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Congratulations to me and every other college kid, we made it out alive! Sure, we may have blown off our last few exams and those concluding paragraphs on our term papers, but the important thing is that we finished. Who needs good grades when you can have summer vacation?!
So, due to the fact that I have to clear out my entire apartment so I can bring everything back to the Parent's Casa (PC), I'm pretty behind on picture taking. So I'm presenting you all with a few more of my finals-week foods/procrastination techniques. Also: be prepared for some epic baking posts in the coming months as I experiment with different styles of cooking to suit my family's many different food allergies/requirements. My mom's gluten-free, my sister's severely allergic to soy, rice, peanuts, tomatoes, and all orchard fruits, but my daddy'll eat anything I make :)
Annd now onto some peectures. First off, Terry's Favorite Almond Cookies from Veganomicon, which is basically one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. I slightly modified the recipe because I never have everything on hand at the same time and was too cheap/lazy to run to the grocery store for a few random ingredients. I also added in a tablespoon or so of peanut butter because, well, that's just how I roll.
Yum. Obviously there's a reason why these cookies are "Terry's Favorite"--but they'd also be "Monica's Favorite" if there were chocolate chips in them...just sayin'.
Now, while shopping at Kate's Natural Products for some vitamins, I saw, shining like a beacon across the counter, Vegetarian Times on sale for only $1.99! Yes, it was the March issue, and it is now May, but that's besides the point. I don't usually get to buy them because I can't justify spending $4.99 for a magazine, so I was pretty darn excited. I flipped through it (procrastination~) and decided to make the Banana and Black Bean Empanadas...because that was the only recipe in the whole magazine for which I already had all the ingredients on-hand. And they sounded intriguing. Banana's and black beans? Weiiird flavor combo, which I'm all about.
They see me rollin', they hatin'
Golden pillows of peace and justice.
With all said and done, they were quite delicious. The little trepidation I felt about the banana-black bean combination was eased as soon as I took a bite of the crumbly golden crust...but my roommate who also tried one didn't dig it so much. So, I'd only make these for the fairly flavor adventurous on your list.
What are these little cruchy critters crawling upon the pages of my textbook?
Animal Crackers! Ahhh, the bulk foods section at my grocery store never ceases to amaze me. Life is good.