Friday, December 26, 2008

X-mas Feast and Other Celebratory Noms!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I had an absolutely lovely holiday with my family. X-mas Eve is when my uncles and their kids come over and we have food buffet style and play a game of ridiculous trivia that leaves us in stitches every time. It was wonderful. :) But onto the noms, right?! Here's a pic of some delectable Peppermint Candy Cane Fudge I made from Bittersweet's recipe. Like heaven these tiny squares were. Definitley going to keep this recipe around! Take a tour with me to see what other noms I have enjoyed lately:

Drop-dead delicious vegan broccoli salad my mom made w/ borrowed organic Veganaise & soy "bacon bits". I seriously put a bite into my mouth and froze in an orgasmic stupor. This shit is *amazing*... I'm going to make more tomorrow, because, well... I pretty much ate it ALL. Ha!

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Here's the rest of my mom's spread that was vegan! We have chips and Giant Eagle Artichoke and Garlic Salsa (the BEST salsa I have ever put in my MOUTH!), whole wheat pita slices with authentic hummus and store bought baba. And a whole bunch of veggies!! :D

Here's my cousin, Kayla, with my little girl Dori!

OhdearsweetMoses... for my graduation dinner *does the Bachelor's dance* my parents took me to Pad Thai - a gourmet Thai and Chinese food restaurant. I don't know of anyone who doesn't love it! Back in my omnivorous days I used to love the sauce used in the sesame chicken dish... lo and behold... I give you sesame TOFU!! It. Is. So. F*cking. Delicious. I can't even tell you. This shit and the broccoli salad my mom made = best noms ever!

Here are some features from the (only) local vegan restaurant VegiTerranean, owned by the wonderful and oh-so-animal-loving Chrissie Hynde. (Animals love her right back - my dog goes crazy over her). Here my friend Matt got their special pizza - there's Gardein chicken, arugala, soy mozarella, artichokes I believe... *slobber* He let me have a bite and it was sooooooo good! Their pizzas always are.

Here's part of my meal: a vegan Caesar salad! The dressing is made with dulse to give it that anchovy taste. And look at the size of those caper berries! This was very light and satisfying. We also shared the Hummus del Giorno! I believe that day it was made with basil and garlic... so tasty.

Well, there you go, folks. There will be much more to come because: I am in my new apartment!! XD Such excitement. I'm still adding to my collection of kitchen necessities and... my oven doesn't work (the knobs are all effed). So I promise that when that's taken care of there will be many more vegan creations from KT's Kitchen! :D

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thanksgiving and Celebrating Compassion Gala '08!

I had the loveliest of Thanksgivings this year. It was my first Thanksgiving as a vegan and my first Vegan Thanksgiving! :D Here's a photo from a dying camera of my family in front of their spread. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was very busy! Another first, this was my first year doing all the cooking! Here's our menu:

Thanksgiving 2008
Butternut Squash Bisque w/ Cashew Cream (adapted from VeganYumYum)
Garlic Stuffed Olives
Caramelized Onion Spread w/ French bread
Skillet Cornbread (from VCON)
Meatless Meatballs Italiano (from previous post!)
Stuffing w/ Homemade Gravy
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans (which were forgotten :()
Mashed Potatoes

Herb Roasted Carrots
Cranberry Relish w/ Walnuts
Vegan Pumpkin Roll
Homemade Apple Pie (made by PoorCollegeVegan!)

This past weekend was the Mercy For Animals Celebrating Compassion Gala '08 in Columbus. It was a wonderful time! I went with PoorCollegeVegan's Olivia (my bestie). We drove down and first visited Street Food, a small restaurant next to Dragonfly that specializes in food you'd find from street vendors all around the world. And it was delicious.

Very cute interior.

Here's Liv enjoying her curry vegetable empanada!

Here I am loving my portabella v-steak (like a Philly cheesesteak!)!

The Celebrating Compassion Gala was a wonderful time. They had a silent auction going on (Liv almost won a beautiful piece of artwork!) and scrumptious vegan hors d'oeuvres to accompany a heartstring-tugging award ceremony. The picture to the left is Master of Ceremonies and acclaimed musician Kyle Vincent. He's pretty frickin' awesome. :) It was indescribable to be in a room filled with people who are so passionate about the same things as I am... I wish I were surrounded by that many vegans every day! :D