Spicy Peanut Butter Burger

Spicy Peanut Butter Burger – a unique and surprisingly delicious combination! Peanut butter and a spicy kimchi sauce pair well with your favorite burger and traditional toppings!


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Day Four of Vegan MoFo, and Fast Food Friday.

Today’s MoFo calls for a weird food combo that you love. While I could have shared my Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip today, I thought I’d finally share the burger I’ve been teasing you with in the Fast Food Friday banner.

First, the peanut butter. This really shouldn’t be much of a stretch, but I get the side eye whenever I mention it. Peanut butter works in all kinds of savory applications, and a burger is a fine place for it to be! Try it, you may just like it.

Second, and absolutely more important, the Spicy Kimchi Sauce.

I have been holding out on you, guys. I first made this …

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – the classic combination that everyone loves, in an impressive and easy recipe that will be ready before you know it!


Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge @spabettie

Ever since I lost Dad, I have been taking lunch to the fine doctors and nurses that cared for him. At first, I visited every week, as I was so used to spending my days with Dad, I needed things to do.

I still visit and bring lunch, at least two times a month. Dad spent time in a few specialized offices during his care, so I make a point to stop in at all of them. The ladies at the desk where Dad received his radiation – they are simply the best. They were so sweet to Dad, and incredibly kind to me. I relied on them for a lot, and got to know them well, as you do in those situations. I am also a talker, surprising nobody.

This fudge is …

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Moo Goo Gai Pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan – create the classic flavors in your own kitchen! Mild flavors of ginger and soy sauce mingle with fresh crunchy vegetables for a dish just like you remember!


Moo Goo Gai Pan @spabettie

My dad grew up in Hawaii.

Hawaii Grandpa and family loved not only traditional Hawaiian dishes, but Cantonese and Chinese foods as well. They had Chinese chefs, and a big collection of the coolest rice cookers I have ever seen. I still have one of those rice cookers, the one that made the rice that I grew up enjoying.

Moo Goo Gai Pan @spabettie

One of my favorite dishes as a kid – aside from a big bowl of plain, buttered rice – was my mom’s Moo Goo Gai Pan.

I loved it. I asked for it constantly, I craved those …

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Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip

Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip – crispy warm waffles topped with spicy cool pillows of whipped cream – a colorful and fun breakfast or brunch!


Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip @spabettie

September first.

We’ve been married almost one year.

Many of my friends are at Burning Man, and I am feeling the familiar mixture of Wish I Was There and Good Grief It Has Changed So Much, I’d Not Recognize It Anymore. I mean, Paris Hilton is there, ffs.

Back To School and Crisp Fall Mornings nostalgia – I want to buy all the pens, pencils, and notebooks, and I am already pulling the boots and scarves out of my closets…

September also brings Vegan MoFo, and YAY, today is the first day! People have a choice of blogging or Instagramming this year, and we will be following a list of daily prompts.

Today is breakfast, one of my favorite things ever.

Garlic Spinach Waffles @spabettie

Years ago, Jason and I spent a weekend at The Most Glorious Bed and Breakfast. We were in Tacoma to see Chelsea Lately, live from the front row.

One morning for breakfast, the innkeeper made us waffles. There were a variety of toppings to choose from, and I was headed for the fruit and maple syrup. Jason asked, you don’t do the whip cream?

I had seen this many a time, from pancake houses of my youth to food magazines everywhere. This never appealed to me, but somehow – between Jason and the innkeeper – I tried my first whip cream waffle that day.

I have …

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Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast – warmly spiced with the flavors of gingerbread, this simple brunch classic is is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and the perfect level of sweet.


Gingerbread French Toast @spabettie

French toast has always been one of my favorite breakfasts. When I was a kid, Grandpa Z always made the best French toast – fat slices of soft bread, dipped in custard before placing in a sizzling pan… then salting the toasts. Yep, salt.

Just a bit, and the flavor was perfection.

When I am lucky enough to enjoy brunch at a fantastic restaurant, I rarely choose the French toast. Yes, it is one of my favorites, and it is just so easy to make at home, you know? Well, that and I love a good Benedict, and I need to try each and every one.

…and while making a great Benedict at home is always good too, chances are if you are …

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Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich

Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich – a flavorful and crunchy plant based tuna and a truly epic and melty vegan cheese, this sandwich is one you will crave often.


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I have two epic things to share with you today – a new plant based tuna, and some of the best plant based cheese I have ever tasted.

First, the tuna. A fellow Portland vegan recently …

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Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto – this quick and easy pesto sauce brings bright flavor and vibrant color – use as a dip or a spread, and over fresh pasta!

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

I have been craving pasta lately, but still want light and fresh flavors that aren’t always associated with a pasta craving.

Picking fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden, and whipping up a simple lemon basil pesto to drop fresh cooked pasta and tomatoes in – craving satisfied.

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

My friend …

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Sesame Ginger Poppers over Broccoli Kale Salad

Sesame Ginger Poppers over Broccoli Kale Salad – warm and cool, with layers of flavor and texture, this protein packed superfood salad will definitely satisfy all kinds of cravings!


Sesame Ginger Poppers over Broccoli Kale Salad @spabettieFast Food Friday @spabettie

This has been The Summer of Salads.

not to be confused at all with The Summer of George.

I would also say this has been quite the year in the plant based faux meats – so many great new things to try, I really haven’t even begun!

For my first recipe of Fast Food Friday, I wanted to share my favorite way to enjoy salad – crispy cool with a warm topper. This salad has several flavorful favorites of mine – tahini, lemon, …

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