Crispy Hashbrowns

My favorite recipe for hashbrowns from elise.com seems to have disappeared off the interwebs making me incredibly sad. I managed to find a cached version (without pics) and I’ve copied it here for safekeeping.

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Crispy Hash Browns Recipe

Ingredients

* 3 Tbsp olive oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil
* 1 lb Russet baking potatoes, peeled and grated
* Salt and pepper

Equipment needed:
Large frying pan (at least a 9″ diameter bottom)
Potato ricer
Method

1 Heat 3 Tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat.

2 While the pan is heating, squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the grated potatoes. It’s easiest to do this with a potato ricer, using it much like you would a garlic press, except you don’t force the potatoes through the ricer. You just press out the moisture. If you don’t have a ricer, use paper towels to squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the grated potatoes.

3 When the oil in the pan heats up to the point of shimmering, but not smoking, add the grated potatoes, spreading them out along the bottom of the pan. The potatoes should not be too thick in any one place, no more than a half inch thick. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the potatoes. After a few minutes, lift up one edge of the potatoes and see how done they are. If they have fried to a golden brown they are ready to flip. Use a large spatula to flip the potatoes over all at once, or divide the large potato cake into halves or quarters and flip. Continue to cook until they are golden brown on the bottom.

Serves 4.

My notes from the last time I made this:

I happened to have minced shallots in the food processor ahead of grating the potatoes and they picked up a nice light shallot flavor.

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Pull-Apart Wheat Dinner Rolls

I’ve been searching and experimenting for a long long time to get the perfect dinner roll recipe. This is it! It is a home on the table on a special occasion and it is also great with a warm mug of soup or stew. These rolls are super soft and they taste fantastic. The recipe makes a lot, so you can pull them apart, cool, and then freeze remaining rolls for another night (if there are any left over).

Pull-Apart Wheat Dinner Rolls

This recipe is originally from nstemple on Veg Web. I’ve modified it to make corrections and to give the bread more softness.

Maple Wheat Pull-Apart Rolls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warmed unsweetened soy milk (microwave about 30 seconds)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 pkg. instant yeast (quick-rise)**
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups unbleached white flour***
1 teaspoon salt
Oil for brushing

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine soy milk and maple syrup. Add yeast and stir to dissolve. Cover and let sit until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

To yeast mixture, add canola oil, whole-wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour, and salt. Stir until well mixed.

Generously flour a work surface with some the remaining flour and place dough on it. Knead dough, gradually incorporating remaining flour (until the dough you’ve incorporated enough that the dough doesn’t stick to your hands). The kneading will take 10 to 12 minutes. By the end of this time the dough should be slightly sticky but it should not stick to your hands (add a little more flour if it does). Place dough in a large oiled bowl, turn dough in bowl to coat with oil, and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place. Let rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.

Lightly oil an 9″x16″ glass baking pan. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces, shape into round balls, brush lightly with oil, and place in prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a warm place, and let rise until until doubled, 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake rolls until golden brown, 20 minutes.

** High Altitude – use less than a package. I didn’t measure it, I just left about a 1/2 tsp in the package.
*** This will depend on the dryness of your flour. I live in very dry climate, so my flour is very dry. You may need more.

Pull-apart Wheat Dinner Rolls

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Bestest Soup Evah – Potato, Leek, Carnival Squash, Roasted Garlic Soup

I got 5 lbs of free potatoes from our local natural foods store, Cali’s. They needed to be used up pretty quickly as they were already growing some eyes. I looked around the house to see what I had and came up with a potato, leek, carnival squash, roasted garlic soup. The recipe is below. It is for a Fagor pressure cooker at high altitude. For lower altitude, you probably will need less cooking time. You could also make this on the stove and cook for much longer. But, I think the pressure cooker is integral to get the creamy texture of this soup.

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Creamy Potato, Leek, Carnival Squash and Roasted Garlic Soup

Ingredients:
2 carnival squash
2 heads garlic
olive oil, salt, pepper
1 T olive oil
2 leeks, white parts cleaned and sliced thin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
a few cranks of pepper
1/4 c white wine
4 c water
2.5 lbs yukon gold potatoes (4 large), peeled and cut into 1.5″ chunks
1/2 T olive oil
2 T fresh parsley
1 not-chicken bouillon cube
1.5 c soy milk
1/2 c Silk soy creamer
2 T Earth Balance margarine
salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice carnival squash in half and scoop out seeds. Rub the cut side with olive oil and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for 40-50 min, until tender. Meanwhile, remove loose paper from garlic, slice off the tops, and place in a foil packet. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil over the garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Seal up the foil packet and bake for 50 minutes at 400. Remove everything from the oven and cool for a while. When cool, scrape the squash insides into a bowl and squeeze out the garlic cloves into the same bowl. Set aside for later.

Using the brown function of the electric pressure cooker (or the stove top), cook the leeks in about a tablespoon of olive oil till tender. When leeks are tender, add the dried herbs and a few cranks of pepper. Cook for about a minute. Add the white wine and cook for another minute. Add 4 cups of water and the potatoes. Add 1/2 T olive oil to the top of the liquid to prevent potato foaming in the pressure cooker. Close lid and cook for 7 minutes (less at regular altitude). Quick release when done, and add the squash, garlic, bouillon cube, and 2 T fresh parsley. Close lid and cook for another 3 minutes. Quick release.

If your pressure cooker is non-stick, you might want to use a measuring cup to scoop the soup to another pot for this next step. Add the cream, soy milk, and margarine along with some salt and pepper. Use a stick blender to puree the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a soft roll and a big dinner salad.

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Soy Mirin Tofu with Peanut Sauce

Last night we made this recipe from Vegan Yum Yum for Soy-Mirin Tofu Over Rice with Broccoli and Peanut Sauce. It was yummy and super easy.

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The only modifications made was to double the soy-mirin sauce for the tofu and we added a bit of sugar to the soy-mirin sauce.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

With a ton of fresh pumpkin in the fridge, a batch of muffins occurred this weekend. Although I have a couple of good pumpkin muffin recipes, I saw this one by Nicole at Another One Bites the Crust and it looked healthier and easier than the other recipes. These muffins are 100% whole wheat! And, they are really good.

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Modifications:
– High Altitude -> 375 F temperature, 1.5 tsp baking powder.
– I topped mine with some cinnamon sugar.

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN MUFFINS
from Another One Bites The Crust

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice mix (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure the package says vegan)
3/4 cup almond milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Instructions:
I didn’t feel like cleaning up a million bowls, so all I did was throw everything together until it was all combined. Lazy! I used an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into my large muffin tins. This recipe made 6 large muffins, so probably 12 small muffins.
Oh, and I baked the muffins at 375 for 20 minutes, and then I upped the temperature to 400 for probably 7 minutes until a toothpick stuck in it came out clean.
These are SO GOOD! I’d call these one of the most fabulous fall treats. They’re perfectly moist with a little bit of added crunch with the oats sprinkled on top. Yum!

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Now don’t ever buy canned pumpkin again!

Ok, you can buy pumpkin puree in a can, but please, just don’t do it in the fall when you can make it yourself. It’s so easy and I’m going to show you how step by step.

First, you want to get some Sugar Pumpkins. These are small cooking pumpkins.
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Preheat oven to 375F. Then, cut the pumpkin in half.
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Scrape out the seeds and guts into a bowl. Keep the seeds and guts. Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on oiled non-stick foil (or you can oil the cut edge of the pumpkin). I usually just drizzle a little olive oil on my foiled sheet pan and then spin the pumpkins cut side around in the oil. Place them in the oven. They are going to cook for about an hour.
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Look at all those great seeds. You didn’t really want to throw that out did you? Pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious and make great snacks (more on that in a minute).
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Separate the seeds from the goo. You can do this by squeezing the goo. Put the seeds on a sheet pan covered in non-stick foil. You don’t need to rinse them. Now you can add some oil and seasonings and roast them. You want just enough oil to lightly coat them. I usually go with a mixture of hot sesame oil, sesame oil, a pinch of five spice powder, and some salt or soy sauce. Pop them in the oven under the pumpkins and cook for 15-30 minutes until well browned. Stir every 5-10 minutes.
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Here is what’s left of my pumpkin. The goo. Now, you can throw this away or you can add it to vegetable stock scraps if you are making your own stock later. Pumpkin guts in the stock is especially good if you are going to make a pumpkin or butternut squash risotto.
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When the seeds are done, they will look like this. Cool and eat.
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When the pumpkin is done, you will be able to poke it and leave a dent. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle it.
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The pumpkin skin will now just pull away, leaving you with all the good pumpkin. Put the pumpkin into a food processor and blend until pureed.
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Here is what my puree looked like.
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You can freeze this and use it later. I like to freeze it in 1 cup amounts for recipes. Or, you can now go and make some skanky pumpkin squares, pumpkin muffins, or pumpkin waffles!

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Szchezuan Green Beans and Tofu

I went to the farmer’s market last weekend and asked for a small basket of the beautiful green beans from one of the farmers. Well, she gave me a small basket worth and then piled green beans up on top until we really had 2 small baskets worth. I didn’t mind getting extra since they were the best green beans I’d seen all season; perfectly sized, not overgrown, and not a spot on them. I knew immediately that I’d make some Szchezuan green beans with them.

Szchezuan Green Beans and Tofu

I searched all of my cookbooks for a good recipe and nothing looked like what I wanted, so I hit the interwebs. I found the perfect recipe over at Vegan Bean. We loved it. It makes a lot of very tasty sauce to go with the rice. We make stir fry a lot (so this is a big compliment) and I think that this is now my favorite stir fry sauce recipe. I think this recipe would work with any combination of vegetables. Definitely a keeper.

Szechuan Green Bean Tofu

1 lb extra firm tofu, cubed
½ lb green beans
1 small onion, cut into chunks
2TB peanut oil
1TB Chinese chili paste (I like the Lee Kum Kee chili garlic sauce)
2 scallions, finely chopped
1TB sugar
4TB soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1tsp ginger, minced
1TB sesame oil
1½ C water
4tsp cornstarch

Mix the cornstarch and water together until dissolved. Cut the green beans into bite size pieces, and steam until tender. Make the sauce by mixing the chili paste, scallions, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil together in a bowl. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the peanut oil over medium high heat. Add the tofu cubes and cook until crispy and lightly browned. Add the onion, cook for 2 minutes. Add the steamed green beans and the sauce mixture. Mix, cook for 2 more minutes. Add the water/cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat, sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Note – I pre-steamed the green beans about 4 minutes before stir frying them quickly.
Note 2 – I know that white rice is not especially good for me, but sometimes a sticky white rice is the right choice for stir fry!

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