Happy Fall!

Oh Gosh, I knew it had been a while since I had done a post. But it’s been way longer than I thought. I had even forgotten that I had changed the look of the blog on the spur of the moment last month!

Here’s what I’ve been doing–

  • I found it!!! My Whole Foods finally has the Daiya brand dairy-free cream cheese. Plant-based though maybe not exactly “health food”, which is ok sometimes.  I’m going to figure out a way to take some with me on several short trips I have coming this fall. A bagel is just not right without cream cheese. I think this has the best “cream cheese” flavor of the non-dairy versions I have tried. It does have just a touch of sweetness, even though the nutrition facts list 0 grams of sugar. I think it’s because of the coconut oil. Daiya products are great for those with food allergies–they say the products are common allergen-free except for coconut (which isn’t that common of an allergy, but it is a tree nut technically).

Daiya cream cheese

  • We adopted a new doggie! He’s a senior dog (I’m guessing about 10 years old), the one who is closer to the camera. We adopted from a rescue group who was notified about this little guy coming into a shelter in June. The shelter knew he was not very adoptable from their perspective, being older, deaf, and visually impaired too. He stayed with a foster mom for about four months. I truly wasn’t actively looking for a new dog, but you know how these things go. Who could resist that face…But yes, he is keeping me so much busier as we figure out how to work around his special needs, bathroom schedule, all that good stuff! I didn’t realize how low maintenance our other dog Charlie is. They make a good pair and are getting along. Benny follows Charlie quite a bit and seems less anxious about what to do when he can follow Charlie. We have a dog with a guide dog.

doggies

  • Fall veggies! I’ve mostly been roasting them in the oven. I think this cooking sheet/tray is an essential for veggie cooking because of the sides. Or maybe just because I’m a klutz! Here is cauliflower, roasted about 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. I used a little over 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt, pepper, and garlic powder. It’s so good that I ate about 1/2 the head of cauliflower right away…

roasted cauliflower

  • My favorite cookbook author has a new book–I just received “Isa Does It” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. There is such a buzz in the vegetarian/vegan world about this book. I can’t wait to get cooking from it. So far I can just tell you (because I’ve only been able to glance at it!) it’s a very attractively done book and the photos and layout make me want to get cooking. Follow along with the Veg Cookbook Club in November–I’m sure there will be a lot of us cooking like crazy with this one. I plan to jump in and find some new favorite recipes. If you follow the Veg Cookbook Club you get the benefit of seeing others’ pictures and finding out what others liked (or didn’t ). Typically when I’ve tried a recipe others have raved about, it’s been one that I end up loving and adding to my repertoire.

I hope you are enjoying your fall! What have you been cooking?

Julie

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One thought on “Happy Fall!

  1. What a great catch-up post!

    If you are feeling experimental, the BEST cream cheese I ever had is Miyoko Schinner’s recipe, though I sampled what she made and haven’t had the time to try my hand at making it myself. Her recipe is in this doc: http://www.veggiefestchicago.com/documentos/VF%20Recipes.pdf

    I think it’s so great that you adopted a special needs dog! I do think it really helps dogs to have companion animals. I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and they’d often pair up anxious dogs with calm dogs, etc which worked really well

    And lastly, hooray for Isa Does It! I got my copy last week and have been watching the VegCookbook Club explode with amazing photos lately, and the month hasn’t even started yet!

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