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 […]

We’re featured on the Made Just Right (Earth Balance folks) blog!


Happy almost Spanksgiving everyone! The folks over at Made Just Right featured our Faux Turkey recipe! We’ll be making this again this year, while visting Amy’s folks in their new home in Iowa. The Spanksgiving faux turkey is becoming a bit of a tradition. Just think, last year we were celebrating with new friends in […]

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 […]

Dear Daiya,


As you’ve probably come to know, we try to avoid most processed, pre-packaged foods, favoring instead fresh local foods, when possible. Orange juice and soy creamer have largely been our worst repeat offenders. Until the advent of Daiya ™, that is. (pictured: quesadillas + baked mac & cheese) I swear, we were happily off the […]

Week of Raw Days 6 & 7: Taco Salad, Taco Night


After our awesome meal on Friday, and then awesome leftovers on Saturday, we finally started to settle into our raw diet. Things felt more easy-going and we started looking forward to dinner again. We’re huge fans of Mexican food and we’re huge fans of re-using meal ingredients creatively, so on Sunday, we thought we’d try […]

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 […]

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/ […]

Battening Down the Hatches, Year 2


Actually, this is our fifth year of hatch battening, but the second year of blogging about hatches and the battening down thereof. Partly due to better planning, but mostly due to better weather, our harvest this year was more substantial than last year’s (we supplemented our tomato and basil crop at the Farmer’s Market last […]

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 […]