Saturday, April 18, 2009

No Cooking, Just Looking

I won’t wah-wah about not cooking anything all week, but since I didn’t I thought I would give you some recipes I want to try but haven’t yet made.

All of these recipes are from The Magnolia Collection, a 1985 cookbook from Alabama.

Mushroom and Onion Salad

Prepare at least 4 hours before serving.

1 pound fresh small mushrooms, washed and sliced in half
1 large purple onion, sliced in thin rings
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/3 cup vinegar
¼ cup water
1-1/2 t. salt
dash pepper
2 T. vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Drain before serving.

Serves 6 to 8.

Baby Buffins

(Buffins are biscuits made in muffin tins. Use vegan mayo and milk.)

1 c. flour
1-1/4 t. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
3 T. mayonnaise
½ c. milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and mayonnaise. Gradually stir in milk until just blended. Place into greased mini muffin pans. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown.

(I thought these might be good to freeze and then use later as dumplings in a soup or stew. Hey, then you would have bufflings!??)

Pick-Up Sticks

3 T. margarine
2 t. soy sauce
2-4 drops Tabasco
1 (3 oz.) can chow mein noodles
¼ t. celery salt
pinch onion powder

Melt margarine in small sauce pan. Add soy sauce and Tabasco and mix well. Put noodles in a bowl and drizzle sauce over them. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with celery salt and onion powder; toss again. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 275 until lightly browned. (No time given. I’m guessing 20 to 30 minutes.)

There is also a recipe for Orange Honey Muffins. To make a vegan version, oil your muffin tins (no liners) and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice unpeeled oranges to lay in the bottom of the muffin cups, then spoon in 1 teaspoon of agave nectar. Make your favorite muffin batter (a cinnamon or cocoa would be nice) and put into cups. Bake 18 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing.

I wish I had a big bowl of Mushroom and Onion Salad right now….


VeganWoman said...

Love the pick up sticks! They look delicious - going to try them!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Great recipes!!

Macie said...

Oh, yum! Those orange muffins sounds super easy and super good.

Yay for Alabama cookbooks :D

nora said...

mm i love the idea of using whole orange pieces at the bottom of the muffins. adorable! thanks for the recipes

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Recipe man said...

looks great!!


aimee said...

Yummy recipes. I think "bumpling"!

Andrea said...

Everyone needs the occasional week without cooking - more time for looking! I'm looking forward to your next batch of delicious dishes. (say that 3 times fast:)

Ricki said...

I'm pretty sure I'd go for the buffins first. . .though the pick up sticks also sound yummy!

MeloMeals said...

I'm so excited I got some mushrooms.. that salad sounds great.

I've barely cooked at all this week either. My older son is out of town and my younger son has been MIA and only here 2 nights in the past week.. I've been living off of soup and salads and smoothies.. nothing that I haven't photographed a million times before!

Jenn said...

Pick up sticks sound like a great crunchy snack. Thanks for the recipes.

Oraphan said...

Thanks for such great recipes. I love quick & easy recipes especially Mushroom & Onion Salad because I'm so in love with mushrooms right now. I hope you don't mind if I make this dish and post it at my blog. I just started a veggie food blog. I really love your blog.

Anonymous said...

I'll take a big bowl of salad with some buffins! And bumplings! A most excellent idea, Diann!

Charlotte (Music and Veganism) said...

my stomach is growling! those buffins are calling my name...

Rose said...

The first salad sounds yummy. Oh and "buffins"? How cute!

allularpunk said...

these recipes sound easy and intriguing...

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I had never heard of buffins; I love these baking hybrids!

jessy said...

those buffins sound great - and i love the name! i'm gonna have to try the mushroom & onion salad, too! let us know how it turns out - it sounds soooo good!

Bianca said...

I wanna make the pick-up sticks. That sounds delish!

Mihl said...

Thanks for sharing these recipes! The mushroom salad is calling my name.

A_and_N said...

Buffins is such a funny name! I LOVED the recipe for pick-up sticks! I ahve to try it :)

Erin said...

That cookbook sounds very cute. Buffins! Hah!