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Vegan Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Breakfast Sausage
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Vegan Tofu Scramble with Vegetables and Breakfast Sausage

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Strawberries & Cream Pie with a Pistachio Meringue CrustMy mom used to make a similar pie growing up, but with walnuts in the crust.  You could also do a filling with peaches or other berries if you’d like.3 large Egg Whites1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar3/4 cup Sugar3/4 cup unsalted Pistachios, toasted and chopped smallCanola Oil2 tsp Vanilla 2 cups fresh Strawberries, chopped1 1/2 cup Whipping CreamI left out the sugar for the whipped cream since the meringue is already so sweet.Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Use a small amount of oil to lightly coat the inside of a pie pan.  In a bowl, use a handmixer with a whisk attachment to whip together the eggs, vanilla and cream of tartar until frothy.  Slowly stream in sugar as you continue to beat on a high speed. The meringue is ready when it’s glossy and forms stiff peaks.  Add in 1/2 cup of the pistachios and gently fold them into the meringue.  Spread the meringue into the pan.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely, about one hour.
For the strawberries and cream, whip the whipping cream and vanilla in a bowl until stick peaks form.  Fold in strawberries.  Spread over the cooled meringue crust.
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over.  I love Fall and everything, but considering that I only made it to the beach here ONCE, it seems a little too soon for it to be over.  The good news is that the 2nd annual Gala Gala Hey! is coming up next month at The Drink.  Details coming soon!  
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Strawberries & Cream Pie with a Pistachio Meringue Crust

My mom used to make a similar pie growing up, but with walnuts in the crust.  You could also do a filling with peaches or other berries if you’d like.

3 large Egg Whites
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup unsalted Pistachios, toasted and chopped small
Canola Oil
2 tsp Vanilla 
2 cups fresh Strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 cup Whipping Cream
I left out the sugar for the whipped cream since the meringue is already so sweet.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Use a small amount of oil to lightly coat the inside of a pie pan.  In a bowl, use a handmixer with a whisk attachment to whip together the eggs, vanilla and cream of tartar until frothy.  Slowly stream in sugar as you continue to beat on a high speed. The meringue is ready when it’s glossy and forms stiff peaks.  Add in 1/2 cup of the pistachios and gently fold them into the meringue.  Spread the meringue into the pan.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely, about one hour.

For the strawberries and cream, whip the whipping cream and vanilla in a bowl until stick peaks form.  Fold in strawberries.  Spread over the cooled meringue crust.

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over.  I love Fall and everything, but considering that I only made it to the beach here ONCE, it seems a little too soon for it to be over.  The good news is that the 2nd annual Gala Gala Hey! is coming up next month at The Drink.  Details coming soon!  

As always, you should like The Bored Vegetarian!

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 
Carbonara with Peas & Parsley1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 small Onion, chopped1 clove Garlic, minced2/3 cup dry White Wine2 Eggs3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)3/4 cup Peas, cooked 1/4 fresh Parsley, choppedSalt to tasteFresh Cracked PepperIn a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 
I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post! View high resolution

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 

Carbonara with Peas & Parsley

1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2/3 cup dry White Wine
2 Eggs
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)
3/4 cup Peas, cooked 
1/4 fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Fresh Cracked Pepper

In a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. 

I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 

I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post!

I made my first Bored Vegetarian post on May 3rd, 2010, a little over a three years ago!  Without getting too cheeseball (mmm cheeseball), I can’t thank you enough for reading and cooking along with me.  Can’t wait to see where this goes over the next few years… 
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I made my first Bored Vegetarian post on May 3rd, 2010, a little over a three years ago!  Without getting too cheeseball (mmm cheeseball), I can’t thank you enough for reading and cooking along with me.  Can’t wait to see where this goes over the next few years… 

love, Bethany

Roasted Cauliflower & Steamed Kale Salad1 small head of Cauliflower, broken into florets3 cups raw Kale, large stems removes, leaves chopped small2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilJuice from half of a LemonSalt & Pepper to taste Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional) 
Preheat oven to 350.  On a baking sheet, toss florets in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is soft and begins to brown (toss about halfway through to brown on different sides).  Fill a soup pot or large sauce pan with an inch or two of water and place over medium/high heat.  Place a vegetable steamer in the pot and add the kale.  Steam the kale until tender.  Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool until you can handle it.  Chop up cauliflower into very small pieces.  In a bowl, toss with steamed kale and season with salt and pepper.  Add to a serving bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Can be served warm or room temperature.  
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Roasted Cauliflower & Steamed Kale Salad

1 small head of Cauliflower, broken into florets
3 cups raw Kale, large stems removes, leaves chopped small
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice from half of a Lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste 
Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350.  On a baking sheet, toss florets in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is soft and begins to brown (toss about halfway through to brown on different sides).  Fill a soup pot or large sauce pan with an inch or two of water and place over medium/high heat.  Place a vegetable steamer in the pot and add the kale.  Steam the kale until tender.  Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool until you can handle it.  Chop up cauliflower into very small pieces.  In a bowl, toss with steamed kale and season with salt and pepper.  Add to a serving bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Can be served warm or room temperature.  


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Sunny Side Up Egg with Quinoa, Sauteed Kale, Tomato and Basil & Scallion PureeIt’s a slow rainy Saturday in New York.1 egg1/2 cup dry Quinoa1 cup Low Sodium Vegetable Stock1 cup chopped Kale, large stems removed1/4 cup Baby Heirloom Tomatoes2 generous handfuls of fresh Basil1/2 cup chopped Scallions1 clove Garlic4-5 Tbsp Olive Oil1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar1 Tbsp ButterSalt & Pepper to tasteIn a saucepan 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup Vegetable Broth to a boil.  Add quinoa and season with a bit of salt.  Cover and bring down to a simmer until the liquid cooks off (about 15 minutes).  In a saute pan, saute minced garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft.  Add the cooked quinoa and toss.  Cook on low heat, continuing to cook off any remaining liquid in the quinoa.  In a blender, liquify basil, scallion and a 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  With the blender going, slowly stream in the white wine vinegar, which will thicken the puree.  In a saute pan, saute the kale and tomato in a bit of olive oil until soft.  Add to quinoa and toss.  Season with salt & pepper.  In a saute pan, melt butter over low-medium heat.  Crack the egg into the pan and season with salt and pepper.  Cover with a lid until the whites have firmed up.  Serve quinoa in a bowl, top with the sunny side up egg and spoon some of the basil & scallion puree over the top.  Serve immediately.   View high resolution

Sunny Side Up Egg with Quinoa, Sauteed Kale, Tomato and Basil & Scallion Puree

It’s a slow rainy Saturday in New York.

1 egg
1/2 cup dry Quinoa
1 cup Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
1 cup chopped Kale, large stems removed
1/4 cup Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
2 generous handfuls of fresh Basil
1/2 cup chopped Scallions
1 clove Garlic
4-5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a saucepan 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup Vegetable Broth to a boil.  Add quinoa and season with a bit of salt.  Cover and bring down to a simmer until the liquid cooks off (about 15 minutes).  In a saute pan, saute minced garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft.  Add the cooked quinoa and toss.  Cook on low heat, continuing to cook off any remaining liquid in the quinoa.  In a blender, liquify basil, scallion and a 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  With the blender going, slowly stream in the white wine vinegar, which will thicken the puree.  In a saute pan, saute the kale and tomato in a bit of olive oil until soft.  Add to quinoa and toss.  Season with salt & pepper.  In a saute pan, melt butter over low-medium heat.  Crack the egg into the pan and season with salt and pepper.  Cover with a lid until the whites have firmed up.  Serve quinoa in a bowl, top with the sunny side up egg and spoon some of the basil & scallion puree over the top.  Serve immediately.  

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