The secret is out… Harvest Moon Kitchen is the new dairy-free cheese in town!

Hi all – Long time, no blog! I’ve been busy in my new mad scientist role concocting dairy-free cheese varieties to rival (and surpass, if I may say so) the current vegan cheese on the market. At least here in the Northeast US, the options for cheese tend fall into the following categories: very high-priced fancy cultured nut cheeses and more affordable but rubbery/plastic-y shredded melting cheeses. This had been frustrating me, so I decided to take things into my own hands – I’ve turned Harvest Moon Kitchen into a cheese-making outfit, and my first line of cheeses are slicers / shredders / melters that make dairy-free easy and delicious.

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Up close and personal with Dilly Jack and Mighty Mozz

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Fantastic Friday Five: Perfect popcorn, Vegan Alfredo sauce, and a New kitchen toy!

The Fantastic Friday Five is a weekly series featuring odds and ends from my everyday life – food, running, gardening, home-ownership and more!

CL:  A new post from Harvest Moon Kitchen??!?!  THE SKY IS FALLING.

JG:  No, Chicken Little.  It’s only me, and stop that before you make me feel bad about the fact that I’ve been absent… because guilt is the last reason I want to feel compelled to write on here.  Sheesh.

… I’m back!  Since you’ve seen me last I’ve finished up another successful teaching year, completed my Master’s in Education (woo!!) with an intensive last course, coaxed my garden into growing almost out of control, and nearly clean chopped off the tip of my thumb – (almost) all fun little distractions that shifted my priorities for a while there.  We’ll see what happens now that life has settled down at least a little bit!  And let’s get on to some fantasticness I’ve been enjoying lately…

#1:  Perfect stovetop popcorn

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I am a popcorn fiend.  Well, I’ve got Step 1 down…  :)  I used to make microwave popcorn, back in my pre-enlightened days (ha), and for a while since giving it up I was mostly just buying the AMAZING Little Lad’s brand of pre-popped popcorn from right here in Maine (check out their website here).  Well we have a lovely friend who is always ready with freshly popped stovetop popcorn when she entertains guests, and I naturally wanted to give it a try.  So I tried a few times on my own from her directions, but I seemed to always either burn the popcorn at the bottom of the pot or leave so many unpopped kernels that I nearly cried in mourning.   Continue reading

Sweet potato and black bean nachos (vegan/gf)

First of all, I am aware I’ve been kind of absent in the blogosphere lately… life happens.  I hope you welcome me back with open arms.  :)  Now let’s get to some good eats!

Sometimes I just need (well, I guess it’s a very strong want…) some nachos.  And is there any more perfect south-of-the-border flavor combination than black beans and sweet potatoes?  Didn’t think so.  (The sound of peepers – my neck of the woods’ version of crickets – was the only response I got, so I I’ll take that as a no.)  These cravings came together with the bag of delicious quinoa and black bean tortilla chips in my cupboard tonight for a fabulous meal.  Dig in!

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Twice-baked potatoes with black beans, veggies and “cheese” sauce (vegan/gf)

Potatoes are one of my winter staple foods – in fact, there is a farm at the local indoor market that specializes in supplying tasty taters all year round, and I tend to pick up a batch every week or two.  Well, as much as I love potatoes, it can get boring having them just about the same (albeit delicious) way every week (roasting is my favorite, especially with some baked beans and veggies… yum!).  I’ve seen several postings about either stuffed or topped baked potatoes lately on my favorite blogs, and as I gazed today into the sad eyes (yes literally, in some cases) of my neglected potatoes, I saw a tasty Mexican-inspired topping in their future.

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