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Lost coconut custard pie

Out of this world. Firmed up beautifully and very coconut-y, even without the coconut extract. Maybe a bit too sweet, but hey, it's dessert. I didn't have graham crackers, so I made a cookie-like crust using 1 cup flour, about 1/4 cup sugar, and enough canola oil for it to hold together, which worked perfectly. I wish I could eat this every day.

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Baked BBQ Tofu/Apricot BBQ sauce Made this with friends tonight. We could only find dried apricots, but they worked just fine. The sauce really turned out delicious, just enough of each flavour - sweet, savoury, smoky...awesome.

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Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
They don't have Russet potatoes here so I used the closest thing I could find but they were still pretty small so I used 6 potatoes instead of 4. I think it would have been better with just 4 potatoes though so that the flavors would be stronger. Scooping out the potatoes and refilling them wasn't quite worth the effort, so I'd recommend just eating them as mashed potatoes. They were pretty tasty.

Creole Stuffed Peppers
These were yummy.  I used 2 really large peppers instead of 4, but kept the amounts of everything else pretty much the same except for the beans. I used a cup of black beans instead of 4 cups of black-eyed peas. I probably should have used more beans because the bf thought it was a little too spicy, but at least the filling fit into the peppers perfectly. The mildness of the red pepper helped with the spiciness, as did the Messy Rice that was suggested it be served with. I would make these again.

Messy Rice
Simple and flavorful. I like that the rice tasted good on its own but it was mild enough that it still did its job as rice, being an accompaniment to the main dish (Creole Stuffed Peppers).

Seitanic Red and White Bean Jambalaya
I made this because kidney beans and white beans are pretty much the only kind of bean available in a regular supermarket here so I happened to have both kinds.  I didn't use seitan though because my bf doesn't like it. I thought this tasted good but I felt like I was eating too much rice. I would use maybe half the amount of rice if I made this again because it made soooo much food and it was mostly rice. I would add more vegetables instead of the rice.

Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits
This is like a deconstructed pot pie. Very hearty and homey. No crazy flavors, so it might be good to serve to a meat and potatoes kind of person. My bf enjoyed this because he had just read the word cassoulet in a book he was reading and hadn't known what it was, so the timing was fun when I made this.

Tofu Ricotta
Excellent! This was perfect in a lasagna I made. Very versatile.

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Hi Everyone-
I'm fairly new to being vegan (Novemember 2009) and also to this group. I got Veganomican for Christmas, but I haven't had time to post my experiences until now. Thanks to everyone for the great ideas I find on this site!
Sarah/NJGIRL

Soft Poppy Seed Polenta
I wasn't overwhelmed by this, I served it with the Roasted Eggplant Stew as recommended. The Polenta was good but nothing earth shattering...I think overall, I prefer my polenta crispy.

Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans
These were so yummy! I cut the oil by half and they came out fine. I made the recipe in phases over 2 days so that I could use it as a work night dinner (soaked and cooked the limas one day, sauced and baked them the next) I omitted the mint because I didn't have any, but the recipe was fantastic. I had two servings and my mom literally ate the rest of the entire dish herself. Definitely a keeper!

Basic Broiled Tofu
My family loves this recipe! I make it at least once a week. I cut the tofu thinner than Isa recommended (basically, I get 32 triangles) , it gets crisper that way and I do press the tofu before using it. I modified the braising sauce slightly so that I have enough for 32 triangles and just to accommodate my own prefererence. I always use all the juice from 1 lemon,increase the water slightly to a scant 1/2 c and I use 2 tbsp tamari & 2 tbsp braggs in place of 3 tablespoons regular soy sauce. I add the scant tsp of oil directly to the sauce and then use a spray bottle to lightly cover the pan. I serve this my own version wasabi mashed potatoes and a seasame green bean recipe that I saw Rachel Ray make.

Chickpea Cutlets
This recipe is a staple in our house. I cut the oil to 1TBSP and increase the soy sauce to 3 TBSP (I use reduced sodium)). I make the cutlets fairly thin and then I pan fry them in as little oil as I can to get them crispy. I serve with the mustard sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus.

Leek & Bean Cassoulet with biscuits
I honestly expected this recipe to be more flavorful based on the reviews.  I also used cooked beans instead of canned beans which probably impacted the saltiness. I tasted it before I added the biscuits and it was so bland I had to do something or I knew my husband wouldn't eat it. I added Braggs, onion powder & white pepper to taste to save it. I think next time I will start with a richer roasted vegetable stock, as I just used the box variety for this recipe. The biscuits were really good, however the dish did not reheat well the next day. I will definitely try this one again though!

Tomato & roasted eggplant stew with chickpeas
I LOVED this dish. My husband didn't care for it at all, but honestly he doesn't love eggplant and I really, really do. The veggies smell amazing when they are roasting.I added a spritz of lemon juice to my bowl when I served the stew and I think it helped bring out the flavors. There were a lot of steps, so not a weeknight dish for me, but I will definitely make it again. I did serve it over the poppy seed polenta as recommended. The polenta was bland to me and mushy, It wasn't the best compliment in my opinion. I think next time I will serve it over pan sauteed or grilled polenta for a texture contrast to the stew.

Cholent
The flavors are pretty mild in this dish, I've mad it twice now and next time I will likely add more garlic or some other herbs. The dish smells divine while cooking, the thick texture is really nice. I have made it once with the limas and once with the peas. I prefer the limas. My huband really loves the comfort food quailty of the dish. Overall, it is a solid recipe that I will keep on the dinner menu rotation.

Penne Vodka
OMG! this dish is to die for. I seriously could eat the whole recipe myself. It is absolulely perfect and I pretty much follow the recipe to the letter. I use a pretty cheap vodka (we aren't vodka drinkers so I couldn't see buying an expensive one). Sometimes I use fire roasted crushed tomatoes instead of the plain ones...it is fantastic either way. I make it 2-3x a month.

Pasta E Fagioli
I really like this recipe. The flavors are simple, but it is a good ,basic, hearlty pasta and beans dish. It isn't the soupy kind of Pasta E Fagioli, you can eat this one on a plate. The recipe is super easy and quick. I prefer cooked beans to canned, so I make some on the weekend and then use this recipe for a quick work night dinner. I used mini pasta shells that were a vegetable and wheat blend and used wine instead of the vegetable broth option. I like to squeeze a lemon wedge onto each serving, we like how it enhances the flavor in my house. My husband was skeptical about pasta and beans but he really loved this dish and even requested the leftovers for lunch. It reheated really well the next day.

Mustard Sauce
I LOVE this Sauce. It is great on the chickpea cutlets, mashed potatoes, asparagus, etc. The first 5 times I made the recipe, I didn't have whole grain dijon, just regular dijon. The sauce came out kinda potent but my husband and I really liked it. The last time I made it I bought whole grain dijon and we actually didn't like it as much...thought it was too sweet. Next time I'll go back to the regular plain dijon.

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Thanks for the great reviews!

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Tempeh Shepherdess Pie

this is AMAZING. If you haven't made it yet, you should definitely do so. I followed the recipe exactly, aside from adding some vegan wocestershire sauce to the tempeh & veg filling. Real tasty, hot or cold :)

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

Sorry to hear that, bd. I hate when that happens.

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

Ah! I was going to make that tomorrow! Crap.

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

Ah! I was going to make that tomorrow! Crap.

Maybe you will have better luck?  I'd like to know how it turns out.

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

Ah! I was going to make that tomorrow! Crap.

Maybe you will have better luck?  I'd like to know how it turns out.

Well, sb apparently loved it. So...?

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Banana-nut waffles:  Made these last night and they get two major thumbs up.  I halved the recipe, then decreased the oil by half.  I made two BIG Belgian waffles and they came out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside - waffle perfection!  I didn't have any issues with sticking.  Delicious.

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Black Bean Burgers- These were ok.  Nothing fancy that sets them apart from other black bean burgers.  They tasted better cold then they did warm.  I don't think I will make these again but if I do I will change the spices to suit my taste better.

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Grilled yuca tortillas
I liked these. I used half the amount of yuca with the regular amount of other ingredients so they'd have a stronger flavor. They were even better when I added some cheezly to the tortillas. Mmmm.

Coconut lemon bundt cake
when I made the batter I declared, "this is going to be the best cake ever!" I was kind of upset when I took the cake out of the pan and it split in half even though I waited the 10 minutes it said. It makes a really really tasty cake though. It's moist but has a large crumb. Great balance of coconut and lemon. Next time I'll make it for an occasion so that I don't have to eat the whole thing myself and just hope it doesn't break again.

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Spinach noodle kugel.  Very dry, very bland, very disappointing.  :(

Ah! I was going to make that tomorrow! Crap.

Maybe you will have better luck?  I'd like to know how it turns out.

Well, sb apparently loved it. So...?

oh, I made a sweet kugel instead. now I'll just have to do something with all the frozen spinach I have.

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Spinach linguine with basil-cilantro pesto and artichokes:  Really, good.  This would even be good cold as a pasta salad.  Couldn't find spinach linguine.  The best I could do was tri-colored rotini.  I think it would be good with any pasta.   

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Tofu ricotta

-This is good, and worked really well for manicotti, but I prefer the cashew ricotta. The cashew one has much more flavor, and doesn't taste like tofu (which I don't mind, but don't always want that). I do think the texture of this one is better for some things. P said he liked this one better than cashew. They are both good! This is super easy to make.

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Mac Daddy

Yum, made this last night and will Def make again.. I added some peas to the mix to get my veggies and and it was delish. It is even better the next day.. The only thing I would do differently is double my batch of cheezy sauce, It was like I did not have enough but it was still very good. Oh and I used rotini instead of elbow macaroni because it was all I had on hand.

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Terry's favorite almond cookie
Excellent cookie. Chewy and tasty. I used agave nectar instead of brown rice syrup and it still came out great. I might decrease the sesame oil and increase the almond extract to make them more almondy next time.

Vanilla ice cream
This is the first ice cream I made in my ice cream machine. I wanted mint chocolate chip so I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of mint extract and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla instead of 1 tablespoon (and chocolate flakes). It was perfect! I am sooo happy with how it tasted. It was really soft when it was done in the machine but when I put it in a container in the freezer it hardened nicely but was still scoopable. I think I will continue using this recipe as a base.

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Chewy Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies

They weren't chewy. They got pretty hard, and they spread quite a bit, which the directions said they wouldn't. They tasted pretty good, but I thought the title was deceptive. Meh. I might make them again.

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