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Mmm, for sure!

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I'd say you're right about pineapple juice! I think coconut also makes everything taste better! LOL!!! (Maybe we should be living in Hawaii with Shiva! Ha!)

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Fact: pineapple juice makes 97% of recipes better.

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"Do you know who you're dealing with? Me, make a recipe as written? Ha! "

LOL!!!! Hey, consider that a "gift", Rheyn, to be able to not follow a recipe! I'm finally learning how to do that! I used to not even make a certain recipe if I didn't have everything in the ingredient list. Now I'm learning that wonderful thing called "substitutions"! Woohoo!

And you might improvise and add something...like pineapple juice instead of whatever, and end up creating a recipe far better than the one I gave you! If that happens, then I'll be asking for your version! emoticon

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"The first time you make it, you might want to follow the recipe "as is""

Do you know who you're dealing with? Me, make a recipe as written? Ha!
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(No, really. I am terrible at following instructions, lol.)

But seriously, thanks for sharing. I'll definitely be making it soon.

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I had to re-edit my last post, so here's the link again in case it didn't come through:

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This recipe makes enough to serve 20 people! That seemed like far too much for me, so I cut the ingredients in half, which still made two small loaves. (one loaf to slice that made about one "package" of cold cuts...one to freeze!)

Also, don't let it intimidate you (like it did me!) that the recipe calls for you to have to steam the seitan for an hour, and THEN bake it! That intimidated me a lot...but turned out to not be much of a big deal at all. (And I suspect it would not "have" to be baked. I think the baking is for the purpose of causing the outer layer of the seitan to become more solid, like the "skin" of a ham. Therefore, I'm not sure the baking is totally necessary...but I could be wrong.)

But even with the baking, it's not as hard as it sounds--the seitan is already wrapped in foil, so it's just an easy thing to tranfer it from the steamer to the oven.

The first time you make it, you might want to follow the recipe "as is", in case your family's taste buds love it like it is. I think the next time I make it, though, I'll do this:

1. I think I'd double the spices (just seemed to need more flavor, to me). Not sure I'd double the Liquid Smoke, though, as the recipe already uses a lot and it did have a smoky taste, but not quite enough for me--best try the recipe "as is" first and see.) Plus, I didn't have smoked paprika...so that may have made a big difference if I had used it.

2. I think I'd double the maple syrup, too (but that's just me). I felt it needed a sweeter taste, which real ham has.

3. I would use only half as much red food coloring (it made it a pretty "holiday red"...but to me it was a bit "too" red to look realistic.)

4. This version seemed to "swell" a LOT in the steamer! It started coming out of the aluminum foil! So you might want to wrap it with enough foil to give it room to expland and still be covered.

5. Although the recipe calls for tofu, I think beans could just as easily have been used (some of my seitan recipes use beans).

Just my thoughts on it, in case you want to use them on the second batch you make someday. Best of success with the recipe and hope your "cheese and sham" party goes great!

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Sure thing, Rheyne! Glad you are interested in the recipe!

I was forgetting that I actually got it from Spark Recipes! Here's the link, and I'll follow in another post some tips you might want to follow to improve it:

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Yes, please do share! I'd love to take some sham to Grilled Cheese Night.
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I love that, Rheyne...Sham! LOL!!! I think you just coined a great name for fake ham!

The "sham" was your basic seitan recipe, with a lot of Liquid Smoke in it, some maple syrup and some red food coloring (which made it a pretty red...but slightly too red for ham. It almost looked "christmassy"! Ha!).

If you want the recipe, I can locate it for you.

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Terry, what was the style of the "(s)Ham?" (Wait, is that what it's called, and if not, why not, and also can we call it that?)

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I guess I should report in too on my recipe outcome:

Shepherd's Pie: a success! (Although this time I used rosemary in the recipe--like it calls for--and found I don't really care as much for it in this particular recipe. It sorta "overwhelms" the other flavors.)

Vegan Ham: A success for those few who tasted it. (My sister brought a real ham, so that's the one that was eaten. It was large, and I only had my version in a bowl--so it was not as noticable. But that being said, this recipe was amazing in that it LOOKS like real ham! But as usual with me the complaint was that it didn't have enough flavor--maybe need to double the spices next time. But all in all, I was pleased and have a new "keeper" recipe.

Peanut Butter Pie: my sister from out of town said it was "to die for!" and wanted the recipe. Everyone else seemed to like it, too.



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Glad your dishes were a success, Kelly! It's always good when the family likes our vegan creations!



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FYI - both the Moroccan Stew and the peanut butter pie were big hits. Even my husband liked the stew even with the eggplant.

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I made Vegan stuffed shells, salad and pumpkin bread for the 3 vegans here today. Some cold cuts for the meat eaters and some items for the vegetarians as well.

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Oh, Rheyn! There's ALWAYS an excuse for stupid! At least I hope so. Sad if there wasn't. I speak from experience. I''m older, but there's still plenty of room for stupid. Sad but true! emoticon

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I guess I'm younger-ish. 30. Old enough that there's no longer any excuse for stupid.

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Oops! Clarification - I am not of the younger generation (grin) and his presentation of veganism is VERY appealing! I forget sometime you can't see my face. I was respresentin' the older generation of the Zombie's fans.
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I know what you all mean about him appealing to the younger generation, and hopefully he's getting some converts in! I think he appeals to me (even though I'm a not so young man anymore!) because I like comfort food, and he does a lot of that.

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My age too! Healthy and hysterical? What's not to love?

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Love that guy. I think he could make anyone my age at least temporarily willing to try vegan food.

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Okay, I think I finally figured out the problem! Sorry for the first two bad links--this one seems to work:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kte84KBVQdg

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Okay...that link does not work. Let me try another one...if it doesn't work, I don't know what the problem is:

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Not sure anyone would want to serve vegan meat loaf for Easter, but Vegan Zombie just posted a rather "strange" recipe for it if anyone interested. (I probably won't tackle it now...but maybe later sometime.)

It's a meat loaf that is made mostly of potatoes and millet, and not wheat glutten or tofu! When I first saw the picture of it, it looked unappetizing to me (very pale in color)...but he says it taste great. Anyway, here's the recipe for those brave souls willing to experiment! Ha!

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Terry, it's pretty entry-level so you might not learn anything new, but in the interest of Supporting the Cause and Fighting the Good Fight, I think it's still worthwhile.

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Oh my word, Boni! The recipes on the Keepin' It Kind site for Easter?!? Even when I eliminate the 6 zillion dessert recipes there are still a zillion I want to try. And I surely do hope those pre-teen twins are staying for a month and not just a weekend! That's a LOT of food for one weekend!

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Thanks for the website, Boni--some tasty looking recipes on there! I had to save the one for the seitan mushroom loaf, of course! I love all things mushroom!

I didn't know Alicia Silverstone had a website. I really should read her book sometime.

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Alicia Silverstone just published some yummy Easter recipes on her blog today if you are still looking for inspirations. The fusilli dish and the seitan mushroom roast look good. And there is a cute "bunny" salad for the kids. keepinitkind.com/25-vegan-easter-rec
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At this point I'm not sure what I'll be making, but I'm glad this thread has gotten me to thinking about it. The recipes on my mind are:

1. Maybe make another Shepherds Pie?
2. Maybe make vegan ham?
3. Maybe follow Kelly's lead and make a peanut butter pie?

I'll have to play it by ear and see. The vegan ham sounds a bit labor intensive, so not sure I'm willing to do that. I would dearly love to sample some peanut butter pie, though! Ha! That one may be on the list for sure!

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That looks so good! I'd add the rice. But then I love to top rice with exotic ingredients.

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Ok here is what I decided to make. I'm starting with dessert because it's too good not to. LOL

Peanut Butter Pie!! I'm going to make the chocolate crust too.
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Moroccan Casserole - I'm trying to decide if I should make some rice to go with it or just eat as is. There probably won't be any other options.
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Wow! I went crazy on Katies site and found three other recipes that went into my computer recipe files! Mostly deserts for a holiday. And she had a recipe for vegan cool whip, which I had been looking for.

Thanks, for the link, Boni! And don't worry--it won't destroy my diet! I'm saving these recipes for holidays only! (But might use the cool whip for the occasional fruit salad.)

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Thanks for pointing out the peanut butter pie. I love pretty much anything and everything peanut butter. I might have to give this one a try.

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And Katie looks like she's slim...how does she do it, eating chocolate all the time?!!! LOL!!!

Boni, I think I'd like Katie's cadbury eggs better than the store bought ones, cause she filled them with vegan ice cream! Wow, now thats being creative! )

And of course Katie temps me once again, too! (That devil girl! Ha!) Not only would I love to try those cadbury eggs, but she has a recipe below it for no bake peanut butter pie (I loooooove peanut butter pie! My sister makes a great one.)

Katie, Katie, Katie...why do you tempt us so! Hehe!!! emoticon emoticon

(I'm just joking, Boni--I'm actually glad to find that peanut butter pie recipe---might try that for Easter.)

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Terry, www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com just posted a vegan version of the Cadbury eggs yesterday on her website. Like Shivamoon says though, she can totally spoil your diet with her yummy desserts. I really don't like sweets and I found one macaroon was plenty to eat at a time. Now dark chocolate... my arm can be twisted.

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I could never choke down an entire Cadbury Egg, even in the most candy-crazed days of my childhood. Until a few years ago, I would periodically (every couple of Easters) try one again, and it never got any less gag-inducing. Same with candy corn on Halloween. The Cadbury Mini-Eggs, on the other hand...
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But I do make an exception with candy when it comes to coconut macroons! Ha! I could still eat my weight in those---so I have to be careful with them!

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Used to eat my weight in those as a kid! Ha! Nowdays...I "might" eat one.

What do you ladies think of Cadbury Eggs? My sisters go wild over them...but for me they were always way too sweet. (And probably not vegan, either.) I'm no longer a big candy eater, believe it or not. I still go ga ga over cake and pie, but not so much candy. Candy just seems "too" sweet for me.

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You are so right!

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Kelly, here's a food item that is indisputably Easter:
www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-vegan
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MMMM....sounds good, Boni!! emoticon

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Casserole is probably the way to go. I have a great antipasto platter if you want to graze.
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scalloped potatoes, pan-fried asparagus, and apricot-glazed carrots.



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MARIAN, I'm glad you commented on Vegetarianists recipes, because I checked back to see which ones you were talking about, and then realized one of them was for quiche! I love quiche and had been wanting to search for vegan versions. Thanks for making me aware of it!

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Mmmm VEGETARIANIST, those recipes sound really yummy! They're on my list of recipes to try...soon! Why wait till Easter? emoticon

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I was like Rheyn and noticed the tomatoe/raisin combo, Kelly, but for me I just never dreamed the two could work together! But I love anything with raisins in it, so I'm sure I would love it. Will have to consider it for one of my Easter dishes!

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I did some googling to find out what foods are traditional for Easter, and it's sounds like it's a very simple and basic meal--which is always good. Some of the choices challenge us as vegans to come up with our version of it.

www.ehow.com/about_6626172_tradition
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1 EASTER EGGS: I recall now that here in the south we have deviled eggs at Easter (sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it! Ha!) . A few years ago I found a recipe for a vegan version that they said tasted like the real thing--now if I can find it! That's the question! Ha!

2. HAM: yep, gonna have to veganize that, for sure! (For those who love their fake meats, that is. That would be me!)

3. CANDY: I had enough of that over Christmas! I'll probably pass on that! But that is listed as one of the "foods"! (That's kinda a stretch, ain't it, calling candy a food?!!)

4. SIDES: All easy. Mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Also read somewhere that potatoe salad seems to pop up a lot at Easter, too.

5. DESSERTS: I wasn't able to find any associated with Easter, other than Hot Cross Buns. Our family has never had the buns, but for several years I did make strawberry shortcake, because strawberry's began to appear in stores fresh again about this time of year. So that sorta became a tradition in our family for a while there (I've been lazy the past couple of years and have not made one.) Also coconut cake seems to appear a lot at our gatherings this time of year...I guess because white seems like such an Easter color.

6. FAMILY TRADITIONS: Our family often will have KFC chicken in spring, too, as a "picnic tradition". So veganizing fried chicken would come in handy. I know I saw a recipe once for that on You Tube. This guy makes a HUGE chicken leg looking thing out of wheat gluten! Ha!

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Rheyn, you are right. I think we did a lot of brunch foods because we were always at church for the sunrise service, breakfast, regular service, lunch etc. I'm still on the lookout for some more casserole recipes which never go to waste at my house. I'll post the good ones that I pin for later.

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P.S. Kelly, that recipe sounds wonderful. I love the tomatoes/raisins combination pretty much every time I run into it.

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I tend to associate Easter with "brunch foods," so I would definitely agree with the general suggestion of casseroles. I think I've seen potato salad at a few Easter dinners down South, and a sweet(ish) quickbread is never out of place at a holiday meal, in my opinion. Oh, and depending on where you live, asparagus might be in season. That seems like a good Easter food because it's so specific to spring.

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Thanks guys! I don't remember what is traditional for Easter either. My family never ate pork but Paul's family always had ham. Check out this recipe I found today. low-cholesterol.food.com/recipe/moro
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I can't remember either what dishes are considered "tradition" for Easter. (Or if there are any that really are.) Our family wants to get togther for Easter, so I'll be looking up a recipe, too.

Kelly, casseroles are always good, and I like what vegetarianist said about those dishes not being "scary vegan dishes". That's a good kind to bring--something that looks and taste like something anyone would like. I think casseroles easily fall into that catagory.

I wish I could help you out more, but I'm kinda in the dark too on this one.

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I don't know what is served at Easter but these recipes looks good and i bet everyone will like it.

lowfatveganchef.com/vegan-baked-butt
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nut-squash-macaroni-and-cheese-with-R>broccoli-and-mushrooms/


lowfatveganchef.com/fat-free-vegan-s
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lowfatveganchef.com/easy-vegan-mini-
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I'm making these for Easter:

Crustless tofu quiche with mushrooms and herbs: www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/tofu-temp
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Black rice with black-eyed peas and greans [or any rice] www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegetable
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all-year-round/black-rice-with-blackR>-eyed-peas-and-greens/


Both are easy to transport and to make big batches. It's also nice because they aren't "scary" vegan dishes so others will dive in, which is always one of my goals!

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I have to go to my parent's for Easter dinner. My parents aren't vegan nor do I trust my dietary requests to others (especially my mom). Does anyone have any suggestions for a dish I can bring? I was thinking something like a casserole as it would be easy to make and transport but any suggestions is welcome. I'm looking at Oh She Glows right now for inspiration or ideas.

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