Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Frida's, a vegetarian deli

Frida's a small nondescript place on North South Street in University City just off Delmar.  A nice wide side walk with colorful tables litter the terrain and on a day as today, it is really nice to sit outside and enjoy the gentle breeze wafting by.  Providing a outlet and a source for the non meat eating public to get a freshly made sandwich of some sort.  Here they are mostly loaded with heat but never lacking for flavor!

This evening on my second visit, I had the Frida Burger which was blessed with Chipotle Slaw and a nice "side salad" of mixed field greens.  I also had the soup of the day as I did my first time here and today's soup was a wonderful mixed vegetable soup with a refreshing broth.  Tonight as in my first night coming in I had a SANPELLEGRINO: Limonata (which is always refreshing and tart!) along with a OOGAVE: Agave Root Beer. <BELCH>

The staff here is always friendly and helpful and able to answer all the questions you may have.  Food is hot and fresh without the typical wait in a restaurant.  Besides it always refreshing when you go to a local place and the owner is on the premise and may I add, it kind of strokes the ego when they remember you!

My first visit was just as good and same kind of day to be out.  First time finding the place was kind of interesting.  They have no sign out front and not being from St Louis MO, I read the Google Map wrong and went the wrong way on North South Street.  Come on you either go North or South, how do you go the wrong way?
Finding the place, I was waited upon by Natasha and when asked if she was Frida, she answered with an affirmative. That evening I had the Steak Sandwich which was made with house made seitan and seasoned, adding marinated mushrooms finished it just right. Along with a cup of Mexican Zucchini Soup made it a meal to fill your belly!

To top the evening off, I met another member of the Arch Vegans Facebook Page while here this evening when I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Lamorette.   Natasha Kwan you have a great thing going and I hope many more people find you food and place to be endearing!

Top it off it is catty corner to TUTTI FRUITTI FrozenYogurt, which also has Vegan choices, I am out of here!!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Grapefruit Campari Sorbetto

Grapefruit Campari Sorbetto
Epicurious  | July 2010
by F.W. Pearce and Danilo Zecchin
yield: 56 servings or 7 quarts

·         Ciao Bella has made this classic Italian flavor since the beginning, and it's the favorite of our president, Charlie Apt. Campari, invented in the 1860s by Gaspare Campari, is an alcoholic beverage made with a secret mixture of herbs and bark that gives it its characteristic bitter edge. Here that bitterness is intensified by the sharpness of the grapefruit, which makes this the quintessential palate cleanser; if you want to serve it as a dessert, increase the sugar to 2 cups. Campari's distinctive red color lends a beautiful gentle pink tone to the sorbetto. For a nonalcoholic grapefruit sorbetto, simply omit the Campari.

·         21 cups fresh grapefruit juice (from about 4 large grapefruits), strained and chilled
·         10 1/2 cups sugar (add 3 ½ cups for desert)
·         3 1/2 cup Campari, chilled
·         In a blender, combine the grapefruit juice and sugar, and blend until the sugar is dissolved. Add the Campari, pour the mixture into the container of an ice cream machine, and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce

Yield: 3 quarts

Notes: Method: Simmering

Categories: Fruit

Source: Fruits
Copyright: © 2005 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1 pound Granulated sugar
4 fluid ounces Orange juice
8 fluid ounces Water
1 1/2 pounds Cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 Cinnamon stick
2 fluid ounces Orange liqueur
2 tablespoons Orange zest, finely grated
20 Orange segments

1.        Combine the sugar, juice and water in a nonreactive saucepan; bring to a boil.

2.        Add the cranberries and cinnamon stick and simmer uncovered until the berries begin to burst, approximately 15 minutes. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.

3.        Add the orange liqueur and zest and simmer for another 5 minutes.

4.        Remove from the heat and remove the cinnamon stick. Add the orange segments. Cool and refrigerate.

Cranberry-Almond Biscotti and White Chocolate Sauce

Cranberry-Almond Biscotti
Makes 45 cookies (135)
Drizzle these Italian favorites with melted chocolate for a special treat.
·         2 ¾ cups flour (7 ¼)
·         2 tsp. baking powder (6)
·         ¼ tsp. salt (3x)
·         5 Tbs. orange juice plus ½ cup (15 plus 1 ½ cups)
·         4 Tbs. cornstarch (12)
·         1 cup sugar plus 2 Tbs. (3 cups plus 6 TB)
·         2 Tbs. canola oil (6 TB)
·         1 tsp. almond extract (3)
·         1 tsp. vanilla extract (3)
·         1 cup dried cranberries (3)
·         1 cup sliced almonds (3)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl.
2. Whisk together 15 Tbs. orange juice and cornstarch in bowl; set aside. Beat 3 cup sugar, remaining 1 ½  cup orange juice, oil and extracts until fluffy. Beat in cornstarch mixture, then flour mixture. Fold in cranberries and almonds.
3. Shape into 6 logs on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake 35 minutes, or until light brown. Cool 15 minutes on baking sheet. Slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. Return slices to baking sheet, and bake 20 minutes more, or until browned and crisp.
November 2006

Dip Biscotti in a White Chocolate Sauce to dress:

2 bags or 6 ¾ cups, Oppenheimer Kosher Vegan Lactose Free White Chocolate Chips 

9 TB Earth Balance Butter

1 Remove the chilled candy from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before coating (dipping cold centers can result in cracked coating).
2 Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a 2-cup measuring bowl.
3 Place the bowl into a larger bowl which contains very warm water (about100-110F) the water should reach only halfway up the 2-cup bowl with the chocolate (DO NOT LET EVEN 1 DROP WATER MIX WITH CHOCOLATE!).
4 Stir mixture constantly with a small spatula until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth (this should take about 16-18 minutes, do not rush the melted process).
5 If necessary replace the water with more very warm water.
6 remove the 2-cup bowl with melted chocolate from the water and continue to stir until all the chocolate is cooled slightly (about 2-3 minutes).
7 Set one candy onto a two-pronged fork, then completely dip candy into melted chocolate.
8 Gently tap the fork against side of the bowl to remove any excess melted chocolate.
9 Place onto baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
10 Repeat with remaining candy.
11 If the chocolate becomes too thick for dipping, place the bowl containing the chocolate into the bowl with warm water until desired consistency.

Cannellini Beans with Garlic and Sage

Cannellini Beans with Garlic and Sage
Original Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit as found on
yield: Makes about 6 cups or 24 - 3 oz portions
(Double Recipe for 48 portions)

·  1 pound dried cannellini (white kidney beans)
·  8 cups room-temperature water
·  2 tablespoons olive oil
·         1 pound Mirepoix
·         ½ tsp Thyme
·         1 Bay Leaf
·  1 large head of garlic, unpeeled, top 1/2 inch cut off to expose cloves
·  1 large fresh sage sprig
·  1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
·  1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
·  Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling) and minced Parsley for garnish.
·         Place beans in large bowl. Cover with cold water (at least 6 cups) and let soak overnight.
·         Drain beans.
·         Saute mirepoix in olive oil until softened in heavy large pot.
·         Place Beans in heavy large pot with the mirepoix, thyme, and bay leaf.
·         Add 8 cups room-temperature water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, sage, and black peppercorns.
·         Bring to simmer over medium-high heat.
·         Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
·         Mix in 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Continue to simmer until beans are tender, adding more water if needed to keep beans covered, about 30 minutes longer.
·         Cool beans in liquid 1 hour.

Using slotted spoon, transfer beans to serving bowl, reserving bean cooking liquid, if desired, but discarding garlic, sage, and peppercorns. Season beans to taste with pepper and more coarse salt. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve. Dress with minced Parsley.

Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Vegetables
with Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette
Serves 50

48 Baby Beets, trimmed and peeled. 
12 Medium to Large Yams or Sweet Potatoes
10 pounds Acorn Squash, unpeeled, quartered lengthwise, seeded, cut crosswise into ½ “ thick slices
5 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved lengthwise
3 pounds Red Onion, sliced 1/3“ thick
10 tsp chopped Fresh Rosemary or 1 tsp dried
20 TB plus 5 tsp EEOO
5 head of garlic, top trimmed ½ “, trimmed
Juice of 5 lemons and zest
Preheat oven to 450 f.  Cook beets in medium pot of boiling water until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Transfer beets to a large roasting pan.  Add sweet potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts and rosemary to pan.  Drizzle with the 8-10 TB EEOO, salt and pepper generously and toss to coat.
Place garlic head, cut side up, on a small piece of foil and drizzle with 4-5 tsp EEOO. Wrap in foil.  Place in roasting pan with vegetable.  Roast vegetables and garlic until tender and vegetables are brown in spots, turning occasionally, about 45 minutes.
Un-wrap the head of garlic.  Peel and thinly slice garlic cloves.  Transfer vegetables and garlic to large bowl.  Whisk vinegar, lemon peel and 12-15 TB EEOO in a small bowl.  Season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Vegetables and dressing can be made 8 hours ahead. Chill vegetables; Let dressing stand at room temp.  Re-warm vegetables before service and toss with dressing to coat.

Tofu Piccata

Tofu Piccata
Servings: 15

3 3/4 large lemon, peeled and white pith removed
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 3/4 lbs extra firm tofu, cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices
3 3/4 to taste salt & freshly ground black pepper
7 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
15 ounces white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
16 oz Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
8 large Bell Peppers (2 green, 2 red, 2 yellow, and 2 orange)
7 1/2 tablespoons capers, drained
4 cloves of Garlic, minced
7 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
7 1/2 tablespoons butter or 7 1/2 tablespoons soy margarine (optional)
1 Preheat the oven to 275F.
2 Cut the lemon into very thin rounds, discarding the seeds, and set aside.
3 Drain tofu, wrap in paper towel, and press for about ten minutes (this will give your tofu a firmer texture).
4 Put the flour into a shallow bowl.
5   Season the tofu with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, tapping off any excess.
6 Transfer the tofu slices to a platter and set aside.
7 Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
8 Add the tofu, in batches, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes total.
9 Place the tofu slices on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
10 Deglaze the skillet with the wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
11 Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring a few times, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
12 Stir in the lemon slices, capers, and parsley and simmer until hot.
13 Stir in the butter, if using, to enrich the sauce.
14 Arrange the tofu on a serving platter or individual plates.
15 Pour the sauce over the tofu and serve at once.

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Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

55 servings
·         40 (5-ounce) salmon fillets (13 pounds)
·         2 ½  cup extra-virgin olive oil
·         4-5 teaspoon sea salt
·         5 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         10 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
·         20 lemons sliced (about 80 lemons slices)
·         2 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon), reserving zest
·         5 cup Marsala wine (or white wine)
·         40 teaspoons capers
·         40 pieces of aluminum foil

Brush top and bottom of salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, lemon zest and rosemary. Place each piece of seasoned salmon on a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal. Top the each piece of salmon with 2 lemon slices, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of wine, and 1 teaspoon of capers. Wrap up salmon tightly in the foil packets.
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill or bake in 300 f oven. Place the foil packets on the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of salmon. Serve in the foil packets.
SERVES: 4; Calories: 377; Total Fat: 25 grams; Saturated Fat: 4 grams; Protein: 34 grams; Total carbohydrates: 2 grams; Sugar: 1 grams Fiber: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 94 milligrams; Sodium: 451 milligrams

Green Onion and Wild Mushroom Risotto

Green Onion and Wild Mushroom Risotto
Servings: 50

Notes: Potentially hazardous food. Food Safety Standards: Hold food for service at an internal temperature above 140°F. Do not mix old product with new. Cool leftover product quickly (within 4 hours) to below 41°F. See p. 44 for cooling procedures. Reheat leftover product quickly (within 2 hours) to 165°F. Reheat product only once; discard if not used.

When extending recipe, add broth to rice at a rate of 1 cup per lb of rice.

Parmesan cheese can be stirred into the rice after it has been put in a pan. Add Parmesan cheese in a ratio of 1 oz cheese to 1 lb rice mixture.

Risotto should be soft and creamy, but not runny. The product will stiffen during holding and may require additional small amounts of hot broth.

Chicken broth may be substituted for vegetarian broth. Adjust salt as necessary.

Categories: Side Dish

Source: Rice Recipes Copyright: © 2004 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1 gallon water
2 ounces vegetable base (see notes)
20 ounces of dried wild mushrooms
3 ounces olive oil
5-6 Bunches of Green Onion, finely chop the white parts with the green part thinly sliced, Reserve green part of 1 bunch for garnish.
1 ounce minced garlic
2 pounds of cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
36 ounces arborio rice
1 1/2 cups White Wine
12 ounces Earth Balance Butter
6-8 TB Tofutti Cream Cheese with 1-2 ounces o MimicCreme Cashew Cream-Unsweetened
12 ounces Parma Vegan parmesan cheese
4-6 tsp of finely grated orange zest

1.     Mix vegetarian base and water in a steam-jacketed kettle. Add the Dried Mushrooms, Bring to boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and keep hot. 30-40 minutes until or until needed, the mushrooms need to be soft.  Reserve broth for later step.

2.     Heat oil to 350°F in fry pan. Sauté crimini mushrooms and hold for garnish.  Sauté onion and garlic in oil until translucent, about 4 minutes.

3.     Add rice to onion. Stir and cook 3 minutes.

4.     Add water and cook until water evaporates. Reduce temperature and add broth slowly, 2 cups at a time (broth reserved from earlier step). Stir very often but not constantly. Do not let the pan become dry before adding more broth.

5.     Cook and stir rice until rice is al dente and mixture is creamy (about 20 minutes). Turn off heat.

6.     Add remaining butter, green onion and Parmesan cheese and cream cheese with the orange peel. Stir until incorporated.

7.     Pan Risotto into 12x10x2-inch pans. Cover. Hold for service about 140°F. Prepare close to serving time.

Vegan Caprese Summer Salad

Vegan Caprese Summer Salad
Ingredients (serves 50)
  • 13 block firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed and drained
  • 75 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 310 leaves fresh basil
  • 3 cups olive oil
  • Balsamic Reduction
  • kosher or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Baby Arugula
Using a tofu press or press slabs of tofu between paper towels and heavycookbooks. Once the tofu is packed firm and drained of almost all liquid, cut and slice into even squares.  The more liquid you can drain from the tofu, the more the texture will mimic mozzarella. 
Slice tomatoes – try to get the same thickness of the tofu slabs.  On a large platter or individual salad plates, assemble the salad by layering one tomato, one piece of tofu, and one basil leaf – then repeat.
Drizzle the entire salad with a healthy dose of olive oil and balsamic reduction, and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Do not be stingy. 

Polenta with Parmesan Cheese

Polenta with Parmesan Cheese
The American Culinary Federation
Servings: 50

Categories: Side Dish

Source: Culinary Fundamentals
Copyright: Prentice Hall

3 3/4 ounces Shallots, minced
5 tablespoons Garlic, minced
21 1/4 fluid ounces Unsalted butter
12 1/2 quarts Chicken Stock, plus more as needed (use vegetable stock for vegan)
5 teaspoons Salt
1 1/4 teaspoons Black pepper, freshly ground
5 pounds Coarse yellow cornmeal
10 each Egg yolk (Use EnerG-eggs)
6 2/3 ounces Parma Parmesan cheese, grated
3 3/4 teaspoons Black pepper, freshly ground

1.        Over medium heat, in a 3 quart pot, sweat shallots and garlic in 2 ounces of the butter, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the stock or water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to stock.

2.        To the boiling stock, pour the cornmeal in a steady stream, stirring constantly until completely added. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until done, about 45 minutes. When done, polenta will pull away from the sides of the pot and will be soft in texture.

3.        Remove the pot from the heat and add the remaining butter, egg yolk, and cheese. Adjust the consistency with stock or water, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve as soft polenta immediately or polenta can be poured onto a greased half-sheet pan and refrigerated until cool and firm. Shapes can be cut and sautéed, grilled, or baked.


(Roman Flatbread or Italian Snack Bread)

Servings: 1
Yield: 4 loaves

Notes: Focaccia may be split and filled with a sandwich filling or served unsplit as an accompaniment to soup or salad.


Focaccia with Onions.

Toss 1 lb of thinly sliced onions with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Distribute approximately 4 oz of onion mixture on Focaccia after shaping. Let rise 20-30 minutes and bake as directed.

Categories: Bread

Source: Yeast Bread Recipes
Copyright: © 2004 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1 ounce active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110°F)
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon salt
42 ounces all-purpose flour

1.        Combine yeast, 2 cups water, and sugar. Stir to dissolve yeast. Let stand for later step.

2.        Add to yeast mixture. Mix until blended using dough arm.

3.        Add flour. Mix on low speed for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and satiny.

4.        Tun into lightly greased bowl, then turn over to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place (80°F) until double in bulk (30-40 minutes).

5.        Shape with a rolling pin into four 1 lb 5 oz ovals, circles, or rectangles about 1/2-2/3 inch thick.

6.        Make several very shallow parallel or fan-shaped cuts in center of bread, then gently pull the edges of the dough to slightly open th shallow cuts.

7.        Put rounds on lightly greased pans.

8.        Brush rounds with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt and coarse ground pepper. Let rise 20 minutes.

9.        Bake at 450°F for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.