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Vegan Blog Coming Out of Retirement – Follow Me on Instagram

Vegan Blog Funky Cat

Vegan Blog is Funky!

Surprise! I’m back. Well, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I posted on my little vegan blog! I am here to announce I am taking my vegan blog out of semi-retirement. Woo hoo!

Vegan Scallops Sophie's Kitchen

Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Scallops

You know when I started a vegan blog I thought it would be a lot of fun, and it was. But, then as I got into it, suddenly it became more work than it was fun. I have a lot of respect for all the wonderful vegan blogs and vegan bloggers out there because there is so much that goes into it. Blogging is a lot of work! Writing, cooking, documenting the recipe when you didn’t even follow one, taking pictures, editing photos, updating the blog software, making sure links are working, learning HTML code and other codes you never wanted to learn, formatting, dealing with spammers and hackers and other security issues in the background, approving comments, responding to comments, promoting, Twittering, SEOing, Facebooking, Pinteresting, Instagramming, linking, and the list is endless. I found it all a bit much just for a little vegan blog (for example this post took 3 hours) and then life events also have kept me pretty busy. So, that kind of explains my being semi-retired for about 2 years now.

Dehydrated Watermelon

Dehydrated Watermelon

First, I want to thank all of my loyal fans and followers. Secondly, I have been mostly on Instagram these days posting photos of delicious vegan food and other funky stuffs. Please follow me on MY INSTAGRAM. I have really enjoyed connecting with other like-minded vegan people on Instagram and have truly been blessed and enlightened by my experience with everyone there. The pictures in this post are just a few from my Instagram.

I also have decided to bring this blog back to life a little. Perhaps not posting for 2 years was a bit extreme. Ha ha. So, maybe if I post once a month (give or take) that will be a good balance. My focus these days is really on my music, which takes so much time and energy.

Wheatgrass Juice Vitamix Buddha

Wheatgrass Juice Vitamix Buddha

Mrs. McFly and I have been leaning towards becoming more raw vegan and may try to do a raw 30 day challenge. Also, in the last 2 years so much cool stuff has happened in the vegan world and it is easier and better than ever to lead a plant-based lifestyle. We also have been evolving in our knowledge and bought a Vitamix and Excalibur dehydrator. So exciting and fun. Maybe I can get Mrs. McFly up to speed on how to blog and she can take over some of the blogging duties.

That’s enough from me for now. Stay funky and vegan.

Sincerely,

The Funky Vegan –  Funkinutt McFly

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Gnocchi Recipe – Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Gnocchi Recipe Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

I had to find Gardein recipes because there were some Gardein Beefless Tips that we were hungry for and so I searched some vegan blogs and found a very interesting recipe called Hairy Dumplings. What? Repeat that! Hairy Dumplings? Hunh? Yes, indeed. Hairy Dumplings. This is not really a Gardein recipe per se, but one I added Gardein to with amazing results. The dumplings are really gnocchi and gosh, it is so hard for me to follow recipes exactly (does anyone else have this problem?), so I added a couple of my own touches.

The recipe is from Elisabeth’s vegan blog at Czech Vegan in America and uses gnocchi and sauerkraut. I know it sounds kind of odd at first, but my girlfriend and I LOVED it so much we were wishing we had leftovers! Apparently, it is a family recipe that her grandma and great-grandma make with dumplings and she modified it with the potato gnocchi instead of dumplings.

Gnocchi Recipe Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Gardein Recipes Love the Onions!

Now see I usually like my gnocchi recipes to include a vegan pesto or extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and some vegan Parmesan cheese, maybe a little tomato. So, when I read it and saw sauerkraut with gnocchi, I was a little uncertain about that combo. Don’t get me wrong, I love sauerkraut, but I was little hesitant to try it. But, the Czechs really know what they are doing and the ground caraway seeds add a delicious flavor. An added bonus is that it is easy and only takes about 20 minutes to make. Losing weight once you gained it is pretty tough, you need recipes like this one, according to brilliant phenq review, people who know more varied recipes tend to be more thin and healthy. I think Elisabeth should submit this one to the Gardein recipes section on their website. Thanks Elisabeth for allowing me to share this and for the great meal that we will have again and again.

If anyone tries this I would love to hear your comments. I’ve never actually tried any of the Gardein recipes from their website. Have you? Do you have a favorite? Do you have a killer gnocchi recipe I should try? Let me know. :)

Don’t have Gardein? Well, you can make it without it and it would still be awesome or you could try adding seitan instead. It just so turns out that the Beefless Tips were a perfect pairing with this recipe. Enjoy.

~* The Funky Vegan

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce package vegan gnocchi
2 cups sauerkraut
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground caraway seeds
2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups water
1 small onion, cut into thin circles

~*My additions*~
1 9-ounce package Gardein Beefless Tips
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Prepare this Hairy Dumplings recipe from Czech Vegan In America and the Gardein Beefless Tips according to package directions. Put the dill and the black pepper into the sauerkraut. When done, add the Gardein, top with the onions, and drizzle 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top, then serve. Prepare to be blown away.

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Roasting Vegetables Recipe – Root Vegetable Edition

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables - Look at that garlic!

I like roasting vegetables because it’s easy and the results have a lot of flavor. Gotta get down to the root of things sometimes to get to the good stuffs. Roasting vegetables of the ROOT variety is one of my favorites, because there is very little fuss over the timing of the different veggies to worry about. As long as you cut them about the same size there is no need to put some vegetables in earlier and then some in later. Roasting vegetables allows you to wander away from the kitchen and do some other stuff.

Roasting Vegetables Potatoes Carrots Garlic Onions

Halfway done - Adding Herbs

This is not so much a hard and fast recipe as it is a basic how to guideline. Feel free to change-up the root vegetables or if you wanted to add something else like asparagus or eggplant you might need to do a little research and factor in the timing of adding other non-root veggie items. Also, I encourage you to play with the herbs and spices. I often do! This is just how I did it this one time. Next time will probably be slightly different. I am not going to give amounts either. Just roll with what you want or got or whatever is in season.

Roasted Vegetables Vegan

Roasted Vegetables Plated

I used cassava or yuca root this time around. Once I had yuca fries at an El Salvadoran restaurant and fell in love with it. What a weird beast, though. You should give it a try. I have only cooked with it a few times, but I dig it. Come to find out cassava is the 3rd largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world. Right after rice and soft-drinks. :) Ha ha! I am guessing after rice and potatoes, actually.

Roasting Vegetables is Easy

Prep time: depends on the amount of roasting vegetables
Cooking time: 55 minutes
Total time: 70-90 minutes

Ingredients:

Potatoes
Yams or sweet potatoes
Leeks
Sweet onions with stalks still on
Carrots
Japanese turnips
Cassava a.k.a. yuca root, manioc, or incorrectly as ‘yucca’
Parsnips
Garlic whole heads
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Marjoram
Thyme
Sea Salt
Black Pepper freshly ground
Tabasco Sauce to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the carrots. Chop the tops off of the leeks where they begin to turn green. Do the same with the onions and halve. Halve the turnips and snip off the greens, leaving a little stem attached to each turnip. Use the leftover turnip greens for a salad or cook them like spinach or kale. Peel the parsnips. Peel the cassava. Cut the very tops off of the garlic heads.

2. Cut up the potatoes, yams, parsnips, and cassava into similar size pieces. See my pictures for size examples. I wish I had cut my carrots in half. So, cut the carrots in half length-wise.

3. Place all items (except garlic) onto a roasting pan or cookie sheet or multiples of such items if needed.

4. Sprinkle the root vegetables generously with extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste. Then take your clean hands and make sure all the vegetables are well-coated with oil, otherwise they might dry out and no one wants that.

5. Cook at 425° Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, stir well and rearrange vegetables with tongs and try to make sure they get coated again with the olive oil. Add the garlic to the roasting pan and pour about 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top of each garlic head and add a pinch of salt. At this point add the herbs (in this case marjoram and thyme) to taste.

6. Return the roasting pan to the oven for another 30 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 4 minutes and serve.

What to Serve with Roasted Vegetables?

We often just eat these like this and with nothing else. Yes, they are that good. But, I suppose you could serve them with some seitan or other plant-based protein if you wanted these to be kind of like a side dish. Roasted vegetables are just one of the many reasons I love being vegan.

~*The Funky Vegan

Roasting Vegetables

Roasting Vegetables Prep

Vegetarian Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Veggies Lookin' Good

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TVP Tacos – Textured Vegetable Protein Recipe for Taco Filling

TVP Tacos - Textured Vegetable Protein Taco Filling Recipe

TVP Tacos - Textured Vegetable Protein Taco Filling Recipe

TVP Tacos – Textured Vegetable Protein Taco Filling RecipeBookmark and Share

These vegan TVP tacos or Textured Vegetable Protein vegan tacos are so yummy and easy to make. This recipe uses dried red New Mexican chilies for a more authentic flavor than just using plain chili powder. TVP or Textured Vegetable Protein is the perfect medium for making these vegan tacos.

TVP® is an inexpensive and versatile soy product made from defatted soy flour and will absorb whatever flavors you decide to add to it. Low in fat and high in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, with a fair amount of calcium, TVP is also good for you! You can find it at your local health food store in the bulk section or ask if they carry a packaged brand.

TVP Textured Vegetable Protein Uncooked

TVP Textured Vegetable Protein Uncooked

It costs about $2.00 to make this recipe. Compare that to the packaged store-bought taco fillers at around $3.99 each that make half the servings and you just saved yourself some money. You can make a big batch of this TVP taco filling and freeze it for later use or double the recipe and make a medium batch and put the leftover taco filling in a plastic bag in the fridge and use it within a few days. You could top the tacos with your favorite taco additions; perhaps some vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, and lettuce, tomato, and onions. In the pictures with this recipe, we just added a little vegan Daiya cheese and fresh jalapenos to keep it simple and served it with a big beautiful bad ass salad. But the sky is the limit with whatever toppings you choose. Have fun and experiment.

Dried Red New Mexican Chili Peppers

Dried Red New Mexican Chili Peppers

If you don’t have the dried New Mexican chilies, you can substitute dried California chilies or dried Ancho chilies. Worst case scenario, you can’t find any of those dried chile peppers? Just triple the amount of chile powder in the recipe, but be warned, it won’t be quite as Funky Vegan as when you use the real deal chili pods. No, it is not spicy – these chilies aren’t really hot.

Textured Vegetable Protein is also good for making vegetarian chili and some people like to use it as a meat substitute in their spaghetti. But, really there are a ton of great ways to use TVP. Need more ideas for TVP? Do a search for recipes Textured Vegetable Protein. Here’s my recipe:

Textured Vegetable Protein Tacos

Textured Vegetable Protein Tacos

 

Prep time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Total time: 13 minutes

Serves: 8 vegan tacos

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups TVP – Textured Vegetable Protein
2 dried red New Mexican chilies
4 cloves garlic
1/4 onion
1-1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon Cavender’s Greek seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco brand pepper sauce
1 tablespoon chile powder
Juice of 1 lime
1-3/4 cups water

3 ounces tomato paste – optional

Instructions:

1. Remove stems from the red New Mexican dried chilies. Add chilies, garlic, onion, and 1/4 cup of water to a mini-food processor or blender and process until very finely chopped.

2. Add mixture to a 2 or 3 quart sauce pot on high heat with all remaining ingredients for 2 minutes and stir thoroughly to incorporate the ingredients.

3. Reduce heat to medium for 8 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.

4. Remove from heat and serve.

TVP Taco Stuffers - Chili Onion Garlic Blend

TVP Taco Stuffers - Chili Onion Garlic Blend

TVP Taco Stuffers Blend - Chili Onion Garlic

TVP Taco Stuffers Blend - Chili Onion Garlic

TVP Taco Filling - In the pot

TVP Taco Filling - In the pot

 

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Funky Vegan Masoor Red Lentil Dahl Recipe With Chili Peppers

Funky Vegan Masoor Red Lentil Dahl Recipe

Funky Vegan Masoor Red Lentil Dahl

Funky Vegan Masoor Red Lentil Dahl Recipe With Chili Peppers

Ahhh! Good old Indian comfort food at it’s finest. I like to make it spicy with chili peppers, but it really isn’t too hot because of the quantity of Red Lentil Dahl you’re making. Believe it or not, I add more chilies to my personal bowl when I eat it. So, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Chili peppers have a lot of vitamin C in them and supposedly can help keep your arteries unclogged, among other health benefits. You can always use less if you would prefer.

What makes it funky? I like to add a touch of pickle juice, but if you don’t have any on hand you can substitute lemon juice. Serve over brown basmati rice or some boiled potatoes. It is really simple to make and delicious. This makes about 4-1/2 to 5 quarts, so you will have plenty of leftovers, or it will serve quite a few people with the basmati rice or potatoes. Garnish with a bit of fresh cilantro.

Masoor Dahl - Funky Vegan Style

Masoor Dahl - Funky Vegan Style

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups red lentils
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 head of garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
2 serrano peppers, finely chopped
2 Thai chili peppers, finely chopped
2 tablespoons turmeric
2 tablespoons Indian curry powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 cup pickle juice or juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon sea salt
1-1/2 (10 ounce) cans of Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
11 cups of water

Instructions:

1. In a 6 quart stock pot, add garlic, onion, celery, extra virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Sauté over high heat 3 minutes and then add turmeric and curry powder and sauté 1 more minute.

2. Add water, red lentils, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, Thai chili peppers, cumin, pickle juice, Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, ginger, black pepper, and the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt.

3. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium heat for 35-40 minutes, Stirring occasionally to make sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

4. Remove from heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes, then serve.

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VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Magazine Articles

VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles

Screenshot - VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles

******04/19/11****** – Update to the Original Article

VegNews issued a formal apology yesterday and even used the term “screwed up” mentioned in my article!  You can read the VegNews apology here, which also includes a written policy on their photography practices going forward.  I am very happy to hear this good news. I will keep an eye on their website and check them out at the newsstand and if they pass muster then I will go ahead and subscribe. Yay vegans and Yay VegNews!

—————————————–Original Article——————————————-

Subscribe to VegNews? You may want to reconsider. It was just exposed yesterday by QuarryGirl (thanks QuarryGirl) that VegNews has been using stock photos that actually contain meat in the pictures in their magazine and on their website. WTF? Funny thing is that I had recently been thinking about subscribing to VegNews. I’d been following them on Facebook and checking out their website. Since I am newly vegan, and since they are the only vegan magazine available, I thought it would be “cool” to subscribe. I no longer believe that they are cool, but just a bunch of liars. They have pictures of ribs (that are supposed to be vegan) with the bones photo-shopped out! Come on. Really?

I followed the breaking story this morning and read many of the comments online from various sources, with no response from VegNews. Then VegNews released a response and it was lame. They did not apologize, but instead made excuses about money and bragged about awards and said they would try to do something about it soon. Umm – they need to hire a PR person because they really missed the opportunity to get it right.

Now, I used to work for a retail website and took pictures of products and Photoshopped them. It is time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail. However, the site I worked for would never consider using a photo of one product to represent another, which would be deceptive. And, if they can pay someone to edit a photo from iStockphoto.com to make it look vegan, then they certainly could pay someone to take pictures of real vegan food, or better yet use vegan stock photos, of which there are plenty. They weren’t even crediting the photos to iStockphoto.com, which is a requirement for use. Lying is not a good business practice and does not lend to journalistic integrity. What if I used fake pictures for my recipes? It makes me question everything they have done. IF you read their response it is filled with BS and lies.

VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles Letter

Screenshot - Apology Somewhat Small on the VegNews Website

I cannot begin to explain the unethical nature of their actions or why they did it, although they tried to explain it away. But, excuses are like a**holes. Everybody’s got one. Certainly they have done some good in the world. I guess my problem is that their letter to their readers sucked. Not only was it in PDF form, making it harder for search engines to find and index, it was just a small blurb on their site entitled “A letter from the VegNews staff.” That could be about anything! Why not just come out and call it like it is and say you screwed up and that this is unethical and a dishonest practice and that it will stop. And, while your at it issue a real heartfelt apology. Surely this story will end up on the news, and other major websites like Huffington Post, if it hasn’t already. Better to to some damage control than do some corporate crap press release that doesn’t really address the issue.

Trust is so important, especially when it comes to a small niche market like veganism and the food we put in our bodies. Do you trust VegNews at this point? I don’t. Deception on this level does not lie. A better source for vegan news is the bloggers online who spend hours writing and taking their own photos. What do you think?

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Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

Ingredients Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

Yeah! This is gonna be good.

This is an easy and delicious recipe, packed with flavor, using organic whole wheat spaghetti and vegan Italian sausage. The best part? If you didn’t tell someone it was vegan, they would never know the difference.

So, who doesn’t like spaghetti? Especially when it is packed with flavor and wholesome ingredients. I know. I know. You’re already thinking, “I have my own recipe for spaghetti” or “It’s just easier to use store-bought Marinara sauce.” But, I promise that I wouldn’t be posting this if it wasn’t the absolute bomb-diggity. Just give it a try. It doesn’t take long to make and beats using jarred Marinara sauce any day.

Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage

Mangia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always recommend to use pasta made in Italy and we really love the Garofalo brand of Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti. It is imported from Italy and can be found at Costco. However, you can use any pasta with this recipe. You may also substitute crushed red pepper (like the kind you get with pizza) if you don’t have the whole dried peppers handy. It is highly recommended that you do not substitute for the Cavender’s Greek seasoning, which can be found at most grocery stores. Of course, you can use sugar, or any sweetener, in place of the  organic blue agave nectar.

Let’s get crackin’.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 (16.7-ounce) package of organic whole wheat spaghetti
1 (14-ounce) package of Tofurky Italian sausage, sliced
1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1 head of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup water
5-10 dried red peppers, finely chopped or crushed
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3-4 dashes Tabasco brand pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon Cavender’s Greek seasoning
3/4 teaspoon organic blue agave nectar

Directions:

1. Fill a 6 quart stock pot with 4-1/2 quarts of water. Place on high heat and start the process to bring to a boil.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and vegan Italian sausage slices to a pan on medium-high to high heat and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Add garlic, onion and Cavender’s seasoning to a 3 or 4 quart pot with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Sauté over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add basil, oregano, and bay leaf, then stir briefly and reduce heat to slightly above medium.

4. Add tomatoes, black pepper, crushed red pepper, organic blue agave syrup, Tabasco sauce, 1/3 cup of water, and 2 teaspoons of salt (to taste), and stir. Save remaining 1 teaspoon of salt for pasta water.

5. Once the marinara sauce is bubbling, add the vegan sausage then reduce heat to low and simmer until pasta is ready.

6. When the pasta water is boiling, add the remaining teaspoon of sea salt and spaghetti, then cook according to package directions, usually around 9 minutes.

7. Quickly drain spaghetti using a colander, leaving a small amount of cooking water (1/4-1/3 cup) in the pot. Do not shake excess water from pasta. Place pasta back into 6 quart pot it cooked in, but off the heat. Add Marinara sauce and stir well.

Funky Vegan Spaghetti with Marinara and Italian Sausage Pot

In the Pot

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Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup

Vegan icon avatar symbolI’ve been flirting with and have been mostly vegan for a while. However, this blog post marks my commitment to going vegan full-time. I am happy about this decision and hope to share lots of yummy vegan foodie stuff with you all. I promise to break out my real camera instead of using the lower quality iPhone camera soon.

Funkinutt McFly's Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup

Funkinutt McFly's Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup

So, I was hungry for some hearty soup and looked around the kitchen and it turned out I had everything needed to make Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup. Usually it seems like I have to run to the store for one or two items, but I got lucky. It is one of my personal favorites and it pleases my lady (always a plus). It is also very economical to make, but does take some time.

What makes my recipe Funky? This stuff:

San Marcos Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce FunkyI add a wee-bit of curry powder and some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to give it that little extra something something! Sounds exciting, hunh? It takes a lot of frequent stirring and tender love, but it is well worth the flavor. It’s even better the next day. It can be served as an appetizer or a main course. Serves 10-20. Let’s get going.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 70-90 minutes
Total Time: About 2 hours

Ingredients:

4 cups of dried split peas
1 gallon of water (4 quarts)
1 head of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 large onion,  diced
6 stalks of celery,  diced
4 medium carrots, diced
4 medium russet potatoes,  diced
1 cube vegetable bouillon
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon curry powder
3 bay leaves
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,  finely chopped
20 dashes Tabasco brand pepper sauce
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Cavender’s Greek seasoning

Directions:

1. In a 6 quart stock pot, add garlic, onion, celery, carrots, extra virgin olive oil, curry powder, thyme, bay leaves, vegetable bouillon, and Cavender’s Greek seasoning. Sauté over high heat 4 minutes.

2. Add peas, water, potatoes, cumin, tarragon, and 1/2 each of the salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Stir well. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove lid and reduce heat slightly and continue to let boil for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Reduce heat to slightly higher than medium and continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until peas break down and fall apart; approximately 40-50 minutes.

4. Remove from heat. Add chipotle peppers. Stir well and taste. Add remaining salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce to taste. Let soup cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the soup and French or sourdough bread on the side.

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Ingredients

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Ingredients

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Saute

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Saute

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup All In The Pot

All In The Pot

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Cooling

Done and Cooling

Funky Vegan Split Pea Soup Serving

Serve and Eat!

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New Stuffs: Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

New Stuffs: Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot SauceBookmark and Share

I have been a great fan of McIlhenny Company‘s Tabasco® Brand products for many years and have always wanted to visit Avery Island, LA to take a tour of the birthplace of their lovely and peppery elixir. I have been known to use the original Tabasco Sauce so much that my father bought me a gallon jug of it once for Christmas. It is a staple ingredient in my kitchen and something of a secret ingredient because it adds flavor and I use it in such a way (sometimes) that people don’t always notice it, they just say “Wow, that’s yummy!” And, I also own a Tabasco necktie.

Recently they introduced their Tabasco Brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce to the world and I am looking forward to trying it out, soon. The heat level ranges from 300-900 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), which you can see in the chart is much milder than most of their other sauces and is considerably less heat than I usually require. So, I’m thinking I will have to spice it up some.

Tabasco-Sauce-Scoville-Heat-Chart

Tabasco Sauce Rules! I could eat it on Ice Cream.

I love that Tabasco keeps their ingredients simple and natural. Tabasco Brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce has red cayenne pepper, salt, water, distilled vinegar and garlic listed as the ingredients. Did you say garlic? I love anything with GARLIC in it. But, wait! It only comes in 5-oz. bottles? What? Really? There is no way that would last for even a dozen or two chicken wings. I truly hope they will come out with a 12 ounce version. Seriously now.

The sauce is described as thicker than their other sauces, is cayenne-based, and is not just for wings, but could be used in a variety of ways; including as a dipping sauce, on burgers or sandwiches, on the BBQ or grill, or to add some zing to a baked potato, or anything else for that matter. Tabasco already has several recipes available.

Try it for FREE! …well, sort of kind of free…

Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce Horns Get A Free BottleAt the time of this writing, it is not available in stores yet. Boo hoo hoo. The good news? It is available online at the Tabasco Country Store. Want to try it out for FREE? Well, sorta kinda free. They are including one FREE 5-oz. bottle of Tabasco Brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce with any online order. Just enter code BUF on the shopping cart page when you place your order. If you happen to be in the food-service industry you should be able to get it in bulk (case of 12) from your vendor.

Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce Love in a BottleAnother good tip for those who love their Tabasco Sauce: GET a COUPON for money off of your next bottle.

One last caveat. No, it does not come with the cool bottle top with buffalo horns shown in the main picture for this article. But, it should and I am going to write them and let them know. I would buy it simply for that and just recycle the bottle for Tabasco Sauce!

Oh – maybe one more caveat. You may also want to see the video for the Guinness Book of World Records winner for Most Tabasco Sauce Drank In 30 Seconds. Think you can beat it? I think I can. I’ve always wanted to set a World Record. I think I have a strategy. Hmm.

Remember. Eat like a God!

The TABASCO® marks, bottle and label designs are registered trademarks and service marks exclusively of McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana 70513. Images are also from the McIlhenny Company – one of which was slightly modified for this article by the writer for visual purposes.

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Nicolas Alziari Olive Oil & Cilantro Shrimp Recipe

Nicolas Alziari Olive Oil Cilantro Shrimp

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*Note: This post was created prior to me becoming a full-time vegan.

Several years ago, at a Williams-Sonoma store, I tasted this extra virgin olive oil that haunted me for years to come. It was so delicious and buttery, with an exquisite flavor that I’ve never tasted before, or since. It was rather expensive and I could not afford it at the time. When I eventually went back to get some, they no longer carried it and nobody knew the name of the brand I was talking about. I was heartbroken. Over time, I searched high and low, only remembering the basics of what the can looked like, and after 7 long years I finally found it. Sweet relief! And, now I share it with you.

Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil is from Nice, France and made from the first cold pressing of select nicoise olives. Nicolas Alziari has been in business since 1868 and their oil is stone ground. The olive oil is sweet and fruity, with a silky smooth buttery finish. Most of it never makes it out of France, and therefore it is difficult to find. Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best olive oil in the world. It is best used raw as a finishing oil drizzled over vegetables, fish or meats, or in salad dressings. It is also quite nice on poultry or seafood, like scallops or shrimp. Below is a simple recipe for a quick appetizer called Cilantro Shrimp using this liquid gold.

Cilantro Shrimp Recipe

Serves 2-3

24 medium cooked shrimp (boiled, grilled, or any method)
1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
cracked black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons of Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Place cooked and peeled, preferably cool (room temperature) shrimp on a plate. Sprinkle Tabasco sauce and black pepper over shrimp. Drizzle Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto the shrimp. Top with chopped cilantro and serve.

My father was kind enough to get me a 1/2 liter can of this olive oil (thanks Pops). I found it online at Formaggio Kitchen. They also sell 1 liter cans. If you get really serious you can purchase it in bulk from Nicolas Alziari directly. This really is the best olive oil I have ever tasted. I hope you enjoy.

Nicolas Alziari Olive Oil - Best Olive Oil In The WorldNicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tabasco Shrimp

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