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Favorite Mollie Katzen recipes?

SydAll Jan 7, 2012 01:10 PM

I have several of Mollie Katzen's cookbooks but I feel like I don't use them enough. I have made some of her recipes that I love as well as some that were very disappointing, so I would like to hear what you all recommend. I have revised copies of Moosewood and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Still Life with Menu, Sunlight Cafe, and Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without. Thanks!

  1. opinionatedchef Jan 14, 2012 02:36 PM

    curried eggplant enchiladas.

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      eenie1 Apr 23, 2012 04:59 AM

      I've been making variations on Mollie's protein bar recipe for years now. Due to a special diet I'm currently on to try to combat ongoing digestive and new food allergy issues, I'm not able to use the soy powder at this time. Since there's a full cup, I don't know if just leaving it out of the recipe without a sub of any kind is possible. Has anyone else made these and, if so, any advice you can offer? Thank you!

      1. re: eenie1
        magiesmom Apr 23, 2012 05:56 AM

        I responded to your other thread. You can use whey protein powder.

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          opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2012 12:19 AM

          you could also up one or two of the recipe's other ingredients, yes?

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          SydAll Apr 24, 2012 08:39 AM

          Yeah, you definitely can! I've never made her protein bars with soy protein powder, mainly because it's very expensive and I have mixed feelings on the supposed virtues of soy. Just replace it with some kind of dry ingredient, even just some extra flour, or use a little less of the wet ingredients.

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        Jeanne Jan 14, 2012 02:18 AM

        From the original Moosewood cookbook - Hungarian Mushroom Soup and Cauliflower Cheese Soup are fabulous. Also really like the Mushroom Moussaka. Time to get the cookbook out and make the soups again - they really are wonderful!

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          clamscasino Jan 14, 2012 02:03 PM

          +1 on the Hungarian Mushroom Soup. It's simple luxury in a bowl. One MUST use hungarian paprika though - no subbing for that!

          I also really like the Lentil Soup in the original Moosewood, although I do tend to up the seasonings. In general the soup section in this book is pretty solid. And the tabouleh (sp?) is spot on in a traditional sort of way.

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          LisaPA Jan 12, 2012 08:02 PM

          The Moosewood cookbook was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought ( in college) - I have the 1992 anniversary edition. I loved the custardy popovers, the feta walnut dip, puttanesca sauce, any and all of her tahini sauces (multiple books) and the Mexican red sauce is awesome. I was just thinking today I wanted to make the lentil-walnut burgers for the first time in a while. The basic stir fry sauce is top notch as well.

          I made the broccoli strudel only once, because phyllo is fiddly, but it was fantastic.

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            malabargold Jan 10, 2012 08:33 PM

            Apple bundt cake

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              SydAll Jan 11, 2012 02:40 PM

              Do you know which book that is from?

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                oakjoan Jan 11, 2012 11:09 PM

                Oops! I just realized this is a Molly Katzen thread and not a Moosewood thread. Oh well, I already typed it out and I do love the Nut Macaroons on page 187 of the Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts. They are delicious and not that bad - no butter or egg yolks.

                Mix together

                1 egg white

                1 1/2 cup ground nuts (I almost always use walnuts)

                3/4 cup brown sugar

                1 tsp vanilla extract

                1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

                Mix all the ingredients until well blended. Form into small balls (about 1") and place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet

                Bake for about 35 minutes. Cookies should be brown and feel as if they're set.

                These are also good with almonds and pecans. Haven't tried anything else.

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                  SydAll Jan 12, 2012 02:14 PM

                  Even if these aren't a Katzen recipe, those sound fantastically easy!

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                  malabargold Jan 13, 2012 08:06 PM

                  Wow, i didn't realize how many moosewood iterations there have been and that we have tucked into bookcases here and there. Haven't look at them in years. This one is in " new recipes", not a M.K. book. Just stands out as one of the few bundt cakes i ever liked

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                lazy_lurker Jan 9, 2012 04:49 PM

                SydAll, another source of recommendations is cookbooker - you can see reviews of individual recipes. For moosewood, there are over 70 reviews.


                I recall some problem recipes, but some were outstanding.

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                  SydAll Jan 9, 2012 05:53 PM

                  I've never used cookbooker. I'll check it out!

                2. herby Jan 9, 2012 01:27 PM

                  I do not have books handy but from memory these come to mind:
                  - Moussaka
                  - Mushroom Barley soup
                  - Blintz Soufflé

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                    Rhee Jan 9, 2012 03:11 PM

                    She had a gingerbread recipe where you sauteed fresh ginger with butter that I liked. I no longer have the cookbook but I have been looking for a similar recipe.

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                      SydAll Jan 9, 2012 04:47 PM

                      The moussaka and the mushroom soup must be really tasty since other people have suggested them as well! I've always wanted to make the blintz souffle but have not yet gotten around to it. Glad to know it's good!

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                      KimMae Jan 9, 2012 12:05 PM

                      I generally like her stuff but understand that others may not. I think of it as 70s vegetarian, not enough salt, sometimes like the Whole Foods salad bar but as that's the way my mom cooked I kind of like it.

                      As for updated recipes, Sunlight Cafe is all new. Here are some I think most would like:
                      Basic Buttermilk Pancakes - healthy but not too
                      Enriched High Protein Pancakes
                      Buttermilk Corn Cakes - okay
                      Wild Rice Pancakess
                      Folded French Crepes - excellent recipe
                      Vietnamese Coconut Rice Flour Crepes - one of my favorite recipes, can vary the vegetables
                      Amazing Overnight Waffles - an all-time favorite I go to again and again

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                        veggielover Jan 9, 2012 10:07 AM

                        My family still prefers her lasagne recipe from the original Moosewood. Other recipes that we like: Cauliflower Pie with Grated Potato Crust and the Broccoli, Tofu, Peanut Sauce recipe from the Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

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                          lazy_lurker Jan 8, 2012 10:04 PM

                          The sandwich for blue cheese lovers in the original moosewood cookbook is great. Especially this time of year -- its a sandwich with grated carrot, grated fresh (raw) beets, other veggies, and a blue cheese sauce. Ummm, just thinking about it is getting me hungry.

                          1. heidipie Jan 8, 2012 09:46 PM

                            Chilean Squash, from Moosewood. Some friends and I prepared and ate it while on LSD in around 1986, and even today it sometimes still tastes that radiant and sublime.

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                              sedimental Jan 7, 2012 05:11 PM

                              The Pear soup in Still Life is amazing.

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                                lovessushi Jan 7, 2012 08:32 PM

                                The Carrot Loaf in the Moosewood is amazing and insanely addictive. @poptart - I always wanted to try the broiled marinated eggplant - glad to hear it's good!

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                                  poptart Jan 10, 2012 07:52 PM

                                  It never fails to get raves and is so simple. I'll have to try the carrot loaf, sounds great! Going to get Moosewood off the shelf right now... :-)

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                                    lovessushi Jan 12, 2012 07:28 PM

                                    Did you try it poptart? It's amazing!! I'm planning to try the eggplant this weekend!

                              2. poptart Jan 7, 2012 05:06 PM

                                In Sunlight Cafe, I've tried a number of her muffin recipes which were all great: pumpkin, bran, ricotta, chocolate....all very good and I liked the suggestions for variations of sweetness (I prefer not as sweet).
                                In Still Life With Menu: broiled marinated eggplant is one of my summer staples. Have won over some eggplant-haters with it! Also, balsamic roasted green beans, wilted spinach salad, southwest black bean salad, her Thanksgiving recipes....many good other ones I can't recall at the moment.

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                                  SydAll Jan 7, 2012 05:20 PM

                                  I love those muffin recipes! I think Sunlight Cafe might be my most-used of her books, followed by the Enchanting Broccoli Forest.

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                                    poptart Jan 10, 2012 07:51 PM

                                    Same here. I appreciate that she makes them tweak-able to be less sweet or have more protein. These are muffins I can actually eat (no sugar crash!).

                                    She had a cooking show a number of years back on PBS, too bad it didn't continue.

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                                  happybaker Jan 7, 2012 04:55 PM

                                  My copies are from the 80's, early to mid.

                                  Her recipe for whole wheat bread, is to this day, my fav. And I love that she gives you the choices of how dense you want it to be. (Today, many recipes encourage the use of a "biga" or starter, but she was the first for me - and I was a big cookbook reader!)

                                  I also make her moosewood mushroom bulgar soup often. Just last week in fact. I don't use tamari, I use a scant tsp. of balsamic vinegar or a good dollop of red wine, but other than that, just about the same. It is very yummy and healthy. Happy cooking!

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                                    magiesmom Jan 7, 2012 04:48 PM

                                    the Moosewood cardamom coffeecake (original) and the challah from still life with menu are go to recipes for me. There is a sweet potato recipe with bananas in Still life that i love and I made solyanka the other day for probably the hundredth time, though I did leave out the sour cream in favor of yogurt (not greek yogurt).

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                                      SydAll Jan 7, 2012 05:23 PM

                                      I love her challah bread!

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                                        pitterpatter Jan 14, 2012 07:10 PM

                                        Yes, the cardamom coffeecake is the best there is. I know for a fact that a famous restaurant in NYC bakes this, then toasts the slices and serves it with vanilla ice cream for an expensive menu item. Personally, I also add blueberries to the batter, so it is "blueberry cardamom coffeecake." I also substitute some of the sour cream with yogurt.

                                        Other recipes I still make, 35 years later -- the mushroom strudel (I usually make individual triangles to pass at parties) and at least twice every winter, the Russian Cabbage Borscht (putting in, like, twenty times the dill the recipe calls for).

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                                        mommystar Jan 7, 2012 01:43 PM

                                        Mushroom Moussaka from the Moosewood Cookbook is usual winter fare in our home (but, I dice the eggplants, not slice them). Also, Stuffed Eggplant II, "Mimi's Eggplant", is good. But, I will have to agree that after looking over my notes in the books, the majority got a "don't make again" comment.

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                                          mommystar Jan 7, 2012 01:51 PM

                                          Oh, forgot to add it was an early printing...

                                        2. hotoynoodle Jan 7, 2012 01:27 PM

                                          i had the 1st 2 back in the day, but i was also a vegetarian at the time. when bacon came back into my life i got rid of those books. even at that, i never was all that pleased with recipes i tried. the dishes seemed heavy and all the baked goods came out overly dense.

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                                            SydAll Jan 7, 2012 01:44 PM

                                            In the revised version of Moosewood that I have, the recipes have been lightened and her newer books seem to have increasingly lighter, more veggie-laden. You should check them out! As for non-yeast baked goods, I have found that they are generally overly dense as well...

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