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Missing the Weekend

Posted Mar 25 2013 9:53pm

It was a fantastically fun and busy weekend, but getting up this morning for work was brutal! After a busy and fun day Saturday of visiting the farm sanctuary , shopping, and eating out, I got up early Sunday to head out on a 5-mile training run for an upcoming 12k race and prepare food for a family birthday party while trying to catch up on house chores. I started to feel like the Tasmanian Devil whirling around like a tornado! When we got to the party at my sister’s house, hubby got tasked with protecting my mom’s chihuahua from another visiting dog with raging hormones!

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The white fluffy poodle was determined to have his way with the chihuahua the entire evening, so we all took turns carrying the poor guy around.

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The party was catered by Lucille’s BBQ, so there wasn’t much for a vegan! I brought a modified version of this Wheat Berry Salad recipe for a main dish and dived into the salad and fruit salad.

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The salad was quick to throw together after cooking and cooling the wheat berries.

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And the cinnamon and apples made it seem more of a sweet summer treat than a hearty vegan main dish.

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And I had the most colorful plate at the party!

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Tonight I kept things simple for dinner after a hectic day at work. We received some brown beech mushrooms in last week’s farm box that I’ve been looking forward to trying.

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Because they reminded me of the mushroom miso soup I had in Napa , I decided to use them in Jennifer Cornbleet’s veggie ramen soup recipe . I also added chopped sprouted tofu to make it a hearty main soup.

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And the mushrooms added a gorgeous and elegant look to the soup.

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I have a love/hate relationship with mushrooms, I really adore them in some recipes and can’t stand them in others. The texture and flavor of cheaper mushrooms freak me out, especially when they’re overcooked. And I can rarely eat an entire portobello mushroom. But the delicate flavor and firm, non-slimy texture of these were wonderful!

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So wonderful that I could easily justify paying more for them at Whole Foods versus buying a cheaper variety.

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