Aida’s Pecan Pumpkin Crunch is a crustless alternative to pumpkin pie.
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It’s rainy and nasty here in New York and even though it’s almost May, I’m freezing and craving hot cocoa. While I should go home tonight and make a salad with some fresh spring greens, I need something way more comforting.
I made Aida Mollenkamp’s Vegetarian Pot Pie for Thanksgiving last year (I like to bring a meat-free dish to family gatherings since, contrary to a certain aunt’s beliefs, turkey is not vegetarian) but I’m going to make this pot pie tonight, only I’ll spring-ify it by swapping the fresh peas I got at the farmer’s market this weekend for the frozen.
We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?
Summer’s over, I suppose. It went by so fast. Suddenly it’s a bit chilly in the evenings and no one’s wearing white pants or eating watermelon anymore. Time to unpack your sweaters and start eating heartier food featuring fall vegetables — soups, pasta dishes, casseroles and gratins.
Egglpant’s in season and the default vegetarian Italian dish is eggplant parmesan. On this Meatless Monday, take a break from the slab of fried eggplant doused with sauce and melted cheese (side of spaghetti or on a sub) and flip this dish on it’s head. Serve the eggplant in the pasta, instead of next to it, and add some cream and melty, fresh mozzarella.
The best part about Aida Mollenkamp’s Rigatoni With Creamy Eggplant and Mozzarella is that it’s done in less than 20 minutes. And there’s no deep frying, so it’s a bit healthier and you won’t stink up your kitchen with fry oil.
The truth is, this blogger goes meatless every day, not just Monday. I have nothing against meat, or meat-eaters, but what I do have a problem with is frozen veggie burgers. They are a sorry excuse for a burger and getting handed a gray, faux-meat patty is just about the worst thing that can happen to a vegetarian at a picnic. I’d much rather eat a plateful of picnic sides than a pretend burger. But burgers are the quintessential picnic food, and sometimes, when everyone’s piling the toppings onto their toasted bun, I want in too. Vegetable patties come in all forms — they can be elaborate and include different grains, spices, vegetables and beans packed into a burger shape, or be as simple as throwing a portobello mushroom cap on the grill.
So for Meatless Monday, Labor Day and neglected vegetarians everywhere, here’s a round-up of our best-ever meat-free burgers. Make one this weekend — you (and your guests) will be glad you skipped the frozen aisle.
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are food-and-drink-loving best friends and hosts of the popular Food2 web series, Drinks With Alie and Georgia.They were gracious enough to cover the 2011 Tasty Awards, and share some highlights with us:
If you thought the Golden Globes ruled red-carpet-casual, you’ve never been to the Tasties. Honoring TV and web personalities in addition to food, beverage and style programming, the Tasty Awards are only in their second year — and in terms of awards shows, it doesn’t get much better; the Tasty Awards honor food and style in the way the Golden Globes award movies and TV.
It’s award season. The Oscars are coming up, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, Grammys, Golden Globes, Tonys . . . the list of award shows honoring the best movies, shows, actors and musicians is seemingly endless. But what about the best food people of the year? Your favorite TV and internet stars will hit the red carpet this year, too, at an awards show just for tastemakers — food and fashion, that is.
Thanksgiving is coming! The turkey, the stuffing, the sides, the pies — and so much good TV to eat up, we thought you could use a little help.
Keep crafting your Thanksgiving menu with Cooking Channel this weekend…