Archive for January, 2007

Rachael Ray’s Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

So, I like vegetarian recipes. I do. I mean, I eat meat – I like hamburgers. I like pepperoni pizza. Ham can be divine. Chicken too, when cooked right. I just don’t enjoy COOKING meat, which is something I hope to grow out of soon. I hate touching raw meat, worrying about whether it’s done enough, etc. But we’ve already been over this.

Yesterday I felt like cooking. Instead of going to the gym, I found this recipe for Rachael Ray’s Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers and decided to try them.

What I love about recipes like this are their flexibility – you can make them as fancy schmancy or as simple as you want. I opted for the cheap hamburger buns, but at the very least I spray-buttered and garlic-powdered them and then stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes. However, these burgers would be AWESOME with some homemade buns, or expensive whole grain buns. You could experiment with various cheeses, and SPICES. I like to arbitrarily add spices to things, and the thing I love about these is I can actually taste them and season to taste before cooking.

I substituted olive oil for the vegetable oil in this recipe. Oh, how I love olive oil.

As a result of my chickpea burger experiment…

I am pretty excited about trying more vegetarian recipes. The thing is, when I tell people that, they assume I’m going to stop eating meat. Not true. I’ll eat meat, as long as I don’t have to cook it. Then they tell me they know a vegetarian who is either too fat or too thin; overly fed on cheese and bread or the victim of severe malnutrition. Here’s the thing: I DO NOT CARE. Isn’t it possible for people to eat vegetarian food simply because they like the flavor combinations, or the lure of trying something new and different?

An aside:

I haven’t been writing much, but I’ve been baking a lot. I’m on a retro bend – I’m digging recipes out of my ’56 Betty Crocker cookbook and making chocolate layer cake, white layer cake, a delicious brown-sugar based (and ridiculously but wonderfully intense) frosting. The results haven’t been too pretty, but I’m trucking. After I master the art of a simple 2-layer frosted cake, maybe I’ll move on to decorating.

Or maybe I’ll just eat way too much cake.

Until next time, my friends, in which I would love to guarantee some compelling photography (but do not know whether I can follow through)!

It’s a mad world.

Holidays get crazy. So does life, right? I’ve been cooking numerous random things, but I haven’t been writing about it because I’ve been distracted. No apologies. It happens.

I did make some SWEDISH TEACAKES as per the old Betty Crocker recipe, and I used my roomie’s new silicone bake-ware, and they were ridiculously cute.

I made more SNICKERDOODLES, and I took a plate to the neighbors, because they were kind enough to bury Sophie for me.

And I blew up a gingerbread house for our New Year’s Eve tradition.

Sophie: December 2005 – January 2007

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RIP, my beautiful, sweet little black cat. I’ll never forget you.