Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thanksgiving post

This past week was my birthday AND Thanksgiving for me. I've been busy giving thanks and celebrating life- oh and I guess I had a HUGE feast in there as well. :)

Brown rice, mushrooms, garlic and onions with gala apple for some different texture

Creamed corn a la John

Sweet potatoes- naked and delicious

John baked me a birthday apple pie!

I was really grateful- can you tell?

A TARO cake. They are my favorite cake and I NEED to learn how to make one

I got a new food processor. Happy birthday to me!! :)

This past week has been one of the best birth-weeks. I've been on a 5 day vacation and visited all my friends. I have to say thank you! to all those that made my first days of 25 fantastic.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Potato Corn Cakes

I've been off sampling the Whole Foods Deli again. My sampling this week was their Potato Corn Cakes.

I'm not sure if they came through in the picture but those green flecks in there are jalapeƱos. Their potato corn cakes had a lot of spice to them. It was the last thing I expected but I loved it.

They definitely aren't for the faint of heart though. I'm not sure most people would enjoy the level of spice added to these. I sure enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm a loco, spicy-food-loving girl and you may be a anti-spicy goddess :)

Like your food with a lil kick? Then you'll probably enjoy Whole Foods' potato corn cakes.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Poached Pear

I must start this by saying I am NO EXPERT on wine by any means. The reason I wanted to try this was the adorable bottle!!

Come on, it's cute right?

I simply pealed the pear and simmered it in the wine with a couple of cloves for about 20 minutes.

This is a great desert to impress your friends. It's quick, simple and extremely flavorful. Give it a try sometime!


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Vegan Chicken Salad

Vegan Chicken Salad

Last weekend I learned that a gigantic Whole Foods opened just 7 miles away from me. I HAD to check it out. Having been to some disappointing Whole Foods in the LA/Orange county area, I was not expecting much. I was shocked by how AMAZING this particular location was. They have everything from a decent vegetarian/vegan section of the deli as well as a tea bar and a separate coffee bar.

The Tustin Whole Foods is definitely going to be a shop I frequent at least weekly.

After seeing and sampling (thank goodness for the open sampling of ALL items at the store) this vegan chicken salad, I had to get some for lunch this week. Normally I don't like anything drenched in mayo but the onions and pickles are delicious in this. Two thumbs WAY up in my book. I even walked out with a weeks worth of munchies for about 30 bucks.

If you're in the area you MUST check out this new Whole Foods (and if you happen to be in town on a sunday, their sunday brunch comes with 25 CENT mimosas until noon!)


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

This is my first official recipe testing post for Melody ;)

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Of course, I choose a dessert. I've yet to have a slice but the pie LOOKS good and that has to be a sign of good taste right?

I'm not sure how you could go wrong with chocolate and peppermint- this recipe is already a success to me.