2012-09-14 Fabulous Friday Finds
Hey! September! How did that happen? (And yes, I know, it’s two weeks in now! How did THAT happen?)
Here’s the awesome we found this week.
Are there still any raspberries where you are? I have to admit, I pick them each year and none of them make it into anything but my mouth, but next year (or maybe from frozen this winter), these Raspberry Corn Muffins look amazing — vegan and gluten-free, too, though there is a whole wheat version if you swing that way.
May need to check out this new gluten-free, sugar-free cookbook to see where it stands on eggs.
When going gluten-free, the most confusing thing for me was the large and overwhelming choice of flours out there. I bought two pre-made GF flour mixes, but have to say that I didn’t love either. I’m still not blending my own — I always follow recipes — but this breakdown of some of the GF flours and some suggestions for blends is really great: The Dusty Baker explores gluten-free flours.
Okay, so apparently I’m in the midst of a sugar fixation lately because I’m posting all the sugary bad for you stuff, and Mary Kate has remained relatively balanced. But anyway…I need to make these. Vegan Creme Filled Chocolate Eggs. I miss Cadbury Creme Eggs. I know we’re not in the right season, but maybe I can make them into skulls for Halloween. And I have to figure out a proper replacement for coconut oil because that’s a big no-no for me. (What about solid vegetable shortening, like Spectrum’s? Might have to tinker with the flavor, as coconut oil has it and palm oil doesn’t, but the key, I think, is that it’s solid at room temp. MK)
Awesome — no soy means no pre-made veggie burgers for me, and I miss them. I cannot wait to try this recipe, as I love mushrooms — Lentil-Mushroom Burgers. This might fill the veggie burger hole in my life like the versions I’ve tried so far haven’t (but I am working on a sweet potato black bean tex-mex thing).
(See, she’s posting more healthy stuff – D) But since I’m on a roll with the sweet stuff, this looks cool too. It’s a Chocolate Brownie Tamale. Might be a fun, less intimidating way for me to try making tamales, because how bad can it be if it’s chocolate? I mean, I’m going to eat it anyway, right?
Okay, so for non-sugar posts, I found this new cookbook coming out in a couple of days. It’s called Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free One-Dish Dinners. While I’m not vegan, often vegan recipes are much easier for me because I don’t have to worry that the recipe is going to contain milk or egg. I still have to worry about all the nuts and flax, but it’s harder going through a regular cookbook going “Nope”, sighing, and turning the page and repeating the process. I like using a Crock-pot because it’s an inherently lazy cooking technique. Throw stuff in pot, turn on, and wait. Then I can go knit or write for several hours. And generally there’s a ton of leftovers, which I may be able to freeze in single serve containers and eat some other night. So I’ll probably be checking this out when it’s available.
Lastly, I found a post about a Food Allergen Detector that a Swedish design student came up with the concept for. I don’t know if that means he came up with the idea, but he doesn’t actually know how to make it work, or if he actually came up with a working prototype. Wouldn’t it be great if it worked and was actually available?
Remember, we’re into sharing. Tell us about some cool stuff you all found.