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Sad Morning, Super Easy Cheesy Chili Nachos

My Monday morning posts are almost always written the Sunday night prior, so, as you might expect, I’m a little sad while recapping this recipe. Much as we enjoyed this snack (and boy, did we enjoy this snack), it did not really help us recover from the disappointing Steelers loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV. As me and my roommate made our way back from our friend’s apartment on West Liberty Avenue, we noticed an eerie quiet to our surroundings, which can only be the hushing whim of sorrow weighing down heavy upon our Steel City souls.

Enough with the sobbing! The following dish is not vegan, as my usual Meatless Monday contributions are, but seeing as the Super Bowl is a time to gather around a TV screen with friends and rejoice in football and fatty foods, I felt it was no time to be stingy with the dairy. This dish is, however, very very easy to make, crowd-pleasing, and flatulence-inducing. Proceed with caution!

Super Bowl Super Easy Cheesy Chili Nachos

Ingredients
– 1 1/4 cup of shredded Mexican-blend cheese
– 1 can of chili beans
– 1/4 cup salsa verde
– 1/4 cup fresh salsa
– Tortilla chips
– Jalapenos (optional)

– Throw a bunch of tortilla chips on a large platter and sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese over top.

– Over medium heat cook the beans in a sauce pan until just bubbling. Turn heat down and add 1 cup of cheese and the salsa, then stir until melted and mixed.

– Pour bean mixture over chips. Add fresh salsa on top. Add jalapenos if desired.

– Scarf down during the halftime break to watch the “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.

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Vegan A to Z: Double Chocolate Blueberry Brownies

 I admit, it’s been far too long between Vegan A to Z posts, and it seems like every time I do one, I’m kinda, sorta, maybe cheating a little. I mean, the D in this post is for “double,” not exactly a daring choice.

My original intent was to make a vegan version of the junk food classic Ding Dongs, which sounds so appealing, I may do it regardless. But the recipe for “Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies” in Veganomicon caught my eye.  Due to shortage of supplies, I had to make a few alterations to the recipe, which probably is to blame for the good, but not great outcome.

Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great. Actually, they were just my kind of brownie – sweet with a little added sour from the fruit. But the texture was off. What should have been a big, fudgy block of brownie was thin, chewy, and instantly hardened when cooled. Hence the shortened cooking time. If I were to try this again, I’d either do the 40 minutes in the 13×9 pan, or the full 45 minutes in a 9×9, or some smaller variation.

Double Chocolate Blueberry Brownies

Ingredients
– 2/3 cup plus 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
– 10 ounces blueberry preserves
– 1/4 almond milk
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp almond extract
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional – I did not have the blueberries, but I do recommend using them.)

– Pre-heat over to 325 degrees, then grease a 9×13 baking pan.

– Combine the blueberry preserves, soy milk, sugar, canola oil, and extracts and mix on high speed. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well mixed using a fork.

– Melt the 2/3 cup chocolate chips and add the melted chocolate to the brownie batter.

– Fold in the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and blueberries (if using), then spread the batter in the baking pan.

– Bake for 40 minutes. As noted in the original recipe, a toothpick inserted will just come out kind of fudgy, so it’s hard to test the doneness of the brownies. They say 45 minutes, I say 40 minutes, it just depends on how gooey you like your brownies.

– Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Christmas Time is a Hungry Time

Deck the halls with a ton of food!

My mother has a bad habit of letting me know about family events way too late, so I miss out on a fair amount of family gatherings. Due to short notice, I was regretfully absent from the extended family’s Christmas gathering/cousin’s baby shower the weekend before Christmas. But because my mother was recuperating from surgery through this past weekend, I got a bunch of time in with my immediate family (including my aunt, who is like a second parent to me).

What did we do for three days straight? Chatted, played some games, watched some TV. But mostly we ate. We ate and ate and ate. We munched on snacks through games, we had sandwiches, we had dinner, we had leftovers, we had dessert. We ate till we were full, then as soon as we were a little less full, we ate something else. No wonder people gain weight over the holidays. What are you doing other than sitting around and putting stuff into your body?

Maybe it was the overwhelming amount of eating done on Saturday, but I stayed away from the Christmas pictures until later this week, when I was of clear enough in mind and appetite to handle the food porn. But seriously, next year? Let’s just stick to vegetables.

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5 Halloween Recipes That Seem Delicious Despite Their Holiday Affiliation

I’m not crazy about spending a ton of kitchen time whipping up a recipe that is overtly holiday themed. While each season brings its particular focus into the items I make, I tend to shy away from recipes that are clearly meant for themed parties.

Part of this is due to the fact that many of these recipes are decorating-heavy: a sugar cookie shaped and colored to look like a pumpkin is still a sugar cookie. A cupcake designed to look like a ghost is just a cupcake with a shit ton of frosting on it. And so on. Although I love sweets, I prefer my baked goods simple. Elaborate confections of icing, sprinkles, and carefully placed accessory morsels usually add little to the taste or experience of the baked good, aside from the mess that they inevitably cause.

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And… yes, I’m admittedly terrible at decorating baked goods, at least to the extent that they look like little black cats or witches on broomsticks. I can frost a cupcake, sprinkle powdered sugar daintily on a bundt cake, and uniformly sprinkle thumbprint cookies, but when it comes to matching a baked good with a well-crafted, well-staged picture (see accompanying photograph for an example) I suck.

But, with the sheer abundance of Halloween recipes, there were bound to be at least a few that were good enough to try despite their garish decoration. Here are five recipes that I’ve spotted that seem like they might be worth the trial for the decorating-challenged such as myself: Continue reading