Monday, March 1, 2010

Good Eats and Good Dogs

With all the snow we've had recently, DocDufresne and I have gotten pretty good at "pantry cooking." Last week I was especially happy with two meals we had.

Dinner 1: Mini Ciabatta with Hummus and Veggies
DocDufresne has been experimenting with different recipes from the Bread Baker's Apprentice. He made some mini ciabatta, which we sliced open and filled with homemade hummus and tahini, tomatoes, and arugula. Oh drippy goodness.

BTW: Hummus made from (soaked) dried chick peas is sooo much better than from the canned version. I'll never go back!

Dinner 2: Southern Style Black Eyed Peas with Kale and Cornbread
I had the foresight to soak some black eyed peas during the day. I based the dish off of this recipe, omitting the liquid smoke* and adding diced vegan hot dog. I also used kale instead of collard greens. The cornbread was loosely based off of a recipe on the corn meal package. I added diced jalapenos to Doc's. Isn't the cornbread cute in the individual ramekins? I love when I can bake in the toaster oven.

We love Crystal hot sauce in our house.

I thought of my friend, Ladybeth, as I sipped on my margatini. It's just lemonade with tequila and sliced jalapeno. I also made "Melt in You Mouth Fudge" from Sinfully Vegan. I topped it with pecans.

*Due to an awful liquid smoke overload experience, DocDufresne is forever turned off from the ingredient.

Lastly, as promised in the title of this post: Dogs!

Andy kindly offered to clean the applesauce container, even carrying it back to his bed.

And Emerson. What a Cutie.

DocDufresne and I volunteered at a Cares4Pets adoption event on Saturday, where I got to play with a bunch of cute pups, including an adorably sweet three-legged puppy, and a much-younger Andy-look-alike. Doc took photos!


  1. I've been wanting to bake the ciabatta out of the bread baker's apprentice. It looks delicious!

    I also just started soaking chickpeas instead of buying canned. Why I waited so long, who knows?! But now I need to make some hummus with them.

  2. Yum, your pantry dinners and fudge look delicious.