Friday, November 21, 2008

Comfort Food

I had already planned what I was going to have for dinner today, but I hadn't planned on having a crappy day and it being so comforting.  Actually, it wasn't that bad, I was just stuck in traffic.  It just so happened that I made dinner right after that.  

Anyway, I had Susan's Eggplant "Parmesan" in mind for the past few weeks, but was putting off making it because it isn't eggplant season...I couldn't wait anymore.  

It was soooooo good.  So good.  Yum.  I could tell my mom was kind of scared of it too, but she really liked it.  My dad just came home to eat his leftovers and deemed it "ummy ummy ummy dinner"  (yes, three ummies exactly).  I was kind of scared making it...the "cheese sauce" was so thin, and there was so much, I thought I did something wrong and it would be a soupy mess.  Not so.  Delicious!  I used some ground raw cashews instead of soy "parmesan".    

The nutrition information I calculated was practically the same as Susan's, so if you are interested, you can check it out on FatFree Vegan. 

I'm going away again this weekend, to see a friend of mine in Albany, and I wanted to bring something.  Last time I brought wine, I figured this time I would bring cookies.  I set off trying to find a recipe I thought would make everyone happy, unless someone doesn't like chocolate.  I should add that I know these girls from online, so I don't know them super well.  They could very well not like chocolate.  In which case I will have many cookies.  Anyway, I went through alllll my cookbooks, and nothing really struck me.  I am not a good enough baker to make up my own.  

I ended up making these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Post Punk Kitchen.  I swapped half the chips for dried cherries, used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour, and used 1/2 cup less sugar.  I should also add that after sifting all the dry ingredients I realized I didn't have enough canola oil, so I ran out to get some.  

Nothing I did could produce a picture that would do them any justice, but I swear they are so so so good.    
I'm scared to find out the calorie count (I calculate after for cookies, or I won't make them, hehe).  Here, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be!

Nutrition Information:  127.3 Calories;  6.1g Fat;  1.0g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  68.7mg Sodium;  18.2g Carbohydrates;  1.6g Fiber;  1.7g Protein

Wow, those were so good, and those calories (for a cookie) are so reasonable, I would actually make them again.  Except I might order some white chocolate chips, that'd make them even prettier.  

BTW, my dad gave dinner another "ummy".  

Today's CSotD made an awesome Genius playlist, I saved it, totally awesome:  Time Bomb - The Format

I'll be back on Monday!  


  1. wow! nothing like something comforting after sitting in traffic.

    and those cookies DO look amazing! dried cherries and whole wheat pastry - that sounds like a delish combo, in and of itself.

    hope to read more and i hope you have a great weekend in albany!

  2. I'm so glad your family liked the eggplant parmesan. You're not the first person to wonder if my cheese sauce is too thin! :-)

    Those cookies look incredible, and I love the idea of cherries and chocolate. Ummy!

  3. I'm with Susan V and Pearl - cherries and chocolates are a great combo. How do you come up with your calorie calculations? I make a general estimation based on the ingredients I'm using but yours look fairly detailed.