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Gluten-free Pizza, Takes 1 and 2


Now that we’re officially rocking the gluten-free action, we’ve had to revisit a few old favorites. High up on that list was our pizza: Of course, pizza crust isn’t typically gluten-free. Nor is our seitan-based pepperoni. We solved the pepperoni issue by using tofu instead of seitan. We could have used tempeh, of course; but […]

Designer Imposters #1: Pizza a la Denver’s City O’ City


On our recent Southwest road trip, we found ourselves hurling through the Rockies in the early dark of night, heading toward Denver. The drive started pleasantly, heading Northeast out of Arches National Park in Utah, along the Colorado River. The mountains were unbelievably large. I mean, there are mountains, and then there are mountains. But […]

Seitan Gave Me a Taco


About a month ago, we had some friends over to cook down, Mexican style. Our friends Ryan and Val brought Upton’s Naturals Chorizo-style Seitan. These guys (Upton’s) are friends of friends from back in our Chicago days and totally do it right–it’s basically just a bigger, more professional version of the way you make seitan […]

Tempeh Pepper Pasta Perfection


Welcome, dear readers, to this, our 200th post! In celebration, we bring you this culinary kick in the buds! It’s no secret that we’re generally a seat-of-the-pants-style operation, that we frequently pull meals out of our proverbial buttox. You know how it works: scan the fridge; scan the cupboards; scan the fridge again, expecting, beyond […]

Southwest Stack


Pacing listlessly at the bottom of a deep drop in our recent creativity, Amy pulled this little marvel out of thin air: a layer of crispy baked, garlicky sweet potatoes, a layer of refried chili beans, a layer of taco chik’n, a layer of avocado and finely diced onions and tomatoes, all topped with salsa–the […]

Mexican Night Redux


A month in Iceland makes Ypsi’s Mexican food options seem…oh wait…they’re pretty equally inedible for herbivores. You can get an authentic whale steak burrito in Reykjavik though. Just like you’d get in Mexico. That being said, we did find it a bit difficult to cook Mexican food. There was nary a ripe avocado to be […]

A Week in the Life: Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Kale (oh my!)


You may recall, we had quite a tomato, potato, and kale crop this year. As promised, our adventures in eating our way through the last of our garden continue. We thought we’d take you through our last week, since used things up rotation style. So let’s recap: Night 1: Squash, Potato, & Broccoli Soup w/ […]

Sammiches Redux: Homemade Deli Slices and Sweet Potato & Avocado


As many of you probably know, we’re big into the three S’s here at IV: Soups, Salads, and Sammiches. Back in the day, before we’d started to reduce our consumption of processed foods, we were big into the Tofurkey ™ deli slices. We’d more or less given this pleasure up, until I recent stumbled on […]

Mexican Feast


As many of you know, about once every two months we get a major fiendin’ for Mexican food. Our local options aren’t great, and among those, the vegan selection is pretty much bean flautas. So. We scratch the Mexican itch by making one of several different feasts, almost all involving guacamole, (homemade) refried beans, and […]

Homemade Soymilk II: Fun With Okara


Having slogged my way through those first two funky batches of soymilk, it was time to try again, this time using the proper measurements. It turns out that one SoyQuick cup = 1/2 actual cup. Of course! Does anyone else see this as a disaster waiting to happen? That being said, the first batch wasn’t […]