Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Veg Teriyaki #Vegan

So this happened.
And BOY, was it good!

Veg Teriyaki

  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • chopped onion
  • veg (I used cauliflower and kale, including kale stems, mushrooms, celery)
  • cashews
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar (just a little)
Heat the oil. Toast the garlic and onion a minute or two, then add the rest of the veg. Cook, stirring often, until the veg are crisp-tender and beginning to brown. Add cashews, soy sauce, and brown sugar.

Oh, boy, oh, boy!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Lollipop Garden

Do you know what happens when one plants jellybeans? Lollipops grow! It's true...happens every year at our house. We have an Easter tradition of planting jellybeans on Good Friday. By Saturday morning, lollipops have sprung up out of the ground. Try it...it's miraculousđŸ˜„

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Potato Soup #Vegetarian

What do you eat on St. Patrick's Day when your husband is a vegetarian? Not corned beef and cabbage, that's for dang sure.

No, we have potato soup!

Take some potatoes, peel them, cube them, and cook them in salted water on a low boil or high simmer for about 20 minutes. Mash them a little. Add butter (or, in our case, vegan margarine), milk, and chopped parsley and heat it through.

I like my soup thick and Charlie likes his thin, so I added some instant potato flakes (!!) to mine.

SO good!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Basil Pesto Bread Rounds

From Allrecipes (click here for more information)

Recipe By:Sherbg


  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French baguette
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven on broiler setting. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Place under broiler for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly toasted on one side. Watch carefully to ensure they don't burn. Remove from oven, and flip bread slices so that the toasted side is on the bottom.
  2. Set the oven temperature for 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, pesto, garlic, Parmesan and salt. Spread evenly over untoasted sides of bread slices.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Set the oven to broil, and place the rounds under the broiler just until they begin to bubble and turn golden. Let cool slightly before serving.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

They're Baaack!

I have shown the most tremendous self-control lately. One of my favorite chocolate candies is out for limited time, and I have only eaten one Cadbury Cream Egg this spring. The temptation was terrible last night, when I watched both of my kids have one for desert. Do not know if I can stay on this righteous path of self-deprivation, but I'm trying. My struggle is not made easier by the fact that I have a stash of them for Easter baskets. Will I give in or stay strong? Maybe I should put my bathing suit beside my Cadbury Egg stash to remind me why I am abstaining. What food is oh-so-hard for you to resist?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Baked Spag #Vegetarian

We had a bit of kale left out of last week's bunch, so I tore the leafy bits up and boiled them for about 20 minutes in salted water, then put in some thin spaghetti, oregano, and a clove of garlic.

When that was all done, I drained it and put it into a buttered casserole dish (removing the garlic), topped it with grated cheese, and baked it until the cheese was toasty.

Pretty good!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, March 11, 2016

Big Mac Pie

This recipe from Just A Pinch Recipes takes its name from McDonald's Big Mac, but it's a casserole. Check it out and see what you think:


1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon - heaping
2 Tbsp dried onion
1 Tbsp parsley
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
8 oz cheddar, shredded
1/2 c low carb thousand island dressing
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 c sour cream
1/2 c dill pickles


Preheat oven to 375* F.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Season with chicken bouillon, dried onion flakes, parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder.

In a large bowl, place seasoned ground beef. Add cheddar cheese, thousand island dressing, eggs, sour cream, and dill pickles. Mix together thoroughly.

Add ground beef mixture to an 8 x 11-inch baking dish and spread to corners. Bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hot Quinoa Salad #Vegan

Quinoa is one of those "Ancient Grains" that generally make people either feel smart and healthy because they eat them, or oh, hell, no, because they don't.

Actually quinoa is really really good. I got hooked on it at a Mediterranean restaurant I favor, so I associate it with yumminess, not hipness. As I often tell people, I was a hipster before it was cool.


Anywho, here's my recipe for:

Hot Quinoa Salad
olive oil
tricolor peppers, diced
onions, diced
Meatless Griller Strips, diced
fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat the oil in a pot. Cook the peppers, onions, and Griller Strips until they're soft. Remove to a bowl. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Return the veg and strips to the pot and stir until all is heated. Stir in the chopped parsley and serve.
Marian Allen, Author Lady

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mascarpone Cocktail #Vegetarian

I like knocking desserts together out of bits of things -- it usually comes out pretty good, and this was no exception. I call it a "cocktail" because I served it in a wine glass. I KNOW THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE, OKAY?

We had some graham cracker/sugar crumbles in the refrigerator, left over from a graham cracker pie crust I made another time, and we had some mascarpone I bought on sale, left from other things I had made, and we always have orange marmalade. (I specify orange marmalade, because marmalade can be made from any citrus fruit, and was originally made from quince. So now you know.) ;)

Mascarpone Cocktail
  • graham cracker pie crust crumbles
  • mascarpone cheese or other cream cheese
  • orange marmalade
  • hazelnut syrup (like for flavoring coffee) -- optional
  • maraschino cherry -- optional

I spooned a couple of tablespoons of the graham cracker/sugar crumbles into a glass and dribbled that with just a teeny dribble of hazelnut syrup. Mixed the mascarpone with orange marmalade and spooned in a couple of tablespoons of that. Topped with more crumbles and a maraschino cherry.

And it was very, very good. :)

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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