my consideration was just an excuse to make white bean dip, because I’ve really been craving it.  Plus the people that threw the party are some of the best hosts ever.  They always give us food and make tasty drinks whenever we’re there.  It makes me want to be a good host.  Maybe someday I’ll get a couch for my apartment and then have somewhere for people to sit and then I can start trying to be a good host.

But anyway!  I made dip!

White bean dips are pretty easy.

I took two 15oz. cans of cannellini beans, rinsed them and drained them and mixed them in my blender with three cloves of garlic, 2 tsp. of fresh rosemary, 1/2 cup of parsley, and the zest and juice of a lemon.  Then I whizzed it around in my blender until it was a dip.  If you have a better blender than I do, it will probably be ready really quickly.

It went perfectly with Bret’s pita chips!  Hooray for teamwork!

– Ellen