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RECIPE: Taco Scones

31st May 11 (Tue) 5 comments

I had been thinking of making this for a while.  I had never seen “taco scones.”  I quick search on google & food.com‘s recipes came up with nothing outside of something called a Navajo Scone, which looked like taco stuff on navajo bread.  Mexican scones came up, but were usually chocolate/cinnamon or apple-somethings.  Anyway, I’m considering this a fairly novel concept, but I don’t know why.  They’re super easy, all of the ingredients are pretty basic, and it’s a classic combination of flavors.  For a Memorial Day / birthday party, I made…

Taco Scones

photo by emobiephotography

Makes 8-12 large scones

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbl baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ Tbl black pepper
  • 1 Tbl taco seasoning (plus add’l to top sconesI buy in the bulk section)
  • 1 stick chilled unsalted butter (or Earth Balance, etc), cut into cubes
    freeze butter for 15 minutes for “chilled” butter
  • 1 ½ cups grated medium/sharp cheddar cheese (or vegan substitute)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced small
  • 1 small can of sliced olives
  • 1 lb soy crumbles, warmed & sautéed with taco seasoning
  • ¾ to 1 cups buttermilk (or soy creamer / coconut milk / vegan buttermilk)
  • ¼ to ½ cup cheddar cheese to top scones (or vegan substitute)
  • 1 large egg for top glaze (optional)
  • 2 tsp water for top glaze (optional)
  • salsa, sour cream, guacamole (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 400°

Steps:

  1. Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or do by hand), combine flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper & taco seasoning in a large bowl on low speed.
  2. With mixer running, gradually add cubes of butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour – butter bits about the size of small peas.
  3. Add 1 ½ cups grated cheese and mix just until blended.
  4. Add peppers, soy crumbles, olives and 3/4 cup buttermilk to flour and cheese mixture.  Mix by hand just until all ingredients are incorporated.  If dough is too dry to hold together, use remaining buttermilk, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball.  Stir as lightly and as little as possible to ensure a lighter-textured scone.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place it on a lightly floured flat surface.  Pat dough into a ball.  Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick.  Cut dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges, depending on size scone you prefer.
  6. Whisk egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine.  Brush each wedge with egg wash.  Top with taco seasoning and the remaining ¼ to ½ cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Place scones on a lined baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle.  Serve warm with salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole for dipping.

This will definitely be a repeat recipe!  Taco scones, “Mexiscones,” or whatever you want to call them – these savory scones are delicious.

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~Dan – np: David BazanStrange Negotiations

Vegan Black Metal Chef #1 – Pad Thai

13th May 11 (Fri) 3 comments

This was uploaded 4 days ago, and I thought it fitting to post for Friday the 13th.  Behold, the first episode of Vegan Black Metal Chef… making vegan pad thai!

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~Dan – np: PoundhoundMassive Grooves from the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music

RECIPE: Bleu Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits

21st Mar 11 (Mon) 4 comments

I’m late on posting this… too busy at work.  For last month’s vegetarian supper club in Eugene, we did a snowshoe trip; so the goal was to make something yummy that was also transportable.  I opted for…

Bleu Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits

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makes about 8 biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into smaller cubes
  • 1 cup crumbled bleu cheese
    (you could possibly find a vegan blue cheese variety, but that might be tough)
  • 1 Tbl chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbl chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup buttermilk  (for vegan… see comments section)
  • 1 Tbl milk/soy milk/rice milk/etc

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend.
  3. Add shortening. using fingertips, rub in until coarse crumbs form.
  4. Mix in 3/4 cup cheese, rosemary and 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme.
  5. Make well in center. Add 1 cup buttermilk and stir until dough forms, gradually mixing in dry ingredients.
  6. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead gently until combined, about 5 turns. Pat dough into 1-inch-thick rectangle. Cut into squares.
  7. Transfer squares to baking sheet. Brush with 1 tablespoon milk/soymilk/ricemilk. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme. Sprinkle with pepper.  The biscuits can be prepared 4 hours ahead, just cover & chill until ready to bake.
  8. Bake biscuits until golden, about 20 minutes.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature… or in a warming hut at Gold Lake, Oregon.

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~Dan – np: David BazanLive at Electrical Audio

RECIPE: PB&J Cocktail with Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches

24th Jan 11 (Mon) 1 comment

For this month’s vegetarian supper club in Eugene, we were the hosts and the theme was PAIRINGS.  I wanted to make something that was a kids’ staple food item, but with an adult twist.  So, I went for…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cocktail

750mL batch

Ingredients:

  • 750 mL vodka, unflavored (don’t go cheap, but don’t go all out… a $10-15 bottle is fine)
  • 1 cup of peanuts, unsalted
  • up to 375 mL raspberry liqueur (Chambord, etc)
  • air-tight jar

Steps: super easy

  1. Add peanuts and vodka in an air-tight jar.  Place in cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks.
  2. Strain vodka (remove peanuts).  You’ll end up with slightly less than 750mL.  I did about a bottle and a half (1.125 mL / 4.75 cups) and my yield was almost exactly 4 cups of finished vodka (~85%).  Sidenote: don’t eat the spent peanuts… they’re icky…
  3. The Cocktail: 2 parts peanut vodka, 1 part raspberry liqueur.  Serve chilled or on the rocks.  Since it’s all booze… a small pour is usually enough.
    Variation: use other jelly-type flavors (grape, strawberry, peach), chocolate liqueur, bailey’s, or make a peanut white russian…

Update 4/10/12: About 16 months later, there’s now an actual PB&J vodka.  I beat ’em to it, though… More info here at Van Gogh Vodka (and web coverage here & here).

I paired it with…

Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches

makes 4 large sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups dried pasta (macaroni, rotini, etc)
  • boiling water
  • 1 Tbl butter (or vegan substitute)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (soy, rice or cow milk also fine)
  • 2 cups grated cheese (mix it up, be creative with flavors)
    you could also try vegan cheese… not sure on meltability
  • 8 slices of bread, buttered on one side

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until tender (time depends on the pasta). Drain water.
  2. Add butter, milk, and cheese.  Stir until pasta is equally covered in cheesiness.
  3. Butter side down, add bread to grill or pan.  Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cheesy pasta.  Add second piece of bread, butter side up.
  4. Once one side is lightly browned, flip the sandwich… or use a George Foreman grill, panini press or something easy like that.  I mean, come on, it’s making a grilled cheese… I shouldn’t need to explain.
  5. Cut and serve!

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~Dan – np: Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerAcoustic Sessions

RECIPE: “Go Ducks” Guacamole

10th Jan 11 (Mon) 2 comments

So, I’m not a sports guy (understatement).  My main thing is music (as if I really need to tell you that)…

Well, I’m in Eugene, Oregon, and regardless of my general sports indifference, I still support the Ducks!  I went to the University of Oregon for a stint (I’m a PhD dropout if you’re keeping score at home).  I’m going to a BCS National Championship Game party tonight, and I’ll be supporting the Ducks against the Auburn Whatstheirfaces

I really don’t know what the Ducks’ chances are… football is the one played with the parabolic ball, right?  Anyway… what I’m bringing to the party is a super easy recipe

“Go Ducks” Guacamole

serves 179 chips, give or take

Ingredients:

  • oil for sautéing
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 yellow peppers (you know, for the yellow)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbl taco seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4-5 medium/large avocados
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • juice of 2 limes (2-4 Tbls or so?)

Steps:

  1. Cut up onion, pepper & garlic.  Saute in 1-2 Tbl of oil until soft, slightly browned.  Add taco seasoning, stir.
  2. Cut up avocados, add to large mixing bowl.  Mash avocados with a fork or large wooden spoon.
  3. Add onion, pepper & garlic mixture.  Dice and add tomatoes.  Add chili powder and salt (to taste).  Add lime juice (to preserve).
    This is meant to be enjoyed immediately (or as close to it as possible)!  Do not make it “well in advance”…

Worst case… the Ducks lose.  Well, there will still be music to get us through (just hopefully not more from Sebastian Bach).

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Update: this would also work really well for the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl XLV. :)

~Dan – np: ReptetChicken or Beef?

RECIPE: Avocado Fries

26th Dec 10 (Sun) 2 comments

Another nummy from last night’s Christmas potluck dinner…

Avocado Fries

Credit: Adapted from George’s at the Cove, San Diego, in The Sunset Cookbook

appetizer, serves about 6

Ingredients:

  • oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 or 3 firm-ripe small-to-medium avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
    note: the # of avocados could vary a lot.  if in doubt, make extra batter/breading just in case.

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix flour with salt in a shallow plate. Put eggs and panko in separate plates. Dip avocado wedges in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, then in panko to coat. Set on 2 plates in single layers.
  3. Fry 1/4 of the avocado wedges at a time until deep golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels. Keep warm in the oven while cooking remainder. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

I ran out of egg/panko mixture partway through; so we pulled an audible and mixed up some vegan egg replacer and Italian breadcrumbs for the last 1/3 of the batch.  That seemed to work out a-OK.  If you also had vegan breadcrumbs or vegan breading, this could be easily modified to a vegan recipe.  I imagine tempura batter would also work.

For our potluck, I had to make them and transport them; so they were slightly cooled once we ate them.  With that being said, they’d be best served immediately.

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Happy Festivus!

~Dan – np: Over the RhineDarkest Night of the Year

merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, EID, Diwali, Hanukkah , too

RECIPE: Vegan Biscuits & Gravy (from Sept 2008)

24th Nov 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Hint… this mushroom gravy also works great for a vegan option over top of Thanksgiving stuffing and mashed potatoes. That’s what I’m doing for tomorrow’s festivities. Yum!

~Dan

RECIPE: Vegan Biscuits & Gravy Vegan Biscuits & Gravy I made some vegan biscuits and gravy for Veggie Supper Club last night.  Our theme was “Breakfast for Dinner.”  We also brought a vegan version of Amish Baked Oatmeal (with fresh blackberries from our backyard) and sparkling white wine, OJ & grenadine for breakfast cocktails. :)  If you stumbled in here from… Read More

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