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Pennsylvegan Unexpected combinations and veganizations! Hi! My name is Jill and I love cooking, writing recipes and most of all, animals! I have made eastern Pennsylvania my home for about 23 years and love it here!

I write an all vegan recipe blog that keep things fun and interesting. I love sweet, spicy and savory flavors with the best of all together. I also love veganizing traditional dishes in various different cultures, please let me know if you have any ideas! Hope to talk to you soon!

Operating as usual

Adina was interested in helping with the canning!
10/14/2012

Adina was interested in helping with the canning!

My project for this weekend:  making spiced garlic pickled green tomatoes!
10/14/2012

My project for this weekend: making spiced garlic pickled green tomatoes!

There are few things as fun as when the end of summer rolls around and everyone shares the fruits of their gardens.  Thi...
09/22/2012
Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers on the Beach

There are few things as fun as when the end of summer rolls around and everyone shares the fruits of their gardens. This recipe was inspired by some peppers a friend gave us.

http://pennsylvegan.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/stuffed-mini-bell-peppers-on-the-beach/

The reason these bell peppers are mini is, well, a friend gave them to me that way and they were way too cute not to stuff! I thought, “It would be a crime to dice these up for a chili or sli...

I haven't posted in a while, but that doesn't mean I stopped cooking and coming up with recipes!  Here is the first in w...
09/19/2012
Spicy Basil and Roasted Tomato Soup with Stars

I haven't posted in a while, but that doesn't mean I stopped cooking and coming up with recipes! Here is the first in what is to be a ton of new recipes that I've been working on lately!

http://pennsylvegan.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/spicy-basil-and-roasted-tomato-soup-with-stars/

I haven’t posted for quite awhile, thanks to the usual excuses: busy, poor, lazy, blah, blah, blah, whatever. However, I have been cooking and am finally ready to start catching up on all tho...

Classic French onion soup with an Italian spin!
03/19/2012
Italian Scallion “French” Onion Soup

Classic French onion soup with an Italian spin!

I just love French onion soup, but something just seemed to be calling to me to give it an Italian twist. The fact that I am a huge fan of the Rocky movies means that I simply had to make it Italia...

As I've totally given up hope on seeing any kind of winter weather this year, I've decided to embrace the warm, spring l...
03/15/2012
Mango White Bean Summer Rolls

As I've totally given up hope on seeing any kind of winter weather this year, I've decided to embrace the warm, spring like weather!

As a huge snow lover, I have been extremely disappointed by the unseasonably warm winter we have been having here in eastern Pennsylvania. The only decent snow storm we have had was in October! Sin...

This Welsh classic gets a vegan makeover featuring horseradish and tomato flavors!
03/11/2012
Vegan Tomato Rarebit

This Welsh classic gets a vegan makeover featuring horseradish and tomato flavors!

Although I have done most of my own cooking since I was pretty young, I didn’t really start cooking cooking until I was about 20 and at university. By “cooking cooking” I mean som...

A simple, fun take on a dish my mother used to make when I was young.
03/04/2012
Pizza Loaf

A simple, fun take on a dish my mother used to make when I was young.

This is a pretty simple one, but awesome none the less. This is something that my mother used to make all the time when my brother and I were young. I got a craving for it one day, so I had to ve...

A fun Greek twist on a potpie.
02/16/2012
Greek Potpie

A fun Greek twist on a potpie.

Potpies are always awesome, but I though it was about time for an update from the traditional "chicken" or veggie pie. This pie makes a gravy from Greek salad ingredients and adds them to a TVP ba...

The addition of peanuts brings a surprising crunch to this twist on a twice-baked potato.
02/12/2012
Crunchy Spiced Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

The addition of peanuts brings a surprising crunch to this twist on a twice-baked potato.

I have always loved both stuffed potatoes and sweet potatoes, so I figured it was about time for two classics to be combined. The crunch in this recipe comes from the addition of peanuts, which b...

A smooth, yet not creamy, tomato soup with a mild spicy note from fresh horseradish root!
01/27/2012
Tomato Horseradish Soup with “Cheezy” Garlic Croutons

A smooth, yet not creamy, tomato soup with a mild spicy note from fresh horseradish root!

This is yet another tomato soup (I can't help myself, I love them so much!) for the cooler months. This one is smooth but not creamy with a slight spicy note of horseradish. I am always trying to...

Slow cooked tempeh bbq with a twist!
01/24/2012
Apple BBQ Tempeh and Cabbage

Slow cooked tempeh bbq with a twist!

I've been in the mood for something bbq'd, and I decided that it would be fun to stray away from my typical bbq tofu sandwiches. Being that it is currently winter where I live, I also thought ...

A trip to the local year-round indoor farmer's market planted the seeds of inspiration for this soup in my head!
01/22/2012
Lemon peel and Anise Carrot soup

A trip to the local year-round indoor farmer's market planted the seeds of inspiration for this soup in my head!

I decided to take a random day off from work in the middle of the week a bit ago, and found this the perfect excuse to check out the new indoor, year-round farmer's market in my area. January ...

What's better than tacos in warm corn tortillas with a fresh fruit salsa?  Not much.
01/22/2012
Beanball Potato Tacos with Pear Pomegranate Salsa

What's better than tacos in warm corn tortillas with a fresh fruit salsa? Not much.

Tacos are one of my absolute favorite foods, so I am always looking for new ways to put a twist on them. This recipe uses beans cooked from dry until very soft, but if you start with canned beans,...

I don't think I will ever tire of making soups, and this one has the added bonus of being both sweet and spicy!
01/11/2012
Warm Mango Salsa Soup

I don't think I will ever tire of making soups, and this one has the added bonus of being both sweet and spicy!

Since tomato soup is one of my most absolutely favorite things in the world, I just love making different twists on it. In order to make this particular soup extra special, I decided to cross it w...

Here's what Josh and I had for NYE dinner!  Cucumber/carrot, mango, and avacado sushi.
01/01/2012

Here's what Josh and I had for NYE dinner! Cucumber/carrot, mango, and avacado sushi.

Sweet and spicy, comforting and exploratory, familiar and exotic.
01/01/2012
Jerk “Cream” of Chix Soup

Sweet and spicy, comforting and exploratory, familiar and exotic.

I haven't actually had cream of chicken soup in more years than I can count, not to mention that I have ONLY ever had it in dried/instant variety. WHATEVER. I don't care! I totally veganized it ...

Beautiful, holiday-appropriate colors in a hearty dish perfect for the night before the holiday.
12/26/2011
Tofu Stuffed Tortellini

Beautiful, holiday-appropriate colors in a hearty dish perfect for the night before the holiday.

My family has had a tradition for years of having a simple pasta dish for Christmas Eve dinner. Pasta is easy to make when there is so much prep work to do for the next day and the colors of spinac...

A "cheese"y fondue, perfect to bring to all those get-togethers you're probably going to this time of year!
12/22/2011
“Cheezy” Spinach Dip

A "cheese"y fondue, perfect to bring to all those get-togethers you're probably going to this time of year!

Before going vegan, there was a cheesey spinach dip that I used to love from a certain chain restaurant (that will remain unnamed). This is my veganization, which I humbly think is quite a bit bet...

A classic combination in a new format!
12/20/2011
Spinach Artichoke Soup

A classic combination in a new format!

I know that this is a pretty cliche combo at this point, but cliches happen for a reason. Spinach and artichoke just rock together, so I made a soup. Due to the delicate flavor of the artichoke, ...

This is a holiday classic with a citrus-y, spicy twist!
12/18/2011
Spicy Lime Cranberry Sauce

This is a holiday classic with a citrus-y, spicy twist!

I grew up on whole berry cranberry sauce, and it was always one of my favorite parts of the Holidays. My husband never liked it, so I knew I had to come up with a great version to change his mind....

A cool-season twist on an eastern European classic appetizer/side dish.  These were a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner!
12/10/2011
Sweet Potato + Cranberry Pierogies

A cool-season twist on an eastern European classic appetizer/side dish. These were a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner!

So, I'm finally getting around to posting my Thanksgiving recipes, things have been crazy lately. These should also be great for any December/January holidays as well, so I'll go right ahead and p...

This recipe is about as easy as they come.  If you can take the time to roast the squash, you will be rewarded with one ...
12/04/2011
Artichoke and Shallot Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is about as easy as they come. If you can take the time to roast the squash, you will be rewarded with one of the most flavorful dishes you will eat this season.

As fall comes to an end, I find it important an necessary to post as many squash recipes as possible, so here we go. This is incredibly easy to prepare, but delivers on flavor ten times the effort...

A far-East twist on an East-coast classic!
11/21/2011
Asian Tempeh Reubens

A far-East twist on an East-coast classic!

I have a confession: I have a major obsession with Isa Moskowitz's tempeh reubens from Vegan with a Vengance! They are so delicious, and are probably my favorite sandwich of all times, or popkin,...

Smokey, spicy, and totally seasonal!
11/17/2011
Spicy, Smokey Butternut Stew

Smokey, spicy, and totally seasonal!

I have mentioned before how much I love, love, love autumn flavors. One of my absolute favorites, however, is butternut squash. Here is my take on a warming, autumn stew. *Warning, this is a...

Regular shepard's pie wasn't harvest-y enough for me, so I turned the autumn nob up a bit on it.
11/14/2011
Harvest Vegan Shepherds Pie

Regular shepard's pie wasn't harvest-y enough for me, so I turned the autumn nob up a bit on it.

Okay, so I realize that shepherd's pie, at least with the veggies I use, is inherently pretty harvest-y. One thing the more traditional casserole lacks, however, are the more super stereotypical a...

My local grocery store just started carrying the Tofutti "ricotta", so I combined it with one of my favorite flavors (ro...
11/06/2011
Roast Garlic and “Ricotta” Baked Rottini

My local grocery store just started carrying the Tofutti "ricotta", so I combined it with one of my favorite flavors (roast garlic), and came up with this delicious, warming dish!

Well, I have to admit that this recipe started out just as an excuse to try out the new Tofutti vegan ricotta, but it was so yummy that I just had to share. If you don't have vegan ricotta, feel f...

I'm not lying when I say this is one of the best tasting things I've ever made!  You gotta try this one!
10/30/2011
Delicious Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I'm not lying when I say this is one of the best tasting things I've ever made! You gotta try this one!

As garden season has been coming to an end, I still had a few things left on the plants, including various peppers, green tomatoes and some herbs. After some canning of tomatoes and peppers, I sti...

Easy burrito-style dinner that anyone can handle?  At this busy time of year, yes!
10/29/2011
Crispy burrito pinwheels

Easy burrito-style dinner that anyone can handle? At this busy time of year, yes!

Wow! I have been cooking all day, between cooking the beans I need for the week (including quick-soak, it's still a long time), some canning of green tomatoes, and dinner. I haven't even started ...

Creamy Cauliflower Coconut Soup
10/22/2011
Creamy Cauliflower Coconut Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Coconut Soup

I absolutely adore alliteration, don't you? Well, now that I've got that out of my system . . . I had some leftover raw cauliflower rolling around my fridge, so I obviously needed to find somethin...

Spicy, cheezy, and . . . well, soup!  Who doesn't like soup?
10/22/2011
Salsa con queso soup with beans

Spicy, cheezy, and . . . well, soup! Who doesn't like soup?

I've been dying to try to make a Daiya soup pretty much from the first time I tried it. I dreamed about various vegetable accompaniments for the various flavors of Daiya, but I finally realized th...

Josh and I had these on Sunday night, and they made great football food!
10/19/2011
Southwest potstickers

Josh and I had these on Sunday night, and they made great football food!

I always liked the idea of southwest egg/spring rolls, but in restaurants they always seem to have at least one non-vegan ingredient. So, obviously, I had to veganize it and add my own twist by do...

Masala baked tofu and cauliflower
10/17/2011
Masala baked tofu and cauliflower

Masala baked tofu and cauliflower

Just feeling like a little Indian deliciousness, so I came up with this. Super fun. Ingredients: tofu *1 block tofu, drained, pressed and diced *1/2 c vegan sour cream or yogurt *1 TBSP le...

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