Monday, May 26, 2008

We adopted!

Some highlights from Mother's Day weekend in Milford

Happy Birthday Dad!

Bridget, Christian, Jeanette, Dan, and Connor...
are sending me to vegan bootcamp!
That's right,Monday, Sept.22 at 6pm I'll be at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts attending the "Savory Homemade Seitan Class"
That birthday gift packs a lot of love.
Thank you again guys!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I Met Vegans on Long Island!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our MeetUp organizer Jennifer, I had an opportunity on May 3, 2008 to visit the lovely town of Bellport and join with fellow vegans for lunch at the Sugar Loaf Cafe.

This was a very good experience for the once vegetarian, now vegan Carl
L-R: Camillo, Me, Tony, Justin, Keith, Stephanie, Jennifer and Omar

After lunch we crossed the street for vegan shopping at a local health store

More details to follow as I'm heading up tomorrow to Milford, MA. for a Mother's Day celebration at my daughter Jeanette's home!
See Ya when we get back!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Carl's (Hot) Pumpkin Lava Pudding

I opened my cabinet, and staring at me was my 15 ounce can of pure pumpkin.
It had to be punished and returned to the Pumpkin Volcano.
What follows is it's journey:
1-15oz can Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin/Put into small serving bowl
Sprinkle thin layer Cinammon over top
Sprinkle thin layer Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa (I used Ghirardelli)
In separate bowl, Mix 1/4 cup Coconut Milk with 1-Tbsp Cocoa/Add to all
Add 1/2 cup Crushed Walnuts
Stir all well
Heat in microwave 2-3 minutes/stirring once in a while
Careful...Lava burns!

Recommended Optional Topping!:
VEGAN Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
Borrowed from Isa Chandra and Terry Romero-
Beat together:
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening with 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine and 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar (wow--yes, we're talkin' sweet here!)
Watch it get fluffy after maybe 4-5 minutes...
Then-Add 1 1/2teaspoons Vanilla Extract and 1/4cup Plain Soy Milk or Creamer
Beat for additional 4 minutes.