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Veganomicon Recipes

OK, I bought my copy of Veganomicon (cookbook from the same authors as Vegan with a Vengeance and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) last week at Barnes & Noble.  Over the weekend, I made my first recipes from the book.  I made the Chickpea Cutlets with the Mustard Gravy.  I also made the Tomato-Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans.  For sweets, I made the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies.  Everything was really good.  I've been having a difficult time staying away from the cookies, they're so good (very thin, crispy, chewy!).  Has anyone else here purchased this cookbook yet and made any recipes?   I'd love to hear what people are making and enjoying from this cookbook.  I really enjoy Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's other cookbooks, and I'm looking forward to exploring more in this new book.

I made the chicpeas romesco tonight with herbed scalloped potatoes on the side.  Loved both.  I used a small onion for the chickpeas instead of shallots, but otherwise followed the recipe.  The potatoes directions were a little unclear for me (one layer of potatoes in a large dish or several layers?), so I just made a half recipe in a square baking dish and layered, but next time I'll just do one layer in a large dish cause the pieces at the top were the yummiest.  ;)

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The potatoes directions were a little unclear for me (one layer of potatoes in a large dish or several layers?), so I just made a half recipe in a square baking dish and layered, but next time I'll just do one layer in a large dish cause the pieces at the top were the yummiest.  ;)

I agree! I had no idea how to actually assemble the dish, so I did as you did, and plan to do as you said for the next time! :) Or else mix the spices in so everything gets a nice layer of the yumminess!

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I made the black bean burgers and they were deeeelish! I added some red bell pepper to it and it was great. Also, I wouild definitely recommend putting cilantro even though it's optional. It really brings out the other flavors!

I also made the Chickpea Cutlets. They were pretty good, but I thought the lemony flavor from the lemon zest was a little overpowering. I will cut down on it next time. I think that'll make them excelent!
  They also did not reheat very well (in my microwave). They got kind of stringy. Maybe I didn't knead enough?

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  They also did not reheat very well (in my microwave). They got kind of stringy. Maybe I didn't knead enough?

The same thing happened to me! Chewy & stringy in the microwave... :-\ However, after re-warming one in the microwave & having that experience, I rewarmed another in the toaster. Haha--not the toaster oven, just my regular toaster. And I actually liked that! It made it crisp on the outside, but not chewy. :)

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What a great idea! I am going to do that next time.

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That is excellent advice!  I'm going to try that. They were good the first day, but I tried microwaving my leftover cutlets too and the creepy texture made them inedible for me.

  They also did not reheat very well (in my microwave). They got kind of stringy. Maybe I didn't knead enough?

The same thing happened to me! Chewy & stringy in the microwave... :-\ However, after re-warming one in the microwave & having that experience, I rewarmed another in the toaster. Haha--not the toaster oven, just my regular toaster. And I actually liked that! It made it crisp on the outside, but not chewy. :)

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I made the potatoes and loved them. Mine ended up more than one layer but it didn't matter about the spices -- they still tasted great all the way through. I made the chick pea noodle soup and thought it was good, and I made the cholent (sp?) and really liked it. It doesn't have a strong flavor, but definitely winter comfort food -- it's very thick though, so if you are looking for a soupy stew, this isn't the recipe.

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That is excellent advice!  I'm going to try that. They were good the first day, but I tried microwaving my leftover cutlets too and the creepy texture made them inedible for me.

  They also did not reheat very well (in my microwave). They got kind of stringy. Maybe I didn't knead enough?

The same thing happened to me! Chewy & stringy in the microwave... :-\ However, after re-warming one in the microwave & having that experience, I rewarmed another in the toaster. Haha--not the toaster oven, just my regular toaster. And I actually liked that! It made it crisp on the outside, but not chewy. :)

Oh, good! I hope it works for you, too! I just put it on a low setting so it didn't burn... I'm sure the oven would work, too, but who wants to preheat that for just one little cutlet? ;)

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That is excellent advice!  I'm going to try that. They were good the first day, but I tried microwaving my leftover cutlets too and the creepy texture made them inedible for me.

  They also did not reheat very well (in my microwave). They got kind of stringy. Maybe I didn't knead enough?

The same thing happened to me! Chewy & stringy in the microwave... :-\ However, after re-warming one in the microwave & having that experience, I rewarmed another in the toaster. Haha--not the toaster oven, just my regular toaster. And I actually liked that! It made it crisp on the outside, but not chewy. :)

Oh, good! I hope it works for you, too! I just put it on a low setting so it didn't burn... I'm sure the oven would work, too, but who wants to preheat that for just one little cutlet? ;)

I am a lazy American, so not me!

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I made the Mexican Millet, which was very good and the chocolate chocolate chip walnut cookies for my student.  It was hard not to eat them all, they were so good.  ;D (I only swiped one).  I think I'm going to try those black bean burgers next!

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I am officially addicted to the Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti... Except I put in sliced almonds instead of hazelnuts, because I always have almonds on hand, and I also throw in about 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips! Yum yum yum! :D

I made the Orange-Cranberry-Nut Bread last night, and it smelt divine! I didn't get to try any because I am sending the loaf off to my boyfriend for his finals week, but I stole a tiny nibble from the bottom & yum! I think I might have to make another loaf tonight to keep at home... :)

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Oops, I tried to modify my post slightly and ended up with a different post ???

Please ignore the bonehead......that would be me!

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Just had the Sauteed Seitan with Mushrooms and Spinach.  Really good and filling.  Bland in a good way.  I halved the recipe and it was plenty for me and my fiance to be quite stuffed.  I served it over rice with mashed yams on the side...good comfort food on a cold snowy evening.  Yum!

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I made the Orange-Cranberry-Nut Bread last night, and it smelt divine! I didn't get to try any because I am sending the loaf off to my boyfriend for his finals week, but I stole a tiny nibble from the bottom & yum! I think I might have to make another loaf tonight to keep at home... :)

Update: I made this bread again last night for my family & me, and it is so good! I added nutmeg & cinnamon, in addition to the allspice, and some molasses (I have a hard time sticking to recipes exactly as written ::)), and it is just delicious! Perfect for this time of year. :D

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i just had a BISCOTTI EXPLOSION in my kitchen! i made:

orange-chocolate chip
cranberry-pastasio
chocolate-hazelnut

they are all pretty good. i like the C-H best, but that is just how i roll. i'm giving them to ppl for holiday yummyness

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I made the Pumpkin-Cranberry Scones, Lemon Bars, and Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes.  The scones were more cakelike than I tend to enjoy, but the authors warned of that in the recipe.  My very non-vegan family adored the Lemon Bars, and I'm going to make the potatoes more often!  VCTOTW and VWAV are two of my favorite cookbooks so I was really eager to get the Veganomicon.  It did not disappoint. ;)

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Adding on to my list..
The Snobby Joe's and the Spaghetti w/ Bean Balls and Marinara Sauce are really, really good.  My only complaint is that I didn't think that one recipe of Marinara Sauce was enough to coat the bean balls and the spaghetti.  Next time, I think I'm going to add a can of tomato sauce too, since I prefer a less chunky sauce also.

I also made the Green Pea and Lemon Risotto w/ Roasted Red Peppers, though I wasn't blown away.  Again, I think my reaction is mainly due to personal preference, but next time I will definitely add some more roasted red peppers, and maybe something else, if I can think of what else it seems to be missing...

After reading all these posts about the desserts I'm anxious to try them!

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I made the chickpea cutlets again last night and they were SO GOOD. I did not add the lemon zest this time around and it was perfect. I also topped it off with the mustard sauce.I also made the easy stir fried leafy greens and they were good as well.

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sb - did you bake or fry the chickpea cutlets?

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I baked mine (cause I don't like to fry things) and they were fantastic.  I don't remember how long I baked them for, but it was longer than the recipe said, cause i wanted them to be nice and firm, a little golden. 

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