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Dream Meal January 12, 2010

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This might sound odd, but I had a dream that I was on Master Chef (a show I am planning to audition for later this month), Jason Mraz and the owners of Cafe Gratitude were the guest judges and the task was to create a vegan meal.

I was really excited to cook for Mr. A-Z, even though I am not a big fan of the vegans… I don’t like people who limit their food enjoyment. So I made vegan tamales and chocomole for dessert. The dream was so detailed that when I woke I felt the need to start cooking. Here is the tamale recipe I dreamed up, forgive the funky photo – my camera died and I’m using my iphone.

Sweet Corn Tamales with Soyrizo & Cactus

(Tamales de Elote con Soyrizo y Nopales)


1 cup masa harina
1/2 cup canned cream corn
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt


1/2 package of Soyrizo
1/2 cup of nopales, chopped

Other filling options:

slices of soy pepperjack cheese
chopped mild chiles

Tomatillo Sauce

1/2 lb. fresh tomatillos, husked
1 jalapeño, split and seeded (pulled from nopalitos jar)
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons vinegar (rice or white wine)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed
2 teaspoon lime juice

In a medium bowl, mix filling and set aside. In another bowl, mix all dough ingredients together until the consistency of soft play dough. Spread a thin layer of dough on corn husks soaked overnight, leaving about an inch uncovered on the narrow part of the husk. Spoon some of the filling down the middle – careful not to overfill, fold the sides in and then fold the narrow bit down. Place tamales into a steamer basket and cook for about an hour or until firm.

While tamales are steaming, broil the tomatillos until the skin is lightly burned. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.


Cooking with Trader Joe’s January 6, 2009

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I found a new food blog that I really love! It’s called, wait for it… Cooking with Trader Joe’s, and it does just that! I found it through another (geekier) blog I frequent

So today’s post is ripped from the CWTJ’s site. Sorry for the lack of creativity, but I’m trying to show these guys some love.

Enjoy 🙂

Black Bean Cornbread

1 box Cornbread Mix
2 egg whites
1 can Organic Black Bean Soup
1/2 cup 2% milk (or whole)

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2.) Beat together the egg whites, soup, and milk.
3.) Stir in the dry cornbread mix. Don’t add any of the other things called for on the box instructions.
4.) Pour into an oiled 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cornbread comes out clean.

Makes 9 pieces