Apr
15

Nashville

Last Friday in Nashville was a big day for Laura & myself.

We shopped East Nashville, toured the Grand Ole Opry, shopped Two Old Hippies, had dinner at Whiskey Kitchen (my favorite!), Honky Tonked, and still made time for Bloody Mary’s from Mad Donna’s and Vegan Ice Cream from the Pied Piper Creamery!

Nashville

This little boutique, Moss has become one of my favorite boutiques to shop in (East) Nashville. The clothing & jewelry sold there are sooo cute.

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

I can’t remember for the life of me what flavor of vegan ice cream I ate that day, alls I know is that it was goooood. Maybe it was a chocolate coconut… 

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

These photos come to you from inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort. It was fun to tour, but I don’t think I ever need to go there again….. we were probably he youngest people in the building…..

Nashville

Nashville

Nashville

Dinner consisted of Fried Green Tomatoes & Whiskey: true southern style.

Nashville

I LOVE LOVE Nashville. (have I mentioned that before??) 

Every time we go, we find new restaurants and neighborhoods to shop. 
Last weekend was all about East Nash & Opryland, next time we go (in the fall) will be all about the Hillsboro area… and of course we do Two Old Hippies in the Gulch EVERY time we’re in Nash.

Love

Crista


Apr
14

cheesecake, vegan

I met my buddy Jack at a food truck festival in Nashville last Sept. We both got to the festival just moments before it was scheduled to close. Jack was next to me in line for the Wrappers Delight food truck. I had been chasing the Wrappers Delight for quite some time, they had a vegan wrap I so badly wanted to try. By the time Jack & I reached the window, the vegan wrap was the only wrap available. I had to encourage Jack to get that wrap even though it didn’t contain any meat. (those southern meat-eating boys…) I think he liked it….

While we stood in line that evening, Jack told me about these cheesecakes that he makes on his smoker. A “smoked cheesecake” I couldn’t believe it – I had never heard of anything like that! I probably told him to quit his day job and make smoked cheesecakes for a living. Haha! 

I never did get to try the smoked cheesecake on that trip but Jack rocked my world by preparing a Vegan Smoked Cheesecake for me this past weekend – he even delivered it to me! 

Jack wasn’t all that impressed with his first vegan smoked cheesecake, in fact he wouldn’t even take a picture of it because it wasn’t “perfect”. Although it didn’t look perfect, it is delicious. Unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. 

Jack used tofutti and made a flax egg for the cheesecake, but he’s still looking for different (dairy) alternatives that will craft the “perfect” vegan smoked cheesecake. I’ll be on the lookout for alternatives as well. 

If you are near Nashville and are interested in a smoked cheesecake, Jack can probably hook you up. His company name is Si’s Scrumptious Delights (named after his Siamese cat, Si) – you can find him on Facebook.  

cheesecake, vegan

Love

Crista


Aug
11

Jazzing up a box of cornbread mix is quite easy, I do it all the time.
I’ve never made cornbread from scratch, I always use a box mix.
My favorite box mix is from Trader Joes.
Actually, that’s the ONLY Cornbread Mix I like and it’s the only one I’ll buy. 

sweet jalapeño cornbread

I like to add finely chopped jalapeño to my cornbread mix to spice it up, they won’t add heat, just flavor.

Prior to baking, sprinkle some raw turbinado sugar on top of the cornbread, this adds a sweet crunchy texture.
Serve this cornbread with {vegan} butter and honey (even though it’s already sweet enough).

sweet jalapeño cornbread

Love

Crista


Aug
10

vegan black eyed peas
When we decided to make Fried Green Tomatoes, we decided to make an entire
Southern Comfort Meal.
On menu: Fried Green Tomatoes, Black-Eyed Peas, Jalapeño Cornbread, and Sweet Tea
mmmm

vegan black eyed peas

{vegan} Black-Eyed Peas
 
Ingredients
  • 7 oz black-eyed peas
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (or 2 small onions), finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem (discard stem)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the black-eyed peas, cover, and reduce the heat.
  2. Sautee the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes then add the tomato and celery. Sautee for another 5-7 minutes.
  3. Pour the onions, garlic, celery, an tomatoes in to the black-eyed peas.
  4. Add the bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, and fresh thyme to the mixture. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the black-eyed peas are fully cooked.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

vegan black eyed peas

Love

Crista


Aug
08

We have sooooooo many tomato plants this year, seven to be exact.
(Hey! That’s a lot of tomatoes!)
Despite a little scare with a hornworm on one of the plants, every single one of our tomato plants is healthy and producing. Our cherry tomato plant has at least 50-75 tomatoes on it, no joke! 

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

green tomatoes

I found another hornworm yesterday, but I didn’t get my panties in a bunch this time. I pulled him right off and squished him before he had time to do much damage. Wanna know how I knew he was there? I saw a moth fluttering away from the tomato plant as I approached – dead giveaway. 

tomato hornworm

I am in LOVE with Fried Green Tomatoes,
(The Southern & Whiskey Kitchen hooked me with their Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches)
but never knew they were so easy to make.
I guess the trickiest part is finding the green tomato? Grocery stores & markets sell ripe, red tomatoes not greens.

fried green tomatoes
 Fried Green Tomatoes make for the perfect side-dish to any southern comfort-type meal OR you could use them in a sandwich. We made a meal out of these Fried Green Tomatoes, Black-Eyed Peas, Jalapeno Cornbread, and some Sweet Tea. Yum. 

fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 green tomatoes, cut in to ⅛-inch slices (we used an heirloom tomato)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons regular unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • vegan butter (Earth Balance) for frying
  • dijon mustard (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow, wide dish, whisk together the almond milk & lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In another shallow, wide dish, combine cornmeal, sugar, black pepper, and seasoned salt.
  3. Dip the tomatoes in to flour, then the milk mixture, and finally the cornmeal mixture; turning to coat each side.
  4. Melt vegan butter in a frying pan over medium heat. In a single layer, put the breaded tomato slices in the pan and fry until golden brown; turning to cook each side.

 Serve with dijon mustard or ​a chutney.
fried green tomatoes

Love

Crista