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Recipe of the Week – Baked Rice and Tempeh Casserole July 30, 2008

Filed under: recipe,Uncategorized,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 9:27 pm

The ROTW is early this week because the vegan posts will be starting in the next couple days and I don’t want to interrupt them with a recipe.

uncooked tempeh

I chose this recipe because I had never tried tempeh before. Tempeh is basically fermented soybeans. It’s high in protein and fiber. My end result ingredients were as follows:

1 package (8oz) tempeh
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium shallot, minced
5 medium-sized crimini mushrooms, finely diced
1 T reduced-sodium tamari
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. whole grain brown rice
1 c. boiling mushroom broth

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cut tempeh into bite-sized (one-inch or smaller) squares. Place in large bowl with chopped garlic, shallot and mushrooms. Add tamari and mix to coat.

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add tempeh mixture and saute, stirring frequently to brown tempeh on all side, about 5 minutes.

Combine tempeh mixture, rice and boiling broth in a deep baking dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I didn’t need to add any). Cover tightly with foil or lid and bake for 30 minutes, until rice is fully cooked and all liquid is absorbed.

This makes about 2 1/2 servings if you eat sides with it. I added leftover baked beans and steamed broccoli to my plate. It was very delicious and an excellent first try of tempeh. I’m eager to use it in other recipes.


The Wizard of Oz July 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 6:50 pm

It’s on tv tonight! I did rent it yesterday and thought I’d watch it this afternoon, but I think I’ll go see The Dark Knight in IMAX instead and watch Oz this evening.

Channel TNT – 8 and 10:15 pm. Enjoy!

Update: IMax was sold out for the 2nd weekend in a row. I plan to get tickets in advance for next weekend. It worked out for the best for various reasons, and I finally watched “PS: I Love You.” This is my newest favorite movie. I bawled.


Recipe of the Week – Savory Kasha and Chickpeas with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms (and I added Baked Tofu) July 26, 2008

Filed under: recipe,Uncategorized,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 10:37 pm

What a long recipe title! I found this recipe while creating a menu plan for the next week. I’ve learned the hard way that I need to plan my meals in advance in order to be properly nourished each day. Many people do this, but I’ve never been one of them and now I must start, if for no other reason than that I’m exhausted and very hungry by the time I get home from work and don’t want to have to create a meal.

Overall, it was quite good. I did add baked tofu to it at the end. It was my first time trying Kasha, and I rediscovered that I don’t like mushy food. It’s something like cous cous (which I don’t mind), but is mushier. The taste was okay, but texture is everything to me, so once this box is gone, I probably won’t buy it again.

Changes: I substituted Tamari for Mirin and skipped the parsley all together (I hate parsley). I also added some steamed broccoli.

One other thing I realized this week: I crave tofu. I love how my tastes are changing!

4 other recipes for the coming week, one of which may become next Saturday’s ROTW:
1. Baked Rice and Tempeh Casserole
2. Pan-Roasted Tempeh/Summer Veggies
3. Tempeh Stroganoff
4. Broccoli-Mushroom-Walnut Pasta


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:57 am

Book 4 completed! So this is another audiobook from Itunes, and much much shorter than P&P, but I couldn’t resist because the same woman that narrated P&P narrated Oz, (Bobbie) Catherine Byers. I love this woman! She performs an excellent Cowardly Lion as well as Wicked Witch of the West, in my opinion. I was laughing out loud at work while listening. 🙂 I hope I can find more of her work soon.

The book itself surprised me. It’s been quite some time since I’ve watched the movie, but I don’t remember there being so much violence. I mean, they actually describe the tin man’s reason for being tin which included the cursed ax chopping off each of his limbs, one at a time. Pretty crazy stuff for a children’s book, but very enjoyable and I’m interested in watching the movie soon.

My rating is B+.


a video for the time being July 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 11:34 pm

I’m currently writing my series of posts on veganism. I don’t know for sure when this will officially be published on the blog, but know that it’s coming. Several of you are asking me about it and I’m making it a priority. In the mean time, here is a video. Give me your thoughts if you’ve got some.

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more memories…one of my favorite nights ever.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 3:59 am

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen July 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:26 am

I finally finished my third book of the year! Yes, yes, I did accomplish this through audiobook, but it still counts by my rules.

If I had a favorite Jane Austen novel, it would probably be this one. It’s hard to choose amongst such brilliant writing. I love how all the dialogue is extended. She doesn’t scrimp on the important, juicy conversations that we (us girls) are dying to know every word of. I love the language, I love the expression, I love the raw and honest emotions. Each character is real and many are quite entertaining. I would highly recommend the version I listened to, as the narrator is extremely expressive and a delight, especially hilarious when performing Mrs. Bennet. It’s a free podcast on Itunes. Just search “Pride and Prejudice” in the Itunes store and you will see it in the audiobook section under the category “Higher Education.”

My rating for Pride and Prejudice is A+.