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Mass-hole/ NYorker/ NewEnglandish type peeps schindig

Ok, folks its been too long since our last *and first ever VW potluck in history* of the New England/ Mid Atlantic -esque crew...

so i have mentioned this to a few of you, but i would be willing to have a get together at my place here in Western Mass this month. Time  is a little tight for me, but how about Sun March 23rd or the 30th? would anyone be interested?
ill do the whole mass PM thing once some peeps chime in.

let me know what y'all think.  :)

It was so awesome to meet everyone.  Was a pleasure to meet new people and get to visit with those I knew from other meet ups.
Thank you LucidAnne for opening your home to us all!  You rock!! 

The food was all superb.  I am so full right now.... STILL!  ugh!  I think my favorite was the confetti salad of beans, corn and veggies.  It was just so yummy but not heavy like my casserole.  The pizza was also rocking awesome, just like the spinach artichoke dip.  YUM.

I am hording all the yummy leftovers for myself for lunch but I did feed my honey some of the Whisky Cake!  ahaha  Tomorrow I shall be eating Aloo Gobi at lunch feeling all warm and happy about it coming from Nuchita!  Thank you everyone.  :)

(Kate, sorry you didnt make it!! Hope everything is ok.)

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KMK, so sorry you couldn't make it  :(  We were looking forward to meeting you.  Bad luck often strikes at the worst times.  If ever you find yourself around Boston be sure to let Dinkfeet, Celtkat, and I know and we'll meet up with ya!

Cam, the beano didn't work?  Haha, after all that talk about it.

Great to see all the old faces and meet new ones!  Everyone is a great cook.  I had to keep the heat off during the car ride home to fight off the "food coma."

LA, muchas gracias for having us over.  You are a very gracious host, and uber cool to boot!

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Sweet desserts were so gooood, but so filling after all the yummy food, great work everyone.

It was great meeting everyone.  Sorry we had to run so quickly... as nuchita said, the car share sometimes restricts the amount of fun, really wish we could have stayed longer....just makes the wait much longer for the next potluck.  LA thanks for hosting I am now jealous of your chopping block and all the great cooking tools.  It's now 6 hours since we left and I am still full.  Can't wait til we all meet again for the next one.

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man,  i miss you guys already!! i had so much fun w/ y'all and i was so glad to see and meet everyone.
The Midge demands that you return soon for some more belly rubs....she needs them now since she indeed got her fill of vegan treats of soy ice cream, whiskey cake and green tea cupcake wrapper. we caught her red handed!! (cams...she needs some beeno!)

i will definately want to be hitting you all up for recipes...everything was sooo yummy! i will be trying the aloo tomorrow (which, TECHNICALLY, is at 12.01am, right??!!)

thanks again everyone! it was a blast!  :)

KMK.... im soooo sorry you didnt get to make it, i was soo looking forward to meeting you! we'll do it again, dont fret!

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i want to see pictures. stat.

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Soon enough Hes, I think three of us were recording the whole affair, so there will be something cool coming.  I'm sorry you couldn't make it Kate, it really was tons of fun, and good eats of course.
I knew I should have taken Midge home with me, she can't be trusted anywhere else... oh, and I'm sorry I left her a little ramp so she could make it onto the table and chow down.  >:D

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humm, not sure about the sausages cams. i didn't put them all out and when i got home, there was only 1 end piece from both left in the tuppy! so i think both went over pretty well. also, many commented on yours who missed the whole "contest" part.

i just slept off my food coma. egawds i have to get to work. i do have some leftovers for lunch, such as this stromboli i made with the leftover pizza dough, cheeze, mushrooms, and sausage ends.

sadly, i think the other leftovers (minus icecream) are now in our bellies. DR attacked our two cupcakes last night. i have to find green tea powder. omg.

RECIPES
spinach dip - on my blog (linked above)
seitan-o-greatness- modified from original version, on PPK boards
cheezes - from uncheese cookbook
icecream - my co-op  ::)

cams has the bean/corn salad recipe and if he doesn't post it i have it in my gmail. it was a mighty fun time and i'm sad i have to go back to work. boooo. and i have to tutor stats today! double boo.

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I made the tortilla casserole and lemon cupcakes.  The former recipe can be found on my blog, along with photos that I took of the meetup food!

Tonight I will try to get the people photo's up on shutterfly and linked here.  :)

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hmmm. recipes, recipes...

green tea cuppincakes: from VCTOtW, no modifications (fair warning: matcha powder is $$$$ - I bought a few ounces in bulk at $72 a pound)
aloo gobi: my own, but probably very similar to any number of other recipes on here or on the interwebz generally.  I can put it up if anyone's really dying for it though.
caesar dressing: modified Veggie Planet Caesar recipe by adding cashews, parsley, onion powder and garlic powder.  I've also used red wine vinegar in this too with decent results as well as added almonds.

I can't think of anything else..

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I can think of something else...the pizza sauce...now that I have committed it to memory I shall share it.

Pizza Sauce: 
1 can Crushed Tomatoes
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Table Spoon Italian Seasoning
1 Table Spoon Oregano
2 Teaspoons Black pepper
Olive Oil

I usually use a medium sized pot and just put in enough oil to cover the bottom
Chop up the garlic cloves, real thin or with garlic press, saute the garlic till light brown (medium heat), then add tomatoes, (increase heat to medium high).  Once boiling add the rest of the ingredients and stir in, then lower heat to low, let simmer for 15 minutes...and done serve hot or throw int he fridge and use for another day. 

I can share my pizza dough recipe too, but that's at home and not committed to memory.

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What an easy sauce recipe!  I am going to use it. 

marxistvegan, I do believe you and I discussed the merits of sparknotes on the ppk today.  Dang, I wish I coulda met you guys!

I can't wait to see pictures.  :)

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fair warning: matcha powder is $$$$ - I bought a few ounces in bulk at $72 a pound

waaa!! i totally dream of those cupcakes from the potluck. DR and i ate the two we brought back (one of each) before we got dinner down! it was CRAZY GOOD

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i think those green tea cupcakes might just turn my mother vegan!! shes obsessed w/ trying to make them now! soooo good. thank god cams saved mine from The Midge.

and i seriiously need some snausage seitan and cheez making lessons, im snacking on the last of mine now. nomnomnom. :P

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Re: sausages...

So I'm the type of person who just doesn't deal with meat substitutes very well.  I think the only thing I've been able to handle is a bean burger covered in vegetables and condiments.  I can't imagine myself making seitan or anything like that and doing a good job.  And, even when I was a meat-eater, I never liked sausages.. something about those sausage spices turned me off.  That and meat for breakfast wasn't big in my family.

BUT - I did enjoy our meatsie and cheesie platter!  I thought both of them were really quite good, especially paired with some of that amazing cheese.  Really, BP, that cheese was sooo good.  It was that perfect consistency to just melt-in-your-mouth. 
Take it from an anti-sausage person: both were great.  Everybody wins! 

also.. the good thing about the green tea is that you don't need all that much powder to make a batch.  I bought I think almost 3 ounces (around $13), made a double-batch and still have plenty leftover.  It's alot to spend for one ingredient, but you can make it last.  But, try to find it in bulk because the prepacked internet-variety seemed like it was the same price I paid for about 1/3 as much.  I got mine from Cornucopia here in Northampton.. you know, for the next time you all happen to drive all the way here for shopping ;) 

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What an easy sauce recipe!  I am going to use it. 

marxistvegan, I do believe you and I discussed the merits of sparknotes on the ppk today.  Dang, I wish I coulda met you guys!

I can't wait to see pictures.  :)

It is an easy sauce, not sure who in my family came up with it, but works for me.

As for sparknotes or cliff, yeah that was me.

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PICTURES!!! NOW!!! (Yes, I'm shouting. Bookpapa and I coudn't make it so I have to live vicariously.)

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I can think of something else...the pizza sauce...now that I have committed it to memory I shall share it.

Pizza Sauce: 
1 can Crushed Tomatoes
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Table Spoon Italian Seasoning
1 Table Spoon Oregano
2 Teaspoons Black pepper
Olive Oil

what size can is this? a big one?

and yeah, this sauce is great, and so simple. i cant wait to make it again.

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I can think of something else...the pizza sauce...now that I have committed it to memory I shall share it.

Pizza Sauce: 
1 can Crushed Tomatoes
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Table Spoon Italian Seasoning
1 Table Spoon Oregano
2 Teaspoons Black pepper
Olive Oil

what size can is this? a big one?

and yeah, this sauce is great, and so simple. i cant wait to make it again.

It's the big can...I think it is 28oz

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recipe for what cammers brought. enjoy, cali  ::)

texas trash
1 can shoe peg corn (white)
1 csan black-eyed peas
1 can black beans
1 small jar pimentos (chopped)
1 small can jalapeno peppers (sliced, then chopped)
1 cup celery chopped
1 med red onion chopped

wash corn, peas, beans thoroughly then drain.... put all ingredients in tupperware bowl.

over medium heat put 1 cup sugar (granulated), 1 cup olive oil, and 1/2 cup cider vinegar. Simmer until clear. Cool slightly. Mix all together. Cover tightly. Refrigerate overnight. Drain before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or frito-lay scoops!

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Yay!!! Thanks BP and Camilus!  I may just decrease the sugar a bit because I want to eat that daily.  haha

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