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The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes EVER

February 19 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes EVER Photo By VK Rees Rich, creamy, BUTTERY mashed potatoes are a necessity in life and these are the creamiest going. I shudder at the thought of you spending the rest of winter without the perfect mashed potato recipe and so here it is. I love that they use simple ingredients that are probably in your pantry, I love that they don’t use store-bought vegan butter or milk. But most importantly they taste like they are loaded with butter and cream. And in typical “me” fashion, we achieve that with cashew cream and refined coconut oil. The method is simple: mash then whip with a hand blender. And, you know, even if you don’t whip them, they’re still pretty great. But whip for maximum fluff. I am also offering you three variations because one mashed potato recipe would be underachieving. Use these modifications to create a new mashed potato every night of the week! Or three nights of the week, anyway. For roasted red pepper mash: Add 3 roasted red peppers (from a jar or homemade) to the cashew mixture and blend. For pesto mash: Add 1/­­2 cup pesto after youve whipped the original mashed potatoes and stir in. Drizzle with a little extra to serve. For garlic mash: On low heat, preheat a small pan and sauté 1/­­4 cup minced garlic in 1/­­4 cup olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add to original whipped mashed potatoes and stir in. Drizzle a little extra on top. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Recipe Notes ~I love russet potatoes in mashed potatoes and I don’t HATE the skin on but I do prefer them peeled. You don’t have to do a great job, a little peel left over is nice and rustic. If you use Yukon gold instead, peeling isn’t necessary because they are so thin skinned, and that sounds like a win. However, I still think that russets are fluffiest and best! ~I know boiling potatoes sounds easy, but there’s a right way to get the best flavor and texture. Submerge in cold slightly salted water and then bring the water up to a low boil, and immediately down to a simmer. This ensures even cooking and prevents water logging the potato, which can make it too loose. No one wants loose mashed potatoes. I mean, I’d eat them, but I wouldn’t be that happy about it. Fine, I’d still be happy, but not THAT happy. Ingredients 2 1/­­2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/­­2 inch chunks 1/­­3 cup whole unroasted cashews (see page XX if you dont have a high-speed blender) 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth, at room temperature 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil, at room temperature 3/­­4 teaspoon salt Lots of fresh black pepper Directions Place potatoes in a pot and submerge in cold water by about an inch. Sprinkle in two teaspoons of salt. Cover and bring to a low boil. Place cashews in a high-speed blender with vegetable broth and blend until completely smooth, scraping the sides of the food processor with a spatula occasionally to get everything.  When potatoes are boiling, lower heat to a simmer, uncover and cook for about 12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain potatoes, and place back in the pot.  Mash with a potato masher, to break the potatoes up a bit. Add half of cashew mixture, coconut oil, salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher until relatively smooth and no big chunks are left.  Add the remaining cashew mixture, mix it in, and use a hand blender on high speed to whip them. They should become very smooth, fluffy and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper along the way, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve!

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

February 6 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars Makes 12 bars Photo By Kate Lewis February is baking season and where I am, nothing is in season, so anything goes! But, I ask you: is there a better treat than sliced apples spread with peanut butter?  Not really. But what if you wanted to turn that into a dessert that took much longer? JK. These bars fulfill all your apple peanut butter cravings and then some. An apple pie filling inside a graham cracker crust, with a crumb topping and ribbons of luscious peanut butter caramel. The peanut butter caramel is the nicest trick. Not technically caramel, its just  few ingredients lightly heated that come out all thick and sweet like caramel, but with no chance to mess it up. This recipe is from Veganomicon. I will be posting some Veganomicon recipes over the next week, but you can totally buy a copy, too. No one is stopping you! Recipe Notes ~To make cookie crumbs, just blitz the cookies in a food processor until fine. You can actually use different types of wafery cookies here. Vanilla or speculoos or even peanut butter would be nice! ~For a sweet and salty combo, sprinkle some flake sea salt, like Maldon, over the caramel before it sets. 1/­­4 teaspoon should do it. Ingredients For the Crust: 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil 3 tablespoons unsweetened vegan milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Crumb Topping: 1/­­2 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted For the Apple filling: 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6), cored and sliced thinly (peeling is optional) 1/­­3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger Peanut Butter Caramel: 2/­­3 cup well stirred chunky peanut butter 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Prepare the crust: Place the graham cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the oil and mix until moistened. Add the soy milk and mix with your fingers; the crumbs should hold together if pinched. Press the crumbs firmly into the prepared baking pan to form a crust. Prepare the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, spices, and salt in a mixing bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil into the flour and mix with your fingertips until crumbs start to form. Keep tossing the mixture with your fingers; you want the crumbs to be fairly large for crumbs. Add more oil if necessary. Prepare the apple filling: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, coating all the apples. Assemble: Layer the apples onto the crust and sprinkle with the crumb topping. The topping wont solidly cover the entire pan; just sprinkle it randomly over the top so that the apples are peeking through in places. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are tender. When the bars are close to being done, start preparing the peanut butter caramel:  Mix all the ingredients very well with a fork, in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat for about 3 minutes. The mixture should soften and slide off the fork in ribbons. When the bars are done baking, drizzle the caramel in ribbons all over the top. Let cool completely before serving. You can let them chill in the fridge to cool faster. Slice into bars and serve.

Eggplant-Potato Moussaka

February 5 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Eggplant-Potato Moussaka Feeds around 8, takes about an hour and a half Photo By Kate Lewis This is a Terry recipe from Veganomicon! Can you even tell when a recipe is mine or Terrys? Hint: Terry is less lazy than me. This recipe is actually on the site but we updated it in the last version of the book to use cashew cream. Did you even know that there’s an updated Veganomicon? It’s like really nice with new recipes, old faves, photos by Kate Lewis and stuff. Buy it and update your library! Anyway, we are in for a deep freeze this weekend so I thought Id post a recipe that was a little more involved. It is so satisfying and worth it, and working your oven will keep you nice and warm. Our idyllically vegan version of this traditional Greek casserole tastes like it was made in a restaurant. A fabulous vegan ancient Greek restaurant nestled in a majestic olive grove at the base of Mount Olympus thats been baking vegan moussaka since the goddess Aphrodite first stepped out into the world in of a cab made of sea foam. This mythical restaurant also delivers via pink flying horses paid a fair and living wage to anyone who reads this recipe aloud three times and clicks their golden winged sandals.  If you have no idea what were talking about or what moussaka could be, we still think youll warm up to this gorgeous dish of roasted eggplant, potatoes, and zucchini layered with a subtle cinnamon-spiked tomato sauce blanketed with a creamy cashew and pine nut silken tofu custard (a recipe tester favorite!). This refresh of the original recipe has more tomato sauce and more pine nut cream for a bigger, thicker, even more substantial dish perfect for potlucks or just eating  at home all week long. This reheats beautifully and tastes even better the next day. Serve with slices of crusty peasant bread and a basic salad of sliced ripe tomatoes and cucumbers dressed with lemon and olive oil. Recipe Notes ~Very fresh zucchini may be watery after roasting. If so, when cool enough to handle, gently squeeze the slices by the handful to remove any excess water. See our tips for roasting summer squash (page 35), for further suggestions. Ingredients Vegetable layer: 1 pound eggplant 1 pound zucchini 1 1/­­2 pounds russet or large baking potatoes (large, long potatoes work perfectly in this recipe) 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing Salt For the Sauce: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/­­2 cup finely chopped shallots 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 (15 ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 bay leaves 1 1/­­2 teaspoons salt For the Cashew Cream: 1/­­2 cup unroasted cashews, soaked for an hour or so, then drained 2 tablespoons olive oil 12 ounces soft silken tofu 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt To assemble: 1/­­2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs 1/­­4 cup pine nuts Olive oil, nutmeg, oregano for dusting top of casserole Directions Prepare the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line three large baking sheets with parchment paper, and generously oil the sheets with olive oil. Wash the eggplant and zucchini, and trim the stems. Scrub and peel the potatoes. Slice the eggplant, zucchini, and potatoes lengthwise into approximately 1/­­4-inch-thick slices. Arrange vegetable slices on a separate baking sheets in a single layer: do not overlap slices. Brush slices with olive oil and sprinkle vegetables with little bit of sea salt. Roast the pans of zucchini and eggplant for 15 minutes, or until tender. The potatoes may take longer, about 20 to 22 minutes, until slices can be easily pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and continue make the sauces. While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the tomato sauce:  Heat olive oil and minced garlic in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic for about 30 seconds, then add the shallots and cook until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine and simmer to reduce slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, ground cinnamon, bay leaves, and salt. Partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should reduce slightly. Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf. Make the cashew cream:  In a food processor, blend the cashews and olive oil, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, until a creamy paste forms. Add the remaining cream topping ingredients. Blend until completely creamy and smooth. Assemble the moussaka, opa! Grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole with olive oil and preheat the oven again to 400°F. Spread 1/­­4 cup of sauce on the pan, then add successive layers in order of eggplant, potatoes, sauce, and half the bread crumbs. Spread all the zucchini on top of this. Top with a final layer each of eggplant, potatoes, sauce, and bread crumbs. Use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the tofu nut cream over the entire top layer. Decorate top by scattering with pine nuts and healthy drizzles of olive oil. Dust the top generously with dried oregano and a tiny pinch of nutmeg.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, uncover and bake another 15, then broil top for 2-4 minutes until browned spots appear (for that authentic Greek homemade casserole touch). For easier slicing, cool 10 minutes to allow the topping to firm up.

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes

January 27 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes Makes 6 big pancakes These pancakes have it all! Masala chai spices like ginger, cardamom and black pepper. And although Ive made chai spiced pancakes before, this time I thought of adding actual tea. Like wow, how brilliant, since “tea” is what chai is. You can use any black tea you like. I used Earl Gray, which came through with its citrus-y notes. Tea is a difficult flavor to infuse so I made a really super concentrated cuppa. Then I tossed a couple of star anise pods into the steeping tea as well, because that is one of those flavors that can be harder to incorporate into chai spiced recipes, what with those big old pods. So the steeping comes in real handy in multiple ways. It also helps to add the turmeric into the infusion to bloom bright and golden. The final results is a nicely spiced pancake and you can actually taste the tea, too. So add these to your pancake repertoire next time you are craving everything. Recipe notes: ~ I have a lot of pancake tips all over the site, but Im not sure Ive ever written this one: If your pancakes arent cooking through, try covering them while cooking. ~ I love cooking pancakes in refined coconut oil! So buttery and yum. But you can cook in oil or vegan butter as well. I recommend Miyoko’s Butter for topping them, too. Ingredients Boiling water 3 earl gray tea bags 2 star anise pods 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or vegan milk of choice) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons safflower oil (or any neutral tasting oil) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Refined coconut oil for cooking Directions Place 3 black tea bags in a large mug along with star anise pods. Pour water over tea and let steep for 20 minutes or so. It should be cool enough to use by then. Measure out one cup of liquid.  In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add the vinegar to the milk and let curdle a minute. Add the milk mixture, 1 cup of tea mixture, safflower oil and vanilla to the well. Stir just until incorporated and no large clumps of flour are left.  Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Lightly coat the pan in coconut oil. Add 1/­­3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy, bubbly and matte. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes or so.  Transfer pancakes to a large plate covered with tin foil until ready to serve. To reheat, place pancakes on a baking sheet covered with tin foil in a 300 F degree oven for 5 minutes or so.

Everyday Pull-Apart Chick’n Seitan

January 18 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Everyday Pull-Apart Chick’n Seitan Makes 4 pounds This is the layery, flaky textured vegan chicken of your dinnertime dreams! I wanted something comparable to store-bought vegan chickn, but like, better? Its just the thing to simmer away on a Sunday then store and use throughout the week. The recipe is not difficult but it does require a few items, such as cheeseclotch and twine, which will only make you feel more cheffy than you already do. The cheesecloth also gives the outer layer a nice pin-prick texture that sears beautifully. The gist of the recipe is that the seitan dough is processed into a soft dough that is somehow clumpy yet totally holds together. Its then gathered pulled, twisted, bundled and simmered, creating a pull-apart texture that is reminiscent of the finest fakest meat. But it tastes so much better when it comes from your kitchen! The flavoring is subtle and versatile enough for everything from a South Asian stir-fry to an Italian parmesan. Theres just a touch of turmeric to lend luster and brighten up the color, pea protein gives it a good nice meatiness and texture. Would it work with something besides pea protein? I dont know! I didnt try it! But I really think the pea is key. For the simmering broth, use a diluted bullion. Just something lightly flavored to keep the flavors mellow. I’ll post more recipes for how to use it. It takes to marinades well and browns beautifully! Grilled, fried, shredded for soups, it’s so fantastically versatile and soaks up flavor like a champ. PS Thanks to Avocado & Ales, the inventor of Chickwheat, which is the shreddiest of shreddy seitan chickn! I used her method of food processing the seitan to give it a bit of that shreddy texture. If you are looking for realllllly shreddy chickn, check that one out. But Im sure you already have. This one is more chunky and pull apart. Like the title says.  Creating Perfect Simmered Seitan Bundles: A romance era novella ~ This recipe is not difficult. But often when people say something “isn’t difficult”, are they just talking you off the ledge? If it isnt difficult why would you have to even say that? Thus, in short, what I mean is that its not difficult IF you pay attention and read the directions, because every step counts. So read this in bed, the night before you make it, and then dream of perfect little seitan bundles. ~ Part 1: Cheesecloth. First of all, make sure you have cheesecloth and twine. Cut the cheesecloth into the proper sizes before beginning and set it aside. When wrapping, dont go too tight or it will make the chickn denser than intended. It will still be good! But this isnt a boustier. Leave some slack, because the seitan soaks in moisture and plumps up, leading to the layery, light shreds we are going for. If that sounds vague, hows this: make sure you can pull the cheesecloth about 1/­­2 an inch away from the seitan once its wrapped. So, snug and secure, with a little room to breath. ~ Part 2: Mind your broth temp. If the broth is too hot you can water log the seitan, but this is very easy to prevent. Before adding the seitan, bring the broth up to a low boil, then lower the heat so that its not boiling at all, just very hot. Then add the seitan bundles. When you add the seitan, the broth temperature will drop even more. Bring the heat up slightly. During this time, the seitan will be developing a skin which will protect it from becoming, as they say, seitan brains. Once it is on this low heat for about 20 minutes, you can raise the heat to a low boil. Now its really cooking! Cook this way for about 45 more minutes, with the lid ajar, using tongs to rotate the bundles every 15 minutes or so. ~Part 3: Cool it now. The cooling off stage is crucial, as if your seitan is heading from a hot spring to a spa at a ski resort. Turn the heat off and let the seitan cool in the broth. This can take an hour or so, but its worth it for perfectly cooked fake chicken. If you have a cool place to put it, thats great. An open porch? A safe fire escape? OK, now that you have attended the Ladys School For Seitan, you should be well prepared to strike out on your own. Have fun and remember: you were made for this! Ingredients For the Chick’n Seitan: 2 cups water 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/­­2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­2 teaspoon white pepper 1/­­8 teaspoon turmeric 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/­­2 cup pea protein flour 1 1/­­2 cups vital wheat gluten For the broth: 10 cups chickeny vegetable broth 8 bay leaves Directions Have ready 4 nine-inch double layered cheesecloth squares and twine. In a food processor fit with a metal blade, whiz together water, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper and turmeric. Add nutritional yeast and pea protein and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.  Now add the vital wheat gluten and pulse in. Once it is all incorporated, process on low for about 5 minutes. It will be very stretchy, stringy and pliable. Give the motor a break once in awhile if your processor cant handle it.  Divide the dough into 4 even-ish pieces. From this point, be careful not to overhandle the seitan because you want it to retain its texture, which will allow it to separate nicely once cooked.  Gently roll a glob of gluten into an 8 inch roll. Fold in half, give a twist and pull again so its about 6 inches long. This creates the layers. Wrap in cheesecloth, snugly but not tightly, it will expand. Tie with each end with twine. Proceed with the remaining pieces and let rest while you prepare the broth. In a large (8-quart) pot bring broth to a boil. Lower heat. Add the seitan bundles. Let stew very gently without boiling for about 15 minutes. When skin is set, place the lid ajar for steam to escape and low boil for about 45 more minutes.  Cool completely in broth. Pull apart and use how ever you want! It tastes best if browned in some olive oil first.

Tempeh Meatballs & Spaghetti

January 7 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tempeh Meatballs & Spaghetti Serves 2 to 4 Photo By VK Rees So many of my best memories revolve around a big juicy meatball, and lots of slurpy, garlicky marinara. My grandmas dinner table with a big platter of her meatballs right in the center of it, always featuring a few burnt ones that everyone in the family tried to grab before anyone else could. My best friends mom, a beautiful Italian woman with jet black hair and catlike blue eyes, feeding me almost every night of the week. And later, when I went vegetarian, cooking tofu balls and spaghetti with my mom and sis. Even decades later, when I lived in a loft with no heat, every Sunday night my roommates and I would watch Sopranos and eat spaghetti and meatballs, made from some storebought soy sausage stuff.  Well, this recipe is none of those exactly, but its a mishmash of all those experiences. I love the texture of tempeh in meatballs, its succulent and satisfying. A few condiments and pantry spices give me the childhood flavors that I crave. Definitely double this recipe if you feel like it, and dont forget to burn a few…those are always the best loved.  The method of simmering tempeh here is one that is so useful when you want a more neutral flavor! Learn it, live it. This recipe is from Isa Does It. Ingredients For the meatballs: 16 ounces tempeh 1 cup water 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/­­2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Several dashes fresh black pepper 1/­­2 cup very finely chopped yellow onion 1 cup panko breadcrumbs Olive oil for pan frying For the rest: 8 oz spaghetti 4 cups marinara, storebought or homemade Red pepper flakes Fresh black pepper Directions Boil a pot of salted water for spaghetti.  Meanwhile, crumble tempeh in small pieces into a 2 quart pot. Submerge in a cup of water, a tablespoon soy sauce and one tablespoon olive oil. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer, with the lid slightly ajar so that steam can escape, for 15 minutes. Most of the water should be absorbed. If there is excess water, drain and place tempeh in a mixing bowl and place in the freezer to cool It should take 10 minutes or so, give it a stir after 5 minutes to make it cool evenly. In the meantime, prepare your onions. Once cool, add garlic, ketchup, mustard, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper then mix well. Mix in the onions. Now add the breadcrumbs and use your hands to mix until it holds together very well. If it seems loose, add extra breadcrumbs by the tablespoon until you can form very tight, compact balls. Scoop up about golfball sized amounts and roll between your hands to form the balls. Your water should be boiling at this point, so cook the spaghetti now. When its ready, drain and toss with marinara in the pot you boiled it in. Keep covered and hot until ready to eat. Preheat a large non-stick pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Coat the pan with a thin layer of olive oil. Add meatballs one by one, rolling them in the pan to coat in oil. If your pan is not big enough to fit all of the balls comfortably, then do them in two batches. Pan fry for about 10 minutes, rolling them frequently, to cook evenly.  Serve spaghetti in big bowls, with three or four meatballs each. Top with extra red pepper flakes or fresh black pepper and slurp it up!

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

January 4 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Makes one 8×4 loaf If you know me, you know that I sneak rosemary into chocolate wherever I go. And when Im not doing that, Im sneaking chocolate into rosemary. I think one tradition from 2020 that should be carried over into the new year is banana bread. I know everyone has their tried and true, but I rarely make the same recipe twice. Its just such a fun recipe to play with. Anyway, give this a shot. Its mysterious and special but also very familiar and comforting. Works just as well for high tea as it does for morning coffee or midnight snack. And yes, I have high tea now. Ingredients 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3 average sized) 3/­­4 cups sugar 1/­­4 cup olive oil 1 cup unsweetened vegan milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary 1 3/­­4 cups all-purpose flour 3/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 3/­­4 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup chocolate chips To decorate: Banana sliced lengthwise as best you can (see pic) Sprigs of fresh rosemary Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth. It should take 3 average sized ones, but spoon the mashed nanas into a measuring cup to make sure, then return to the mixing bowl. Beat in the sugar, olive oil, milk, vanilla and rosemary.  Sift in the half the flour, and all the baking soda and salt and gently mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. Add the remaining flour and mix to incorporate, making sure not to overmix.  Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan. If youd like to decorate, place the banana cut sides up lenthwise over the batter. Scatter a few springs of rosemary over the top.  Bake for 55 minutes. It should be lightly browned and pulling away from the sides. Its kind of hard to test the inside with a butter knife  because of the chocolate chips and banana might make it look underdone so hope for the best. Let cool and enjoy!

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog

December 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Oatmilk Coconut Eggnog Makes about 1 1/­­2 quarts Photo by James Walmsley I love this recipe because its thick without any thickeners, has lots of warming spice and the secret ingredient – apple cider vinegar – lends just the slightest tang that vegan nogs are sometimes missing. The turmeric is there to give that telltale eggy glow but also adds a little flavor. If you have a vanilla bean, definitely scrape it in here instead of the extract. And if you dont want to grate fresh nutmeg no prob, just use pre-ground. No one is judging. But I find it very satisfying to have that little dose of aromatherapy while grating a fresh nutmeg pod. Serve warm or cold, with about 2 ounces rum per each cup of nog if youre feeling boozy.  Ingredients 2 1/­­2 cups plain oatmilk 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg 1/­­2 cup sugar 2 14 oz cans coconut milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Cinnamon sticks for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

December 21 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Makes 8 bars Photo by VK Rees These are the chewy granola bars of your dreams! Totally appropriate for dessert or breakfast or midnight snack. Brown rice syrup gives them the chewy stickiness youre looking for and crispy rice cereal makes them light and crunchy.. If you love a salty sweet combo, you can use roasted salted peanuts here, or increase the salt by a big pinch. You can also make them a little fancier by drizzling in chocolate and then sprinkling with flaky sea salt, like Maldon. Originally published in Isa Does It. Ingredients 1/­­2 cup smooth, natural peanut butter 1/­­3 cup pure maple syrup 1/­­3 cup brown rice syrup 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup crisp rice cereal 1/­­2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped 1/­­3 cup chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup, until smooth. A strong fork usually gets the job done, pretty well. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix in the oatmeal and crisp rice cereal. Start with the fork and then wet your hands and knead together well. Be very firm, the cereal should even crunch up a bit as youre kneading, and you should have a compact, slightly crumbly mixture. Add the peanuts and chocolate chips, and once again, knead until well distributed. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press very firmly and as evenly as you can. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, the sides should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment. Now slice into 8 squares and serve! The best way to slice is to use a chefs knife, and press down in one firm motion. Do not saw the bars. Store bars in the fridge in individually plastic wrap and they should keep for at least 5 days.

Gingerbread People

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Gingerbread People Makes around 16 cookies Photo by James Walmsley Whether youre going all out with your decorating or you’re a part of the gingerbread minimalist movement, this recipe is a surefire winner that will have you singing Christmas carols to your cat. Or at least that one Pogues song. This recipe has been on the site since the dawn of time, so let me take this moment to suggest that you color your icing with natural stuff simply because its fun and pretty. There are certainly vegan food colorings out there, too. But its nice to have these ingredients on hand for other baking projects when you want to slay Instagram. Pink: beet powder, freeze dried strawberries grated with a microplane  Hot pink/­­fucscia: dragonfruit powder Orange: freeze dried mango (its more peach, not very saturated) Green: matcha powder Purple: freeze dried blackberries or blueberries grated with a microplane Blue: spirulina, butterfly pea flower powder (turns purple with acidic ingredients) Ingredients For the cookies: 1/­­3 cup canola oil 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup light molasses 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened vegan milk 2 cups all purpose flour 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/­­2 teaspoons ground ginger For the icings: 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted if clumpy 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons warm water Directions In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add molasses and milk. The molasses and milk wont really blend with the oil but thats ok. Sift in half the flour, all the baking powder, soda and salt and all the spices and mix until relatively smooth. Add the remaining flour. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.  Form the dough into a disd, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or up to 3 days in advance. If you chill longer than an hour you may want to let it sit for 10 minutes to warm up a bit before proceeding. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two parchment lined baking sheets with cooking oil.  On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a little less than 1/­­4 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place on cookie sheets. If you are using them to decorate a tree or something, remember to punch a hole in their heads (!) before baking. Bake for 8 minutes if they’re small and up to 12 minutes if they’re large, but be careful not to overbake. They should be lightly brown on the bottom but still soft. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then move to a cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix everything together until there are no lumps. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so to set up a bit. If it is too stiff to pipe, add water a teaspoon at a time. Decorate with a piping bag fit with a small, round tip. Be adorable. Look at Pinterest first for ideas Let set for at least 30 minutes.

Lemon Almond Biscotti

December 17 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Lemon Almond Biscotti Makes 16 Biscotti Photo By VK Rees Classic flavors with the the lemon on blast! I used to eat biscotti like these at an espresso spot in Little Italy. Just me and my journal, a coffee and a million honking taxis on a relaxing NYC afternoon. I am sure they loved that someone who spent like 3 bucks was taking up a table, writing her memoir for like 2 hours. This is a fun one where you get to drizzle icing all over everything, so have your inner child or your actual child at the ready. Biscotti seems a little fancy somehow, but I actually make it when I’m lazy because it’s like two gigantic cookies instead of scooping out individual ones and the slicing is satisfying in easy. Ingredients 1/­­4 cup unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­2 cup melted refined coconut oil 2 tablespoons fresh grated lemon zest 1  teaspoon vanilla extract 1/­­4 teaspoon almond extract 1 2/­­3 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sliced almonds For the lemon glaze: 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted if clumpy 1/­­2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil Directions 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. 2 – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, lemon juice and flaxseeds. Beat in the sugar, melted coconut oil, lemon zest and extracts. Mix for about two minutes until relatively smooth.  3 – Sift in half of the flour, along with the cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until incorporated, a few dry spots are ok. 4- Mix in the almonds, then add the remaining flour and use your hands to form a stiff dough. 5 – Divide dough into two 5-inch by 3-inch logs. Transfer logs to baking sheet.  6 – Bake for 25 minutes until puffed up. Remove from oven and cool for 30 to 40 minutes, until firm and just warm to the touch.  7 – Preheat oven to 350 F again.  Transfer the loafs to a cutting board. Use a bread knife to slice into 1-inch slices. Do this in one swift motion, do not saw that the cookies, just press down.  8 – Place each cookie cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake for 20 more minutes, flipping the cookies halfway through.  9 – Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack to cook completely.  10 – Make the glaze by mixing everything together until there are no lumps. 11 – Place cooling rack of cookies over the sink. Use a spoon to drizzle the lemon glaze over cooled cookies while they are still on the cooling rack, and let the excess fall into the sink for easy cleaning. Let set in a cool room or in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Porcini Ramen With Runny Cashew Egg

December 15 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Porcini Ramen With Runny Cashew Egg Serves 4 to 6 I love a creamy ramen. And yeah, I get little a jealous when I see a runny egg in a bowful of noodles, getting everything all luscious. Like, what an easy way to add creaminess and flavor. But vegans do it better. This cashew sauce is eggy and creamy, so easy and impossible to mess up. It really does hit the spot. It’s poured over a ramen made incredibly beefy with porcini mushrooms and a homemade broth. This recipe is semi-epic, but you can certainly use the runny cashew egg idea on a simpler ramen of your choosing.  So heres whats going on: Youll be making a rich, spicy broth from dried porcini mushrooms, miso and peppers. When the broth is strained, you grab all those rehydrated porcinis and cut them into meaty pieces. Youll be freezing tofu, toasting garlic, sauteeing veggies and blanching scallions. Like what, are you auditioning for Top Chef or something? Yes. That is exactly what you are doing. Ok better stop reading and start cooking. Recipes Notes ~Make the broth a night or two in advance so that it has plenty of time to cool. That way when you get to the actual ramen making, its really only 3 minutes. Or like 45. But still. Just make the broth on a night where youre making a different dinner and have it cook away, hands free. The kombu gives the broth a sealike umami quality that makes it more of a traditional Japanese dashi, but the broth is yummy with or without it (But yeah, better with it). ~About that tofu: extra firm tofu is frozen then thawed, then pressed. This changes the texture and makes it even chewier, and once thawed it is so easy to press all the water out. It is a whole experience! If you dont do that part, not a big deal, but I do recommend it. Otherwise, just press the tofu and proceed with the recipe. Frozen tofu takes a day to freeze and could take two whole days to thaw. So plan for it! Just let it thaw in the fridge. If it doesnt thaw completely, you wont get the correct, chewy effect so dont try to use tofu that is at all still icy.  ~For the peppers, I used serrano because its what I had. Thai chilis would be great, too. Jalapenos in a pinch. Habanero if you want a lot of heat. But no need to cut them, just poke about 5 little slits in them with a steak knife. This releases some heat, but not too much, and it makes it so you dont have to worry about handling spicy peppers too much. You can also just use some dried peppers or even sriracha.  ~To make curly scallions, thinly slice the dark green parts of the scallion, that will go in the recipe to be sauteed. For the remaining light green and white parts, fill a bowl with ice water. Thinly slice the scallion lengthwise and submerge in ice. They will curl up and get cute! Ingredients For the Porcini Broth 3 quarts water 6 cloves garlic, smashed 1 piece kombu (optional) 1 inch ginger cut into 3 or 4 pieces (dont peel) 1 oz dried porcini 2 serrano peppers, poked (see notes) 3 tablespoons red miso For the Runny Cashew Egg 1 cup unroasted cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 20 minutes (skip this step if you have a highspeed blender) 3/­­4 cup water 1 teaspoon kala namak 1/­­8 teaspoon turmeric For the Ramen 16 oz ramen noodles 3 to 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided 1/­­4 cup thinly sliced garlic 14 oz extra firm tofu (see recipe note) pressed and cut into small cubes Dark green scallion, thinly sliced (see recipe note) 6 baby bok choy, white parts sliced off 2 tablespoons mirin 2 tablespoons tamari For garnish: Light green and white parts of scallion, curled (see recipe note) Spicy sesame oil Thinly sliced purple cabbage Sriracha Directions Make the broth: Add all ingredients, except for miso, to a large pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer for about 30 minutes uncovered, until its reduced to about 3/­­4. Remove from heat. Stir in miso. Let broth cool until its easy to handle without burning yourself.  Once cool, strain broth in cheesecloth into a large mixing bowl, squeezing as tight as you can to get as much broth as possible. Open up the cheesecloth and pick out the mushrooms to use. Compost everything else. If you dont have cheesecloth, no prob. Use a mesh strainer and just push the broth out with your regular old hands. Make the Runny Cashew Egg: Simply blend everything until completely smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you get everything. This takes about a minute and a half in a highspeed blender but could take 5 minutes in a normal blender. Now prepare the ramen: Prepare the noodles in a separate pot according to package directions. Be careful not to overcook.  Preheat a wok or very wide pot over low heat and use 2 tablespoons of oil to toast the garlic until nice and golden. Be very careful not to burn, it should only take 2 minutes or so. Have a plate ready, and use a thin, slotted spatula to transfer the toasted garlic to a plate, leaving as much oil in the pan as you can.  Now turn the heat up, drizzle in a tablespoon or so of oil and saute the tofu cubes until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cut reserved porcinis into bite sized pieces. Add to wok and aute an additional 5 to 7 minutes, drizzling in extra oil if needed. Add in green scallions and the white part of the bok choy. Saute 2 minutes. Add mirin and stir for another minute.  Measure broth and make sure it comes to 8 cups. Add to the wok and heat through. If you need to add a little water thats fine. Bring to a boil. Add the green part of the bok choy to wilt. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of tamari and taste for salt.  Build bowls: Portion noodles into big bowls. Add all the content of the ramen in broth. Spoon about 1/­­4 cup eggy sauce in one motion (in other words, dont drizzle it, just pour slowly over one section). Garnish with toasted garlic, sliced cabbage, spicy sesame oil, sriracha and the remaining scallions. 

Tofu Fresco Cotija

October 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tofu Fresco Cotija Makes about 2 cups photo by Kate Lewis, recipe by llovani This tofu-based cotija is very easy for the beginner vegan cheesemaker. Tangy and crumbly and even a little melty from coconut oil, cotija is the perfect cheese for topping spicy, saucy things like refried beans, fajitas or tucked into tacos. It adds a beautiful splash of brightness to create contrast, and of course, delicious, cheezy flavor. This recipe is from The Modern Love Community Cookzine, which you can download for free! There is also an amazing Chilaquiles recipe in there to crumble this all over. Ingredients 14 oz block extra firm tofu, cubed medium 1/­­3 cup melted refined coconut oil 1/­­4 cup unsweetened plain rice milk 1 1/­­2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 1/­­4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/­­4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­4 teaspoon onion powder Directions In a medium pot, submerge tofu cubes in water. Bring to a boil for five minutes. Drain and allow them to cool completely.  Once cool, use cheesecloth to squeeze water out and get it as dry as possible.  Place tofu and the remaining ingredients in a food processor fit with a metal blade and pulse until it resembles cottage cheese. Lightly grease a 3 cup bowl or pyrex to use as a mold. Transfer cheese to the bowl and press down firmly to make sure there arent any air pockets. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. When ready to use, it should crumble nicely in your fingers. 

Tie-Dye Purple Cauliflower Alfredo

July 17 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tie-Dye Purple Cauliflower Alfredo Serves 6 The world is a nightmare, dinner doesnt have to be. What if pasta could be a fantasy dreamworld where our alfredo was tie-dye purple? But this alfredo is not just pretty, its so, so tasty! Purple cauliflower is braised just until tender, keeping its color somewhat intact and bringing a deep, cruciferous flavor, plus lots of creaminess, to the sauce.  Note, I said it keeps its color somewhat intact. I had to throw in a non-conventional ingredient to make the lavender pop a bit. Dont hate…its frozen blueberries! But you really cant taste them and you know you have some laying around for the apocalypse.  So youll be left with a pretty lavender sauce to coat your noodles in. But it doesnt stop there! Take a lemon and squirt it over the plate, then watch your lavender deepem into fuschia and magenta streaks, splotches and ribbons of color. You are the greatest artist of your generation. Make sure to do this tableside and get a video of it.  OK, now get yourself on an app, order some purple cauli and whip this up! Its good wholesome entertainment for the whole fam (or your cats) and a relaxing escape that will make you think of a better possible future. Right? Recipes Notes ~ Some serving ideas: grilled or breaded tofu, tofu balls (recipes for all of those exist on this site, I’m just too world weary to link to them), toasted pine nuts, springs of fresh basil, your favorite fake chick’n. ~ Bottled lemon juice will work, but fresh will taste better! ~ If you dont have purple cauli this wont work out but it will still be a tasty cauliflower recipe.  ~ For best results, trim the white parts of the cauliflower away as much as possible so that you are left with mostly purple floret. ~ Dont use too dark a veg broth. The lighter you go, the less muted your sauce will be. ~ If you dont have a high speed blender, do not despair. Just soak the cashews for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) and proceed with your regular old blender. You can also boil them for 20 minutes if you are super short on time and didnt plan ahead. Ingredients 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil 1 cup sliced shallot 6 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups vegetable broth 1 head purple cauliflower in small florets (about 6 cups) 3/­­4 cups whole unroasted cashews 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (plus extra for squeezing) 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 10 frozen blueberries 3/­­4 teaspoons salt 1 pound fettuccine, cooked according to package directions in salted water Directions 1 – Boil salted water for pasta and get that whole thing going. By the time youre done making the sauce sauce the pasta should be drained and ready.  2 – Preheat a large pan over medium heat. Sauté shallot in coconut oil with a pinch of salt for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and spoon a little dab of oil on it. Mix in with the shallots and cook another 2 minutes.  3 – Add the broth, cover pan and bring to a boil. Place the cauliflower in the pan in as much of a single layer as possible. Cover and steam about 4 minutes. Mix cauliflower in the liquid, cover and steam another 4 minutes. It should be fork tender. Remove a few florets to place on the individual pasta plates later, if you like. 4 – In the meantime, place the cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, blueberries and salt in a high speed blender (see note if you don’t have a highspeed blender). When the cauliflower is done, transfer it to the blender. Let sit for 10 minutes or so just to stop steaming. At that point, blend until smooth, scraping down the sides 5 – When pasta is ready, drain and pour the sauce over it. Reserve a little bit for dolloping over the plates of pasta. Taste pasta for salt. The saltiness with vary depending on your salted water and the saltiness of the broth. 6 – Place pasta in bowls, spoon additional sauce over noodles. Now take a seeded lemon and squirt it all over the pasta. Voila! Tie dye alfedo.

BBQ 5-Spice Tempeh Mushroom Tacos

May 8 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

BBQ 5-Spice Tempeh Mushroom Tacos Serves 2 hungries Tempeh and mushrooms get all sticky and charred, burnt ends and everything, in an easy to throw together sauce that is smoky, sweet (but not too) and a little spicy. Some slaw to cool it down and lend some fresh crunch, some sliced avocado for creaminess and because avocado on everything always. Now youve got yourself a taco tuesday on a friday because you dont know what day it is! Recipes Notes ~ I marinate the tempeh for up to an hour (but not longer than that) but if youve got 15 minutes, no problem, it will still be yummy, just a little less soaked through. ~ This marinade it soooo good for a million things. Try it on baked tofu or even veggies like cauliflower or brussels. Ingredients For the tempeh marinade: 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon sriracha 1 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon canola oil (plus additional for cooking) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1/­­2 teaspoon 5-spice For cooking: 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thin (about 1/­­8 inch thick, not paper thin) 1 8 oz package tempeh, diced For slaw: 4 cups thin sliced red cabbage (tough core removed) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon agave Small glug olive oil 1/­­4 cup finely chopped cilantro Pinch salt To assemble: Sliced avocado 6 8-inch tortillas warmed up Directions 1 – Vigorously mix all tempeh marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the tempeh and toss to coat. Let marinade 15 minutes to an hour.  2 – Mix all the slaw ingredients together and taste for seasoning. Let wilt.  3 – Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. When good and hot, cook mushrooms in canola oil until moisture is released and theyve browned a bit, about 7 minutes.  4 – Add the tempeh, reserving some marinade. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping often, until caramelized on the edges.Add more marinade as needed.  5 – Heat tortillas your preferred way and assemble. Slaw on bottom, then tempeh, then tuck in sliced avocado. Sprinkle avo with a little lime juice and salt if you like. Serve asap!

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

May 1 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes Makes 1 dozen cupcakes Maybe you have some strawberries burning a hole in your pocket? And maybe you desperately need cupcakes? And something bright and pink? Well, I got you. Lemony cake with the most strawberriest (that’s a word) fruitiest buttercream. And it’s pretty easy, too! Also, maybe a nice mother’s day treat. These are originally from I Can Cook Vegan. If you buy that book I promise to do only good things with the money. Recipes Notes ~ Make sure you use refined coconut oil for this because otherwise it will taste coocnutty. You can also use vegan butter, if you prefer. You may need to play with the ratios a little, though. ~ I’ve only done these with fresh strawberries. I would imagine that frozen would retain too much moisture so if you are experimenting, thaw and drain them first, maybe? But again, I haven’t tried it. Ingredients For the cake: 3/­­4 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegan milk at room temperature (or favorite non-dairy milk) 1/­­4 melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 1 1/­­2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt For the strawberry buttercream: 3/­­4 cup coconut oil, softened at room temperature 3 1/­­2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped, stems removed 6 strawberries cut in half for decorating Directions 1 – Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a muffin pan with paper liners. 2 – Vigorously beat together sugar, milk and coconut oil until it resembles applesauce. Mix in vanilla, lemon juice and zest. 3 – Sift in about half the flour, all the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until relatively smooth. Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth and no large lumps remain. 4 – Lightly spray the liners with cooking spray and pour batter into liners, filling 3/­­4 of the way. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. 5 – Make the buttercream: First, puree the strawberries in a food processor. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the coconut oil and strawberry puree and gradually add the powdered sugar, scraping the bowl as you go. Add the vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. If it seams loose then place in the refrigerator to set up a bit, then fluff with a fork. 6 – Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes using the back of a spoon (or your preferred method). Top with a strawberry half!

Sundried Tomato Mac & Cheeze

April 19 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Sundried Tomato Mac & Cheeze Serves 6 to 8-ish Lets just cut to the chase. Or just cut to the cheeze, har har. There are a lot of vegan macs out there, but this might just take the noodle. Its nut-free and thats cool in case you have allergies but also I am in love with it. It just might replace my cashew based staple mac sauce. Yes, I am covering my cashew’s ears as I say that. You will never guess the ingredients (except the one in the title) so Im just going to tell you. Coconut milk, sundried tomatoes (in oil), miso, nooch and onion powder. And that is it. And it is good. Real good. Just feed it to someone who doesnt know and see what they think is in it! The coconut flavor magically transforms into something completely creamy and savory when blended with these intensely umami flavors. Its great for a pound of pasta, but I can also see it being used as a queso base or wherever your cheezy desires take you. Recipes Notes ~I don’t know how this will come out with sundried tomatoes that aren’t in oil. My guess is not very good. It needs the oil. So do what you must but don’t come for me if you end up eating wallpaper paste. ~I used Thai Kitchen coconut milk (full fat) and I would recommend that brand! It does have a little guar gum in it according to the label and that might have aided in the thickening, but let me know if you use a different brand. Make sure it’s unsweeteened! ~I used red miso (Miso Master) which has soy and I loved it. However I think chickpea miso would be just awesome, too! Ingredients 1 15 oz can coconut milk 3/­­4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil (it was about 1/­­4 cup of oil, if that helps) 2 tablespoons miso 1/­­2 cup nutritional yeast flakes 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 lb macaroni Black pepper and something green to garnish, if ya want. Directions Put everything in a blender and, uh, blend. Until totally smooth. Cook noodles in salted water, drain them and return the pot. While still hot, add the sauce and mix with a rubber spatula. Taste for salt, I didnt need any because miso and sundrieds were salty. Serve!

Quinoa Pancakes

November 26 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Quinoa Pancakes photo by VK Rees Makes 8 pancakes I put this recipe on Instagram awhile ago so maybe you’ve already made them and know that they are AWESOME! The only reason I put quinoa in my pancakes is for the crunch. Not for the extra protein, I get plenty of that elsewhere, and not just to level up my vegan, Im already level 10. The crunch just gives me life. It also makes the pancakes so very pretty. The quinoa should be cooked al dente for the best experience. And I like red quinoa for the prettiest contrast. First make sure your quinoa is cooked according to package directions and then fully cooled. Maybe do that the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning? Wow, you planned that well. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Notes ~ To cool quinoa quickly without overcooking it, spread onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator. ~ Dont use an electric mixer for the batter. Overmixed pancakes tend to result in a dense pancake. I use a dinner fork to get everything mixed. ~ You have to let the batter rest for ten minutes or so. The vinegar and the baking powder need to react with each other and the gluten needs to settle in and rest. ~Dont crowd the pan. Even in my big cast iron, I dont make more than two pancakes at once. ~ Dont use too much oil in the pan. It will result in a tough exterior. A very thin layer of oil is what you want and a spray can of organic coconut oil works perfectly for this. ~ Preheat the pan for a good ten minutes. I use cast iron and put it on moderate low heat (right around 3 on my stovetop), but you will probably need to adjust a little to get the temp just right. Remember, the temp is not set in stone. Lower and raise in tiny increments as needed. Even turning the dial 1/­­4 inch can result in big changes. ~ Use a measuring cup (with a rounded bottom if possible) to scoop out the batter. And remember to always spray the cup between pancakes, to prevent sticking. 1 cup cooked red quinoa, cooled completely 1 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/­­4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or fave non-dairy milk) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1/­­2 cup water 3 tablespoons canola oil 1/­­2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Directions First make sure your quinoa is cooked al dente according to package directions and cooled. Then proceed with the recipe. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add the milk, vinegar, water, oil and vanilla to the well in the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until a thick, lumpy batter forms. That should take about a minute. It doesnt need to be smooth, just make sure you get all the ingredients incorporated. Fold in the quinoa. Preheat the pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Lightly coat the pan in oil. Add 1/­­3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 3 minutes or so. Pancake should be puffed up, and golden brown. Rest pancakes on a large plate loosely covered with tin foil until ready to serve with lots of maple syrup and butter! To reheat, place pancakes in on a baking sheet covered with tin foil in a  300 F degree oven for 5 minutes or so.

Whipped Mashed Potatoes With White Bean Gravy

November 22 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Whipped Mashed Potatoes With White Bean Gravy photo by Joshua Foo, styling by me Feeds about 10 Let’s face it. The most important thing at the holiday table is going to be mashed potatoes. Hot on its heels is going to be gravy. So why mess around with anything less than the creamiest, fluffiest, lushest most dreamy taters? The secret here is twofold: Fold 1) Ingredients. Lots of cashew cream and buttery coconut oil. And fold 2) Method: whipping it all to high heaven with a hand mixer. You incorporate air, plus remove all the clumps without overmixing. No one will be able to resist these! The gravy I’ve used here is akin to a white pepper gravy. Thick and creamy with a lil’ kick. It starts with a roux (that’s toasted flour and oil to you, bub) for a deep sultry flavor and velvety thickness. It’s a really nice customizable recipe in that if you want to make it a mushroom gravy you can certainly add sautéed mushrooms before or after blending. If you want to make it a sausage gravy chop up some sausages and add them at the end. And so on! These recipes are from Superfun Times. Ingredients For the potatoes: 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/­­2 inch chunks 3/­­4 cup cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours (if you have a high speed blender soaking is not necessary) 3/­­4 cups vegetable broth, at room temp 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil, at room temp 1/­­3 cup olive oil 1 1/­­4 teaspoons salt Fresh black pepper Thinly sliced chives for garnish, if desired For the gravy: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium yellow, roughly chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 teaspoons dry rubbed sage Several dashes fresh black pepper 3 cups vegetable broth, plus additional for thinning 2/­­3 cup all purpose flour 3 cups cooked navy beans (2 15-oz can, rinsed and drained) 1/­­3 cup tamari or soy sauce Salt to taste For the gravy: Directions Place potatoes in a pot and submerge in cold water by about an inch. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt into the water. Cover and bring to a boil. In the meantime, drain cashews and place in a blender with vegetable broth and blend until completely smooth, scraping the sides with a spatula occasionally to make sure you get everything. If you have a high speed blender this will take about a minute. In a regular blender it will take around 5 so give your blender a break every now and again. Back to the potatoes, once boiling, lower heat to a simmer, uncover and cook for about 12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain potatoes, then place back in the pot. Do a preliminary mash with a potato masher, just to get them broken up. Add half of cashew mixture, coconut and olive oil, salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher until relatively smooth and no big chunks are left. Now comes the creamiest part. Add the remaining cashew mixture, mix it it, then use a hand blender on high speed to whip the ever loving life out of them. They should become very smooth, fluffy and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper along the way, transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with chives and serve! Preheat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, sage and black pepper (I like a lot of black pepper in this) and cook for about 3 minutes more. While that is cooking, stir the flour into the broth until dissolved. If you have an immersion blender, then add the beans, broth mixture, and tamari to the saucepan. Blend immediately and lower the heat to medium. Stir the gravy often for about 10 minutes while it thickens. Use broth to thin as necessary.  If you are using a regular blender, add the beans, broth mixture, and tamari to the blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the onion and the other stuff from the pan to the blender. Puree again until no big chunks of onion are left. Add back to the pot and stir often over medium heat to thicken. Once the gravy thickens, reduce the heat to low. Now you can decide exactly how thick you want it by whisking in extra broth, anywhere from 1/­­2 cup to 3/­­4 cup. Cook for about 10 more minutes to let the flavors deepen, stirring occasionally, adding broth as necessary. Taste for salt. Keep gravy covered and warm until ready to serve.

Cranberry Spice Oatmeal Cookies

November 22 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Cranberry Spice Oatmeal Cookies Picture by VK Rees Makes 2 dozen Oatmeal cookies just remind you of home. If you come from a home that deprived you of chocolate chip cookies. Just kidding! These are gorgeous little clusters of oats studded with ruby cranberries. Crispy on the edges, chewy inside with a hint of spice.  Just the perfect thing for the holidays if you can forget about the war on Christmas and enjoy a cookie for a minute. This recipe is from Superfun Times. Notes ~ If you dont have pumpkin pie spice, 3/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger, 3/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of cloves oughta do it! Ingredients 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil, softened at room temp 1/­­3 cup packed brown sugar 1/­­3 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk or your fave non-dairy milk 1 tablespoon organic cornstarch 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/­­2 cup all-purpose flour 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/­­2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 1/­­2 cups rolled oats 1/­­2 cup dried sweetened cranberries 1/­­2 cup chopped walnuts Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.  In a large mixing bowl, use a handmixer or strong fork to cream together oil and sugars. Mix in the vanilla. Add the cornstarch and milk, and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices and salt and mix to combine. Add the oats, cranberries and nuts, and use your hands to form a stiff dough. Scoop cookies out with a tablespoon or server, using about two tablespoons of dough per cookie. Place about 2 inches apart. Flatten a little with your hand. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Sauteed Lentils & Dandelion Greens

November 2 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Sauteed Lentils & Dandelion Greens Serves 4 If there arent delicious aromatics wafting through the air, have you even cooked? Shallot, onion, olive oil.. now thats dinner! This method is what I use time and time again with whatever I picked up at the anarchist co-op (ok fine Whole Foods) and whatever beans I have burning a hole in my cupboard. So try it with spinach, arugula or chard. Or just go ahead and try it with dandelion greens like the goddam recipe says. It takes only 15 minutes or so (if your lentils are cooked ahead of time or from a can) and it tastes like it took 20. At least. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Notes There’s a hidden gem to be learned in this simple recipe. If you cook the nutritional yeast for a minute with the shallot and stuff it gets a deep toasty flavor like a roux! It makes it taste extra special and thickens the sauce, too. So much winning. Ingredients 1/­­2 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup thinly sliced shallot 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/­­2 teaspoon dried tarragon Fresh black pepper 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/­­4 cup dry white wine 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth 1 large bunch dandelion greens 1 1/­­2 cups cooked brown or green lentils 2 cups thinly sliced radicchio Directions 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread walnuts onto a small baking tray and toast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and roughly chop. In the meantime, proceed with the rest of the recipe.  2 – Preheat a large pan over medium heat. Saute shallots in olive oil with a pinch of salt until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tarragon and black pepper and saute another minute. 3 – Add nutritional yeast and stir with a wooden spatula to toast for about 1 minute. Add white wine and to deglaze the pan. Let cook for about 3 minutes. 4 – Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add the greens and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add the lentils and toss to heat through. Serve topped with walnuts!

Sesame Cold Noodle Bundles

May 31 2018 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Sesame Cold Noodle Bundles Photo by Vanessa Rees If you’re doing any summer entertaining, these are a must. All of the greatness of sesame cold noodles without all of the inconvenience of needing a plate and utensils! These flavorful little bundles come wrapped in a scallion. It cant get anymore cute or delicious. Perfect for picking up and shoving into your face, or, if you prefer, you can still serve them on a plate like a princess.

Garlicky White Bean & Asparagus Soup

April 8 2018 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Garlicky White Bean & Asparagus Soup Sometimes it snows in April. And sometimes it’s 17 degrees in April. And sometimes the trees aren’t even thinking of budding even though it’s April. 2018 is one of those times. But you know, why wait for the weather to comply? I am ready for Spring, and so bring on the asparagus! But make it hot and in a bowl because I can still see my breath outside. One bite and your surroundings transform into springtime. Birds start singing, bunnies start hopping around, you know the drill. Its a magical stalk and pureeing with white beans brings out the fresh flavor even more! This soup manages to be simple and also impressively elegant. This recipe is for a new cookbook I’m working on of easy recipes, for January 2019! Photos by Vanessa Rees, styling by meeeee.

Sweet & Smoky Glazed Tofu Ham

December 21 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Sweet & Smoky Glazed Tofu Ham Have you gone mad? Dont put an adorable pig at the center of your table! Put an adorable block of tofu instead! This is a sassy take on ham that will definitely bring smiles (or at least curious side glances) to your guests faces. Its also, as the title suggests, sweet and smoky and elegant in a 70s kind of way, with notes of orange and maple. Its easy to double the recipe, or even triple, if this will be your main course. There were a couple of times when writing Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook that I had to call on friends for help, and this recipe was one of them. Since I didn’t grow up eating ham (you guys, I’m JEWISH!), I wanted to make sure I got it right. Luckily, Joni Newman was able to help develop this little guy into a real crowd pleaser. Thanks, Joni! This is in the Easter section of the cookbook, but it would be great as a Christmas centerpiece, or even Hannukah!

Samosa-Spiced Latkes With Pear Chutney

December 1 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Samosa-Spiced Latkes With Pear Chutney Worlds collide! My two favorite fried finger foods combine into one sublime bite. Curry powder, carrot, and peas give these potato pancakes a samosa flair, and some pear chutney seals the deal. Youve got eight days of Hanukkah, so use one of them to break from the pack and serve these fun treats. The chutney recipe will make you want to start an artisanal chutney company in a formerly industrial area of Portland, Oregon! But if you don’t feel like making it, then apple sauce will do. This recipe is from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, along with 5 other latke recipes and a whole Hanukkah section.

Tofu Short Ribs With Gingery Mashed Root Veggies

November 17 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tofu Short Ribs With Gingery Mashed Root Veggies All the licky, succulent flavor of a rib but without the…rib! Smother the sauce all over the gingery root veg mash and its like a winter parade for your taste buds. These ribs make a dazzling presentation as a centerpiece for your spread, so serve them family style on your coolest serving platter. I love to serve it with steamed asparagus, but broccoli or bok choy would be really nice, too. This recipe is from the Chinese New Year chapter of The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, but really, the book was designed to use the recipes year round. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to have an awesome dinner! And of course you don’t have to stick to the chapter guidelines. Serve ribs on Hannukah if you feel like it. Total. Holiday. Anarchy.

Pumpkin Cornbread

October 31 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Pumpkin Cornbread Plain old cornbread…sure, people love it. But pumpkin cornbread is next-level awesome, with its beautiful orange hue, moist crumb, and hint of spice. Put it out in batches so that greedy people dont snag three pieces at once. Spread on some apple butter and your heart will feel like fluttering autumn leaves. This recipe is from my latest cookbook, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook.

Green Lasagna Rolls

June 6 2014 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Green Lasagna Rolls Its basil season! And spinach season! And, well, lets just say its lasagna roll season, too. These make a great appetizer if youre doing a little summer entertaining, or a filling entree if you prefer. Tofu ricotta is elevated with the addition of some Pumpkin Seed Pesto. The mellow flavor of pumpkin seeds really lets the basil shine. The sautéed spinach is really really garlicky, as is the pesto, so this makes the perfect date night meal. What I really love, besides how flavorful these are, is the texture. Baking the rolls makes the noodles soft but still toothsome, with little crunchy bits on the edges. Smothered in cashew cream and pesto and finished off with a scattering of additional pumpkin seeds, these lasagna rolls will fulfill even the most wild fantasies: creamy, crunchy, velvety, chewy, and hearty all at once. Yes, there are a few components here, but none are too difficult to pull off and also LASAGNA ROLLS. Serve with Caesar Salad to round out the meal! PS This is my first blogpost using only iPhone photos, so take a deep breath with me. Sorry $2000 camera, this is just easier. Since Im not an aspiring photographer, Im not ashamed to admit that adjusting lighting and apertures and editing in Photoshop is just too labor intensive for me these days. A few adjustments in VSCO cam, a button to upload to Flickr, and my work is done here. You get the picture. Har har.

Big Hugs Chickn & Rice Soup

January 25 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Big Hugs Chickn & Rice Soup Serves 4-6 Call me an iconoclast but, but I prefer Chickn & Rice Soup to Chickn Noodle! Especially buttery jasmine rice. This soup has all the huggy ingredients: celery, dill, poultry seasoning with sage and thyme and, of course, garlic and onion. As it cooks your kitchen will fill up with the most nurturing aromas, like someone you love is cooking for you. And that someone, dear reader, is you. I used homemade Chickn Seitan, but you can use whatever vegan chicken you like. Or even thinly slice tofu or yuba. Just make sure to brown it nicely first. I also use some vegan butter here, for body and richness, but use all olive oil if you prefer. Its gonna be good! Recipe notes: ~ If the pot youre cooking in is wide enough, like a dutch oven, you should be able to brown the chickn in there before preparing the rest of the soup. Save yourself a dish, plus create little crispy bits that get swept up into the soup when you saute everything else. If youre using a stainless steel pot that is more tall than wide, its probably wiser to saute the chickn in a skillet and prepare the soup separately. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups chickn seitan, pulled into 1 to 2 inch pieces (8 oz) 2 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Miyokos) 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 cups carrots, in 1/­­2 inch chunks 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt Fresh black pepper 1/­­2 cup white jasmine rice, rinsed 8 cups broth 1/­­4 cup fresh dill, chopped, plus extra for garnish Directions Preheat a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Saute chickn in olive oil with a pinch of salt until nicely browned. Remove from pot and set aside.  Saute onion in butter with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add carrots and celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute, using a little extra butter if you like. Add poultry seasoning, salt and pepper and saute a minute more. Add rice and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer, and let cook for about 15 more minutes, until rice is cooked and carrot is tender. Stir in the chickn and dill and taste for salt and pepper. This definitely tastes better the longer you let it sit, but it can be enjoyed right away, too. Garnish with extra dill and serve!

Tempeh Beet Reubens

January 8 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tempeh Beet Reubens Makes 4 sandwiches Photo By Joshua Food I have to issue a few warnings for this sandwich:  1)  you will end up covered in orange dressing  2) some sauerkraut will fall on your cats head And if those things dont happen, youre eating it wrong. Tangy tempeh and thin sliced beets lend a cornbeefy Eastern European flair and a gorgeous burgundy hue. With the caraway rye, sauerkraut and russian dressing, youll definitely be hitting all the right notes! If youd like to take it a step further, homemade Swizz Cheese drives the point home, but in a pinch some sliced avocado works really well and thats how we did it in the 90s and we loved it. You can also just buy some vegan cheese, who am I to say. This recipe is originally from I Can Cook Vegan. Recipe Notes ~This is a prime example of marinating tempeh to have it suck up flavor. The acidic, salty, fatty marinade counteracts the bitterness of the tempeh and brings out its meaty notes. Searing in cast iron seals the deal. ~The Swizz Cheese is so easy! I dont know how I discovered this but truffle oil plus sauerkraut juice = a swissy flavor. If you cant procure truffle oil, it wont be as swissy but it would still be pretty good! Ingredients 1 1/­­2 cups sauerkraut (reserve liquid if making Swizz Cheese) For the Tempeh: 1 pound tempeh, cut into four equal pieces, then cut through the middle so that you have eight thin squares 1 medium beet, peeled, sliced as thin as you can get it For the Marinade: 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons tamari Several sprinkles of fresh pepper For the Swizz Cheese: 1 1/­­2 cups unroasted cashews (if you don’t have a VitaMix blender then soak the cashews in water overnight or boil for 20 minutes and drain) 3/­­4 cup sauerkraut juice 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons mellow white miso 1 tablespoon black truffle oil 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/­­4 cup refined coconut oil, melted For the Dressing: 1/­­3 cup vegan mayo 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/­­4 cup finely chopped dill pickles To cook and serve: 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 slices large caraway rye bread Dill pickle slices for garnish (garnish with pickles on toothpicks) Directions Marinade the tempeh: Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a large mixing bowl. Add the tempeh and beets and marinate for at least an hour, turning occasionally. If youre making the cheese: place all cheese ingredients in a high speed blender then blend away until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you get everything. Chill until ready to use.  Make the dressing: Mix all the dressing ingredients in a mug. Set aside.  Now we are ready to rock! Preheat a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add oil to pan. Use a slotted spoon to transfer tempeh and beets out of marinade and into the pan, shaking off excess marinade. Place in a relatively single layer.  Cook for about 10 minutes, using a thin metal spatula to turn often. When beets are softened and tempeh is browned, its ready! Toast bread and spread dressing on all slices. Top with tempeh and beets. If using, pour on a few tablespoons of Swizz Cheese. Add sauerkraut. Close sandwich. Spike with dill pickled toothpicks and serve. 

BBQ Tempeh Ribs

January 5 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

BBQ Tempeh Ribs Serves 4 Photo By VK Rees Smoky, sticky sweet finger licking ribs! But be sure to lick YOUR OWN fingers, weirdo. These are inspired by my fave vegan BBQ joint in Portland, OR, Homegrown Smoker. Im not saying theyre as good, but they get me there without the airfare. Serve with cornbread or mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes or rice or coleslaw or potato salad or in a hero or all of the above. This recipe is originally from I Can Cook Vegan. Recipe Notes ~Often times, I prefer to steam tempeh before using because it removes bitterness and makes the tempeh more succulent. But you can skip that step here for a few reasons. First, I want the tempeh to be crisp and browned. Secondly, if you sear it on high enough heat, it does cook through and remove the bitterness. Youre left with nutty, meaty, toothsome bites. Use cast iron for best results! ~To make the tempeh look like one long line of ribs, turn the pieces carefully as you cook them so that they stay pretty much in the same order you cut them in. Does that make sense? OK, look at the pics for reference. Ingredients For the BBQ sauce: 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup cold vegetable broth 1 1/­­4 cups ketchup 1/­­3 cup brown sugar 1/­­3 cup tamari or soy sauce 1/­­3 cup apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons liquid smoke 1 1/­­2 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/­­4 teaspoon cayenne For the tempeh: 2 8-oz packages of tempeh sliced into eighths widthwise 2 tablespoons olive oil Directions Make the sauce: In a small saucepot, use a fork to vigorously whisk the cornstarch into the vegetable broth until its mostly dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a low simmer and let the sauce thicken for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Make the ribs: Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt. Fry tempeh on one side till browned, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the remaining oil over the tempeh and sprinkle with salt then flip. Brown that side for about 5 minutes.  Pour about 1/­­2 cup of barbeque sauce into the pan and flip to coat. Let it cook and caramelize for about 3 minutes.  Remove from pan and line the ribs up on a plate. Drizzle more warmed barbeque sauce all over them to serve.

Cast Iron Seitan Steak & Onions

December 30 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Cast Iron Seitan Steak & Onions Serves 2 to 4 If youre from Brooklyn — and youre probably not even though you say you are — then you celebrate with steak. Everyone knows this from every movie. Cavernous steakhouses that date back to the last, last century lurking all over the city, tucked under bridges or beside a forgotten waterway, with their historical plaques, creaky wood floors, and signed Frank Sinatra portraits on the wall.  Well, 2020 is over and its time to celebrate Brooklyn style. Whether its a night of somber reflection or one of dancing and drinking (in your own home with only your household members and/­­or just your cat) this recipe works. Its a visceral activity unto itself, injected with whatever meaning you need it to have.  Basically, youll work a pliable ball of gluten until its goth red and gristle-y. Then you roll and pound it. Throw it into a hissing cast iron pan to sear. Smoke. Fire. Sizzles. Who needs fireworks? I was striving for something that could come together in one pot. I like baking seitan, but it does tend to dry things out and I wanted this to be juicy (pronounced JUSAY). Enter sear/­­braise. The steaks are cooked, removed from the pan then you create a rich au jus with onions, garlic and red wine. Some miso for that savory je ne sais quoi. And the seared steaks are placed back in to cook through. The end result is some of the best seitan I have ever had! Seared and smoky, firm but tender. And totally juicy (pronounced JUSAY). Plus it comes with its own sauce, perfect for slathering. Serve with mashed potatoes or crinkle cut fries. Or anything starchy and awesome. Happy New Year.  Recipes Notes ~ I tested this recipe using tamari, but something was missing. The Braggs Liquid Aminos really upped the flavor game here, adding nuance and just kind of this steak sauce flavor that really popped. I recommend it! Not only because you get a bottle with Patricia Braggs floral hat printed on it, but its a nice ingredient to have around for when youre like This rice needs to taste more hippy. ~ Beet powder is another fabulous ingredient. It honestly doesnt have much flavor in small quantities but adds so much color! You can try to use whole beets or whatever you are going to do but I didnt try that and any adjustments to liquid and dry ingredients in this recipe will change the texture dramatically. Ive found it in stores but Amazon is evil and the most reliable place to get it.  ~ If you dont have a cast iron pan, then….wait, why dont you? Get one. You need that hot sizzle when it hits the pan and nothing else will give you that.  ~ The broth you use will affect the outcome. Make sure it isnt too salty because the sauce reduces a lot. If youre using a concentrated bullion mixed with water, that is fine, but go light with it and taste as you go to see if it needs more. ~ I used Bobs Vital Wheat Gluten. If you use a different one, results may vary. Why? Protein content, probably. Not all VWG has the same amount. They should standardize this for our vegan future. ~ I really cant see one person eating a full steak like this, so I dont know, prove me wrong. Aesthetically I wanted it to be this big, but realistically, it serves four. Ingredients For the Steaks 1 1/­­4 cups vital wheat gluten 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons beet powder 2 teaspoons lemon pepper (salt free) 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/­­2 teaspoon mild mustard powder 2/­­3 cup water at room temp 3 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar Everything else: Olive oil for cooking 1 medium onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/­­2 cup dry red wine 2 tablespoons red miso 3 bay leaves Fresh black pepper 1/­­4 teaspoon dried thyme 4 cups veggie broth Fresh parsley for garnish To serve: Mashed potatoes or crinkle cut fries. Instagram seems to go gaga over crinkle cut fries. Or any potatoes, really. A baked potato would be just fine! Also a green veggie. Nothing with too much flavor because this has a lot! Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine wheat gluten flour, nutritional yeast, lemon pepper, onion powder and mustard powder. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, mix together water, aminos, tomato paste, olive oil and vinegar until the tomato paste is incorporated.  Add wet ingredients to the well and mix until a lumpy ball forms. It will appear a bit dry. Now, use your hands (with gloves if you have them) to knead the mixture until all ingredients are incorporated and there are no dry spots. If its very cold in the kitchen, you may have a harder time kneading. Moisten your hands with warm water and keep going, it should take about 3 minutes and appear very stretchy.  Divide the ball in half with a knife. Again, if its cold, the seitan might spring back more so this process will take a big longer. On a large cutting board, flatten the dough into a kidney shape that is roughly 3/­­4 inch thick and 8 inches in length. Use a rolling pin to roll, flatten and form. Let the first one rest while you do the second one.  Let both doughs rest about 10 minutes, for the gluten to relax a bit, then repeat the rolling process. Again, its more resistant if your kitchen is very cold so you might need to let it rest one more time.  As the steaks rest the surfaces will get a little smoother, which if what you want for the sear and appearance.  Preheat the cast iron grill over medium high. It should be very hot and water should immediately evaporate. This is important because you want the steak to hiss immediately so that is sears and does not stick.  Pour in a thin layer of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the steaks and sear until dark brown, but not burnt, about a minute and a half per side. Use a thin metal spatula to flip steaks. Once they are seared, lower the heat to medium and let them cook until somewhat firm, about 10 more minutes, flipping and pressing down on them with the spatula.  Now we are going to remove the steaks and cook the sauce in that same pan. Place steaks on a plate.  Turn heat up to medium high. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan. Add onions and a small pinch of salt and sear the onions for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and a little more oil if needed and cook for about 2 more minutes, stirring often.   Add the wine and stir to deglaze and reduce, about 3 minutes. Mix in the miso to dissolve. Add bay leaves, a healthy dose of fresh black pepper (1/­­2 teaspoon or so), thyme and veggie broth. Let the broth warm, reduce heat to medium. Once warm, return the steaks to the brothy pan and submerge, spooning broth and onions over. Cover the pan and let cook for about 30 minutes. The broth should be simmering this whole time, but not boiling too rapidly.  OK were almost done! Remove the cover and flip the steaks. Turn the heat up and let sauce reduce for about 15 minutes uncovered. The broth will get really boily and active. Spoon sauce over the steaks while they cook. The steaks should no longer appear submerged and the sauce should be thickened a bit and really flavorful. Taste for salt.  Let sit for 10 minutes or so before serving. Remove bay leaves and garnish with parsley.

Raspberry Rugalech

December 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Raspberry Rugalech Makes 4 dozen cookies Photo by Joshua Foo Probably the most iconic of the Jewish cookies, rugelach is the cookie that most has us pressing our faces up against the glass at the local bakery. If you didn’t go to Hebrew School, definitely google the pronunciation! They are rich and buttery, a little tangy from yogurt, nutty, sweet and cinnamony all at once. Theyre so fun to roll, and smell glorious while they bake. And, like, I know this make four dozen but you will be surprised to find that its actually just one serving. If you like, you can melt some chocolate chips and drizzle over cookies once cooled. Who doesnt love a chocolate raspberry combo? Recipes originally published in The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook. Photo by Joshua Foo. Cookies rolled by Mississippi Vegan. Ingredients For the dough: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup refined coconut oil, softened 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce 1 cup plain unsweetened vegan yogurt (I recommend coconut, cashew or soy) For the filling: 1/­­2 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/­­2 cup seedless raspberry jam, maybe a little more Directions In a very large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add the coconut oil in small clumps. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the oil into the flour until crumbs have formed and look like small peas. Add the applesauce and yogurt and mix to form a stiff dough. Divide the dough into four equal parts, then form 4 discs. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Now make the walnut cinnamon crumbs. In a food processor, pulse together the sugar, cinnamon, sugar and walnuts until it is in tiny crumbs. On a lightly floured surface with plenty of space, roll a disc disk into a 9-inch circle. Sprinkle a thin layer of raspberry jam over on the dough, leaving about 1/­­2 an inch of space at the edges. Now sprinkle on a layer of walnut cinnamon crumbs, again leaving space at the edges. Use a pizza cutter to cut each round into 12 wedges, like a pizza pie. Roll each triangle, from the bottom (large) sidebase up to the point, to form the rugelach. Place the rolled rugelach on the prepared baking sheet and place the sheet in the fridge while you continue to prepare each disc. When all the cookies are formed, let them chill for another 15 minutes in the fridge. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until lightly browned and a little puffy, 18 to 22 minutes. The sugar should appear lightly caramelized and melty. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

December 20 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles Makes 2 dozen cookies Photo by VK Rees These are an enticing spin on classic cinnamon snickerdoodles, livened up with heavenly Masala chai spices: ginger, cardamom and a hint of cloves. Of course cookies are always fun to eat, but the crunchy, sugary tops on these make them even more so. They dont contain any actual tea, but brew a milky cuppa and prepare to dunk.  There are from Isa Does It. Buy that book, it’s great and the author is very beautiful. Ingredients For the topping: 1/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/­­4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Scant 1/­­8 teaspoon ground cloves For the cookies: 1/­­2 cup canola oil 1 cup granulated sugar 1/­­4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons unsweetened plain vegan milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the topping ingredients together on a dinner plate. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix for at least a minute, until it resembles applesauce. Then mix in vanilla. Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until youve got a pliable dough. Get in there with moist gloved hands to mix, its the easiest way to get the dough to come together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread a little). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit browned on the bottoms. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Black & White Cookies

December 19 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Black & White Cookies Makes 12 cookies Photo by Kate Lewis New Yorkers used to have to New Yorksplain these cookies to people, but I think everyone knows them by now. The classic NYC cakey cookie, half chocolate, half vanilla. Nothing special but somehow the most special cookie in the world! These are modified from Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar and currently featured in The Modern Love Brooklyn Community Cookzine. And actually, somewhere in the editing process the directions got messed up and so there’s some confusing stuff about cocoa powder in the cookzine directions. Sadface. So this is where I will send people when they yell at me and I’m so sorry about the mistake! In any case, with the proper directions (ahem) these aren’t difficult, but probably more of a weekend project, so have a great weekend everyone and I hope you get to make these. Ingredients For the cookies: 1 cup unsweetened vegan milk 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­2 cup melted refined coconut oil 1 1/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/­­2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1/­­4 cup cornstarch 1 1/­­4 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda 3/­­4 teaspoon salt For the icings: 3 1/­­2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted if clumpy 1/­­4 cup hot water 1/­­4 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 2/­­3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking oil. In a medium bowl combine milk and lemon juice, let curdle for about a minute. Whisk in oil, sugar, vanilla, extracts and zest. In a large bowl sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Form a well in the center pour in wet mixture. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. Scoop batter onto baking sheets using a 1/­­4 cup measuring scoop about 3 inches apart. Bake until tops are puffed and pale golden, and cookies spring back when touched, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes then carefully transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.  Meanwhile, make the icings: Sift the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add hot water, salt, vanilla and oil and stir with a whisk until smooth. Transfer about 1/­­3 of the of icing to another bowl to use for the chocolate side in a bit. Turn cookies flat sides up, dust off any crumbs and spread white icing over half the cookies using the back of a spoon or a frosting spatula. Let icing dry while making chocolate side. In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips until smooth. Add melted chocolate to leftover white icing and whisk until smooth. Use tablespoons of hot water if it seems too thick. Spread icing onto other half of the cookie and let set for about 30 minutes. Serve!

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies

December 16 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chocolate Fudge Candy Cane Cookies Makes 3 Dozen Cookies Photo by VK Rees These cookies scream CHRISTMAS so loud that you might have to tell them to shut up! Chocolate and melty minty chocolate with crushed candy canes. They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid theyve been so desperately wanting. You don’t have to find peppermint chocolate for these, chocolate chips or regular dark chocolate bars will work, too.  To crush candy canes, place them in a plastic zip lock and pound on them with something heavy (like a rolling pin). Ingredients 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil, room temp 1 1/­­4 cup sugar 1/­­2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temp 1/­­4 cup plain unsweetened plant milk, room temp 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/­­3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 2 3 oz peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up (6 oz total) 4 crushed up candy canes Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently, it might make the oil clump and firm up a bit but thats ok. Mix in the vanilla. Add one cup of the flour, all of the cocoa powder, the baking soda and salt and mix well. Mix in the chocolate peppermint chunks and then add the final cup of flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use gloved hands to get it fully incorporated.  Lightly grease baking sheets. Place a dozen on a baking sheet in 1 1/­­2 tablespoon scoops. Flatten slightly. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.  Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Members Only Vegan Meatloaf

October 25 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Members Only Vegan Meatloaf Serves 6 to 8-ish Autumn for Gen X means Member’s Only jackets and meatloaf This is for our elite members ONLY. Member that can handle lentils, TVP (textured vegetable protein) and seitan. And if it makes you think of Members Only jackets, that means you are over 40. So lets talk the 80s. It was a time where the only thing we were allowed to eat was meatloaf. And it was specifically this kind of meatloaf: hearty and meaty, not dry but not tooooo juicy, a smoky, sweet glaze (ok sometimes it was just ketchup), and delicately seasoned, straight off the 80s spice rack – paprika, thyme, onion and garlic. We literally had no other spices. And although this very meal was the punchline in lots of Sunday comics, who doesnt crave the hell out of this meatloaf? Its amazing in a sandwich the next day. Its the perfect accompaniment for peas and mashed potatoes. And its still as comforting as ever, which is just what we need right here and now in 2020. Recipes Notes ~ The lentils should be overcooked and bordering on mushy! Canned lentils that are drained will work just perfectly. ~ This recipe is easy, but does require some attention so that it cooks correctly. There’s about an hour and 20 minutes of baking time total. So just read the directions carefully when it comes to flipping. Basically, you’re gonna bake for a bit, flip it once, then flip it again. Then, you’re gonna unwrap it and bake for a bit. THEN you’re gonna transfer it to parchment, glaze it and bake it again. It’s easy but your eyes might GLAZE over while reading the directions. ~ I really suggest storebought breadcrumbs here because moisture content is going to be key. You can try homemade but don’t say I didn’t warn you. ~ I used Bob’s textured vegetable protein and wheat gluten. If you have a wheat and/­­or soy allergy, this isn’t the recipe for you! I love making wheat and soy-free recipes but this just isn’t one of them. If, however, you are part of a cult that believes that soy is part of the deep state, please find yourself another chef to harass. Ingredients 3/­­4 cup textured vegetable protein 2 bay leaves 1 cup overcooked brown or green lentils (see note) 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (not spicy) 1 1/­­2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1 cup vital wheat gluten 3/­­4 cup grated or very finely chopped yellow onion 1/­­2 cup storebought breadcrumbs For the glaze: 1/­­3 cup tomato paste 3 tablespoons water 1/­­4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon smooth dijon mustard 1/­­8 teaspoon nutmeg Pinch salt Directions In a small pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil with 2 bay leaves. Turn off the heat, mix in the TVP and let it sit for about 10 minutes until soft and spongy. Pour into a fine mesh strainer and let cool. Remove bay leaves. Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a mixing bowl mash the lentils into a puree then add the vegetable broth. You can also, if you prefer, simply puree lentils with vegetable broth in a blender then add to the bowl. Mix in the tomato paste, tamari, and olive oil and beat until the tomato paste is incorporated. Add the smoked paprika, rub the dried thyme between your fingers and add along with the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt.  When the TVP is cool enough, press it against the strainer to release as much moisture as possible. Add it to the mixing bowl and mix well, mushing it up to make sure it soaks up the liquid.  Lightly mix in the chopped onion and breadcrumbs. Add vital wheat gluten and use your hands to knead for about 2 minutes, then form into a ball. You might want to wear kitchen gloves for that to keep your hands fresh and clean.  Spray an 18-inch sheet of tin foil with cooking oil. Place the ball of meatloaf in the center of the tinfoil, and form it into an 8×3 inch loaf that is rectangular and as flat as you can make it on all sides. Wrap the tin foil around the loaf and transfer to a baking sheet.  Ok, now comes an important part about flipping so pay attention. Bake for 30 minutes then flip upside down and bake for another 20 minutes. Then flip again to the original position. This time, unwrap the tin foil. Bake for 10 more minutes just to get it a little crusty.  While all this baking is happening, make the glaze. Simply vigorously mix all ingredients for the glaze together in a mug, using a fork to do the mixing. Set aside.  After the loaf bakes with the tin foil open, you are going to transfer it to parchment. So place the baking sheet somewhere safe where it wont burn you or anything (on the stovetop works for me) and layout a kitchen towel as close as possible. Use oven mitts or towels to lift the loaf in the tin foil onto the towel. Now line the baking sheet with parchment and spray it with cooking oil. Use a wide spatula to get the loaf back onto the parchment lined sheet. Pour the glaze all over and use the back of a spoon to make sure you get it good and coated.  Place back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing serving!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

September 15 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Makes 6 six-inch pancakes The most pumpkiniest pancakes Autumn is so bittersweet in the midwest. The bitter part: knowing In a few weeks youll be underdressed in your denim jacket no matter how many flannels youve got on. How all the therapeutic lamps in the world cant replace the feeling of a walk on the beach. And this winter there will be no escape as the pandemic rages on. But the sweet part, at least in the midwest right now: the earthy autumn breeze that somehow feels like it’s the beginning of something, the way it forces you into the moment, and really, the moment is all weve got. Well, except for Ive ALSO got a 6-pack of canned pumpkin puree and a bulk amount of Penzeys Pumpkin Spice. So I am going to make this pumpkin moment count. Today, with pancakes. Recipes Notes ~ If you have an allergy ok, use a different milk (obviously) but I have to admit that soy milk works best for me in pancakes! ~ This recipe uses 1/­­2 of a can of pumpkin puree. I did this so that it’s easy to double by simply just using the full can! I will also post some recipes for using the other 1/­­2 of the can, so stay tuned. ~ I have so many “alternative” flours that I got at the start of the pandemic and now need to use. If you don’t have spelt flour, AP flour will be just fine. Probably even better, honestly. Ingredients 1 3/­­4 cup unsweetened soy milk, divided 2 tablespoons ground flax seed 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 3/­­4 cup canned pumpkin puree 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 1/­­2 cups spelt flour 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon baking soda 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Directions 1 – In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to vigorously mix 1/­­2 cup of milk with the flax seeds and apple cider vinegar for about a minute. It should be thick and viscous. Add the remaining milk, pumpkin puree, olive oil and maple syrup and whisk until smooth.  2 – Sift in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until relatively smooth, some lumps are okay, be careful not to overmix. 3 – Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Lightly spray the pan with cooking oil. Scoop scant 1/­­2 cups of batter into the pan, and then, you know, make pancakes.

Modern Love Mac & Shews

June 4 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Modern Love Mac & Shews Modern Love Community Cookzine! Photo by Isa Chandra. Art by Jason Meyer. Click image to buy! It’s our world famous Mac & Shews! With a few caveats. Firstly, this recipe has basically been on the internet for a while now. Also, this isn’t the EXACT recipe Modern Love uses. It’s simplified for home cooks. But it certainly gets the job done when you’re away from Brooklyn or Omaha and need your fix. And finally, this isn’t a regular blog post but, then again, these aren’t regular blog times. Now I don’t want to make this recipe intro too long because I know that twitter HATES that. But! I need to tell you about Modern Love Community Cookzine. Well, what happened was, my restaurant — Modern Love Brooklyn — closed at the beginning of the pandemic. We thought we would be done for good. It was heartbreaking, but I have my health and my cats, so ok. I have a lot to be grateful for. Then, after a few weeks, my business partner and I realized we have this empty restaurant. It’s still not safe enough to open. But, we thought, let’s get people their jobs back in as safe a way as possible, AND help the community on top of that. Let’s cook amazing, free (or dirt cheap) meals. Modern Love Community Meals was born. On top of feeding hundreds of people a week, we also decided, hey, let’s do a Community Cookbook, that seems to be the thing! Easy. No prob. So we started this CookZINE (zine, because I am punk) and gathered together some of the city’s best chefs to give us tips, stories and recipes. So now, here we are, and I’m asking you to please buy it. BUT WHY SHOULD I BUY IT?!!? Because it will help fund our Community Meals project. And it will help get the restaurant back open. And so we kinda need you to! BUT I DON’T WANT TO HELP YOU! Ok we know no one is actually saying that. But in addition to helping us you get all those amazing tips, stories and recipes we mentioned! What a deal. And you can spend anywhere from $5 to $50 to support us. In turn, we will continue to support the community. And be able to open our doors safely for pickup. STILL NOT CONVINCED? OR READY TO BUY NOW? Look at some of the gorgeous art! This is by Erica Rosey, for a section called Menuhoods, where a chef creates menus for the neighborhood they’re from. This is Greenpoint. (Also featured: Crown Heights and Sheepshead Bay.) Greenpoint, by Erica Rose Levine OK. That’s the pitch. Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoy the recipe and the zine and we can’t wait to feed you again! OH PS, here is the link to buy one. Recipes Notes ~ If you don’t have a high speed blender, do not despair. Just soak the cashews for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) and proceed with your regular old blender. You can also boil them for 20 minutes if you are super short on time and didn’t plan ahead. ~ We use home roasted red pepper at the restaurant, but you can totally use one from a jar. But if you wanna’ try it, homemade is way better. I won’t write the directions here, just google it. Ingredients 1 pound macaroni 1 cup whole unroasted cashews 1 cup vegetable broth 1 roasted red pepper, chopped 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chickpea miso 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/­­4 teaspoon salt Directions 1 – Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot for the macaroni. 2 – While the water is coming to a boil, make the sauce. Place all sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender (see recipe note if you don’t have one) and blend until completely smooth. This can take anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes depending on your blender. Scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula from time to time. 3 – Once water is boiling, cook pasta. Drain pasta in a large colander and add immediately back to the pot. It should still be piping hot and wet with pasta water. Do not rinse and do not wait. This part is important because you need the wet, hot pasta to get the sauce creamy and awesome and clinging to the pasta. 4 – Add the sauce to the pasta pot and use the rubber spatula to mix. Turn the heat on low and stir for about 2 minutes to get everything warmed through. Taste for salt and seasoning.

Kale Caesar With Brussel Sprout Croutons

May 5 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Kale Caesar With Brussel Sprout Croutons Serves 4 Caesar is the mother of all salads, vegan or not. But especially vegan! Who can deny a briny, lemony, creamy, garlicky dressing? I think the reason that Kale Caesars in particular are so popular (besides the fact that it sounds like hail, Caesar I suppose), is that the acidic dressing really breaks down the kales mask of toughness, revealing its true, velvetty nature. It still retains its crunch and heartiness but after the massage its, well, relaxed a bit! This dressing uses nori as a seasoning, adding that ocean flavor to the mix. I love roasted Brussels instead as croutons, for their toasty crunch. If youd like to add protein, toss in some chickpeas or top with tempeh or tofu, a chickpea cutlet or even some storebought fake chickn sliced up. Avocado, of course, never hurts either.  This is originally from I Can Cook Vegan. If you buy that book I promise to do only good things with the money. Recipes Notes ~ Lacinato kale is my fave for salads because its at once crunchy and a little more delicate than other kale varieties. But use what you got! ~ And yeah you can totally just use this dressing on romaine, too. Like, duh, why not. Just skip the massaging part ~ If you dont have a highspeed blender like viamix or blendtec, you can make this using a regular blender. Soak cashews them overnight first, or, if you dont have that kind of time, boil in water for 30 min and drain. You will have to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and give your blender a rest from time to time, and it could take like 5 minutes to get it totally smooth. Just be patient. Ingredients For the brussels: 1 lb brussels, quartered 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/­­2 teaspoon salt For the dressing: 3 cloves garlic 1 cup whole unroasted cashews 1/­­2 sheet nori, torn to pieces 1/­­4 cup tablespoons nutritional yeast 3/­­4 cup water 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tsp whole grain dijon mustard 3/­­4 teaspoon salt Several dashes fresh black pepper For the salad: 1 lb lacinato kale, rough stems removed, torn into 2 inch pieces or so Optional: Roasted pepitas or sunflower kernels for garnish Sliced lemon for squeezing Directions 1 – Preheat the oven to 425 F for the brussels. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  2 – Toss the quartered brussel sprouts with olive oil and a dash of salt. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned. No need to flip them, just let em roast. 3 – Make the dressing. Place garlic in a high-speed blender and pulse to chop up. Add remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth, about a minute, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula every now and again.  4 – Pour about 3/­­4 of the dressing into a large mixing bowl. Add the kale and massage it into the dressing for about a minute. Dont be afraid to really get in there like youre kneading dough.  5 – Top with roasted brussels and drizzle on more dressing. Finish with seeds, a little extra black pepper and serve with a lemon!

Chocolate Babka

April 23 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chocolate Babka Makes 2 8×4 Loaves photo by Kate Lewis Everyone’s making sourdough. But what they are NOT telling you is that there is no chocolate in sourdough. I KNOW. So all that work for nothing. How about make babka instead? The great thing about babka is that it will take you all day, you will wonder the whole time if you’re doing it right and you will need a lot of bowls and ingredients. Doesn’t that sound awesome! OK if not then listen: It’s doughy. And golden. And chocolate. And cinnamon. And you get to twist stuff. And you should make it because even if it riddles you with insecurity I promise you are doing it right. This recipe is originally from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook. Please buy it, I need money. Recipes Notes ~This recipe calls for chocolate cookie crumbs. The crumbs are totally necessary! But if you can find chocolate cookies, then actually any type of chocolate crumb could work. Well, not any. But let’s say graham or vanilla. Just something wafery and crisp. Don’t leave them out, they are there for texture and structure. ~I’ve been using soymilk for my babka these days. I think it comes out better than almond milk (although I said almond milk in the cookbook, I think? ~You need two 8×4 loaf pans for this recipes. But if you don’t have that you can google freeform babka and see if you can’t get some good directions. I’ve also done it in one loaf pan and the other inangel food cake pan and that is kinda fun! Other options: half the recipe or reserve the other half to make at a later time. ~If the directions sound confusing, please look at tutorial on youtube because the twisting is probably easier to understand if you see it! photo by Kate Lewis Ingredients 4 cups all purpose flour 1/­­3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup unsweetened vegan milk, warmed (not hot, wrist temp) 1 packet dry active yeast 1/­­3 cup mashed very ripe banana 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil, softened For the filling: 12 ounces semi, finely chopped 3/­­4 cups refined coconut oil 1 1/­­2 cups finely ground chocolate cookies (see tip) 3 tablespoons agave 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Additional milk for brushing Directions Make the dough: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour with the 2/­­3 cups sugar and salt. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the warm milk with the yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let it sit and get foamy. Mix the banana in with the milk mixture. Add the dry ingredients in batches, mixing well, until all ingredients are incorporated. Add the softened coconut oil. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for a good 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Clean the mixing bowl, and lightly grease it with some canola oil. Add the ball of dough, spinning it into the bowl to get it lightly coated in oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel, and set aside in a warm place to rise for about an hour and a half. It should double in size. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat parchment with oil. Divide the dough in two, and form into two rough squares on the parchment. Let rise in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Make the filling: In a large metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil, stirring with a rubber spatula, until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, then stir in the cookie crumbs and agave. Lightly grease two 8×4 loaf pans. with nonstick baking spray and line with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on each of the long sides. Roll out each square of dough to a 16-inch square. Using an offset spatula, spread all but 1/­­2 cup of the filling in an even layer over the dough squares to within 1/­­2 inch of the edges. Starting at the long edge nearest you, tightly roll up each dough square jelly roll-style into a tight log. Using a sharp knife, cut the logs in half widthwise. Using an offset spatula, spread 1/­­4 cup of the reserved filling on the top and sides of 2 of the halves. Set the other halves on top in the opposite direction so you have two crosses. Twist each cross to form spirals and transfer each to the prepared pans. Cover the loaves with a towel and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 375°. Brush each loaf with a little milk. Bake the loaves in the center of the oven for about 45 minutes, until puffed and well browned. Let cool slightly, then use the parchment paper to lift the babkas out of the pans and onto a rack set over a baking sheet. Discard the paper. Enjoy and instagram like crazy because you just made babka you rockstar!

Fried Tofu Eggs

December 14 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Fried Tofu Eggs Makes 24 eggs photo by Kate Lewis Sometimes an egg just completes the look. But jeez are chicken eggs a cruel business (don’t worry, I’m not gonna’ describe it, but google if you’re curious). And please don’t with “not all eggs…” Ok, speech is finished, now let’s get down to business and honor some chickens by leaving them alone and making delicious eggs out of tofu! These have been out in the world for awhile via my Instagram and it looks like youse love them as much as I do! They do take a little finesse and practice, so if yours look more like a hashtag Pinterest fail than a golden centered morsel of deliciousness, dont worry, it will still taste yummy, just keep practicing kids! The recipe was inspired by two things that I love to cook: my tofu omelet recipe and bánh x?o, the Vietnamese rice flour pancake. I have made it with and without the agar powder and it works both ways but the agar gives it a little more of the slickness you might be looking for in an egg. The yolk isnt runny, it has more of a medium cooked yolkiness to it. But it definitely sets itself apart from the rest of the egg in a convincing way. I hope you love it and put it on everything from avocado toast to ramen to pasta to a brekkie sandwich! And I have a pasta recipe coming up this week that is calling out for this egg so watch for it. Oh, also, there’s a video buried in my Instagram of my friend Abou (ok employee, I have no friends) making eggs. See if it helps you get the idea! Recipes Notes ~Please make the recipe as stated or if you want to experiment go off and do that and let us know the results! I cant tell you what will happen if you replace the tofu with carrots or whatever so youre on your own there, dont ask me. ~I think they taste best if you make all the eggs, then let them rest for 10 minutes or so. Gently reheat in the pan on low for a minute or so. You can make these a day ahead, if you like! ~You may need to thin the batter once its sitting. Dont add a lot of water, just a tablespoon at a time if needed to make it pourable. The more water you add the more fragile it becomes. Ingredients For the egg white: 2 14 oz package extra firm silken tofu (vacuum packed Mori Nu brand) 2 tablespoons melted refined coconut oil 1 cup rice flour 2 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon kala namak 1 cup cold water 1/­­8 teaspoon agar powder For the yolk: 1 cup of the egg white mix 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric 1/­­4 teaspoon paprika 3/­­4 teaspoons kala namak 1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil 2 teaspoons tomato paste Directions In a blender, combine all of the egg white ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides. Now on to the yolk. Take one cup of egg white mix and add it back to the blender. Add in nutritional yeast, turmeric, paprika, the additional kala namak, additional tablespoon of coconut oil and the tomato paste. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a smaller mixing bowl. Preheat a well seasoned cast iron over medium heat. Spray with a little cooking spray (I like coconut). Do a tablespoon test of the egg white. It should cook in about 2 minutes and be matte on top, golden underneath. If it burns, lower the heat, if it takes too long, raise it a little. Ok now make the eggs. Spray the pan with cooking spray. Use a 1/­­4 cup measuring cup filled about 3/­­4 of the way and pour into the pan in a circle, leaving a hole in the middle. Fill the hole with about a tablespoon of yolk. Depending on the side of the pan you can do 3 to 5 eggs per round. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until matte on top. Spray with more cooking spray, use a thin metal spatula to flip and cook on the other side for 30 seconds to a minute. Transfer to parchment as you continue with the others.

Aquafaba Pumpkin Pie

November 23 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Aquafaba Pumpkin Pie photo by Kate Lewis Makes a 9-inch Pie Pumpkin Pie just got lighter, airier and way, way easier! Aquafaba (that’s cooked chickpea liquid) fluffs up as you puree literally every single ingredient together in the blender. So while it works, you can lean against the kitchen counter scrolling through Instagram and giggling at all the sillyheads that are still using eggs. Come on, it’s 2020, get with the program. But anyway, this pie is full of ginger and spice and everything nice; simply put it tastes the exact way you want pumpkin pie to taste. It also sets beautifully as you can see from those luscious fork marks. Long story short: cancel any other pies and get this on your table. Notes ~You will need 1/­­2 a cup of aquafaba. I highly recommend aquafaba from an organic can of chickpeas. That is what we tested it with and it worked beautifully! Homemade aquafaba will give you varying results in flavor and texture so experiment some time but if you’re new to this just buy the can. I am sure you will figure out some way to use those chickpeas. ~More about that can! I would suggest a 28 oz can because then you won’t need to scrape the bottom of a small can to make sure you get that full 1/­­2 cup. ~For crusts, you can use one off this site, or a storebought one, or a gluten-free crumb crust or whatever you want. No need to parbake. ~If you are using a high-speed blender (like Vitamix) then put it on a low setting. 2 sounds good. If it’s a regular old blender, do a 5 or 6. Ingredients 3 cups pumpkin purée 1/­­2 cup pure maple syrup 1/­­2 cup aquafaba (see notes) 2 tablespoons coconut oil at room temp 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch of ground cloves 1/­­2 teaspoon sea salt 1 (9-inch) pie crust, unbaked and chilled Directions - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, aquafaba, coconut oil, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt to a blender. Blend for about 3 minutes (less if using a high-speed blender), until light and fluffy. It should increase by 20 percent to 25 percent in volume. - Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake for about an hour, until the top is crackly, the filling is a little jiggly in the center and pulling away from the sides slightly. - Let cool for about 30 minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Slice and serve with whipped cream!

Raspberry Pretzel Thumbprints

November 22 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Raspberry Pretzel Thumbprints Photo by Joshua Foo Makes 2 dozen These cookies will satisfy all of your cravings: sweet, salty, chocolatey, fruity and the desire to spend an hour making cookies. No, it really isn’t that complicated. A little extra work will get you this super special unforgettable little baby angel of a cookie. They’re basically a holiday treat no matter what time of year you make them! These are called thumbprint but secret: it’s actually a pinkyprint. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Ingredients 1/­­2 cup canola oil 3/­­4 cup granulated sugar 1/­­3 cup brown sugar 1/­­4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk 1 1/­­2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 2/­­3 cup all purpose flour 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1 cup thin pretzel sticks 3/­­4 cup seedless raspberry jam 1/­­2 cup chocolate chips Directions 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large baking sheets. 2 – In a large bowl beat together oil, sugar, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Sift in flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Stir to form a thick, stiff dough.  3 – Spread pretzels onto a large cutting board and cover with parchment paper. Roll a rolling pin over them to crush them into bits and pieces.  4 – Scoop walnut sized pieces, moisten your hands and roll into a ball. Then place them into the pretzel pieces, rolling around so that the pretzels pieces adhere. Place on prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/­­2 inches apart. 5 – Use your pinky to make a deep indent in the center of each cookie. Use a teaspoon to fill each indent with about a teaspoon of jam. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden on the edges and lightly browned on the bottoms. 6 – Place cookies on a cooling rack to cool. Wait until completely cool to proceed. 7 – Place cooling rack of cookies over the sink. Using a microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Let melted chocolate cool a bit, then drizzle over cooled cookies while they are still on the cooling rack, and let the excess fall into the sink for easy cleaning. Let the chocolate set in a cool room or in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 22 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes 2 dozen Just like most 8 year olds, peanut butter chocolate chip has always been my comfort cookie. It takes only about 10 of these to make all my problems go away. These are about as peanutbuttery (yes that’s a word) that I could get them without them turning into a big old spoonful of peanut butter. This recipe is from Superfun Times. But it had a different pic! Notes ~Use creamy natural peanut butter for these. The only ingredients should be peanut butter and salt. If you use something else I bet they’d still be good, but I can’t guarantee it, so just listen to me and follow the directions for once in your life. Ingredients 3/­­4 cup refined coconut oil softened at room temperature 3/­­4 cup creamy natural peanut butter 1/­­2 cup granulated sugar 1/­­2 cup packed brown sugar 1/­­4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or preferred non-dairy milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/­­2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl, use electric mixers to beat together oil and peanut butters. Beat in the sugars until fluffy. Add the milk and vanilla. Sift in 3/­­4 cup of the flour along with the cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Beat until smooth. Add the chocolate chips then use your hand to mix the batter the rest of the way, until well combined.  Place about 2 tablespoons of batter on the trays, a few inches apart. Lightly flatten with your hand. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden on the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

November 1 2019 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes Photo by Vanessa Rees Makes 8 mini-bundts or 12 muffins From October until sometime just before Christmas, pumpkin is all that matters. It’s a magical and fleeting moment in time and these little cakes are just the thing for it. Not at all fussy or difficult, crowd pleasing and just the complete embodiment of pumpkin season. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Notes ~ I would never try to convince you to purchase a piece of kitchen equipment that you didn’t actually need. And I know you don’t NEED a mini-bundt pan. Who does? However, I am going to try to convince you to get one! Because I want you to slay that Halloween party with these adorable treats. And I want you to make all of your Facebook friends to see how incredibly successful you are, making cakes they could never ever pull off. If, however, you don’t want to listen to me, you can make these in a muffin tin as well. Just bake them for about 20 minutes instead. Ingredients For the cake: 2 cups pumpkin puree 1/­­2 cup olive oil 1 1/­­4 cups granulated sugar 3/­­4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 3/­­4 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice 1 teaspoon salt   For the glaze:   2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/­­2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil, melted Directions 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini-bundt pan.  2 – In a large mixing bowl beat together pumpkin puree, olive oil, sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.  3 – Sift in flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir until relatively smooth. 4 – Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan, filling each one about three-quarters full. Bake for 24 – 26 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and cakes are firm and puffy on top and lightly pulling away from sides of the pan. Let cool in baking pan and once you can handle them invert them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. 5 – Make the glaze. Sift confectioner’s sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and coconut oil and stir vigorously until a thick and smooth but pourable icing forms. 6 – Place cooled bundt cakes on a cooling rack over a sink and spoon icing around the top, letting the excess drip off. Let set and enjoy!

Broccoli Mac & Cheese

May 25 2018 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Broccoli Mac & Cheese Photo by VK Rees There are a lot of vegan mac and cheese recipes in this world. But like kitten rescue, Joy Division T-shirts and Beyonce videos, you can never have enough. I’m working on a cookbook for beginners (out Fall 2019) and this will probably be the first recipe in the first chapter. I love this particular recipe for new cooks because the most important part (the sauce, duh) needs no cooking and takes about two minutes to pull together. It also has my favorite vegetable built it: broccoli! (Yes, I am that basic.) Its chopped into small small pieces and available in every creamy, dreamy bite. The method is also really easy and contains every cooks favorite words: one pot. You simply add the broccoli to the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking. So yah, this is a great place to start.

Baked Potato & Greens Soup With Potato-Wedge Croutons

September 11 2017 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Baked Potato & Greens Soup With Potato-Wedge Croutons OMG. It’s been TEN years. Well, we do enough OMG-ing in the new intro, so I’ll leave it at that for now. But the Veganomicon 10th Anniversary Edition is out this month, and it’s made me excited enough to update my blog! The book has been tidied up, made a little easier, and most importantly, a lot of photos have been added, all by Kate Lewis. There are also 25 new recipes! I’ll be posting some classics over the next few weeks to get you excited. Order the book on Amazon or where ever you like to support, thank you thank you thank you. Let’s start with this favorite: a potato soup with giant french fry in it! That is, a potato wedge thats been dredged in cornmeal and lightly fried. As for the healthy part, we use kale here, but escarole or spinach would be good, too. Make the baked potatoes the night before so that you can have this soup ready in thirty minutes.

Peanut Butter Brownies

December 9 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Peanut Butter Brownies When youre, like, four years old, your first favorite dessert flavor is bound to be chocolate and peanut butter. And when youre forty…not much changes. In between you might want to toy around with other favorites (matcha? chai?), but come now, you will always come back to your first. These brownies are deep and rich and have a satisfying, addictive peanut butter swirl that looks as neato as it tastes. What’s more, today is National Brownie Day! And I know it’s late, but go ahead and make a batch anyway.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

November 21 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Chocolate Pecan Pie This is elbow-your-Great-Aunt-Dora-out-of-the-way-to-get-the-last-slice delicious! Chocolate should most certainly be represented at the Thanksgiving table, and pecans are the ideal plus-one to get it into the party. This pie is really rich and caramelly, with all that toasty pecan nuttiness studded throughout. Dont worry, once you share a bite of your slice with Great Aunt Dora, she will totally understand all that elbowing.

Sorta Classic Pot Pie

November 11 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Sorta Classic Pot Pie In need of a little comfort this weekend? Or maybe just a fabulous centerpiece? Pot Pie will get you there. You know what to expect out of a pot pie, and this one will never in a million years disappoint. Flaky pastry, creamy be?chamel, peas, carrots, and toothsome seitan. Its a downright necessity at the holiday table and, fine, Ive been known to eat it for breakfast, too. So what, Im an adult, and I can do as I please. If you don’t want to use seitan, then two cups of cooked chickpeas work great, too! This recipe is from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, out 11/­­15/­­16!

Green Bean Casserole

October 27 2016 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Green Bean Casserole Long time no see. I figured I had to pull out a real show-stopper to get back into your life. Enter Green Bean Casserole! Before the recipe though, a word of welcome to my new website, IsaChandra.com! It was a fabulous 15 year run, but as you might have noticed, I hadn’t updated The Post Punk Kitchen in years. I just needed something fresh and new. So it’s basically like I cut my bangs and feel like a new person. Only in internet form. But don’t worry, all of your favorite recipes are being transferred here (if they haven’t been already) and I’ll be updating way more often. Starting with some recipes from my new cookbook, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook! Order it, like, right away. Now on to the recipe. Did your childhood Thanksgiving come out of cans and boxes? And do you kinda sorta maybe just-a-little-wittle-bit miss it? Then this casserole is right up your alley! This version has a few real ingredients, but dont let that fool you, its still as embarrassingly good as its predecessor.

Breakfast Nachos

May 4 2014 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Breakfast NachosServes 8 Total time: 1 hour || Active time: 1 hour You got your nachos in my breakfast. No, you got your breakfast in my nachos. OMG, its breakfast nachos! These are loaded with all of the brunchy requirements: scrambled tofu, roasted potatoes, avocado salsa and a creamy, cheesy, cashew sauce. Theyre great for sharing with a crowd or for a slightly messy breakfast in bed. Its definitely company food. You dont want to eat breakfast nachos alone, unless you really really love yourself. You can make a few huge plates for everyone to share, perhaps as the savory component of a brunch. Because, yes, nachos are a great appetizer before pancakes. Or make little individual servings. Either way, just remember to layer ingredients between the layers of chips. I hate when all of the fun stuff is just dumped on top and youre left with empty chips at the end. An empty chip is just a crime. There are a few components here, but its very easy to put together. None of them are crazy difficult. While the potatoes roast, you can pretty much prepare everything else, just remember to set a timer because you dont want to burn the taters. Its always been my opinion that brunch without potatoes is like going whale watching but seeing no whales. Its fine, but next time, gimme some whales. Anyway, dig in! I swear there are some chips under there. Here’s the Instagram pic where you can actually see ’em.

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