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Best Crescent Dragonwagon recipes?

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Hello everyone,

I've been on and off veg for 20 years but recently (and I don't know if this is due to age, renewed attention to costs, ethicals from religious practice or what) just can't do meat. I've used and loved Madahur Jaffrey's, Deborah Madison's and Bittman's veg cookbooks for years but want a few new ideas. I checked the forbiddingly massive Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent D (best hippie name ever) out of the library and see a lot of good stuff - but it's so massive I almost don't know where to start. Any favorites or constant winners to start with?


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  1. This is my favorite cookbook. To start, try the garlic spaghetti, the chocolate bread pudding maurice, polenta parmesan pudding, greek style green beans, chili, gumbo, cornbread, angel biscuits.

    I haven't tried anything from this cookbook that I didn't like.

    1. Try the Mushroom-Miso-Mustard Gravy. It's great on a lentil-wild rice loaf.

      1. There's a lot of good stuff in there. there is a recipe for Greek Green Beans that is AWESOME, a recipe for Beets with kumquats, a Greens, beans, and pasta recipe that is great...the Featherbeds are a bit labor intensive but fabulous. Don't be scared off by the size. It's a lovely book.

        1. So, so many recipes that I love from this cookbook, but here are where the pages are falling out of my book: Oven-Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms, Ronni's New Wave Killed Lettuce Salad, Deep December Ragout, Tuscan Bean and Vegetable Stew, CD's Neo-Traditional Red Chili, Wild Rice Lentil and Mushroom Soup, Old-Fashioned All Day Baked Beans, Garlic Spaghetti, Blueberry Crisp, Mediterranean-Style Bean Pot.

          I also love just reading this book . . . so warm and personal.

          1. Well, Hillsof, it's Crescent Dragonwagon here... yep. I can't possibly pick so I posted a query on Facebook and asked people to tell me their faves. Now, let me cut and paste for you...

            Juliana Inman: Buckaroo beans! Calabacitas. Dairy Hollow skillet buttermilk cornbread.
            Maria Reisz Springer Yes....the cornbread is the best....love it!
            11 hours ago · Like · 1
            Rebecca Rose Bbq tempeh
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            Josh Shipman Talk of the Town Terrible Delicious Barbecued Tofu!
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            Josh Shipman And Hillbilly Hummus--always a hit at parties.
            11 hours ago · Like
            Louisa Shiffer I replied! Yay, delicious food...(I may or may not have had leftover chocolate bread pudding for breakfast this morning....
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            Tandy Belt And that chocolate cake/brownie one you blogged about.
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            Kerry Mueller I frequently take Miss Kay's Dark Secret Cornmeal Cake to pot lucks. It travels well people like it, it's simple and egg free, and it keeps well. Even if it stales it just gets a little crunchier.
            10 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 1
            Laura Anglin Kung Pao Tofu. The Salad. Mezzaluna Bread. Vegan gravy. Chocolate Tofu pudding.
            10 hours ago · Unlike · 1
            Crescent Dragonwagon @Tandy belt, I think you're thinking of the double-density --- yep, that's in PV. I am just loving hearing these!
            9 hours ago · Like
            Mary Coyne Those Greek Green Beans...
            7 hours ago · Unlike · 1
            Mary Coyne And if I ever get a dang pan big enough to make Maurice's bread pudding, I bet that will be on my list of favorites, too!!!!
            7 hours ago · Unlike · 1

            So there you go!

            1. Awesome - thank you everyone, especially Ms. D. I have beets and green beans on hand, so I'd already spied the beet and Greek green bean recipes, and now that garlic spaghetti has been emphasized by several of you I'll put this on "to do ASAP" list as well. Also, due to some corn I'd blanched and frozen, that really should be eaten, I'm going to try the savory corn pancakes for dinner (already have the other veggie and the chickpea flour).

              Thank you so much, I really needed some new tastes and now I know where to dig in! At this point, I'll very likely just buy my own copy, but the library has been handy for seeing which books work for me (several I've returned after the books proved to be mostly pretty photos and recipes I already have, but this one is dense with vouched-for content and not filler).

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              1. re: HillsofBeverly

                Greek Green Beans were a huge hit.

                I screwed up the Savory Corn Pancakes through a series of unwise substitutions. OK but not as good as they should have been.

                Made Black Eyed Pea Pate (had everything already, brewers yeast being a home staple) which was very good and a great pairing for my home fermented garlicky green tomatoes (used as the cornichon like sour thing to go with rich pate).

                1. re: HillsofBeverly

                  I have the Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, which has provided me w/ inspiration for many years...I have notes scribbled on the page for 'George & Starr's Apple-Spice Wedding Cake w/ apricot filling' & it was just for friends...I've also made the hashed brown quiche,black bean soup, garlic spaghetti, , & paid attention to the tips on salads...it is one of my favorite cookbooks...thank you, Crescent Dragonwagon (best name ever)