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BREAD CHEF'S HELPER

BREADS

BREADS. Read ingredient labels before purchasing all types of bread. Many breads contain animal products, usually in the form of non-fat milk solids, whey (sodium caseinate)butter, milk fat, eggs, or other animal fat. Hot dog and hamburger buns are the most difficult to find without one or more of these ingredients. However, they do exist, so […]

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CHEF'S HELPER

BRAND NAMES

BRAND NAMES. In a some of the recipes you’ll notice that I tell you what brand of a certain product I used. This is not done to promote one brand over another for personal gain. It is done to alert you to the quality and type of product, so that you can either use the same […]

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CHEF'S HELPER

ALFALFA SPROUTS

ALFALFA SPROUTS. The best way to keep alfalfa sprouts crisp and fresh is to purchase them in plastic boxes with air holes in them. Use as needed, then replace the lid tightly after every use and refrigerate. Do not wash.  

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AFC GUIDES

ACHIEVEMENTS IN COOKING

ACHIEVEMENTS IN COOKING.  Throughout these recipes you will hear me speak of flavor, texture, color and aroma achievements. They are simply defined as follows: Flavor achievement refers to the ultimate flavor achieved in any given dish. Texture achievement refers to the ultimate texture (feeling on the tongue, mouth, or to the tooth) achieved in any given dish. Color […]

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COCONUT FOOD PREP

TOASTING COCONUT

TOASTING COCONUT

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FOOD PREP SAUERKRAUT

SQUEEZING SAUERKRAUT

SQUEEZING SAUERKRAUT

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ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS FOOD PREP WHIP TOPPING

MAKING SOY WHIPPED CREAM

SOY WHIPPED CREAM — DELICIOUS!

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FOOD PREP MUSHROOMS

ROASTING PORTOBELLA MUSHROOMS

ROASTING PORTOBELLA MUSHROOMS

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EGGPLANT FOOD PREP

ROASTING EGGPLANT FOR RECIPES

ROASTING EGGPLANT FOR RECIPES

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FOOD PREP PICKLES

PICKLE FAN GARNISHES – HOW TO MAKE

PICKLE FAN GARNISHES – HOW TO MAKE

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FOOD PREP NUTS & SEEDS TOPPERS and CRUMBLES

MAKING NUT CRUMBLES

MAKING NUT CRUMBLES

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CARROTS FOOD PREP

MATCH STICK CARROTS, HOW TO MAKE

MATCH STICK CARROTS, HOW TO MAKE

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CARROTS FOOD PREP

CARROT RIBBONS, HOW TO MAKE

CARROT RIBBONS, HOW TO MAKE

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CHEF'S HELPER

LID-TO-SKILLET DRY-FRY METHOD

LID-TO-SKILLET DRY-FRY METHOD Restaurants do it all the time. They place a food item on the flat-top and cover it completely with a lid that sits on the flat-top. Most often they use it to melt cheese on something quickly. It works. I melt the veggie cheese on my veggie burgers using this quick method […]

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FOOD PREP LETTUCE

LETTUCE PREPARATION

LETTUCE PREPARATION

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AFC TOAST BREAD HOW TO MAKE

QUICK HOMEMADE BURGER BUNS

QUICK HOMEMADE BURGER BUNS

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BREAD FLOUR FOOD PREP

FLOUR TORTILLAS, MAKING CHAR MARKS

FLOUR TORTILLAS, MAKING CHAR MARKS

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BEANS-LEGUMES CHEF'S HELPER

DRIED BEANS: TIP FOR COOKING DRIED BEANS FROM SCRATCH

DRIED BEANS: TIP FOR COOKING DRIED BEANS FROM SCRATCH For years I didn’t make beans, except for split peas, chick peas and lentils, from scratch. The reason was that it took so long to cook them even when they were presoaked, and they never came out as nicely as the canned beans. It just wasn’t […]

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CELERY FOOD PREP

CUTTING CELERY ON THE DIAGONAL

CUTTING CELERY ON THE DIAGONAL

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CUTTING FRUIT FOOD PREP PINEAPPLE

CUTTING A FRESH PINEAPPLE

CUTTING A FRESH PINEAPPLE

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CUTTING FRUIT FOOD PREP ORANGE, LEMON, LIME

CUBING | SEGMENTING GRAPEFRUITS AND ORANGES

CUBING | SEGMENTING GRAPEFRUITS AND ORANGES

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COLLARDS FOOD PREP

COLLARD GREENS, REMOVING STEMS

COLLARD GREENS, REMOVING STEMS 

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FOOD PREP MUSHROOMS PATES

CHOPPING MUSHROOMS FOR PATES

CHOPPING MUSHROOMS FOR PATES

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ASPARAGUS FOOD PREP

WHITE ASPARAGUS, PREPARING & COOKING

WHITE ASPARAGUS, PREPARING & COOKING

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ARTICHOKES FOOD PREP

PREPPING – COOKING – EATING ARTICHOKES

PREPPING – COOKING – EATING ARTICHOKES

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CHEF'S HELPER

WHAT VEGGIE MEANS HERE!

When I use the word “veggie” in my recipes or writing I’m referring to animal-free/plant-based. Veggie means vegetable. I am not referring to vegetarian, which usually means containing eggs and/or dairy.  

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CHEF'S HELPER TOFU

TOFU CLOTH INSTRUCTIONS

For many recipes you’ll want to squeeze the liquid out of the block of tofu before using it in those recipes. For years I used paper towels. One day when out of paper towels, I cut a round out of a sheer white curtain that was quite a bit larger than the block of tofu. […]

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AFC SAUCES & CONDIMENTS ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS

HOW TO MAKE : ANIMAL-FREE TARTAR SAUCE

 ANIMAL-FREE TARTAR SAUCE A quick, delicious tartar sauce made with soy sour cream, spicy brown mustard and dill pickle relish! Use on veggie sandwiches and veggie and soy chicken burgers! Makes 1-1/4 cups

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AFC GOAT AFC MAINS ANIMAL-FREE MEAT BEANS-LEGUMES EGGPLANT PEPPERS RICE TOMATOES TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

How To Make: TOP SHELF STUFFED PEPPERS

TOP SHELF STUFFED PEPPERS Sauteed eggplant, onion and peppers mixed with a multi grain and legume mix. Stuffed into pepper shells, topped with fresh tomato slices and a Lemon Mint Tomato Sauce! Fit for royalty! * This recipe can also be used for stuffed cabbage rolls Stuffing makes about 7 cups, enough for 9 pepper […]

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AFC GOAT AFC MAINS ANIMAL-FREE MEAT CABBAGE NUTS & SEEDS TOMATOES TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

How To Make: MEATLESS GOLUMPKI (STUFFED CABBAGE)

MEATLESS GOLUMPKI (stuffed cabbage) Sweet, tender steamed cabbage leaves stuffed with white and brown rice mixed with a saute of peppers, celery, onion, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts. Seasoned with garlic, basil and mint. And topped with a tomato barbecue sauce! Makes 14 cabbage rolls

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AFC GOAT AFC MAINS PASTA SAUERKRAUT TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

How To Make: HOMEMADE SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIS

HOME MADE SAUERKRAUT PIEROGIS Sauteed sauerkraut, sweet onion and garlic stuffed into pockets of hand-rolled dough. Boiled till tender, then pan-fried till golden and puffed. Delicate! One of my favorite all-time foods! Makes 24

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AFC BURGERS AFC SANDWICHES ANIMAL-FREE MEAT BEANS-LEGUMES COCONUT RICE

How To Make: COCONUT LENTIL ANIMAL-FREE BURGER

COCONUT LENTIL ANIMAL-FREE BURGER Lentils, green split peas, brown rice, TVP (textured vegetable protein), rolled oats and sweetened coconut take the Original Animal-Free Burger on a different, but equally delicious journey into the world of  homemade veggie burgers! Something a little out of the ordinary always delights! Makes approx. 12 cups batter

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AFC BURGERS AFC SANDWICHES ANIMAL-FREE MEAT BEANS-LEGUMES

How To Make: ORIGINAL ANIMAL-FREE BURGER

ORIGINAL ANIMAL-FREE BURGER Dried split green peas, lentils, barley, rice and oats mixed with herbs and spices. Refrigerated overnight, then formed into patties and baked. Packed in containers for you to use when needed. Either microwave or dry-fry with lid-to-skillet, to heat and serve. Tired of mushy veggie burgers? Try these! Makes approx. 11 cups […]

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CHEF'S HELPER MEASURING

MEASURING INGREDIENTS

MEASURING ACCURATELY The measured amount of each ingredient you put into a dish is directly related to the outcome of the dish. The reason we have measured recipes is because someone a long time ago discovered that so much of this and so much of that made a pleasing combination. They then wrote it down […]

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EATING OUT ANIMAL-FREE

TO ANIMAL CHEFS re: MENU PLANNING FOR VEGANS

Since there’s a lot of negativity directed at people who don’t eat animals, it’s in the interest of the animal chefs, who have to design restaurant menus that include animal-free (vegan) options for these folks, to grasp the reasons behind their commitment. Viewing this well-made and respected documentary (Earthlings) helps the animal chef understand the decision […]

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AFC SAUCES & CONDIMENTS ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS HORSERADISH ORANGE, LEMON, LIME

How To Make: LEMON HORSERADISH SAUCE

LEMON HORSERADISH SAUCE with chopped parsley, roasted peppers, garlic and tarragon!  Serve over, or toss with, steamed veggies of choice, or over oven-roasted root vegetables after you take them from the oven!  Makes 2-1/2 cups

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AFC SAUCES & CONDIMENTS ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS

How To Make: EGG-FREE HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

EGG-FREE HOLLANDAISE SAUCE A creamy lemon soy cream cheese sauce seasoned with tarragon. Serve over animal-free eggs Benedict or steamed vegetables. Tastes better than the egg-based sauce!  Makes a little more than 1 cup

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AFC SAUCES & CONDIMENTS ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS

How To Make: BASIC NON-DAIRY WHITE SAUCE

BASIC NON-DAIRY WHITE SAUCE A basic white sauce using Rich’s Non-Dairy Creamer for all your savory white sauce needs!  Makes 2-1/3 cups

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AFC SAUCES & CONDIMENTS ANIMAL-FREE MILK PRODUCTS

How To Make: SWEET AND SOUR MUSTARD SAGE SAUCE

SWEET AND SOUR MUSTARD SAGE SAUCE This is one of those all-purpose sauces chefs pray for. Creamy, sweet, sour. Mustard, sage, paprika, garlic and onion flavors highlight its essence. Use over all veggies plus for potato, pasta, bean, rice dishes. A universal sauce! Makes 3-1/2 cups