Vegan LattyDaddy’s are Vegan patties that are perfectly architected like imperfected Cincinnati’s Belgian Abbeys.

 No need for Condiments. A LightLife LifeLine. A menace to society. How can one Vegan patty be so flavorful and still hold its own against heat?

Japanese beetles are not The Beatles with a Japan-like accent, but here in the midwest of the United States of America to ensure our Windows are sealed correctly.

Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Rosemary/FennelSeed, crushed
  • Corn Meal
  • Cayenne/Thyme/Turmeric
  • Tomato Paste
  • Broth
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • BayLeaves/Celery/Onion, for cooking in
  • Non-Dairy Cheese Cloth

411: Mix wet ingredients together and mix dry ingredients together and then mix wet and dry together. Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘Cheese’ Cloth and bake in Lasagna pan two hours flipping halfway in Broth. Remove from cloth immediately and store, add color or use!

WildTurkey 101 BBⓋ sauce ingredients:

  • Chipotle Adobe, chopped/mixed/liquified
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Garlic/Onion/Serrano, diced and roasted or roasted and chopped
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sriracha/BalsamicVinegar
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/OnionP/GarlicP
  • Tomato Paste
  • Broth
  • Wild Turkey 101, after a few sips 🙂



  • Bring everything to a boil and simmer for hours.
  • Strain or do not strain, depending use.


ⓋLattyDaddy patty ingredients:

  • Seitan, diced
  • Tofu, firm
  • LightLife ‘beef’ & ‘sausage’, chopped
  • Brown Rice, cooked
  • Black Beans, cooked
  • Pinto Beans, cooked
  • Lentils, cooked
  • WildTurkey 101 BBⓋ sauce, mmmmmmm
  • Sunflower Seeds, roasted
  • Cauliflower, diced & roasted
  • Eggplant, diced & roasted
  • Shallot, diced & roasted
  • Broth, Veggie DUH
  • Mushroom, sliced & roasted
  • Garlic, minced & roasted
  • Parsley, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/OnionP/GarlicP/Sugar
  • LiquidSmoke/Cayenne/Turmeric/NutritionalYeast
  • Instant Mashed Spuds, binding agent

 Mix together. I let sit before forming patties. I normally would’ve roasted the patties, but I actually ran out of Parchment Paper and pan-fried the patties with very light oil in a non-stick pan.

ⓋLattyDaddy ingredients:

  • ⓋLattyDaddy Patty
  • Daiya, Daiya slices melt extremely perfect 🙂
  • Green Pepper, sliced and pan-fried or roasted
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Buns, bigger (gourmet) & toasted on insides
  • Vegenaise, mmmmm


Trick or Treat:

  • Toast buns and set aside.
  • Roast or pan-fry ⓋLattyDaddy patty and put Green Pepper slices under Daiya & melt.
  • Lather Vegenaise on inside of Buns and put together.
  • Put together without condiments. Place Tomatoes in there somewhere.
  • I baked halved Potatoes on a cast iron skillet for the side.

I find myself talking to beer store clerks/cashiers more and more. I think, unconsciously adapting them as my “bartender” as I don’t go to bars much anymore because they cannot upkeep their varieties of good beers to my beer guts demand. I don’t dwell of any issues going on in my life, just basically hired friends forced to bullshit with me. 🙂

 Drink a Bicycle and go Ride a Beer. Have an extremely safe and outrageously FUN Halloween!

Vegan Lasagna with Ⓥicotta

Lasagna is along the same lines with me as my Chili. In a past blog, I went through my Evolution of my Chili. I don’t think anyone read it, which is great, but I don’t wanna invest in that much time or that many words. I apologize (for apologizing) for any (not really) inconvenience.

The best Lasagna that I have ever made, involved Béchamel sauce. Which in French translates to “not Vegan” or something like that. I have created Ⓥicotta, a delightful VEGAN combination of Béchamel & Ricotta Cheese.

 And of course Lasagna is never successful or possible, even, without a great sauce. In my case it’s my Back Burner Ragu Marinara. And now I am obligated to find throwback pictures to commemorate my Italian roots.

Working for the Italians:


Back Burner Ragu Marinara ingredients:

  • Celery, finely diced
  • Carrot, finely diced
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Veggie Broth
  • Tomato Paste
  • Chopped Tomatoes, canned or fresh (deseeded)
  • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/Cayenne/GarlicP/OnionP



  • Cook Garlic, Celery, Onion & Carrot before adding everything else.
  • Simmer for hours, stirring.


Ⓥicotta ingredients:

  • Tofu, soft
  • Raw Cashews, boiled & chopped
  • Eggplant, sliced, roasted & chopped
  • Fennel Seed
  • Garlic, roasted & chopped
  • Lime, juiced
  • Honey, 😉
  • Shallot, diced
  • Baby Spinach, sliced
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes, thickening (top secret) agent
  • Cashew ‘Milk’
  • BalsamicVinegar, SeaSalt/Pepper/Sugar/LiquidSmoke/GarlicP/OnionP/Cayenne

Mix to a somewhat clumpy consistency, if desired.

Vegan Lasagna with Ⓥicotta ingredients:

  • Back Burner Ragu Marinara, hot
  • Lasagna noodles, cooked
  • Ⓥicotta, mmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Daiya, mmmmmmmm
  • Parsley





Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

Today I purchased the cardboard refrigerated Biscuits for the first time in my life. It took me a minute to find Vegan Biscuits, but thankfully they are out there. And they were very simple and tasty. They complimented my Gravy extremely well. I’ve made bread a few times from scratch and I do not like to bake. Store bought Bread is well worth it to me.

Let’s Go.

Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth


Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.


 Groovy Gravy ingredients:

  • Cashew ‘Milk’, mmmmmm
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Garlic & Onion, diced and dry roasted
  • Seitan, diced and sliced for garnish.
  • Tofu, soft
  • Raw Cashew, boiled, strained and chopped
  • Cauliflower, roasted and chopped
  • Eggplant, sliced, roasted and diced
  • Potato, diced and roasted
  • Rosemary/SeaSalt/Pepper/Sugar
  • Lime, juiced
  • Instant Mashed potatoes, thickening agent 🙂

Roast everything and bring to appropriate consistency, simmering. Serve HOT with Biscuits.

Happy Monday!

Illinois Brews & Baseball

Congratulations to Cubs fans everywhere. Congratulations to Cardinal fans in Illinois for seeing a truly stellar team this year in the Chicago Cubs take away their pride. Since 1876 the Chicago Cubs have won 1197 games against STL and the Cardinals have taken 1147 from the Cubbies during regular season play. And in the all-time post-season the Cubs are 3-1 against STL. According to Wikipedia.

I’m very excited to see and try many Illinois brewed beers and creations. For me, anyways, true local brews give you a sense of untouchable refreshmentism before even considering the smell, taste, feel or notes. Perhaps that is due to the freshness, but I believe it’s more along the fine lines of a thing called pride! Like rooting for your local high school football team, it may not be the best, but damn it, you’re happy to see it and experience it.

Breweries come and go, bought out and sold out. There are craft breweries now directly competing with the (has-been) big dogs Miller and Bud. I want to concentrate on the Illinois breweries who are not selling out. All of this information is from Wikipedia. Apologies if any info is incorrect.

My first favorite Illinois brewery:


  • Big Muddy Brewing opened in 2009 in Murphysboro, IL.

My go-to Illinois brewery:


  • Revolution Brewing out of Chicago since 2010.



  • Wild Blossom Meadery – Chicago, IL.

Most versatile arsenal Illinois brewery:

  Destihl 2007 Normal, IL.

 Super local Illinois Valley breweries:


  • Radium City
  • Starved Rock Brewing

Most impressive Illinois brewed beer:


  • Tighthead Irie IPA- Mundelein, IL 2011

 I was watching the Cubs on Monday night and wanted some easy quick (Vegan) food. I tweeted Jimmy John’s, half inebriated. And with their awesome help, I was able to conclude and acquire a Vegan delivery. Their bread is not Vegan. I paid $18 for two lettuce wraps that were delicious and not so much filling. I was impressed with how well Jimmy John’s interacted with me via twitter and did not cower like a company that puts beef fat into their fries and probably soda. That was the first time that I have ordered out in quite a few months.

Try some Illinois brewed beers or mead and try some Illinois baseball! The Cubbies are something else this year.

Chili EⓋolution

I finished this blog this morning spending two hours on it only for WordPress to fail and erase a huge chunk of data. So, I went for a ride.

Friday Morning Ride

I’ve been making kick-ass Chili for at least (well documented) five years now. It has only truly been documented a few times, but I mastered my style of chili probably ten years ago I just never knew it until around 5 years ago. I used to make this kick-ass DIP (for chips) using nothing but chicken and actual veggies working in a restaurant kitchen. You know, against the rules kitchen food, to feed the staff. And from there after plugging the concept in with chili type ideas, my style of Chili was born.

I cannot believe I had the mindset, at more than one points in the past, to keep my cheffing secrets, secrets until they made me millions. I have now forever retired from a kitchen that I do not own. Might as well share and help someone develop their own style.

October is kind of a HUGE month for me. The month includes or almost includes: 

  • Trek HulkRip 2nd Birthday (Sept 22nd)
  • Trek Darth Vader 1st Birthday (Oct 30th) 
  • 1000 Vegetarian Day (Oct 26th)
  • 100 Vegan Day (Oct 16th)

When your own personal well-being is healthy and you truly feel well, it makes life much easier. I feel when healthier than not, stress levels are down and energy levels are up.

Since making a Vegetarian lifestyle change, I’ve noticed extremely better health vitals and weight loss without a true workout routine, other than cycling. Every time that I donate blood (Double Red Cell), I am assured my once moderately high blood pressure is still low. My gym is adventure. My gym is outdoors.

Chili Secrets:

  • Use Vegetables instead of powders
  • Use lots of Vegetables
  • Chop everything yourself, don’t be a lazy ass
  • Marinate on lowest of simmers for hours
  • Drink a good Beer

It shouldn’t necessarily be about ourselves as it should be about the animals, about the environment and truly realizing and comprehending the bigger picture. There is an impact bigger than just one person, cutting out meat/dairy or even just consuming less.

 Chili ingredients (2009):

  • Ground Turkey, eewwwwww
  • Bell Peppers, diced
  • Hot Peppers, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Water sometimes Chicken broth
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes, stewed, diced or chopped (can)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Cheddar Cheese, gross

I’ve made different variations through the years. Creating a creamier sauce with adding Cheese until last year. I made Lentili without butter or oil and almost Vegan. I think I added Cheese that wasn’t completely Vegan.

 Ever find an artist (music band) that makes you super excited after you find out the length of their discography to listen to. And only an eighth of their music is what you want and the rest is garbage. I really appreciate good bands that can stay consistently different through the years. Not sounding the same on every album, but not changing their roots either.


 Yam Lentili ingredients:

  • Garlic, diced finely
  • Onion, diced
  • Celery, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • Hot Peppers – Jalapeño, Serrano, Poblano, Chipotle (in Adobo), diced
  • Bell Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow, Orange, diced
  • Veggie Broth, splashy
  • Tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
  • Day, mmmmmm
  • Kale, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped or frozen cubes 🙂 lots
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Parsley, chopped
  • BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha/Sugar
  • Sweet Potato, chopped and baked on parchment paper
  • I think I added Mushrooms, sliced
  • Lentils, Red (split) & Green 🙂

 I ain’t here to give cooking lessons. Use your imagination and have FUN! I did also make kick-ass Vegan Corn Bread. Seriously, play with your food!

 Ⓥ Cream Corn ingredients:

  • Corn, kernels
  • Cashew ‘Milk’
  • Earth balance, ‘Butter’
  • SeaSalt/Sugar/ChipotleP/Onion&GarlicP/NutritionalYeast
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Onion, diced
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Corn Meal
  • Parsley, chopped

I just mixed everything together, covered and set out for a good hour.

ⓋornBread ingredients:

  • Balsamic Vinegar & Sriracha
  • Flour & Sugar
  • Corn Meal
  • Poblano Pepper, just a little & diced
  • Cilantro, diced
  • Baking Powder & Soda
  • Ⓥ Cream Corn

Simply mixed together and baked.

Lentili Colcannon ingredients:

  • Yam Lentili
  • Potatoes, red & russet roasted
  • Cashew ‘milk’
  • Daiya, mmmm
  • Onion, diced
  • Jalapeño, diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Corn
  • Parsley & Cilantro, chopped finally finely
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
  • OnionP/GarlicP/Sugar


Balls & Strikes:

  • I dry roasted and did not add any oil. I used one pan with PARCHMENT PAPER:) Added things at different times because not all veggies roast in the same time. I then mixed everything together and topped with Yam Lentili. I did not roast the Grape Tomatoes. I heated them up in the Cashew ‘milk’.

10.07.15 I’m taking my love for Chicago-style dawgs and Vegan lifestyle to another level tonight as the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a wildcard matchup. The Cubs, not being in the post-season since 2008, are a stellar team this season.

10.08.15 The Chicago Cubs won and Jake Arrieta threw a complete game SHO (shutout). Jake has shown a poise that I’ve never seen from a Cubs pitcher. His confidence and simply his persona on the mound sometimes gives me goosebumps. The Chicago Cubs acquired Jake (and Pedro Strop) from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, 2013 for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman. At the time I was sad to see Feldman go, but heard both Arrieta and Strop had potential. Arrieta pitched well the remainder of 2013 and 2014. He went 14-7 with a 2.81 ERA (Earned Runs x 9(innings in a game) ÷ IP (Innings Pitched)). And his numbers are in for 2015 with a whopping 22 wins to only 6 losses. Having the best stats ever after the all-star break. Baseball has been around since the 19th century. Baseball has been a game for a few minutes.

I have created the Ⓥ Jake Arrieta’s. Ⓥ=Vegan. I made five of these monsters being strong, consistent & extremely healthy. The Ⓥ Jake Arrieta is a friendly neighborhood Char Dawg.

Chicago-style Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Hot Peppers (Poblano & Jalapeno), deseeded and diced
  • Celery Seed
  • Celery Salt
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/ChipotleP/OnionP/GarlicP
  • Poppy Seed


Since being close to 100 days Vegan, my body has skyrocketed to amazing well-being and health. I’m going to live for 300 years. And I think that I am shrinking while still being very strong. I can ride a bicycle so much better and faster. My energy level is through the roof. And I feel AMAZING.

Ⓥ Jake Arrieta a Ⓥegan Chicago-style Lentili CharDawg ingredients:

  • Chicago-style Relish, mmmm
  • Buns, bigger the better
  • Daiya, mmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Vegan Hot Dog (I use Lightlife Smart Dogs-JUMBO), charred
  • Mustard, organic 🙂
  • Lentili, mmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Chipotle Powder, mmmmmm

Extra Innings:

  • Cut the ends of your smart dogs to keep from blistering.
  • Bake/Broil until your level of char or you patience allows.
  • Add already warm Lentili and Daiya and broil.
  • Broil Buns if desired, I’m a char-head.
  • Top with Chicago Relish, Organic Mustard and Chipotle Powder

I also came up with a salad concept of Roasted Veggies mixed with Romaine and Lentili as the ‘dressing’. It was good. I made Sweet Potato chips with my first batch of Ⓥ Jake Arrieta’s, but I was a little too tipsy to take a decently good pic. Hopefully today is much better with the art of photography. I also made three Dawgs a little different, yesterday. I feel like I’m forgetting some stuff. DAMNIT.

The Cubs play STL in a best of 5 NLDS and I’ve been saying all season that if the Cubs want to win big, they have to be able to destroy STL. And they can. Go CUBBIES & Happy Friday!

This Will Destroy You

And it is now Saturday.. HAPPY SATURDAY!

I came up with yet another Lentili concoction. This one is a Lentili Spudwich.

And these are a concept of eating Lentili without utensils, being Potato bowls filled with Lentili and Daiya!

Ⓥ Souper

My choice of Vegan lifestyle obviously started with the easy decision of Vegetarianism close to three years ago. And while maintaining 100% Vegetarian lifestyle, I progressively made Vegan adaptations.

Social media is a tool and often a tool for me to reference statistics or dates. Today I’m gonna search through my social diary in Twitter. At some point in my life, I want to write a book with basically just my tweets.

  • First purposely #VeganVriday was 1.9.15
  • First purposely #VeganVeekend was 5.29.15

I did not survive every VeganFriday and I think I failed only one VeganWeekend after starting. I did, however, notice a difference in my digestive system and stomach between Vegetarianism and Veganism. Ultimately bringing me to the no-brainer decision of upgrading vegetarianism into Veganism as of 7.8.15.

I have finally found my love for Earth Balance Vegan ‘butter’. “Better late than never.” Says everyone.

I made SOUP for the first time in this colder turning time. And I was going to name it Souper Ⓥ Supe, but chose to shorten to Ⓥ Souper.

I found out that Sweet Potato skins are very edible and very good.

I resurrected my very first “real” bicycle in honor of his second birthday on September 22nd, in a 2014 Trek CrossRip. I’ve named him the HulkRip. I’ve ridden him through hell and back at over 7,000 km. He needed new cables, brakes, chain, cassette, chain ring and tape and pedals which I put on. He sat up at the bike shop for a good month awaiting a chain keeper. I’d like to keep HulkRip rideable for a long long time. And rode him for the first time in months yesterday. Happy Birthday, HulkRip!

 Ⓥ Souper ingredients:

  • Tofu, soft
  • Soyrizzo, had to add another ‘z’ because I’m a cubbies fan
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Sunflower Seeds, shelled & I used non salted
  • Garlic, minced
  • Radish, sliced
  • Onion, Diced and julienne sliced
  • Green Pepper, shorter julienne sliced
  • Tomato, beefsteak diced and grape-whole
  • Spinach
  • BalsamicVinegar/Oil
  • Earth Balance ‘butter’, mmmmm
  • Jasmine Rice, cooked
  • Lentils, cooked
  • Kale, frozen & NonGMO mmm
  • Eggplant, chopped
  • Zucchini, chopped
  • Sweet Potato, chopped w/ skin
  • Red Potato, chopped w/ skin
  • Russet Potato, chopped w/ skin
  • Cilantro, frozen cubes mmm
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/Cayenne
  • Serrano & Hot Peppers, diced
  • Veggie Broth



I actually started out making a breakfast stir-fry and severely enjoyed it before later making into soup.


  • Cook Rice and Lentils together while stir-frying and later drain before adding.
  • Heat Oil and add Garlic, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, diced Onion and Eggplant.
  • Add Tofu, Soyrizzo, Sunflower Seeds and diced Tomato. Cover and sauté.
  • Add Seasonings, Rice/Lentils and BalsamicVinegar with generous Earth balance! Cover
  • Always stir occasionally…duh
  • Add Kale, Zucchini, Green Pepper, Julienne Onion, Radish, Mushroom, Cilantro& Grape Tomatoes
  • Can’t forget the SPINACH
  • Cover and simmer low

I served the stir-fry w/ wheat toast with Earth balance. I FREAKING LOVE EARTH BALANCE.

Rano Pano – Mogwai

To make Soup, I honestly just added Broth as it mixed and thickened extremely well. Very flavorful! And powerfully nutritious!

Go Cubbies as it’s almost playoff time! Have a good beer, take a good pic and ride a bicycle before the cold hits! Happy Thursday and Happy Weekend! Do something out of the ordinary!