One of my all-time favorite vegan upscale restaurants was Horizons in Philadelphia. It is closed for business, as the owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are opening a new restaurant called Vedge (to be open in the coming weeks hopefully). A great recipe that I made from their Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine cookbook is the delicately delicious White Bean and Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil. The blend of cauliflower and white bean is creamy and exquisite. This makes a nice meal with a simple salad and crusty bread or as a starter to a gourmet multi-course dinner.
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One of my favorite soups that I’ve made from the endless vegan cookbooks I own is this Mock Chicken Noodle Soup from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. When given a variety of options of what I dinner I might put together, my omnivorous husband frequently picks this soup. Instead of chicken, tofu is used. It’s great for when you’re sick or just want a warm, hearty soup on a cool fall or winter day. It is delicious and healthy to boot!
I’ve recently served this soup in a sourdough bread bowl from Ithaca Bakery. The sourdough soaks up some of the broth and has a wonderful flavor when scraped from the sides of the bread bowl.
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In keeping with the theme of local fall produce, I decided to make a hearty soup using the delicata squash in my CSA share for the week and veganic organic onions from Unexpected Farm. I love supporting this Watkins Glen farm when I find them at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Also, while I was at the farmers market over the weekend, I picked up a pint of fingerling potatoes and sweet corn.
Our entire meal consisted of delicata squash soup, truffled fingerling potatoes, sweet corn, garlic bread, a mixed green salad, and sparkling cranberry juice. Dessert was pumpkin pie with rice milk whipped cream (see my previous post). Pictures and recipes just included for the soup and potatoes!
I used this recipe for Delicata Creamy Squash soup from AllRecipes.com. I veganized it using Mimiccreme Cashew & Almond Cream and Earth Balance (instead of butter). The soup turned out creamy, sweet, and easy on the palate. It was accidentally gluten-free as well!
Feeling inspired by a fingerling potato dish we used to get at the now defunct Horizons restaurant in Philadelphia (one of the best vegan upscale restaurants I’ve ever been to), I decided to try to my hand at making my own roasted fingerling potatoes.
Truffled Fingerling Potatoes*
1 pint fingerling potatoes
2-3 TB white truffle oil
3 large garlic cloves (crushed)
1 tsp course Celtic sea salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub potatoes and rinse. Toss potatoes with truffle oil, crushed garlic cloves, and sea salt in a medium sized bowl. Place them on a cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Using a fork or potato smasher, gently press down the potatoes until they split just a tad. (Not sure the benefit of this, but this is how I remember the Horizons fingerling potatoes being served). Ready to eat!
*Please note, if I include an original recipe, I don’t rate it myself (seems a little biased). Feel free to make it though yourself and tell me how it turned out!
It has been soup weather for weeks now in upstate New York and that means one thing: soup and more soup. I recently made the Chickpea Noodle Soup from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Instead of using soba noodles, I used cut spaghetti noodles and the soup came out wonderful. I omitted the mushrooms (as neither myself or the hubs are huge fans) and added greens to the broth towards the end. I also used my own homemade veggie broth as the base. It was hearty, healthy, and flavorful.