I’m a Believer!

It is my birthday today.   It is also the day that The X-Files: I Want to Believe, is released.  I saw it at a midnight showing, and it was wonderful.  You should go see it immediately, because I need to see more Mulder, and it ain’t gonna happen unless this movie makes money!  I am also certain that the release date was specifically meant to coincide with my birthday, because I am a huge fan.  I have a shrine and everything.  I am a believer.

But you didn’t come here to read a movie review, I’m sure.  You might not have even wanted to know that much about me.  🙂  So I will tell you what else I now believe:  vegan mac & cheese can be made without fake cheese and without nutritional yeast.
Yes, it’s true.  I have just made the mac & cheese recipe from the January/February 2008 issue of VegNews, a recipe they conveniently have up in .pdf on their website.  The taste reminds me of a recipe I used to make that I found in Food & Wine magazine several years ago, for a mac & cheese made with goat cheese.  It has that same tang.  Forget that the “cheese” is made with potatoes and carrots and cashews.  You will love it.  
I added parsley, lemon zest, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes to the topping to tie in with some of the other ingredients.  It was a good move!
vegan mac & cheese
Instead of cake this year, I picked up some vegan chocolates from Divine Treasures, which is located here in Connecticut.  I actually picked them up at Whole Foods, though I think they’re only available at ones in CT.  You can order online.
I’m not a huge fan of really rich, deep chocolate, the byproduct of being raised thinking that Hershey’s Kisses were good.  These are definitely meant to be savored, and should be eaten by someone who truly enjoys good chocolate.  A definite indulgence!   

chocolate

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