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Food and Politics

So, I entered into the Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge and having looked at all the entries, I kind of wish I had done something a little more creative. Mine was the lamest of the lame. But on a happier note, I already have two of the three prizes being offered so I’m not going to cry into my pillow or anything. However, for this month’s challenge- basil- I’m fully prepared to rock your socks. Just you wait.

Coffee buzz energy bars

Coffee buzz energy bars

Last night while looking through my Flickr friends uploads, I happened upon Hannah Kaminsky’s pics and she had a link for a downloadable recipe booklet called “Lunchbox Bites.” For five dollars you get 12 printable vegan snack food recipes for your kids or yourself or whatever. Of course I bought it, started downloading and before I even had the whole thing printed up, made the “Coffee Buzz Energy Bars.” I love coffee. They were good but I think next time I’m going to add in some toasted almonds because that’s how I roll, yo. Out of all the recipes, the only one I will never ever make is the “Rootbeer Pudding.” This one seems like it will trigger my gag reflex without ever having come near my mouth. I hate rootbeer. But all in all, a good buy. I’m going to make everything else, even the cinnamon swirl bread, and I hate making bread.

Lemon Garlic Pasta

Lemon Garlic Pasta

I made this amazing pasta last week. After being on vacation for a week and not being in my own kitchen and not being able to cook, i was jonesing for some home-cooked vegan fare. Maine isn’t exactly a Mecca for vegetarians, with their endless barrage of signs advertising giant lobster rolls or lobster dinners for $11 or $12. The recipe is from “Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan” by Dreena Burton. I made my own tweaks, as noted.

1 lb brown rice pasta (recipe calls for 3/4 lb of whatever pasta you like)

1/3 cup lemon juice (I used the stuff in the bottle, the recipe calls for fresh squeezed)

5 large garlic cloves (recipe says 2, suckas! But I love me some garlic)

1/3 cup capers (okay the recipe didn’t have this, i added it on my own. Super!! Makes it more like a piccata and that’s allright by me.)

1 1/2 tsp agave nectar

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1/4 cup Olive oil

1/3 cup toasted walnuts (recipe says pine nuts, but those things aren’t cheap and I am)

3 tsp chopped basil (i used the frozen cubes that Trader Joe has. I love them. The recipe says 1/3 cup chopped fresh that you add at the end but I don’t follow directions well, i guess)

Cook pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together, then toss it into your pasta. If the pasta seems too dry, as mine did, add some pasta water. I used most of it because that brown rice stuff gets very sticky. I used my Parma! vegan parmesan cheese as a topper and away i went. This was so t angy and refreshing, i would highly recommend making it. At the very least, buy the cookbook, cheapo. She has some great stuff in there.

Jesus-y Lip Gloss- front

Jesus-y Lip Gloss- front

While in Maine, Robert decided to pick me up some Jesus-y lip gloss. Good for you, Robert! Keep pissing off the right wing pricks that started screwing up our country almost 8 years ago! Here is some of the stuff that it says on the package: (did you just giggle when I said package? Me too. Ahem.)

Be worthy, be noticed

Get tight with Christ!

The flavor is called “virtuous vanilla”

Look your Sunday best

Return lips to near virgin quality!

Jesus-y Lip Gloss- back

Jesus-y Lip Gloss- back

So you see why he had to pick this up for me. It’s effing hilarious. I love anything that makes fun of religion or just god in general. Or the elderly, the handicapped, the poor, the fat, pretty much anyone. I’ll make fun of anyone. If you irritate me, I’ll make fun of you too so piss off.

Oh, I also made these enchiladas. Super easy. You would have to have no arms and be blind in order for you to NOT be able to make this. Seriously.

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, drained and rinsed

1 can ro-tel diced tomatoes with green chiles (or other brand)

1 giant can red enchilada sauce

1 package (giggle) corn tortillas

2 0r 3 cups of shredded vegan cheese

Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Mix the beans, corn, and tomatoes together in a bowl. Spoon into tortillas,  then roll ’em up like burritos (or just fold over) and lay in baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over the top, sprinkle with cheese, bake for 35 minutes at 400 or until cheese is melted. Hopefully you got the vegan cheese that melts, that other stuff is goopy and wierd.

These were a little spicy but a lot yummy! I made big dish of these and we still have half the pan leftover for tonight. I win! Now, if you can find cheap vegan cheese or buy it when it goes on sale, this is a fairly inexpensive dish to make and it feeds a lot. And it’s moderately healthy because of the beans and corn. I mean, there are worse things you could eat, like dead flesh.

Obama cupcake toppers

Obama cupcake toppers

One last note, we have an election coming up and I want you to think really hard about who you are voting for. My friend Natalie at Bake and Destroy has made Obama cupcake toppers that you may download for free. I did it last night. On her etsy shop, she is selling ‘special’ cupcake toppers in honor of that giant anti-choice idiot Sarah Palin. Here’s what Natalie thinks of McCain. I think it’s fucking hilarious so now you get to laugh also: “I would elect a Satanist over McCain. (In my dreams, I know.) I would elect a baby-sacrificing goat over him. Oh wait, that’s his running mate. I would elect someone who worshiped balloons. My vote would go to a bowl of jellybeans before it went to that war-mongering walking corpse.” She also referred to him as MummRa, which made me almost pee myself. If you are a complete moron and you vote for McCain because he has a woman running mate and you’re “all about women’s rights,” think again. Here are some things you should know about Sarah Palin (and McCain):

Last week was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.


Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

* She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

* Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

* She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

* Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

* She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.

* She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.

* How closely did John McCain get this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this to your friends and family.

Also, Alaska MoveOn members were asked what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking.

Here’s a sample:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose
M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine
B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Kare
n L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sher
ry C., Anchorage, AK

She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L.
, Juneau, AK

I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.—Jenn
ifer M., Anchorage, AK

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.


1.”Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008http://en

2.”McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008

3.”Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008http://www

4.”‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006http://www

5.”Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008http://www.

6.”McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008http://www.

“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008http://www

“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008

7 “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008


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Vegan Mac and Cheese

This recipe is adapted from Dreena Burton’s mac and cheese recipe using raw nuts as a base for the cream sauce. I know what you’re thinking. Gross. I thought that too, I promise. However, I decided I can’t really call something gross until I have actually had it on my tongue and been grossed out by it, so here goes.

I’m going to recommend that you use a bread crumb topping as it TOTALLY adds to the comfort food yumminess factor.

OH, and we all effing LOVED it. Aside from it needing a crapload of salt, it was creamy, dreamy goodness and I WILL be making it again. And it tastes nothing like cheese, so don’t kid yourself. But it was still a wonderful creamy sauce that I had been missing for some time now. Here’s the recipe with my adaptations. You may visit her website for the original.

10 ounces of whole wheat (or some other healthy-ish grain) dry elbow macaroni

1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw brazil nuts (I thought these were going to be expensive, but I found them at Trader Joe’s pretty reasonable, along with the cashews. They have a whole nut wall, it’s pretty amazing.)
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 large clove garlic (I used 4 cloves of garlic. You can never have too much garlic!)
2 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp sea salt (Yeah…you may want to double this. Just sayin’…)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 cup water (Iused the pasta water from before I drained it. It helps to get the sauce to stick to the noodles. Ask Giada.)
1 1/2 cups plain non-dairy milk (I used rice milk, all my other non-dairy beverages are flavored with vanilla or chocolate.)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Breadcrumb Topping:
1 1/2 cups dry whole-grain breadcrumbs
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get all ingredients ready to blend for sauce, then start cooking pasta. While pasta is cooking, blend all sauce ingredients in a blender. Begin blending the nuts and other ingredients with enough liquid to come just over the nuts mixture. Then, once it is smooth, add the rest of the liquid. Get it? This helps to make sure that your nuts are totally pureed. (Hehe Heh…your nuts are pureed. Ahem, anyway.) If you just put it all in together, you will get chunks of nuts and that’s not what we’re going for here. Think…creamy…smooth… You will still have itty bitty bits of nuts and that’s unavoidable, really.

Once pasta is almost tender, fully drain (don’t rinse). Pour noodles into 8×12 baking dish lightly sprayed with no-stick then pour sauce on top. Mix around a little if you want. (It will look like there is a lot of runny sauce – it will thicken up, fear not! trust the pasta!) Mix breadcrumb toppings in a small bowl, then sprinkle over top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 18 minutes. Then, remove foil cover and bake another 6 minutes or until topping is golden brown and crisped. Don’t overbake or sauce will get too thick. Remove from oven.

Serve! And don’t ask how much fat and all that crap is in there. If you’re vegan and you’ve been missing creamy sauces, just shut up and eat it. I like to put crushed red pepper on mine because I love things spicy. and not just a little heat, either. I want it to pretty much burn my face off as I’m eating it.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Until next time…

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