Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year and The Case of Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Oh it's entirely possible to make ooey-gooey Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches!

There are three tricks to making Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches taste even better than traditional grilled cheese.

The first is to use delicious bread. Skip the white sandwich bread slices. Easy right? You'll find tons of inventive and tasty loaves out there. 

The second is to add moisture. My only fault with meat and cheese replacement products is that they tend to be dry. I know the reason for that is they don't have all the fat that their real counterparts contain, and low fat is okay by me, but I want a moist mouth-feel, don't you? That's why I sandwich diced tomatoes right in.

The last trick is to grill or bake/broil your sandwiches instead of pan-frying them. So much crispier on the outside!

Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

4 slices Cranberry Walnut Loaf
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick (softened)
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
pepper
4 Daiya Provolone Style Slices

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

On an ovenproof pan, spread what will be the inside face of the Cranberry Walnut Loaf slices with some of the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick to taste.

Cover two of the buttered bread slices with the chopped tomatoes. Pepper to taste.

Top the tomatoes with the Daiya Provolone Style Slices. Halve them as needed in order to place cheese right out to the edges.

Lay the remaining slices of bread on top, buttered side down.

Bake until the cheese melts and the bottom of the sandwiches are golden brown, then broil until the top of the sandwiches are perfectly toasted as well.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Becki

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Case of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

What a joyful time for everyone, including our publisher Imajin Books!

Here's the scoop directly from Imajin.


Our big event is comprised of 4 individual events: 

1. Kindle Fire Giveaway (via Rafflecopter contest) - Dec 1-25. Prizes to be awarded Dec 25-31. https://www.facebook.com/imajinbooks?sk=app_228910107186452
 
2. Paperback Sale - Dec 1-7 - 15% off our titles (great for Christmas gifts!) ordered via CreateSpace only, using discount code: LRG4K8RH.
 
3. eBook Sale - Dec 24-Jan 7 - ($0.99, $1.99) Amazon and Smashwords http://www.imajinbooks.com/sale.

4. Special eBook Bundle Sale: DEADLY DOZEN (Dec 6-12); SWEET & SENSUAL (Dec 23-29).


Becki

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Case of Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

I used to drink a chocolate protein shake in the morning. It was good. This is better.
 
I've added banana—not a whole banana because that tastes too strong—which increases nutrition at the same time as creaminess. I upped the milk, decreased the vanilla frozen yogurt, and voilà.
 
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup 2% milk
2 tbsps whey protein isolate
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 banana
1 scoop vanilla frozen yogurt

Blend.
 
Serves 1.
 
Becki

PS Plus I'm using a better blender.
PPS I plan to experiment with veganizing this recipe by using cashew milk, a non-dairy protein powder, and replacing the frozen yogurt with avocado.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Case of French Raspberry Toast and Surprising Crime Statistics

This summer with all the rain, friend Kathleen's crop of raspberries was amazing and she generously shared. I sprinkled her fresh raspberries over hot-off-the-griddle pieces of French Vanilla Toast and then drizzled on the maple syrup.

The talk over breakfast: according to Statistics Canada's article Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2011, "In general, males tend to commit crime more frequently than females...Of the almost 413,800 adults (age 18 years and older) charged with a criminal offence in 2011, 79% were male."

But things are changing.

The same article says that male-perpetrators have been declining over the past 20 years, while female perps have been increasing over the past decade.

The trend is even more pronounced in the case of violent crime. "Since 1991, the rate of males charged with violent crime has declined 32%, while the rate for females has increased 34%."

Really sisters, let's not emulate such negative aspects of the opposite sex!

Here are the very latest statistics available on-line from Statistics Canada (Canadian Crime Statistics, 2003):

Female Accused

Homicide 39
Attempt/Conspire Murder 65
Total Violations Against the Person 27,701

Male Accused

Homicide 287
Attempt/Conspire Murder 411
Total Violations Against the Person 127,162

So what's my point?

If you're hunting down a violent criminal, unfortunately you can't rule out a woman.

Becki

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Case of Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

Perfect for when you need to chill.
 
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris
 
2 lime wedges, partially slit crosswise
2 rounded tsps sugar, plus more for rimming glasses
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp orange juice
1 cup strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups ice
 
Moisten the rim of two glasses with the lime wedges (save the wedges for final garnish). Sugar the outside of the glasses by dabbing them horizontally in a mound of sugar and turning.
 
Blend together the 2 rounded tsps sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, strawberries, vanilla and ice.
 
Fill the sugared glasses with the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri mix and garnish with the lime wedges.
 
Serves 2.
 
Becki
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Case of the Deadly Dozen

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Becki
 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Case of Rigatoni with Broccoli

You taste the lemon, the rigatoni is comfortingly al dente, the broccoli savoury, and the toasted bread crumbs add a bit of crunch.

Rigatoni with Broccoli

4 cups rigatoni
1 bunch broccoli, in florets
4 tbsps lemon juice
4 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
vegetable seasoning

Cook the rigatoni 2 minutes less than al dente then add the broccoli and cook for 2 more min.

Drain and return to the pot.

Stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, toasted breadcrumbs, Parmesan and vegetable seasoning to taste.

Serves 4.

Becki

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