More Pie, The Best Salad Ever & My 1st Vegan Food Swap.

First, pie.

I made this Sweet Green Heirloom Tomato Pie that was really delicious. I’m pretty sure anyone can recreate this by subbing unripe heirloom tomatoes in your favorite apple pie recipe.

Next up I found an excuse to use my black and golden raspberries along with some green rhubarb I got at the Santa Monica’s Farmer’s Market. I saw the green rhubarb at the market–I was told it was a bit more spicy than red or red/green rhubarb, but I couldn’t tell the difference after it was made into pie. I found the basic recipe for this pie in a Martha Stewart book. It’s basically about 5 cups of fruit with some sugar and starch. No fancy add-ins. Maybe a lil lemon juice. Anyhow, this was my first time eating a raspberry pie and I am happy to report it was tart yet delicious. Martha nailed that balance between sweet and tart for sure. I also enjoyed the textural component added by the seeds of the raspberries.

I let my crust get too soft, so excuse the sloppy lattice.

Next up, the September issue of Vegetarian Times had this really appealing sounding salad; Fennel and Romaine Salad with Cracked Pepper Vinaigrette. All of those flavors together sounded amazing to me. So, I whipped up this salad using shaved slices of Dr. Cow Cashew & Brazil Nut Cheese in place of the parmesan. It’s on page 46. You should probably make it right now.

Lastly, I just wanted to share that I participated in this amazing vegan food swap! The concept is really cool–you sign up and then get emailed a partner and you become someone else’s partner. Everyone goes out and buys or makes a bunch of treats for one another and then we mail it along. You get to make new friends and try new treats, it’s the best! This month, my buddy was Shelby from over at Everyday Vegan Girl. Shelby’s blog is full of yummy sounding healthy recipes and treats, def check it out. πŸ™‚ She sent me a bunch of delicious things:

Individual nut butters from Artisana and Barney Butter

Panda All Natural Licorice

Kaia Foods Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Homemade Granola

Coconut Sugar

Raw Revolution Bar, Crispy Rice Bar & Sesame Crunch

Ginger Chews

Wheatgrass Drink Mix

Alter-Eco Chocolate Bar (I LOVE Alter-Eco!)

And, a very lovely card.

Thanks Shelby!

6 Comments on “More Pie, The Best Salad Ever & My 1st Vegan Food Swap.

  1. I’m doing a food swap too! Can’t wait for my package to arrive. I signed up for this one too but I think I missed the email. The box of goodies looks great! And that pie was fabulous!

    • You should definitely give the tomato pie a try before summer is over. That was my first time making it and I thought it grand! Similar to apple pie but delightfully different at the same time if that makes sense!

  2. These pies are totally gorgeous… what are you talkin’ about, sloppy latice?! πŸ™‚ I think it’s perfect.

    Thanks for sharing about the vegan food swap – I went over to theverdantlife and signed up. I love giving presents!

    PS: I just found your blog and I love, love, love the name and tagline. Seriously couldn’t be any more adorable. Looking forward to following along!

    Adrienne at

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad the treats are lookin’ good to comebody. πŸ™‚ So cool you signed up for the vegan food swap, I love giving presents too and found it super fun. I’ve never really received a “care package” before and it was lovely.

      And it makes me so happy you found my blog and are liking it so far! I’m dessert obsessed so you’ll find a lot of that around here!

  3. So guess what? I signed up for the vegan food swap but was never contacted about participating! Do you know if it even happened last month? Or this month? Or whenever (recently)?

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