Baked Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

It’s Monday. Womp, woooooomp. But, hey, Terry Hope Romero is doing an Authors Worth Celebrating dinner at Mohawk Bend tonight, and I’m going! Not only will there be awesome food from her book Salad Samurai but there will also be great company and I’m really looking forward to going.

Even though chances are you’re not going to that dinner, I have something else to brighten up your Monday, this incredible Baked Mediterranean Mac and Cheese! Here we have red onions, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and arugula; basically making this thing delicious by default.

But then, you have a simple, homemade cheese sauce that makes it even better! Not to mention the panko crumb topping, baked to a golden crisp. Mmm… Yes, please! I had my parents try this for dinner one night and despite my mom’s distaste for olives (WHAT?) both very much enjoyed it!

I may have spoiled what one of the upcoming #Returnofthemacmofo recipes are over on the Vegan Yack Attack Facebook, so take a peak and get excited. So many mac ideas flowing this month!

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Avocado Mac with Pepita Bacon

Remember that time that I totally disappeared during the first week of Vegan MoFo? Geez, man! Although, I’m pretty sure that many of you would agree that a trip to PDX is a pretty good reason for absence.

Not to mention, I was photographing the wonderful Kristina’s (of Spabettie) wedding! My only regret of the trip is that Corey and I didn’t make it over to White Owl Social Club so that I could eat that incredible mac and cheese burger. I did, however, have the Chili Mac Attack from Homegrown Smoker. Mmm..

A quick note about the wedding: when was the last time you went to one where the ceremony was filled to the brim with game show references, the couple was extra awesome, and the late-night snacks provided included Voodoo Donuts? Never before? Yeah, it was that amazing.

Back to the mac! This was my second time experimenting with avocado cheese sauce, and it was delightful. My one tip is to find a really ripe, buttery avocado for this sauce, or else it will end up sweeter than is optimum and you’ll have to add extra salt to balance it out. Otherwise, this is a great nut-free cheese sauce that pairs amazingly with the pepita bacon. That is, if the pepitas survive the trip from the oven to your bowl without getting eaten up!

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Return of the Mac MoFo!

It’s that time again, everyone. Time for Vegan MoFo 2014 and I couldn’t be more excited! Last year, I got pretty crazy with the Born to Mac MoFo theme and this year I’m taking it to another level with Return of the Mac. It will be hard to beat dishes like Buffalo Chickpea Mac and Mozzarella Mac Deep Dish Pizza, but I’m going to show you guys some pretty drool-worthy creations.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to cook in the last month, so I have just a couple of preview pics for your enjoyment.

Avocado Pepita Bacon Mac

Baked Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

Get ready for some serious Mac action!

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Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake and Giveaway!

If for some reason you have never been to the blog Fork & Beans, you may be living under a rock. The blog’s creator, Cara, is incredible and super talented when it comes to transforming your favorite indulgences into gluten-free, vegan delights. So, when I heard that she was putting together her own cookbook, I just knew that it would turn out amazingly.

Lo and behold, I received a copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking to check out and it looks incredible! Her recipes paired with Celine Steen‘s photography equal some gorgeous recipes. Below, I’ve been given permission to share the delectable recipe for her Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust!

Fortunately for me, my dad’s birthday was earlier this week, right when I was making this cheesecake. I expedited the setting process by putting it in the freezer so that it would be ready in time for presents, which worked wonderfully. After my mom and I sang “happy birthday” to my dad, he blew out the candle and we dug in.

As expected, we loved it. :) Now, you have a chance to win your own copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by entering the Rafflecopter widget beneath the recipe!

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