Gia Russa Sicilian Lemon Marmalade

GIA RUSSA SICILIAN LEMON MARMALADE Steve brought home this Sicilian Lemon Marmalade, knowing I like orange marmalade and most things Italian. I doubt I’m the only one who thinks lemon flavored product often tastes like bathroom deodorizer smells – to the point of offending the senses. Gia Russa usually has good product. Reliable. Wouldn’t hesitateContinue reading “Gia Russa Sicilian Lemon Marmalade”

KARMA BLEU DIP

GOOD KARMA AND SUPER BLEU BLEND Combine as much SUPER BLEU with GOOD KARMA ONION DIP as you like. It’s that simple. Transfer to dipping dish and serve with cracker of your choice. Today it was WHEAT THINS. Not too hard on the gums, just enough crisp. Use as appetizer or perk up a sandwichContinue reading “KARMA BLEU DIP”

COFFEE RICH

NON-DAIRY CREAMER. The non-dairy creamer that’s been on the market since 1946. GLOBAL. The closest tasting and feeling to real milk and cream out there. Comes frozen. Thaws easily. Use in place of milk or cream. I’ve used it for years with excellent results. It’s a RECIPE TURNER. Not just the creamy component, but theContinue reading “COFFEE RICH”

Lightlife SMART Tenders

LIGHTLIFE SMART TENDERS These tenders aren’t so smart, or the people transporting and storing them aren’t too smart – either way presents problems for the customer. 2 pkgs. equals 12 tenders 2, 6 oz. pkg. Lightlife Smart Tenders, thawed FAT-FREE SAUCE: Kraft Fat-Free French Dressing Balsamic vinegar apple vinegar liquid smoke garlic powder salt freshContinue reading “Lightlife SMART Tenders”

Pan-Fried Frozen Q-Tofu In Apricot Sauce

Pan-Fried Frozen Q-Tofu In Apricot Sauce Succulent is my first and last impression on these tender, juicy, different than any tofu I ever had, pillows of wonder! I already know what I’m going to get myself for Christmas – a case of them. Better start winding down the freezer now! Makes 4 appetizers or 2Continue reading “Pan-Fried Frozen Q-Tofu In Apricot Sauce”

Strawberry Chocolate Almond Mousse Frosting

STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE ALMOND MOUSSE FROSTING Marinated fresh strawberries with zest and juice of orange, brown sugar and unsweetened dark chocolate plus smoked almond crumbles. Folded into dairy-free whipped topping! A perfect mousse with which to frost a layer cake! Makes about 3-1/2 cups

My Favorite Creamy Dressings

DAIYA DOES IT ALL. Pick a dressing any dressing! They’re all superb! My go-to dressing is DAIYA BLUE CHEEZE! So many uses. Not just for salads: greens, coleslaw, potato, pasta/macaroni, veggie. 1- In many fat-free dishes all it takes is a Tablespoon of daiya Blue Cheeze drizzle over the top to pop it. 2- UseContinue reading “My Favorite Creamy Dressings”

MY PIZZA TO CRACKER EXPERIENCE

We Want Fresh Bread Or No Bread WE CAN DO NO BREAD. We’re just not going to do stale bread. Bakers sat on their animal-based laurels too long. They should have believed what was staring at them, that longer shelf lives were needed. They failed to do the research and development wanting to put allContinue reading “MY PIZZA TO CRACKER EXPERIENCE”

LOTUS FOODS Deceptive Sales Methods

A while back I ordered $63.15 worth of LOTUS products online. The order went through, the money was tapped from my account and then I received an email notice saying three of the items were on back order, so they wouldn’t collect the money until they were all shipped.

365 Whipped Topping – WHOLE FOODS

CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? Whipped cream made out of plants with no fat. FAT-FREE! Now, you need to read the can. You can shake forever and nothing comes out. Who would think that you have to run the bottom third of the can under warm tap water for 30 seconds before shaking then squirting. YesContinue reading “365 Whipped Topping – WHOLE FOODS”

Fried Cauliflower WHOLE FOODS

Steve was in that part of town today, so stopped in to have a look around at WHOLE FOODS. CAME HOME WITH LOTS OF GOODIES. A Mother’s Day gift early, since he’s going in for hip replacement surgery the morning after, so he’ll be doing prep work from now until then. One item was fromContinue reading “Fried Cauliflower WHOLE FOODS”

GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE SAUCE

One might think that a company like GHIRARDELLI would manufacture a high end chocolate sauce. PREMIUM. PROFESSIONAL. That’s what it says on the label. If I wanted a cheap product that tasted and textured like glossy cocoa powder paste, I could have mixed some cocoa powder with sugar and water, heated then cooled it andContinue reading “GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE SAUCE”

OKTOBERFEST. Cheers To The German In Me

Yes, it’s a fine beer, and made locally, which is extra nice! So what if it’s not October. Fond memories abound. Germany 1968. Tour of Europe. Why October? It was cheaper. Most tourists were gone. Rows of picnic tables outside the backs of restaurants with patrons wanting to eat outside. Sounds like us. Mom andContinue reading “OKTOBERFEST. Cheers To The German In Me”

AFC Downtowner Chicken Salad Sandwich

AFC DOWNTOWNER CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH Steve said, “good; it’s really good. It tastes like a downtown sandwich.” I knew what he meant. Upscale. Familiar. Trustworthy. A reason to go downtown. The DOWNTOWNER. The downtown vegan. AFC Downtowner. Everywhere, even in the suburbs, all the way to the country by way of rural roads leading toContinue reading “AFC Downtowner Chicken Salad Sandwich”

Nada Moo Ice Cream Sundae

NADA MOO ICE CREAM SUNDAE This is one of those ‘don’t talk while you eat’ desserts. If you start talking it might just disappear into somebody else’s mouth. Protect your plate from pillagers. Wow. I’m in love with NADA MOO. I don’t know how you ended up in my test kitchen, but I’m glad youContinue reading “Nada Moo Ice Cream Sundae”

JUST MAYO

Unfortunately for me, since I love to try different flavors, out of all the flavors JUST, Inc. claims to sell I’ve only seen the original and chipotle. I tried the squeeze bottle, but recently happened upon the jar packaging and found it much more convenient. There’s a lot of waste in squeeze mayo bottles wherebyContinue reading “JUST MAYO”

Animal-Free Sour Bleu Cream

ANIMAL-FREE SOUR BLEU CREAM  Looking for an easy dipping sauce for all kinds of chips and veggies? Looking for a sparkle in your coleslaw? Add a tangy element to your baked or mashed potatoes, or mix with cooked cut green beans for a side dish! I like this on a hot dog, burger, you nameContinue reading “Animal-Free Sour Bleu Cream”

So Delicious and CADO Meet in Chef Sharon’s Kitchen

Now I understand why Tom Brady of football fame likes avocado ice-cream. I think he’d like the OATMILK variety too made by So Delicious. Actually I think I might try to make a recipe using both OAT MILK and AVOCADO in one ice-cream extravaganza experience! Stay tuned. Hershey put out a thicker version of theirContinue reading “So Delicious and CADO Meet in Chef Sharon’s Kitchen”

BUSH’S CUBAN STYLE BLACK BEANS

BUSH’S CUBAN STYLE BLACK BEANS Steve brought these home. I never saw them before. He took them in his lunch mixed with rice and fire roasted tomatoes. I was about to throw the can when I noticed he left a few. One half cup exactly, but just enough to give them a hearty taste testContinue reading “BUSH’S CUBAN STYLE BLACK BEANS”

Tofurky Plant Based Savory Gravy

TOFURKY PLANT BASED SAVORY GRAVY Pre-made, pre-packaged of course. We can always use more animal-free gravies and sauces. It’s the sauce, the gravy, the drizzle that makes or completes, enhances or highlights what’s under it. And so it has always been revered and respected and looked after with great care. Pass the gravy. Who saysContinue reading “Tofurky Plant Based Savory Gravy”

WildWood Barbecue Tofu Toppers

WILDWOOD BARBECUE TOFU TOPPERS Wildwood Tofu cubes cooked in sesame oil, Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, lemon and smoke till liquid evaporates and seasonings coat the cubes evenly. No tomato in this barbecue. Next time. Mild flavors just right for soup or salad toppers or rolled in a sandwich wrap! Or how about a snack?Continue reading “WildWood Barbecue Tofu Toppers”

Spaghetti and Beyond Beef Nuggets

SPAGHETTI AND BEYOND BEEF NUGGETS An UPTICKED DELLALO TOMATO BASIL SAUCE ladled over thin spaghetti and topped with BEYOND BEEF ROUND NUGGETS cooked to perfection! DELALLOLICIOUS! Lots of veggies in this sauce! Serves 4-6

IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER

This is the burger everybody’s been talking about and quite frankly, compared to the other Impossible Burgers I’ve had this hardly resembled it. There are two ways you can order this burger at Burger King cooked: either flame broiled, or microwaved for those who don’t want their burger cooked on the same surface an animalContinue reading “IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER”

Olive Walnut Tapenade

OLIVE WALNUT TAPENADE Simple, easy to make. Textures, flavors all good. Serve with crackers, bagel, French baguette, flatbread. Use as a topper for marinara and pasta, green salad, coleslaw, or in scrambled tofu! Makes 2-1/2 cups

HAZELNUT CRANBERRY ROAST En Croute

HAZELNUT CRANBERRY ROAST En Croute by FIELD ROAST Grain Meats Served with Mustard Grape Sage Sauce as a main dish roast or on an English muffin sandwich! Yes to it all! En Croute means ‘in a pastry crust’. Today we’re serving an Artisan Vegan 100% Plant Based ROAST made from grains and veggies. Manufactured withContinue reading “HAZELNUT CRANBERRY ROAST En Croute”

Crafted Gourmet Almonds – Blue Diamond \ new

Steve and I are big fans of Blue Diamond. Their smokehouse almonds are tops. I make crumbs out of them that I put on everything that likes a crushed nut topper. Their Almond Breeze Milk is the same – tops. Their gluten-free smokehouse Nut Thin crackers yup the same –  tops. Now this. Of courseContinue reading “Crafted Gourmet Almonds – Blue Diamond \ new”

EARL OF SANDWICH JEWISH RYE

Ah, now here’s a nice thick, airy, easy to toast, perfect crunch Jewish rye worth talking about. This was my breakfast this morning. Spread with fresh ground nut butter – almond this day. Topped with spicy brown stadium mustard, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then all mushed up on the toast. Served with apple cider. IContinue reading “EARL OF SANDWICH JEWISH RYE”

Creamy Caponata Spread

CREAMY CAPONATA SPREAD (GF) Already made to order this special eggplant appetizer takes a creamy leap into never-never land to land on top of the heap! Mix with Tofutti gluten-free, dairy free cream cheese, and serve with gluten-free Blue Diamond Nut-Thins! Off the planet delicious!! A perfect spread with a perfect cracker. Add a fewContinue reading “Creamy Caponata Spread”

Lilly Belle Politicking For Her Clif Bars

I’m not big on health bars, but Steve and Lilly Belle are. Steve, because they’re healthy and convenient, Lilly because she just likes them. Steve started out with the plain Clif bars that were sold at Walgreen’s. When on sale they were a dollar. He ate more than a few cases of those before heContinue reading “Lilly Belle Politicking For Her Clif Bars”

Saffron Pickle Juice Dressing using GOOD KARMA FLAXMILK

SAFFRON PICKLE JUICE DRESSING Save your pickle juice! Then make this delectable runny yolky textured dressing for salads and vegetables of all types! There’s only 3.5 grams of fat in the entire amount! For home or restaurant. Everybody has leftover pickle juice. This is how you use it. YES. Makes 3-3/4 cups

CHOCOLOVE ginger crystallized in dark chocolate

When Steve brings home specialty chocolate bars, I rarely refuse at most half a bar. We both love ginger flavor in just about anything. The crystallized texture was there, and a little reminiscent of the crystals one feels on the mouth when eating grana padano cheese, but the ginger flavor was absolutely missing. That leadsContinue reading “CHOCOLOVE ginger crystallized in dark chocolate”