Pizza Week 2015: GO!!!

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Today is the first day of Pizza Week! I was thinking about it so much, I got hungry for pizza and had to start early. Saturday I made this very simple pizza with nothing on it but olive oil, tomatoes, onion, and a sprinkling of salt.

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And yesterday being Meatfare Sunday, I made a similar pizza but added tomato sauce and Lite Life brand faux sausage.

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I’m heading out to the store this afternoon to pick up a couple kinds of Daiya cheese so I can officially kick off my Cheesefare week tonight!

In case you need a recipe, this one from my vintage TimeLife Foods of the World cookbook, “The Cooking of Italy,” is my favorite.

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Vegans will be happy to note…
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The recipe says cheese is optional! And this is true of traditional Italian pizzas.

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Excellent sauce

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Now, my Brother-in-law’s Pizza Week rules:

1. You must eat pizza at least 1 time every day. It does not have to constitute a whole meal, but it can.
2. You must eat a standard size piece of pizza at least.
3. You can eat any type of pizza you want – thin, pan, Chicago style, etc.
4. You may eat pizza multiple times in one day.
5. You can put anything on the pizza you want (though meat is technically not allowed that week, please consult your priest or spiritual father to discuss your personal fasting rule).
6. You don’t have to be Orthodox or be giving up pizza for Lent to participate in Pizza Week (though that’s generally the point).
7. It is highly recommended that the next time you eat pizza after February 22nd at 11:59 pm is after the Anastasi Divine Liturgy on Pascha (generally about 1-3am on Sunday, April 12th.)

For vegans celebrating Cheesefare week, Orthodox vegans anyway, this is most beneficial if you plan to abstain from vegan cheese/pizza during Great Lent.

I will update later today with my first pizza, and hopefully another interview with the founder of Pizza Week!

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Vegan Eggless Eggy Salad

So at Whole Foods I bought Just Mayo, a newer vegan mayo made by Hampton Creek. I didn’t quite have all the other ingredients I normally use for an eggless egg salad, so here’s the variation I did on my original recipe:

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Two 12oz packages of water-packed tofu, drained and gently squeezed, and torn into large chunks
2 or 3 heaping Tbsp Just Mayo, or other vegan mayo
1 Tbsp mustard – I usually use Dijon
Salt & pepper to taste
Just a light sprinkling of garlic
turmeric for color, optional

Since we didn’t have pickle relish, and since I used nearly all the pickles for a batch of Baked “Fried” Pickles, I added about 3 or 4 Tbsp of dill pickle juice. Or maybe more. Don’t be afraid to be bold with the pickle juice.

Stir it up. The reason I like to start with big chunks of tofu is because it breaks down as you stir. If you start with small chunks, you’ll basically have a sauce at the end instead of a salad.

I normally add turmeric for a little color, but we didn’t have any. Oh well. Let the salad chill in the fridge for at least an hour, but overnight is best. It’s great for making sandwiches.

Have you tried Just Mayo yet? What’s your favorite way to use it? Texture- and taste-wise, I think it’s the closest to real mayo I’ve found so far. Whaddaya think?

Heading out to Texas

Well kids, I’ll be leaving tonight to visit some dear friends in Texas. I also plan to visit the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, and maybe a Trader Joe’s (I’ve never been to Trader Joe’s!), and hopefully hit up the Vegan Yacht food truck for a frito burrito.

I’ve already been eating like crap this week as if I’m already on vacation, so today I promised myself…

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I would eat a nice, clean salad (no, it’s not really a Vlasic salad, just reusing that cute jar).

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This’ll probably be my last meal before takeoff, then I’d like to track down some good vegan food in the airport during my layovers.

I’m bringing my laptop with me so hopefully I can keep up with the blog while I’m away, not that I’ve been particularly good about it recently while I’ve been home…sorry!!

Do you know of any vegan spots I should check out in Austin? I’m bringing an empty suitcase so I can fill it with food!

P.S. I originally wrote this late last night using the WordPress app on my iPhone and I distinctly remember setting the time and hitting Schedule, but this morning…it was gone! Of course that one was funnier and better in every way, and I forget everything I wrote. Does anyone know if there’s a problem with the Schedule feature in the app? It’s never happened when I saved a draft.