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Review: Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on September 16, 2013
Posted in Books Read in 2013Weekend Cooking  | 9 Comments

I haven’t done a weekend cooking post for a long time but I have more vegan cookbooks to review, so I thought this would be a perfect place to post them. 

Bill and I LOVE pizza, so I make it a lot!  However, since I received the Vegan Pizza Cookbook by Julie Hasson, I have been making a pizza every week!  Don’t get me wrong, I always made good pizza, just not restaurant quality pizza.

It cost me a total of $80 but now I make restaurant style pizza.  It now tastes like it came out of a brick oven and it has the crispy texture I always longed to create.  The secret is a pizza stone and pizza peel.  The pizza stone goes directly in the oven and the pizza peel is the paddle you use to get the pizza on and off the stone with out burning yourself.  You can keep the stone in the oven and put your cookware right on top of it as well.  Since I started doing that, everything I have put in the oven has cooked more evenly.  Let me tell you, both the stone and peel were well worth the investment.

The other trick to perfect pizza is the recipe.  There are several recipes in the book but my favorite is the basic.  It is quite a bit wetter than the dough I use to make, but that is the other trick required.  Use just enough flour to be able to roll the dough out. Then put it on parchment paper and on the pizza peel.  Put all your topping on and then put the pizza that is on the parchment paper directly on the pizza stone, in the oven. 

Have you ever thought to put potatoes on a pizza?  I know, sounds crazy but trust me it’s not.  I made the
Potato and Wild Mushroom pizza from the book.  OMG, it was so good. In fact, there was only one lonely peace left for me to take a photo of.

I highly recommend the Vegan Pizza Cookbook!  You don’t even have to be vegan to love it!

5/5

I received the ebook version of this cookbook from Net Galley for my honest review.
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Vegan Basil Potato Alfredo

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on May 1, 2011
Posted in Weekend Cooking  | 2 Comments

I follow a vegan blog called Happy Healthy Life by Kathy.  It’s 100% vegan and the recipes she shares are often unique and very tasty.
Last week she shared her recipe for Verde Potato Alfredo.  This was such a unique take on Alfredo that at first, I kind of wrinkled my nose at it.  However, I decided to give it a try anyway.  

What’s so unique about it, you ask?  It has dehydrated potato flakes in it.  Strange, right?  I thought so but it was actually quite delicious!  You can get the recipe, here.

For my version, I used fresh basil but no other greens, so it wasn’t as green.  I some fresh spinach would be nice. I used the full amount of optional nutritional yeast because I like the flavor.  I omitted the beans, not by choice, but I forgot them. LOL!  I also used all almond milk and no soy creamer. 

Even without the beans, the sauce was smooth and think. We had plenty of leftovers and Bill and I both agreed it was even better on the second day.  Perhaps next time I will remember to add the beans.  LOL!  This recipe is a keeper.
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Vegan Quiche Lorriane

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on April 25, 2011
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Back in march, Annie of Meet the Shannons: The Betty Crocker Project, posted her recipe for Quiche Lorriane (click for the recipe).  Annie is on a mission to veganize recipes in the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Of course, I had to try it, so I made it for dinner this evening.  I made the pie crust exactly as the recipe stated.  However, for the filling, instead of 1 tablespoon of  Soy Coffee Creamer, I used almond milk.  Also, it seemed a bit dry so I add an additional tablespoon of almond milk.
That was a mistake.  Don’t get me wrong, the quiche was delicious, it just wasn’t as firm as I would have liked.
I had quite a bit of pie dough left so I also made my hubby a mini Veggie Pot Pie.  I just used ingredients that I had on hand.  Here’s what I did.  Sorry, I don’t have measurements.
Ingredients:
Frozen shredded hash browns
Frozen mixed veggies: Peas, Corn, Carrots, and green beans
Olive oil
Sea salt and Onion Powder
Gravy:
Whole Wheat Flour
Nutritional yeast
Tamari
Sea Salt, pepper
Olive oil
Water

First I sauteed the hash browns and mixed veggies in olive oil and added in the seasoning.  I set that aside and made the gravy by first heating the flour and nutritional yeast until browned a bit and fragrent.  Then I wisked in the rest of the ingredients.

I mixed the gravy into the veggies and put it into the pie crust.  I didn’t have quite enough crust to tope the entire pie, but I made do with it. 
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