According to my office wall calendar, today is:
Hug a Vegetarian Day. 🙂
I also noted online that tomorrow, October 1st is World Vegetarian Day.
So make sure to hug all the vegetarians you know today and tomorrow. 😉
On a personal note, I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and have never regretted my decision to give up eating meat.
More and more people continue to embrace a vegetarian diet, for a number of reasons and there are millions of vegetarians around the world.
For me, it’s always been mainly an ethical choice to not eat meat, due in large part to reading: Diet for a New America by John Robbins, several years ago. I was shocked and saddened by what I read in that book and I never forgot it. 😦 I had been eating less and less meat for years, before reading that book. And after finishing the book (and it’s a very tough book to read, if you love animals) I gave it up completely.
On the plus side, I’ve been healthier and happier since I became a vegetarian and delighted by all the good things that can be created in the kitchen without any meat.
If you are in need of some vegetarian recipe inspiration, do check out the extensive recipe archives here at Veggies….
You can also check out my two cookbooks at Amazon.com:
Not Just for Vegetarians (print version only) and The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker (print and Kindle versions)
Have a Wonderful Week and Sending Lots of Hugs to YOU (to the meat-eaters too)!
PS: On a completely different topic, if you know anything about making CDs, please stop by over at My Poetic Path to read my post from today.
Photo above from Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman.
Photograph by Patricia Holdsworth Photography.
….like I do, you will ♥ this easy tapenade recipe. 🙂
Black Olive Tapenade
1 1/2 C. black olives (I use Kalamata)
1/4-1/2 C. chopped fresh basil (to taste)
1-2 T. fresh rosemary (to taste)
1-2 cloves garlic (to taste)
2 T. fresh lemon juice
Blend in a food processor to a chunky consistency. Allow to cool in the fridge at least an hour to blend flavors. Keeps well in a sealed container or jar, in the fridge for about a week.
Although I’ve been making an ongoing effort in the past few years to REALLY cut back on sodium in all kinds of foods, olives are still something I splurge on occasionally, in this regard.
I do wish they used less salt when curing them though. I have yet to taste any olives that weren’t extremely salty. And as I’ve cut down on salt, everything tastes saltier too.
But when it comes to this tapenade, a little goes a long way.
I like to spread it on crackers, wraps or in a sandwich. Yummmm! 🙂
I’ve been working on my third cookbook for several months now and have been making slow but steady progress on this project.
This will be the second book/Ebook in the Groovy Green Kitchen series.
This one is all about yummy soups along with a selection of easy, interchangeable side dishes to go with them.
I ♥ soups so much and all year long, so this is definitely an easy topic/book project for me to take on with a lot of interest and enthusiasm!
I have had some unforeseen delays in getting this book completed (most beyond my control) but now I’m thinking that wasn’t such a bad thing after all. 😉 Summer is NOT the time to release a new soup cookbook, the fall is definitely better.
And by autumn: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups will definitely be a “done deal” 😉
In the meantime, I am also still promoting all my other books, including my newest one:
Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well
that I just published in April.
I need more Amazon reviews for all my books and here’s where you come in. 😉
If any of you are interested in reading/reviewing one of my books:
Amazon Author’s Page for Geraldine Helen Hartman (click to see list)
send me an email (subject line: book reviewer) at:
veggiecook @ myway . com (spaces removed)
and I will be happy to send along a review/gift Kindle copy for this purpose.
I have 6 Ebooks now available so this is definitely not just for the cooks who are reading this! 😉
And thanks to everyone who has already written reviews for my books/Ebooks! Most appreciated.
Happy Reading, Cooking and Mid-Week!
That happens to me, quite often!
I use a LOT of parsley in recipes. But the bunches they sell at the stores are usually still too big to get through, without throwing out/composting some of the parsley.
Can you relate? 😉
I recently found this recipe over at Country Living for Parsley Walnut Pesto and gave it a try.
It was so good!
Such a lovely fresh taste, healthy ingredients and a nice change from the basil types of pesto, I usually make.
I served it with fettucini noodles and some fresh green beans with lemon on the side; made a delish dinner!
Here are a few “tweaks” I made in the recipe:
I omitted the salt, used curly instead of flat-leaf parsley and it worked fine, used a bit less olive oil than they called for.
DO toast the walnuts as suggested, it is worth the bit of extra time this step takes. Really enhances the flavor.
Try to make this at least an hour or two before you plan to use the pesto, to allow flavors to thoroughly blend, in the fridge.
PS: If you have a favorite parsley recipe, do share! I’m always on the lookout for those. 😉
Photo courtesy of Flickr
I ♥ beets sooooo much! 😉
I think beets are one of the most underrated vegetables in terms of versatility and taste.
Not to mention their health benefits, which are significant too and in a number of ways. It’s not just vitamin C that you’re getting in a serving of beets! You can read about some of the many nutritional pluses of eating beets and beet greens here.
Tonight I’m making a beet pesto with pasta recipe for the first time. Sounds and looks so yummy. It’s a recipe that I found recently in Alive Magazine. I also make a variety of beet salads on a regular basis and of course, my fav soup of all time:
Veggie Beet Borscht (click for the recipe).
Do you like beets and what’s your fav recipe to make with them?
Happy Cooking! :)
***Thanks to Chef Julianna at Foodie on Board for this wonderful review of my new cookbook: The Groovy Green Kitchen, Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. ***
Happy Cooking and Weekend to All! 🙂
I have only been blogging for about 7 months now, but it has opened up a whole new world to me: one brought to life by talented, creative, and friendly people – fellow bloggers. I really had no idea just how much I would enjoy “hanging out” with this positive, energetic bunch of people who give so much time and energy to supporting and encouraging one another. So today I thought I would give back a bit, and celebrate the talent of a prolific food blogger. Geraldine Hartman of Veggies, Yarns and Tails is the author of a number of cookbooks, several books of Haiku and a novel. I recently acquired a copy of Geraldine’s, “The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker”, and recovered my slow cooker from the back of a cupboard where it had been languishing for a number of years. …
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Homemade Zucchini, Onion and Artichoke Pizza
Well, I’m finally back online with a new computer and Windows 8 (fun, fun!!!) to learn. Why do they have to change these programs so much every time there’s an new edition? Makes no sense. 😦
Now I know first-hand why so many people are complaining about Windows 8.
Anyone else learning Windows 8 right now? If you have any quick tips to share, PLEASE DO!
Even simple things like minimizing a page etc…have changed. And I can’t figure out how to copy my photos from a USB drive, into the Photo app. on the start page.
I also have a gazillion emails and other things to catch up with.
But, I’ll get there, chipping away at the to-do pile, day by day.
I have missed blogging SO much!
I hope to get around to visit all my fav blogs by this weekend. I read a LOT of blogs so it might take a while. 😉
In the meantime, hope you enjoy this pizza crust recipe from my first cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians. (see recipe below)
So easy to make and another thing I’m making ‘from scratch’ more and more these days.
What is your favorite pizza and do you make homemade too?
Happy Week and Happy Cooking! 🙂
Homemade pizza is so much better than commercial and for so many reasons.
Obviously, not as expensive. Ingredients not questionable (many commercial crusts contain lard) and of course the varieties you can have fun making are endless. Healthier choices made easy for a ‘fast food’ that has stood the test of time. Pizza will be around forever I think. I certainly hope so. Enjoy!!!!
This dough recipe makes enough for 2- (14″-15″) regular crusts OR 3- (12″-13″) thin crusts (my preference).
HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH
Pizza dough doesn’t have to be complicated to make. This way, you can be sure what you are eating; many commercial pizza crusts contain lard. This one is from my brother Wendell’s collection of recipes and it is one of the best I’ve ever made or tasted.
1 C. lukewarm (not hot) water
1 T. raw sugar or honey
2 T. dry Traditional yeast
¼ C. olive oil
½ teas. sea salt
2 ½-3 C. unbleached white flour
Optional: 1 T. mixed dried herbs of choice (oregano, thyme, savory etc…)
In a large bowl, combine lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir just once. Cover and let dissolve in a warm place, about 10-15 minutes, yeast should be frothy.
Add oil and salt and then stir in just enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board and knead 100 times, adding more flour if required. Dough should be smooth and satiny but not dry. Note: Add dried herbs with the flour (opt.).
Grease mixing bowl and place kneaded ball of dough in it. Cover with a dampened tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until doubled.
Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease pizza pans.
Divide dough in half (or 3 for thin crusts), spread out on prepared pans, forming a thin crust around edges. Hint: Wet your fingers slightly to help with this step.
Top crusts with a thin layer of tomato sauce ( go easy on this, too much means a soggy crust ) and toppings of choice.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, reduce heat to 400 F after first 10 minutes, if browning too fast.
Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.
**I made another batch of these Energy Bars the other night and thought I’d share the recipe here again.**
They make a great snack or breakfast on the go!
Happy Cooking and Week to All 🙂
With outdoor activities increasing for many of us now as the days warm up and the snow melts away, I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this recipe for these easy to make and very yummy energy bars.
A sweet and satisfying treat!
If you are a fan of Eat-More or Cliff bars, you will love this recipe, a nutritious and delicious redo.
Very satisfying, one of these bars provides a lot of energy but not too filling. Vegan-friendly too.
My apologies for the less than perfect photo. 😦 It’s the taste that counts, right? 😉
See page 2 for complete recipe.
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