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OMG, I can’t believe that VeganMoFo has come and gone ALREADY! I had so much fun this year, I almost don’t want it to be over. But I’m out of posts and on the verge of an epic blogging hangover, so maybe it’s for the best. For what it’s worth, though, I still have so many Parks & Rec themed food ideas that I think I could continue Carbs & Rec for another season. 2015, maybe? (Also, thanks to my fellow mofos for all the excellent suggestions. I can’t believe I forgot about Mulligan’s Steakhouse!!!)
I bookmarked so many amazing posts this past month that I just have to share. In this roundup you’ll see some of my favorite themes; super-awesome posts; and recipes that I’ve added to my to-do list, with subsets involving butternut squash and apples, because I have a ton of each. (But apples especially. Did I mention that I have five apples trees? I know right!) Also: a few gifs and videos that didn’t make it into the previous posts. (Some are so out there that I just couldn’t find them any other home, yo!)
This year I made the official roundup twice (for pizza both times: french fry calzones and the deep dish mac & cheese pizza; thanks, Jojo!), and my tumblogs fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream (twice!) got shout-outs as well. I also won a copy of Vegan Tacos from Zsu’s Vegan Pantry (yay!).
Speaking of which, Vegan Heritage Press is currently hosting a pretty awesome taco photo contest – and don’t forget to enter VeganMoFo’s downright epic Beyond Meat giveaway, which ends tomorrow night. (Pro tip: the quiz isn’t nearly as impossible as it seems at first glance.)
Without further ado, I give to you the Carbs & Rec bloopers, outtakes, and bonus materials.
A Few of My Favorite Themes
Eco-Vegan Gal posted a month’s worth of videos on eating healthy, organic, and vegan on a budget. See the intro post here, and the video playlist here.
It was all about top ten lists at The Food Duo. Mourning the end of summer as hard as I am, I could really use a shot of their Things We Love About Autumn enthusiasm. (Intro post; 10-for-30 tag.)
The Kale Crusaders got mad adorabs with vegan-themed cartoons. I’m partial to the Macaroni and Tahini Cheese. THEY’RE SO IN LOVE, Y’ALL! This is something they do year-round, so you should totes add them to your regular reading list. (Intro post; September archive.)
Little Vegan Bear made Music for Your Mouth. Rock out with your broc out, yo! Also, all the Fiona Apple love. (Intro post; September archive.)
The Happy Vegan went with one of my all-time favorite ideas: pairing foods with movies. Even though it’s in Dutch, you immediately get the gist thanks to the movie posters. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but Imma go with Freddy’s claw because it’s so out there. (Intro post; VeganMoFo tag.)
Of course, Lights! Camera! Vegan! continued her dinner & a movie theme for VeganMoFo 2014, covering two of my top fave movies and tv shows, namely: Inglorious Basterds (“Say it with me: Naatzees.”) and Freaks & Geeks (baby Sweets!). I feel a Netflix marathon coming on. (Intro post.)
And then there was Bankrupt Vegan, who got pretty specific by sticking to horror movies. Shane and I do a horror movie marathon every Halloween, so I especially loved this. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY FILM AND FOOD IDEAS! (Intro post; September archive.)
Zsu’s Vegan Pantry managed the unthinkable: a month of vegan burgers! And some pretty amazing ones, at that! (Shane really wants to do a Bob’s Burgers theme, but I don’t want to end up hating burgers after VeganMoFo is over! IT’S A LEGITIMATE FEAR, PEOPLE. Intro post; September archive.)
AND THE CHEESE! There were so many cheesy themes this year! Let’s start with Vegan Yak Attack, who returned with her mac & cheese theme, Vegan Mac Attack. (Intro post; Return of the Mac tag.)
vegan.in.brighton hosted a cheese and chocolate party at her place. Or Whine & Cheese, as we call it in Pawnee. (Intro post; International Cheese and Chocolate Month tag.)
Last but not least, it was a month of Vegan Cultured Cheese on YouTube at Mary’s Test Kitchen. (Intro post; VeganMoFo tag.)
Alien on Toast veganized Jamie Oliver and participated in the Taco or Beer Challenge. Love. (Intro post; VeganMoFo tag.)
Don’t Fear the Vegan hosted a self-intervention for food hoarders. I love this, because I am one. Ditto: my shero, Leslie Knope. (Intro post; VeganMoFo tag.)
Killer Bunnies, Inc. unleashed my inner Cookie Monster with a month of…COOOOKIES! (Intro post; September archive.)
DIYlettante veganized Jewish foods (Vo Den?!). I’m not too skinny, but I sure do love to eat! (Intro post; September archive.)
Tracy’s Living Cookbook featured a theme that’s near and dear to my heart: words and food. (Intro post; VeganMoFo tag.)
Over at Dumbledore’s Vegan Army, we were treated to (you guessed it!) Harry Potter-themed foods. (Intro post.)
Newly Vegan did a cookthrough of Kris Holechek’s 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, which I reviewed years ago but haven’t picked up since. She has me wanting to try every. single. recipe. right. this. moment. (Intro post; September archive.)
Peabrain & Nosewhistle posted recipes to accompany Disney movies. You had me at zombie Snow White! (Intro post; September archive.)
Veganosaurus made my favorite: ICE CREAM! (Yes, that is the sound of me screaming my lungs out. Intro post; ice cream tag.)
The Recipe Box: Meals & Stuff
I no longer drink coffee, but I’d be willing to resurrect my habit for this Lavender Coffee Syrup from Healthy Slow Cooking.
OR I could continue to get my coffee in ice cream form with this Turkish Coffee Ice Cream from My Darling Vegan.
Is it just me, or do these Liège waffles looks like sugary squares of glazed goodness?
Tetris Waffles, you nourish my inner teenager.
Okay, so I know I said that Isa’s Perfect Pancakes are perfect; but they just might have a challenger in the from of The Lusty Vegan’s Cloud 9 Pancakes.
You can never have too many vegan potato salad recipes – and this one from Odd Little Vegan sounds like a winner.
Ditto: this Deli Potato Salad from DIYlettante!
Speaking of potatoes, Crispy Hedgehog Potatoes? Fuck yeah!
Soy Division is making Buttermilk Dill Smashed Potatoes. (The colander is the best.)
Vegan4One made Mexican Street Corn with a cashew sauce. Yum!
Summer may be over (sob!), but it’s never too late for this Summer Pizza from One Window Kitchen.
I don’t eat enough white pizza, but I aim to fix that with this Vegan Broccoli Rabe & Cashew Ricotta White Pizza from Connoisseurus Veg.
Sundried tomatoes and olives are objectively the best, so it was inevitable that they should wind up in The Grumpy Sailor’s scrolls together.
I’ve never had a gyro before (I know so deprived!), but this Seitan Gyro with Tahini Sauce looks like a good place to start.
I want to try all of the burgers in Zsu’s Vegan Pantry, but this pizza burger especially.
This Creamy Zucchini Sauce looks a bit like the Creamy Lemon-Zucchini Sauce I made from Simple Recipes for Joy – but different that I want to try it too, just for good measure.
BALLS. Specifically, Meat Balls & Shepherd’s Pie, courtesy of The Vegan Architect.
The Vegetarian Snob also made BALLS (Lentil Meatballs), which they crammed in a sammie.
Child me or adult me, it doesn’t matter; whatever my age, I would be all over this Vegan Ham Cheese Stromboli.
Onion Cake: it sounds a little weird, but is probably hella delicious.
The same goes for this Pancake Soup. Mix ALL the foods!
Veggie Girl made oat mincemeat for tacos. The recipe’s from OATrageous Oatmeals, which I need like yesterday.
Banana Curl’s Bagel Casserole was practically made to go with a Seinfeld theme.
My kitchen is sadly bereft of a Panini Press, but luckily One Window Kitchen swears that a George Foreman Grill will work just as well for making a Pressed Hummus Sammie. Phew!
I freaking love nut loaves, and both Tracy’s Living Cookbook and The Vegan Architect shared some mouth-watering recipes.
This Cashew Chili from Real Food + Travel looks hella savory.
I love me some chickpea salad, so why not chickpea tuna? And Deerly Beloved Bakery even made a handy how-to vid!
These Garlic Butter Noodles with Red Wine Mushrooms at Cadry’s Kitchen look as tasty as they are simple.
Zucchinis in a tart! Who woulda thunk it? (Tracy’s Living Cookbook, that’s who.)
The Recipe Box: Macaroni and Cheese
Cauli Mac & Cheese, yes please.
Ashley’s Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese is decked out with both cauliflower and lentils for double the goodness!
Cooking from The Glad Cow Cookbook, Vegan Chai whipped up a pot of cheezish for her mac & cheese needs. Roasted red peppers, yum.
Reasons for Vegan’s mac & cheese recipe is so amazingly simple I have to give it a try.
My Darling Vegan came up with a Smoky Mac & Cheese. Pro tip: the sweet potatoes give it its neon orange color!
Continuing the trend of “things I never though to put in mac & cheese” is Green Gourmet Giraffe with a Vegan macaroni cheese with sauerkraut, cauliflower and blue cheese. SAY WHAT.
Not as weird as sauerkraut, but still unusual: Cashew Artichoke Mac N’ Cheeze.
The Recipe Box: Butternut Squash
I already made House Vegan’s Baked Butternut Squash, and it was awesome! (Though my version was maybe a little closer to the original from Oh She Glows. What can I say, I was feeling too lazy to break out the steamer!)
Another one from House Vegan: Butternut Squash Gnocchi. I would pay someone to make this for me, if it didn’t kind of negate the whole “free food from the garden” thing.
This Two Squash Canelloni looks amazing. And Jasmine @ Self Sufficient Cafe serves it with french fries! French fries + pasta, how badass is that!?
I can’t wait to get all fancy with this Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage and Toasted Hazelnuts. I feel like I need a monocle just to type it.
Also in the fancy pants category: Vegetarian Snob’s Comforting Fall Vegan Butternut Squash Sage Fennel Risotto. I will take ALL the risotto, okay.
Butternut Squash Black Bean Chimichangas! Where do I sign up?
Again from Connoisseurus Veg (food crush much?): Butternut Squash Home Fries. I love fried things!
Rosie’s Vegan Kitchen made a rather nom-worthy Butternut, Kale and Walnut Galette.
Butternut Queso. Wait, lemme try that again: BUTTERNUT QUESO!!!! Yeah, that sounds about right.
The Recipe Box: Apples
Raw Caramel Candied Apples! It’s probably ill-advised to try this with my own apples (too buggy – you really need to crack those suckers open before putting them in your mouth!), but there’s no saying I can’t buy a bag from the store just for this purpose.
Self Sufficient Cafe’s Apple Turnovers take me back to my childhood. IN A GOOD WAY.
From Hasta La Vegan & the Garfield cookbook comes this Sour Cream Apple Pie. Meow!
I am officially sold on Elephantastic Vegan’s Three-Ingredient Apple Strudel…and not just because I have a dozen half-boxes of pastry dough kicking around my freezer.
Snacks & Desserts
What could be better than a piping hot, fresh-baked pretzel? Caramel sauce for dipping!
Marzipan + cherries = THE BEST.
You guys, I effing love green tea. Can you really blame me for making a meal of Tea and Sympatico’s Vegan White Chocolate and Matcha Green Tea Truffles? I haven’t yet, but it’s in my (near) future.
Ron Swanson would most definitely approve of these Smoky Coconut Bacon and Chocolate Topped Doughnuts and Bacon-Roasted Chickpeas. And by approve, I mean WITH HIS MOUTH.
Homemade fruit leather is the best.
Evil Dead Delights? I will miss these over my dead body.
I have mostly managed to avoid the pumpkin craze (mainly because I didn’t grow any this year), but these Vegan Pumpkin Muffins with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting from Connoisseurus Veg might put an end to that.
Licorice! In a cake!
Are they cookies or are they cakes? Who cares! I just know I gotta get me some of these Orange Soft Cakes from Elephantastic Vegan.
It’s doubtful that I’m patient enough to make French Croissants, but on the off chance I do, I’ve totally earned the right to eat a baker’s dozen for breakfast. Right?
If I had to choose just one batch of cookies from Killer Bunnies, Inc., it’d be the Bear-shaped Sugar Cookies, so I could build my own armored bear army. Muahaha!
Prepare to drool over these Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping from Olives for Dinner. Someone make these for me please? (Interesting side note: my childhood bedroom was totes decked out in Strawberry Shortcake decor. I wonder if my mom still has the sheets? She saves EVERYTHING, so it’s not as wild an idea as it sounds.)
But why just have strawberry shortcake when you can have GREEN TEA STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE?!?
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. The carrots mean it’s healthy, right guys?
Take your Nutella, put it in a tart! (With a raw shell, tho, so it’s all good.)
Can’t decide between donuts and muffins? No worries! Have a Donut Muffin!
Vegan Chai made Smores Cookies, thus killing me dead.
And if those cookies didn’t finish me off, Deerly Beloved Bakery’s Lemon Meringue Pie would get ‘er done. The same goes for this version from Bite-Sized Thoughts. SO MUCH CREAMY FLUFFY GOODNESS.
Rahkapulla: part pie, part donut. Both parts need to get in my mouth now.
I don’t think I’ve made Zucchini Brownies before! Must rectify this immediately.
Pistachio Rose Cake! So many sweets, so little room in my pants.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom – two of my favorites!
Someone please smash this Coconut Cream Pie in my face? Pretty pretty please?
Speculoos Cookies, you are my everything. Speculoos Frosted Cupcakes, same.
Chocolate Blackcurrant Cake with Marshmallows. That is all.
I love Rice Krispy Treats almost as much as I heart Snickerdoodles, so these Snickerdoodle Rice Crispy Treats from House Vegan are a must try.
Also from House Vegan: Toasted Walnut Maple Buns. VeganMoFo, you are set to bust my pants wide open.
Okay, so I bookmarked a ton of stuff from House Vegan. Exhibit C: these Vegan Peeps!
Finally, two for the pups: Peanut Butter Carrot Cake and Cinnamon Spiced Dog Treats.
Achieve Level Five Veganism! Make your own tofu press with this tutorial from Faster, Pussycat! Run! Run!
Glue & Glitter shares some tips for cooking the perfect pasta every time. Turns out I was doing it wrong. WTF!
Adorable ice cream cones are adorable.
Also at Vegan Dollhouse: bowl-shaped cookies for your ice cream sundaes. I think we have a mad food genius on our hands.
Dinosaurs! In cake form! It doesn’t get any better than this, people.
Ice cream shaped like spaghetti! Prepare to have your mind (and eyeballs) blown!
Vegan, What? posted a video on how to make your own vegan deodorant. Which is rad, because the commercial stuff is EXPENSIVE.
Bianca @ Vegan Crunk rescued a baby squirrel! And he is predictably adorable!
Carbs & Rec: My Favorite Moments
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, PAWNEE!
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