I know that this will not come as a shock to anyone else, but fall is here! Seriously though, Southern California is (finally) getting some cool, cloudy weather and it’s a magical thing. Now, to just get some rain and I’ll be happy! I’ve even been inspired to take some photos of plant’s reactions to the changes, as seen below.
The weather has brought on more cravings for comforting, filling food and I am certainly not mad about it. I’ve had soups, casseroles, pies and tacos (?!) on the mind – that last one must be a California thing – and I can’t wait to make them all! Oh, and before I forget, I may or may not have completed a cookbook proposal to turn in to a couple of publishers that had contacted me. Keep your fingers crossed for some good news!
Back to tacos. I’ve had breakfast tacos on my recipe to-do list for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I saw my friend post some awesome hash brown Gardien tacos the other day that I decided it was about damn time that I got in on such a delightful meal. These tacos are filled with a squash/potato hash and a tasty tofu/spinach scramble. You should absolutely top these bad boys with fresh cilantro, salsa and maybe some vegan cheese shreds. I suppose avocado wouldn’t hurt either. 😉
There’s another recipe that I want to make before Thanksgiving that I’ve had on my mind for over a year, that I think you will either absolutely love, or be like, “Jackie, you are crazy”. We’ll see what happens!
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!
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!
To tell you the truth, I’ve been trying to get this recipe out to you guys for MONTHS! Now, I’m so glad that I finally have the time to share it. Of course, you know how much I love the Chickpea/buffalo sauce/ranch combo as shown by this mac recipe and this nacho recipe. So naturally I had to add to this delicious food family by making a pizza version!
I actually made this twice, once as an experiment for a friend and I, and a second time to nail down all of the measurements. I could easily eat this pizza once a week, or maybe more depending on how many feels I have. 😉 Each person that got their hands on a slice may agree with me, as it got rave reviews!
You really can’t go wrong with a combination like spicy buffalo sauce, crunchy celery, chickpeas, fresh cilantro, peppery arugula and a vegan ranch sauce that some readers claim to be the best they’ve ever had! Believe me, I take that as a huge compliment, as I’ve tasted many a delicious vegan ranch in my foodie adventures.
Aside from this fabulous pizza pie, I’m pretty excited to bring back some more creative recipes to Vegan Yack Attack. Will there still be plenty of cookbook reviews and giveaways? Of course! But, now I have the time to give you some breaks from those types of posts with some crazy recipes. Oh, have you heard? Vegan MoFo is back in September and you better believe that shit is going to get REAL!
So, go ahead, make this jaw-dropping pizza for your friends and family and get them excited about some solid vegan eats.