I'm kicking off the first day of VeganMoFo with a post dedicated to the recipes I was fortunate enough to test for the The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine earlier this year. Today happens to be the official release date of the cookbook and I urge you to pick up a copy. Dynise has incorporated her intense love of travel into her recipes, filling her cookbook and our tummies with the flavors of France, Cuba, Vietnam, North America, and so much more. Here are some of the recipes I tested:
The Pumpkin Spice Baby Bundts (which I previously discussed here) were moist and flavorful with a delicate glaze.
The Porcini Quinoa with Cauliflower and Toasted Pecans was probably my favorite of the savory dishes. It was warming with a lovely hint of toasted nuts.
When I lived in Toulouse, France, there was a little Italian restaurant where we would eat on special occasions. My favorite dish there was Pasta alla Melanzana and this Spaghetti alla Melanzana took me back to that time.
My favorite sweet dish was the Vietnamese-Inspired Tapioca Pudding. Sweet and fruity with a nice variety of textures, this tapioca was the best version of tapioca pudding I've had since becoming vegan.
The Havana Beans and Rice was a smoky, well-spiced dish.
Maybe I spoke too soon about my favorite of the sweet dishes...Michele's Peanut Butter-Graham Balls were absolutely delicious peanut butter truffles.
The Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins was the perfect combination and one of my favorite recipes from the collection.
My first attempt at risotto was this rich Pumpkin Risotto with Sage and Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
I've become the girl who thinks the best "candy" is crystallized ginger (well, I prefer Trader Joe's Uncrystallized Ginger), so of course I wanted to try the recipe for Chocolate-Covered Ginger. It did not disappoint.
The Green Bean, Mushroom, and Tarragon Salad was creamy and tangy.
I made the Portobello Burgers sans buns. They were amazingly juicy and perfectly cooked.
Fresh herbs gave the Herby Polenta a wonderful added dimension.
I hope you'll add this diverse cookbook to your library and, when you do, let me know what you've made!