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Archive for April, 2010

What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Smell?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Just frying up (without oil) a standard recipe starter of onions, peppers, and mushrooms, and got to thinking in my moment of revery, “What smell’s better than this?” Definitely a pleasant aroma!

So… what do you say? Hit me up with your favorite kitchen scent in the comment section. Mine may actually be something more like the smell of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. Shhh… ;) But, this was good.

TIP: Don’t know what to cook some night? Just start frying up those onions and something yummy’s bound to come of it!

Life Is Short – Lifespan In Perspective

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I have created an interesting little toy. Depending on your point of view, you’ll either find this morbid or motivating (or both). I call it the “Lifespan Viewer.”

What it does is show — given your age and life expectancy (years total, not remaining) as inputs — how many weeks you’ve lived and approximately how many you may have left. The latter are presented as unfilled boxes, so you could mark them off as the weeks pass since printing it out. It really puts things in perspective and as such serves as the ultimate prioritization tool.

Public domain image from
17th century Dutch medical textbook by Govard Bidloo

Vegan Reuben Sandwiches

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Brunch again at Cafe Indigo this morning with my friend Scott. Excellent as always. They had the chocolate cupcakes back! Mmmm…

I’m still going through their main dish selections, and picked the vegan reuben this time. Scott liked it so much on his first visit that he couldn’t make himself choose something new!

It was indeed delicious. And messy. At least a two-napkiner. ;)

Known to the regulars as “The Rachel,” here’s how they describe it on the menu,

“…made with our own seitan, homemade cold slaw and Cafe Indigo secret sauce. Served on rye bread with a side of lemon rosemary roasted potatoes.”

I really like it with the seitan — by far some of the softest, most subtly spiced I’ve ever tried, and I’ve made a lot of variations in my day.

There was a little vegetarian place “on the corner” in the town where I used to live (it’s now a tattoo parlor or hair salon or something) that prepared it with grilled tempeh, so that’s the way I’ve always made it.

How about you? Got a favorite a vegan reuben recipe? Leave a comment with all the juicy details.

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