Sunday, December 25, 2011

Moment of Silence for Ed Shannon's Lasagna of Christmas Present

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No this photo doesn't do this holiday meal justice. But when you're so eager to eat something - you can tend to convince yourself that whatever photos you have are actually pretty good - when maybe they are just a little left of "works". This classic Italian feast combines Tofurky Italian Sausages cooked in red wine, handmade meatballs made with LightLife Gimme Lean and of course the traditional Lasagna made with tofu-ricotta combined with some Daiya Mozzarella. Of course - it is always served with a side salad and some green beans but - ya know - you guys already know what green beans look like.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays from The Shannons!

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We didn't make this the internet gave it to us.

I know we've been MIA lately. I've been completely submerged in our book. Last night I literally passed out on the sofa with my laptop about a foot away. I was up till 3am with Fright Night on and a cold cup of coffee trying to think of new ways to say "blend" and "mix" while still making sense. Spoiler Alert! Our book will have a lot of blending and mixing in it.

I am yet again hopelessly behind on my emails, Facebook messages and as always my dishes. Seriously not even 'college me' would approve of the state of our kitchen at this moment. But I enough about me. I'm getting a lot of emails asking for suggestions for Christmas and Hanukkah dinners. So I went through and compiled this greatest hit list that I hope will help some of you out with inspiration or remind you of a recipe you liked but maybe you haven't made since last year... whatever.

Happy Holidays! XO - Annie (Dan too) 

PS - Please don't think I haven't missed you all because I have.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Betty Crocker Project : Candy Cane Cake

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So the other night I poisoned myself with vodka and orange juice to try and shake this bad case of writer's block I've been dealing with. I did shots and typed. I giggled till I cried and typed and ate pizza and drank more shots. Did it help? Was I able to make some progress on the anecdotal sections of the book? I'm embarrassed to say it did. Though what I wrote needs way more editing than my usual random typing. I know there is a lesson here and I'm hoping it's "don't fall into bad habits like thinking every time I'm stuck on something the answer is doing shots of alcohol so strong it can eat the stain off a table"*.

My Weapons.

Will I be drinking again anytime soon? Dear God No. Yesterday was just awful. What was left of my brain vowed revenge for their fallen brethren and punished me severely for most of the day. I think that although my experiment was a success, it's something that I should hold on to for those rainy brain days. I guess you're also wondering where the cookies are. Well, I made this cake yesterday and it was just too fun to keep to myself and much cuter than the brown on brown hazelnut latte cookies. I already love campy bunt cakes but this one has a brightly colored and flavored peppermint swirly ribbon inside it that is pretty cool too. It's a super sweet treat to bring to a holiday party or make for someone who has a Christmas birthday. It's also super easy.

Don't press on the cake when you cut it - it will crush the prettiness.

'Tis the season for sharing...

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Plan

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I currently have a little bit of writer's block. I mean just a little bit but enough to be really sad about it. That's why I have come up with a plan that I'm 100% sure will work. I won't bore you with the details* but it won't be pretty and it involves being brave.

Wish me luck. Updates and cookies tomorrow.

* I also don't want anyone to try to talk me out it.

Friday, December 9, 2011

We want to know what you like about donuts...

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Mini Donut Charms by Rosemary Travele (Yes - I REALLY want one)
Today I'm writing the donut section of our book and I need data. If you have a moment please leave a comment answering these questions: 
  • What is the best thing about donuts?
  • What are your thoughts on jelly-filled? 
  • How often do you make donuts? 
  • When you make them are they usually raised fried donuts or baked?
Thank you so much for your help! XO

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Betty Crocker Project : Marinated Tempeh Ratatouille Heroes

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Back when I was a little vegan, one of the very first dishes I ever made was Ratatouille. Now if you're not familiar with this traditional French Proven├žal dish that is usually already vegan -- well that's a shame. See this dish sounds fancy but it's actually very easy and great way to get not-yet-vegans to enjoy a meat-free dinner. Don't believe me that the French could have a dish without obscene amounts of butter and cream in it? Check out Julia Child's recipe. 

But after years and years of roasted veggie platters being the only option at weddings and restaurants with table cloths -- vegans can find it hard to really appreciate even the best Ratatouille. That's why we were originally less than super excited when it came time to tackle Betty's Ratatouille Heroes. I felt I was obligated -- no -- it was my duty -- to make something special with this recipe. The world didn't need another vegan roasted veggie sandwich and we need to complete our mission of making our way through Betty's Big Red. I also couldn't help but notice that the building blocks of Ratatouille have so much potential for something more. 

We really hope you'll give this sandwich a chance... it might not be pretty but sometimes a sandwich comes into your life at just the right time and is full of all kinds of good things that might make you feel a little better about all those cookies you want to eat later. 

This could be that sandwich. Don't worry - cookies are coming up next.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Return of Very Special VegNews Contest & Soy Nog Cheesecake with Buttery Rum Sauce

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Almost a year ago from this very day, we posted a recipe for Soy Nog Cupcakes and a contest. A contest that was so epic -- people got so excited that for the year following this little contest -- we were still getting emails asking when we were going to have this contest again... Well. Here it is! 
The return of The Very Special VegNews Contest* and this year's awesome Soy Nog recipe! As we mentioned last year -- this is a magical season! We have excuses to buy and make presents for each other. Which I love. People host parties centered around cookies.Which is as awesome as it sounds. People donate and volunteer more during these winter holiday months than any of time of the year. Which is incredibly important and I wish happened more. There is random mistletoe everywhere to kiss your husband under. Which is one of my favorite holiday traditions**. And the retour au sommet... Silk Soy Nog hits the shelves.

I was trying to find a way to top last year's cupcakes and then it hit me... everyone loves vegan cheesecake. I mean everyone. Bring this clandestine vegan treat to any party and watch it disappear plate by plate and you are guaranteed at least one "Hmmm. This is vegan?"

This is a recipe that I think might become a new tradition for us - like partnering up with one of our favorite magazines, VegNews--the premier magazine focusing on a vegetarian lifestyle since 2000--to bring you this contest!

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below answering these 3 questions:
  • What has been your favorite Meet The Shannons Recipe thus far? This will help us plan out our posts for next year.
  • What recipe have you always wanted to see veganized? This will help us make sure the book we're writing covers everything you ever wanted.
  • What is your favorite feature on - Book Club, Cafe VegNews, Savvy Vegan...?
Before you leave your comment - Remember in order to win one of our contests, you need to be a "Member" of Meet The Shannons. If we can't email you, then we can't send you your prize! So before you leave your comment with the answers, make sure you use the "Join" button in the right hand column of this blog.

We'll randomly choose a Member from the correct answers posted below on Jan. 1st and send you a MAJOR AWARD! (Please keep in mind that it will take a few days for processing and shipping). What is this major award all the kids are talking about? Well, a gift pack from VegNews, of course! This includes a one-year subscription, the current issue of VegNews, an over-sized tote bag, and six vegan cookies, a gift pack totaling $50!

I know. That is a Major Award! That goes great with vegan cheesecake... let's make some.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sorry More Technical Problems...

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We still have corrupted photo files - which sounds a lot sexier than it is. We'll be back soon!
Until then enjoy this Tea-bot from Kikkerland. He has improved both our lives by 80%.

Thank you for understanding! We'll be back soon!

XO - The Management