Carrot “Lox” Is a Tasty Vegetarian Bagel Topper

Chickpea “tuna,” I still love you, but when it comes to non-fish fish, nothing holds a candle to carrot “lox.”

There’s no salmon here, but the carrots—fileted, seasoned with smoked salt and liquid smoke, then steam-roasted in the oven—are remarkably similar in color, texture, and flavor, too.

Source: What Looks Like Lox & Tastes Like Lox But is Made of Carrots?

In the briefest of summaries, what’s been omitted is the key ingredients to make it taste like lox: Liquid Smoke + ‘smoked’ sea salt — just in case people decided not to click thru to read the full recipe.

Liquid Smoke is controversial for some folks and you can read about it at Serious Eats.

A Foolproof 5-Ingredient Ice Cream, No Cooking Required

A spectacular summer ice cream recipe with just two steps and five ingredients.

…while most recipeswith or without eggsrequire some cooking, today’s creamy blackberry lemon ice cream does not. Instead, it relies on sweetened condensed milk to thicken the mixture.

Source: Only 2 Steps and 5 Ingredients Stand Between You and This Ice Cream

Summer ice cream?  Ice cream is always in season.

Couple of points to be made:

  1. The recipe calls for half-and-half – effectively off limits for lactose intolerant, and depending on strictness – vegetarianism.  There is vitamin K in half-and-half too – we don’t get out unscathed either.
  2. Evaporated milk is not condensed milk.  Or, I need to find a recipe that uses evaporated milk… 😉
  3. All traditional ice cream has a custard base (cream, milk, sugar, and egg yolks). For more information on that, see this NYTimes article.  The difference between frozen custard and ice cream is mainly two things (and one of them is not a non-custard base): 1) milk fat percentage; and 2) serving temperature.

Take Your Marinara Sauce to the Next Level With a Little Lemon Zest

With one ingredient, make your marinara taste like the best tomatoes on earth.

Source: A Genius Trick for Brighter Marinara Sauce

I have refresher for those that need it: Difference between Citrus Zest, Peel and Rind

A little lemon zest does wonders for chicken gravy too. That and black pepper. For those that are into that sort of thing… 😉

DIY: Vegan Parmesan Alternative

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had some more options from time to time? Sure, we’ve got other cheeses like Pecorino Romano or a good aged ricotta salata, but they’re really just variations on a theme. What I want is something that can be used just like grated Parmesan, but brings a new set of flavors to the table. It’s something of particular interest to me during the month of February, when I maintain an entirely vegan diet (and I can tell you, cheese is the one thing I miss most). But I was after something that wouldn’t just carry me through February: I wanted something that I’d keep in my pantry all through the year and I’m afraid the common solution of cashews ground with nutritional yeast just ain’t gonna cut it.

Source: Better Than Parm? Dried Olive and Miso May Be the Ultimate Pasta-Topper

Parmesan – the worse it smells, the better it is.  So there can be benefits if you can’t have it 😉

Unrelated tip: Try nutritional yeast (nooch) on your popcorn.