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Random thoughts

Spinach coconut soup

This week has been a bit chilly, and I had a little cold, so it was perfect time for soup. I found a couple nice-sounding recipes in the Moosewood New Classics cookbook, and decided to try this one, mostly because I had everything on hand. It called for some white rice and potatoes, which thickened … Continue reading

Risotto ai funghi porcini

While I was at the Acoustical Society of America meeting (see prior post for highlights), I roomed with an Italian guy, Gianluca. I did the work booking the room (which wasn’t that much work really), but apparently he thought I should be rewarded, so he bought me a cookbook. He definitely went out of his … Continue reading

My new computer — hardware

Around Christmas time, I was taking it easy for a bit, browsing the web and such, and started drooling over Apple’s upcoming products – a new operating system, and of course increasingly fast and cool machines. I bought a 1.5 GHz G4 Powerbook in December 2005, to replace my 800 MHz G3 iBook that I … Continue reading

Sample Recipes

Barbecued Tofu

This is another recipe which is mostly my wifes idea. She used to do something similar with chicken, and wanted to try it with tofu. Although the prep is quick on this one, it does take a while to bake. It makes very good leftovers for lunch though. To make good tofu, it is imperative to press it.

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Carrot Apple Walnut Salad

This dish was mostly cooked up by my wife, Clare, who undoubtedly was inspired by some recipe she found online. It is pictured here with lentil bolognese, the combination of which makes a very tasty meal.

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Chocolate Bliss

This recipe originally comes from The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld and George Minot, in which it was originally called Chocolate Pudding. It turns out that the consistency was not much like pudding, and for awhile I tried to make it more like pudding, but my girlfriend said she liked it as it was. So I then figured out a nice way to serve it, added a little brandy for some extra flavor, and a little bit of that magic xanthum gum to thicken it up. Trust me, it’s a real hit.

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Corn bean salad

Clare gets most of the credit for this recipe. The combination of corn, beans, and vegetables makes a tasty, healthy, and quick meal. It is particularly nice in the summer, since it does not require any cooking.

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Cornmeal flapjacks

This recipe comes from the Vegetarian Starter Kit, which convinced me to go vegan. Be sure to use whole wheat pastry flour. Regular whole wheat flour produces a very dense flapjack.

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