• Adventures in Vegan Cheese-Making!
  • Sunday Cook-in: Vegan Portobello Steaks With Steamed Veggies and Couscous.
  • Mardi Gras Party: Vegan Jambalaya With Salad and Garlic Bread.
  • Vegan Chili Java.
  • Sunday Cook-In: Vegan Steak Fajitas With Rice and Avocado Fries.

Newest Post

Crock-Pot Monday: Shortcut “Sausage”-Corn Chowder.


Wait a second, I can hear you saying, index finger raised in the air to accentuate the point. Today isn’t Crock-Pot Monday. It’s not even Monday.

You’re right. And I offer only three words in response: Family is visiting.

We did in fact enjoy a Crock-Pot creation last night, and I am in fact blogging about it now, a full day after the blessed event occurred. Because after dinner (and my tai chi class) last night, we all had such a fun time touring the Alexandria waterfront and then catching up on the rest of the day’s at their hotel that by the time I came home at the ripe old time of 11 o’clock, I simply collapsed into bed.

So. Here we are. Shortcut vegetarian sausage-corn chowder!

I’ve made the regular recipe for this chowder a hundred times, and blogged about it fairly often, I know. But yesterday, time was certainly at a premium, and I had only a few minutes to throw something into the slow cooker before dashing off to work! Hence the shortcuts – which worked just perfectly, I’ve gotta say.

As usual, I added a batch of sliced breakfast soy-sausage links to the Crock-Pot along with two cans of corn (one kernel, one creamed) and a hearty dose of basil, salt, and pepper. But where I’d usually add hand-diced onion and potatoes, I went the shortcut route instead and replaced those ingredients with dried minced onion and two cans of sliced new potatoes. Then I topped the whole thing with two cups of water, as usual, and cooked the chowder for about nine hours.

Once I got home from work, I added a can of evaporated milk to the slow cooker, stirred it around, and waited for the chowder to heat through. Then LeeLee and I dug in – and we were thrilled by how the shortcut turned out!

The potatoes held up just perfectly – no mushiness at all, which I admit I was slightly nervous about. And though we missed the texture of the diced onion, the dried minced onion added a nice flavor in its place. The rest of the chowder was perfectly on par with previous renditions, so we had nothing at all to complain about there!

Will I always employ the shortcut method for my sausage-corn chowder from now on? No way. I love the process – and the end result – of dicing vegetables and taking the extra time to do it by hand. But when days are packed and time is short, this shortcut chowder fits the bill in a jiffy. I love when a kitchen experiment pans out in the end!


More Recent Goodness


Sunday Dessert: Pecan Pie.

First of all, I recognize that this point in the week is typically a Sunday Cookout day, not a Dessert day. But our usual Sunday cookout was preempted this week by visiting family – and, I should add, visiting family who treated LeeLee and me to dinner – so I don’t have much to report…

Read More »


Friday Favorite.

Friday Favorite: In which I highlight one of my favorite experiences from the previous week. No description, no commentary; just a simple photo. Enjoy! :)


Recessionista on the Road: Vegan Picnic Wrap!

Yesterday, I took a little road trip for work, and before I even woke up in the morning my heart was already singing with joy for one particular reason: Road trip = Picnic! Oh, how I do love a picnic. For special occasions (July 4, a performance in the park) or for just regular old…

Read More »


Baked Penne With Vegan “Beef” Sauce.

Now, before we get down to business, a disclosure. LeeLee and I enjoyed this meal last night, but I got so caught up in the evening’s events (namely, cleaning the house in advance of family coming this weekend!) that I neglected to blog. I’m sorry about that. But here I am, albeit a day late and…

Read More »


Crock-Pot Monday: Vegan Tequila Sundown Chili.

Here we are once again, enjoying another Crock-Pot Monday! But this one comes with a special kick: It’s also a March Madness Monday, wherein my beloved Florida State Seminoles women’s basketball team earned a berth to the Sweet 16! Normally, I polish off a bowl of our Crock-Pot creation du jour, then hustle out the…

Read More »