Eat to the Beat: The Best of Vegan MoFo & Survivor

November 1st, 2012 6:05 pm by Kelly Garbato


The song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor – with an extra-special performance by Jensen Ackles (lyrics)

The foodstuff: My favorites!

The connection: These mofos took to the tubes and rocked the internets. Or something.


Vegan MoFo 2012 Favorites

Thirteen of my favorite foods from the month. (Just thirteen!?!)
Jump to the bottom of the post for links and stuff!

In Vegan MoFos past, I sometimes did a link roundup, usually once a week as a sort of cheater-slash-filler post. (Which, weirdly, always required more time than making an actual meal. Go figure!) Since it didn’t quite fit in with this year’s theme, I decided to scrap the roundup – but not altogether. No way! This year’s Vegan MoFo feed saw some pretty amazing creations – and why not share the love?

So behold! My mega-supersized-gargantunormous Best of Vegan MoFo link roundup. Set to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, because I WILL NOT BREAK THEME! And, hello, does a more kickass song exist?

As per my mini Supernatural sub-theme, at the end of this post you will find a video of Jensen Ackles, playing Dean Winchester, who is lip synching/leading a full choreographed rendition of “Eye of the Tiger,” to hilarious comedic effect. (P.S. Dean has dermatitis due to ghost sickness, hence the still.) Don’t say I never did anything for ya.

Also, stick around for the Vegan MoFo B-Sides, which I’ll be posting in the next few days. After which time I shall collapse into bed with the shades drawn and not cook or bake or so much as mash a potato for the next month. (Joking! I’m already planning my menu for Vegan MoFo III. YOU HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!)


Recipes (aka, Kelly’s To-Do List)

  • VerRAWnica’s “Unfried” Green Tomatoes wins for being the very first recipe I bookmarked. (Spoiler alert! I already tried it! The post is in the queue.)
  • Two words: Macaroni Pie. Jenny, will you marry me?
  • Two more words: Speculoos Pudding. DYING.
  • Eyeball Salsa, Coffin Sandwiches, and Witch Fingers, oh my!
  • Kalamata Olive, Garlic and Celtic Sea Salt Focaccia Bread via mama et de bébé hawk. You had me at “Kalamata,” but the “Focaccia” sure doesn’t hurt any!
  • Also from mama et de bébé hawk: Butternut Squash Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze. They were featured in a Vegan MoFo roundup, so you know they’re quality.
  • Veganosaurus dined on Spaghetti and Neat Balls. Mmmm, balls.
  • Didya see Snarky Vegan’s sweet & savory ball roundup? There are enough recipes to keep a vegan in balls clear through Christmas!
  • This Sun Dried Tomato Macadamia Nut Ricotta from The Naked Kitchen sounds like it’d go great with sourdough bread. Which is good, ’cause all my home grown tomatoes are gone. (No more garden-fresh bruschetta, boo!)
  • Scare your kids with Dirt Cake! I don’t have kids, but this one’s still going on the to-do list.
  • Vegan Bailey’s! The husband is all over this one.
  • Veggie Fixation made a “Bloody Horror” Halloween Cake for zher boyfriend’s birthday. October birthday, want!
  • Rhea at the “V” Word had fun (delicious, delicious fun) imagining what celebrity chefs might make if they were vegan. My favorite concoction? Bobby Flay and The Eggplant Crunchburger. Ugh, I’m salivating on my keyboard just thinking about it.
  • The Sweetest Vegan made a Double Bacon Cheeseburger with a homemade Vegan Black Bean Burger Pattie Recipe. Sign me up!
  • Who put broccoli in my cheesy casserole? Just joshing, this Cheezy-Creamy Broccoli Casserole at Vegan4One makes my tummy rumble.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. I can do this! CAN AND MUST.
  • Homemade Chai In [Amanda’s] Vegan Garden. Don’t mind if I do!
  • Also at In My Vegan Garden: Pizza Night! This one doesn’t have a recipe, but I love it just the same.
  • Nach-yo-average Nacho Dip. KZ Cakes, you slay me. Let’s get together and eat cupcakes and and make hilarious food puns all day?
  • Nanaimo Bars! I’d never even heard of these before today, but now I don’t think I can live another moment without them. HALP!
  • Peanut Butter Blondies with Homemade Almond Paste! Wing-It Vegan, you are an evil vegan junk food genius. (No, seriously. Check out her Halloweegan recipes!)
  • In a very special edition of Two for Tuesday, Just the Food shares recipes for Buffalo Mac Salad AND Beefy Cheesy Mac. This might be the carbs talking, but I’m swooning over here.
  • Yet another mac & cheese imma hafta try: Baked Bacon Mac & Cheese from The Unintentional Vegan. You people are killing me!
  • Vegan pumpkin spice caramel popcorn – Note to self: remind me to whip up a batch of this magic the next time we go to the drive-in.
  • Talk about yer savory brunch foods! I’m dying to try the Garlic Basil Waffles with Roasted Tomatoes dreamed up by Muffin Topped. (Also, awesome blog name is awesome.)
  • Vegan Spaghetti-Os! I never had these in my omni days, but I’m def gonna try them now.
  • Vegan Redskin Potato and Kale Gnocchi in a White Wine and Sesame Reduction. I can barely say it, let alone make it. That doesn’t mean I can’t try though!
  • Apple Sticky Buns! I’d say you had me at “buns,” except that’s the last word in the title.
  • Vegan Sparkles lives up to her name with a recipe for Melting Moment cookies. I’ve never heard of them before, but now I can’t hear enough.
  • Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Turtles, courtesy of Baker Betty. All I can say is WOW.
  • leaves & flours made Caramel Stuffed Mocha Cookies. Caramel on the brain, I has it.
  • Allyson at Manifest Vegan claims to have discovered THE ULTIMATE Fudgy Brownie Recipe. Challenge accepted!
  • These Knishes sound delicious. (See what I did there?)
  • Sea Salt and Vinegar French Fries with Double Double Drive-Thru Burgers with Special Sauce, WHAT. Whaddya think, can I justify buying a whole cookbook just for two recipes?
  • Pasta with Lemon-Basil Cashew Cream Sauce, why you look so good?
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns! In the crock pot! You will de-virginize my slow cooker, new favorite recipe.
  • Speaking of crock pots: Robin Robertson, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, shared her recipe for Lasagna Primavera. YUM!
  • Applesauce in the slow cooker! Will wonders never cease?
  • It’s beginning to feel a lot like Corn Chowder weather!
  • Snowballs! The yummy kind!
  • For Ladies’ Night, Vegan Fling served up Soft Pretzel Bites. Hey I just met you and this is crazy, but let’s watch Mallrats while you feed me Pretzel Bites maybe?
  • No? How about some obscenely naughty looking milkshakes then?
  • KZ Cakes made some cozy looking tortellini. BY HAND! Where are all these awesome crafty vegans and why aren’t they in my kitchen?
  • More pasta, this time in salad form. I’d like to see Kramer make a Gemelli Giamatti, mkay. THEN I SHALL CONSUME HIM.
  • AGAIN with pasta! (But this recipe from Snarky Vegan? Too good to pass up!): Baked Ziti with TWO cheeses and kale! TWO cheeses! That’s, like double the cheese!
  • Vegan. Butterfinger. Candy. hell yeah it’s vegan!
  • Lisa at Vegan Culinary Crusade made the most adorable Peppermint Stars to put in her hot chocolate. Cue: cuteness coma.
  • Raw Apple Pie @ the Real Meal! This is perfect for me because apples!
  • The Veggie Girl has a healthy apple crisp that I’ve GOT to try.
  • Your Mom’s A Vegan (I wish!) comes bearing sugar apples. Simple and (I’m sure) delicious. Two more apples down, five boxes to go!
  • Bite me, I’m vegan Apple Fritters. THE END.


    A Few of My Favorite Themes

  • think. care. act. has books!
  • Busted Afternoon did a month of Buffy-themed food. And yes, the Doublemeat Palace made a (very tasty!) appearance!
  • Finding inspiration in the very non-vegan Star Wars Cookbook, Geeky Treats dedicated October to all foods Star Wars.
  • Snarky Vegan. 50 Shades of Kale. ‘Nuff said.
  • Cadry’s Kitchen featured a different “Theme Party Menu” each week. My favorite? Doctor Who, of course.
  • Fork and Beans both scared and amazed me with a month’s worth of Halloween recipes (gorgeously photographed, to boot). I’ll have one of everything, please!
  • That Pain in the Ass Vegan Jen is actually pretty chill. When the zombie apocalypse comes, she’s got the vegan nomz covered.
  • Take a trip Around the World in 80 Plates, courtesy of Three and a Half Vegans!
  • Or keep it in the states with The I-40 Kitchen. Gooey Butter Cake from Missouri, anyone?
  • Party time at Mo’s blog!
  • Right after Dinner & a Movie at Katie’s place!


  • The Tasty Vegan met Margaret Atwood! Fangirling in three-two-one…
  • I didn’t know that The Neverending Story was based on a book. And that’s the sound of my book pile growing a half an inch taller. FALKOR!
  • Micah at Big Mike’s Eats held a contest to name his next dish. I never thought I’d say this, but. READ THE COMMENTS!
  • I want to be Andrea’s friend, she throws the coolest Halloween parties. EVEN THE TOILET IS DRESSED UP FOR THE OCCASION!
  • Weekly Vegan Menu makes a habit outta veganizing popular restaurant dishes. How fun is that?
  • Eat to the Beet – the blog! And they come bearing donuts!
  • A Nether Ending Story wants to teach us how to build our own cookbooks! I’m in!
  • It was a very scary Vegan Wednesday at Gnoe’s place! (That dessert which shall not be named? I’ll take it off your hands!)
  • NYC Doughnut Showdown: Dunwell vs. Cinnamon Snail. Everyone’s a winner!
  • Did you catch the Chopped challenge? I’m still trying to pry my jaw off the floor.
  • Last but not least, pb and kelly wins for the most adorable blog title of all time. (…says a sister Kelly. Biased, who me?)

    Kelly’s Tasty 13

    (Starting with the center image, then working left to right from the top row down.)

    1. Pepperoni Pizza Bread & The Monkees
    2. Pumpkin Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies & Ray Parker, Jr.
    3. Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Sesame Sauce & Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
    4. Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Herbs & Toadies
    5. South-of-the-Border Potato Tacos with Avocado Sauce & Beck
    6. No-tella & Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    7. Swedish Meetballs & AC/DC
    8. Black Bean Burger with Onion Rings & Kansas
    9. Peaches & Buttercream Ice Cream & Beck
    10. Bacon Egg Salad with a side of Taters and Strings & Suzanne Vega
    11. Maple Pecan Waffles with Smothered, Covered Hashbrowns & Bloodhound Gang
    12. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Burritos & Lucinda Williams
    13. Peanut Butter Dog Treats & Queen (and one very happy blind, one-eyed wiener dog)



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    8 Responses to “Eat to the Beat: The Best of Vegan MoFo & Survivor”

    1. Ashley Kizer -aka- mama et de bébé hawk Says:

      Great best of!! And thanks for including me :)

    2. Vegan Aide Says:

      Great round-up. I was wondering where to begin with catching up with all the posts I’ve missed being busy cooking last month. I will be utilizing your list. Thanks!

    3. Vegan Aide Says:

      Just noticed you mentioned me! Thanks again!

    4. Gnoe (@graasland) Says:

      Love the post (again)! And… FALKOR! I had a white long-haired Syrian hamster when I was little (looking a bit like this one). Guess what it was called? :D

    5. Colynn Says:

      Thanks for the shout out! Love your final roundup.

    6. Kelly Garbato Says:

      @ Gnoe – How adorable! I’ve always wanted a smaller companion, like a mouse or rat or guinea pig, but with all these dogs and cats it’s just not in the cards.

    7. Cadry Says:

      So many cool posts to check out! Thanks for compiling this list of your faves. And what a treat to be on it! :)

    8. Ashley F. Says:

      Great round up post! Thanks for the shout out!

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