Interesting blurb I found in one of my vegan cookbooks…
Over the holidays my grandmother mentioned how expensive a box of Coleman’s Dry Mustard Powder was at her local grocery store so I went on a mission to find it at the coop. Finally, after a few weeks I found it and bought one for her and myself. New ingredient means new recipes! She was talking about using it in deviled eggs and so I have been jonesing for them ever since. I really love having deviled eggs as a snack because they are full of protein and you can really adapt them to have any flavor profile you like. I did a very classic recipe as I was using the Coleman’s mustard but I have to say I was tempted to mix up a few other variations. Horseradish, relish, curry powder, sesame oil, and seafood such as fresh crab meat are just a few of the variations I may try. Next time you have to attend a potluck/ are entertaining, or just want a high protein snack, whip up a few of these and I know you won’t be disappointed!
Gluten free, dairy free shortbread?! Yes indeed, and with the approval of my restaurant co-workers, this recipe is a hit! You can coat half of them in chocolate, or leave them plain and buttery as I did and enjoy with tea or some good jam. They are lighter then the traditional shortbread but still full of flavor and this recipe is quite easy.
A good friend of mine suggested that I try this chicken salad recipe and I have to say it was delicious. Smokey, salty and creamy it is a very unique take on a traditional chicken salad. Cleverly named “Last Month’s” due to the color from the smashed avocado mixed with the saffron, it is luxurious and decadent while also being healthy. I really love substituting avocado for a traditionally creamy ingredient. It not only tastes great but makes the dishes much more heart healthy. Last year for my roommates birthday I made Linguine with an avocado and arugula pesto and this is certainly in the same vein. Saffron is expensive but definitely worth it in this recipe. I also used chili pequins which are available at Penzy’s spices but you can substitute any spicy, smokey, dried chili you prefer.
A few weeks ago I said to my mother with a sigh, “It’s really sad that I probably will never have caramel again”, and she was listening. What did I unwrap at Christmas but goats milk caramel! I have had one other goats caramel product before, a hardened chew, but it was super tangy and I have to say slightly off putting. This (Fat Toad Farm Original Caramel) however, is incredible. She bought it at William Sonoma and it is not inexpensive but completely worth it. I have the original flavor but they also make vanilla and cinnamon. I have noticed it has even made an appearance at the Park Slope Food Coop. Grab some goats milk ice cream (La Loo’s) and this caramel sauce and I promise you won’t be disappointed.