Ⓥegan Beanan Daiya

RIP, Anthony Bourdain.

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Once, many years ago, in a culinary career attempt, Anthony Bourdain was most inspiring to me-influencing realism and motivation to be oneself.

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Coconut milk, Chipotle Powder, Jalapeño, Carrot, Onion, Peppers, Black & Red Beans, Ⓥ Chorizo and Corn were simmered. No additional seasonings were added other than the Chipotle Powder. Refried Beans were stirred in. Daiya was generously dumped in with fresh Cilantro.

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With Tortilla Chips tucked underneath the Beanan Daiya, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Jalapeño and Scallions accented and garnished this delicious plate.

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Chips were scooped heavy and good Beer was had.

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Cheers.

 

Daiya Grilled Portabella Ⓥeggie Sandwich

Awesomely Ⓥegan, this sandwich is ‘beefy’, ‘meaty’ and just damn delicious. Grilled Portabella strips, grilled Onion and a grilled Bun create a solid foundation for roasted Radish slices, roasted Daiya, raw Cucumber and Tomato slices.

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German Beer Mustard Recipe

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Homemade German Beer Mustard and Vegenaise were hidden, but essential building blocks to this masterpiece’s construction. Complimenting its texture and flavorful properties even more, is a giant pinch of Alfalfa Sprouts. Seasonings used: Sea Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Garlic Powder and Dill Weed.

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CHEERS

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Three Floyds Brewing Company

Here in the psychotic midwest, mother (F*#ker) nature gave us 2 ½ days of spring. Bikes and Beers must be had before Old Man Winter slaps anyone in the face with a 23° F wind chill on a bicycle (like today).

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Illinois weather does really suck sometimes, but if you’re up by the suburbs of Chicago, safe trail Cycling is vastly open to where your mind and body can take you.

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On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the trunk bag was minimally packed on the Trek Darth Vader to trek to Three Floyds and back. And by back, I mean to my parents where they’ll bring my bicycle and I the remaining distance.

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Trails taken (that made up of 97% of the entire trip):

  • Kishwaukee – Kiwanis Trail
  • DeKalb Nature Trail
  • DeKalb – Sycamore Trail
  • Great Western Trail
  • Randall Road Bike Trail
  • Silver Glen Trail
  • River Bend Trail
  • Fox River Trail
  • Stearns Road Trail
  • Illinois Prairie Path Elgin Branch
  • Illinois Prairie Path Aurora Branch
  • DuPage County Regional Trail
  • Dupage River Walk
  • West Branch DuPage River Trail
  • Southern DuPage Regional Trail
  • Greene Trail
  • Veterans Trail
  • Centennial Trail
  • Old Plank Road Trail
  • Thorn Creek Red Paved Trail
  • Pennsy Greenway
  • Munster, IN – Pennsy, Thorn Creek, Old Plank Road were taken back
  • I & M Canal Trail (61 miles)

The 365.53 km (227.13 miles) in three days were Beautiful and exhausting. Here are my Relive links:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

I have not experienced a bad 3Fs brew. And I don’t think that I ever will. The stay at a new hotel almost next door to 3Fs was modern and wonderful. Please, check out Munster, Indiana and Three Floyds Brewing Company.

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Adventure is my exercise.

CHEERS

German Beer Mustard

Through the spring snow, through the freezing rain and through my own sanity, a nice, lengthy visit was made to the parents a few weeks ago. The trip helped me realize all the little things in life that my careers tediousness takes away from. To sum it up simply, I cannot truly receive packages that require a signature, because I’m always at work.

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This winter, in the midwest, has been painful, grueling and never-ending. Perhaps, the weather got to my head, but money isn’t everything. Time is money. Passionate hobbies should not decrease to better others dreams. I quit my job this last weekend.

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

-Stephen Hawking

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While visiting my parents, homemade Mustard was created in two separate batches.

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German Beer was used for both.

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Yellow & Brown Mustard Seeds, Garlic, Beer, Allspice, Sea Salt, Tarragon, Turmeric, Brown Sugar and Wasabi Powder were carefully combined and set at room temperature before blending, cooking and cooling.

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Keep exploring. Do the things that you LOVE. And don’t let anyone (but yourself) take them away from you.

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CHEERS

Enchilada Flats

Fork it. Fork it all. Finger foods are constantly my go-to, first-choice, comfort food. Sometimes, changing things up can be chaotically forking comforting.

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The one thing I would’ve done differently, is baking the Tortillas ahead of time to avoid soggy Tortillas.

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And nothing cheers up soggy Tortillas than Vegan Enchilada Flats.

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Blackened Corn was the beginning. After that, Boca crumbles, Tofu crumbles, Garlic, Peppers, Onion, Ghost Pepper Sauce, Sea Salt, Pepper, Chipotle Powder and Paprika. Cilantro was stirred in very last.

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The Enchilada Sauce was as simple as Tomato Sauce, diced Tomatoes, Sugar, Sea Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Oregano, Garlic & Onion Powder, Parsley and diced Jalapeños.

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These awesome ingredients were layered Sauce, precut Tortilla, Daiya and repeat.

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Garnishment was with beautiful Scallions.

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Cheers.