Ⓥ Cacciatore

There are many benefits in riding a bicycle to work, for fun, errands or any reason. An ingredient, gardein  (™) Scallopini, has me dabbling glimpses of old cooking memories. Also, inspiring to recreate, yet enhance, to better fulfill my personal Vegan palate.

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The connections the brain makes can seem infinite. Sometimes the brain can produce an adrenaline rush consequentially connecting and simultaneously creating an adaptation so amazing, sparks fly mentally like a minor Big Bang. Riding bicycles helps:)

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Sautéed in Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’ were Onion, Celery, Carrots, Bell Peppers and Garlic. Seasoned with Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper, this copper skillet literally transformed into a senses enhancing apparatus. Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine and Veggie Broth flooded the veggies with Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, grilled Ⓥ Scallopini, Cayenne, (ready) Garbanzo Beans, Mushrooms and Brown Sugar.

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After allowing to cook down, Go Veggie (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’ and Instant Mashed Potatoes were mixed in to thicken. The pieces of Scallopini were pulled up and covered with Veggies and Sauce before piling Daiya on top. The skillet was thrown into the oven for a few minutes before being broiled to slightly char the Daiya. Scallions garnished this skillet.

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The Ⓥ Cacciatore was served with Pasta. Organic Whole Wheat spaghetti was utilized and tossed with Sea Salt, Pepper, chopped Tomatoes and freshly boiled Wild Rice. Parsley to garnish the combination of all of these wonderful ingredients.

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Cheers.

Ⓥ Piccata

Gardein (™) Scallopini was utilized as the “chicken” in this concept. Many of years ago, I made the real Chicken Piccata for hungry carnivores in the restaurant realm. Recipes are guidelines. Normal is boring. No animals were harmed in this Ⓥegan Piccata.

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A Garlic Sauce was simmered from mixing Almond ‘Milk’, Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’, Go Veggie (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’, Pepper, Cayenne, Garlic Powder and Parsley. Linguine and Scallions were added to the Garlic Sauce and tossed.

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The ‘Chicken’ Scallopini was prepared as the the package stated and set aside while the Piccata was created.

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Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’ and sliced onions were sautéed before adding Ⓥ So Delicious (™) ‘Cream’, Chardonnay Wine, Cayenne, Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Parsley, Sea Salt, Pepper, Mushrooms, Go Veggie  (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’, the Scallopini and eventually Lemon Juice.

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Garnished with Parsley and sliced Spinach, this plate was created with ever flavorful Linguine, meatless ‘Chicken’, and amazingly plant based creamy Piccata Sauce.

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Multiple (good) Beers were (responsibly) enjoyed and (good) Tunes were (irresponsibly) heard.

CHEERS.

LBⓋ 24 TACO

Whatever Mexican-style cooking that I have, is unbeatable. However I feel, the ingredients change – adapting cravings, influencing realism. The sense of a certain level of hunger can immensely inspire a spontaneous spark of flavor, economically smartness, picture-perfect food.

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There is no time for the numbers and prices. Aldi Black Bean patties, Corn and Hash brown patties were baked to immediately become panfried to create amazing texture and color. Seasonings (Cilantro, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lime Juice, Garlic Powder, Turmeric, Cayenne), Scallions and Kidney Beans were tossed together.

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Corn tortillas were flame torched and stuffed with the mixture and fresh Avocado, Tomato, Iceberg Lettuce, Olive and Cilantro.

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Cheers.

Ⓥ Taco Pi

The Bean Sauce/Dip was reused from yesterday:)

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Bean Sauce

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Ⓥ Taco Protein consisted of Garbanzo Beans, Tofu, Boca Ⓥ Crumbles, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Veggie Broth, Sugar, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Carrot, Cilantro and slight Oil.

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The Pizza Pi was constructed deliciously with Bean Sauce, Taco Protein, Daiya, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Olives and Shallot.

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A bike ride in light rain was enjoyed with a couple of good Beers.

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Happy Sunday. CHEERS

Ⓥ Scrambled Tofu

After being mostly disgusted by my trials with Vegan Egg by Follow Your Heart a couple of years ago, this concept is not intended to taste or look like eggs. Although, the Tofu turned out looking like eggs, the taste was nowhere near an egg taste. That is a VICTORY.

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Vegan Egg Review

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In a non-stick skillet, Celery, Onion, Smart Bacon, Tofu, Sea Salt, Pepper, Balsamic & White Wine Vinegar, Wasabi Powder, Garlic Powder, (Gourmet) Tomatoes, Spinach, DAIYA, Ⓥ ‘parmesan cheese’ and Dill Weed were cooked-up strategically. A wrap seemed most fitting for this VEGAN victorious monument.

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Enjoy a good Beer. Enjoy a small Bike ride. Create your own Masterpiece and consume dangerously like the Plant murderers we are.

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CHEERS.

 

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