Takeout Orange Tofu

So since moving to South Carolina the one type of food I really haven’t ventured out in finding a great take out in is Chinese. We’ve had awesome pizza, awesome Mexican (gosh, yeah… I could eat at the Mexican restaurants every other day if I allowed myself to), we even went to a ramen house! Well, when I was pregnant I had such a craving for the delicious tofu from my favorite Chinese take out place in NY, that I had to figure out something. So we picked out the Takeout Orange Tofu from Vegan Junk Food by Lane Gold and we went and bought all the ingredients and were super excited to make it… well, skip to an unexpected trip to NY, having a baby, staying there for almost 3 months… lets just say that tofu never got made.. UNTIL! We made it when we got home.

Alright, so you know how when you order Chinese take out tofu it’s got that pillowy texture and the sauce gets all soaked up and you regret not ordering another quart because you’ve just devoured that one in 5 seconds flat? Well that’s how this tofu was. I’ve never ever ever made such good tofu in my whole entire life. Seriously. And I’ve been known to make some killer tofu, and devouring whole bricks myself. This stuff was awesome. I started by freezing the block of tofu and then thawing it out, I added that awesome orange sauce from the cookbook that had such complex and yummy flavors it was absurd and then I added it to an awesome brown rice pilaf with edamame and steamed sugar snap peas. Delish!

Have I mentioned how much I’m in love with sugar snap peas right now? My favorite way to make them is to steam them lightly and to make a soy sauce – sesame – butter sauce to drizzle over the top. Or you know, just snack on them raw and enjoy the delicious snap and the cool refreshing sweet flavor that bursts in your mouth. GOSH. I want this dish right now.

 

Bon Appetit!

leftovers & muffins

So that tortilla soup and salsa? Makes awesome leftovers!! I turned the salsa into bangin’ grilled cheese sandwiches and warmed the soup up for a killer dipper. (I made the grilled cheese with a little shredded cheddar cheese on plain ol’ white bread with a little bit of Frank’s Red Hot spread on the inside of the bread… yum!!!!!!!!)

Today, I slept until a god awful hour and then decided it was an opportune time to make the cranberry orange nut muffins I’ve been wanting to make since Christmas. I gathered up all my ingredients and went to my giant freezer to get out my cranberries and oh.my.god. It’s an absolute disaster. I couldn’t find anything to save my life, so although I was already freezing, I set out to clean the beast out.

Findings? Soup in freezer bags in all sorts of shapes and sizes, fish fillets from last ice fishing season, venison (uhm? hello? I don’t even eat meat!), frozen and then unfrozen and then frozen again frost bitten berries, like 8 packages of rolls? Plus an assortment of a bunch of other crap. Pretty much, I’m embarrassed to say how much I threw out today. Butttttt, now I can see what’s in there and it’s not going to be such a hassle to find what I want.

So anyways, after I did the whole freezer thing, I set out to make the muffins. My Nanny got me giant muffin pans for Christmas and I’ve been pretty excited to use them and along with the pan she also got me 750 Best Muffin Recipes, which is where I got the recipe from.

NOW, I absolutely love love love love love love love Panera Breads cranberry orange muffins.. they are my favorite, like EVER. So I was kinda hoping these muffins would be sorta like them… but I knew instantly that they probably wouldn’t be. For one, they’ve got cinnamon and nutmeg in them… and Panera’s does not… For two, they’ve also got pecans (I subbed walnuts) and Panera’s does not… but hey smelled absolutely fantastic baking and they look pretty darn good…

Annnnnd, I just had one and they’re awesome! The cranberries are super tart, the muffin part is the perfect sweetness, and you get a little hint of orange. The nuts are pretty tasty as well! (Although I must say, Panera’s are still better.. but these can be a good at home replacement)

Yum!