I’ve missed participating in Weekend Cooking for the past several … um, months (my last such post was in July – which, okay, maybe that’s not so bad). I thought I’d jump back in with a random, odds-and-ends-filled sort of post this week. Potluck, if you will, because who knows what this will be by the time I’m finished with it.
Today’s the kind of Pittsburgh day – rainy, blustery, a sudden drop in temperatures from a gorgeous not-to-be-believed stretch of high 70s – that gives you all the foreshadowing you need that winter’s woes are upon us whether we like it or not. I dreamed about driving in snow last night (down a steep flight of steps, no less) so that probably means that tomorrow will be a blizzard here in the ‘Burgh.
When the weather’s less than perfect, it’s the perfect day for soup. I’ve got a hodgepodge of end-of-summer vegetables simmering in the crockpot as I type. A zucchini and yellow squash were nearing the end of their days in our fridge; I chopped them up and dumped them into the crockpot along with a 32 oz can of crushed tomatoes in puree, 4 cups of vegetarian beef broth, some carrots, a handful of frozen corn and onions, some garlic, and a sprinkling of basil and oregano. We’ll have this for dinner tonight along with grilled cheese sandwiches. Simple.
With this soup, I’ve started a new bag of trimmings for vegetable stock. I keep a bag of scraps in the freezer, intending to make stock, but I never have. Every cookbook seems to have a recipe for stock and I’m thinking this is the year I make my own.
Speaking of cookbooks, I’ve been on a vegetarian (and vegan) cookbook binge at the library. I have a bunch of them checked out that look amazing, and I’ve even made a recipe or two from several of them. They include:
Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking, by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours, by Mayim Bialik
Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals, by Dina Cheney
I’ll give my thoughts on them here, hopefully sooner rather than later.
I’ve also been cooking a lot from The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by blogger Angela Liddon. I love, love, love everything I’ve made from this cookbook (it was an impulse buy at Costco in May and I declared it my Mother’s Day gift from The Husband and kids). Here are two of my favorites from Oh She Glows: Portabello Mushroom “Steak” Fajitas and Strawberry-Mango Avocado Salsa.
Taste of summer, indeed.
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