Happy New Year!

Today’s lunch was kind of a mish mash of foods, but it was all really good.  I handled appetizers and dessert and my mom made the soup and wraps.  I’m really liking this Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, it’s so flavorful.  The Vegan Table did not disappoint.  The muhammara is a new party staple.  I had a little difficulty putting together the bruschetta, but it still tasted delicious.  The elephant cookie cutter was a little easier to use with the gingerbread dough than the sugar cookie dough, but I still had to poke it a lot to get it out.   I used almond milk instead of soy milk in the cupcakes for the first time and it worked just as well.

New Year’s Day Menu:

  • Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread) with pita chips from The Vegan Table

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Multi-grain baguette
  • Curried Hummus Wraps from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen

  • Veggie Lentil Soup from Better Homes & Garden

  • Basil Arugula Bruschetta from The Vegan Table

  • Gingerbread elephants for the Capital One Bowl.  Alabama completely dominated the game against Michigan State.

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with mint frosting and chocolate ganache from Vegan Cupcakes take over the World

The Iron Bowl: An amazing first half

Iron Bowl menu:

I stumbled upon granny’s slow cooker chili during my search for a crock pot chili recipe.  It has good reviews and looked pretty easy, so I thought I’d give it a shot.  It turned out well.

The sugar cookie recipe is from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar.  I made the dough earlier in the week, because I sent some elephant cookies to my dad for the game.  As cute as the elephant cookie cutter is, it is a PITA to use.  The dough gets caught in the trunk and tail and it takes a lot of patience to get usable cookies.  The cookies are frosted with a buttercream frosting and I bought this glittery Wilton gel at Michael’s to make the As.  The gel should also come in handy for decorating Christmas cookies. Unfortunately, it does not dry, so you cannot stack cookies (makes mailing them quite difficult).

The game started off well with Alabama leading 24-0.  Unfortunately, they did not play the first second half like the first half and ended up losing 28-27.  Oh well, there’s always next year!

Roll Tide Roll

College Football, veggie burgers & beer.

Recipe from FFV.

I wish I made the relish, because ketchup did not go with these.  I also think I needed to drain the eggplant more, they were a little watered down.  Ultimately, it did not matter because Alabama came back after a disappointing loss against LSU and beat Mississippi State 30-10.  RTR!