I have an afternoon of binge muffin-baking ahead of me–pear butterscotch, apple pumpkin, and possibly banana bread muffins are in the works today. But to start off, I’m going to fill out this survey from Lauren at Woah Wren.

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Chocolate Almond Breeze. I’m not a big drinker of anything other than juice, tea, and water, but Friendboy loves chocolate almond milk, so I keep it around. It is quite tasty. For baking, I keep around 8th Continent Original Light soymilk.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Oh my goodness, I can only pick three? Okay… let’s say homemade seitan, borscht, and oatmeal bread (in my bread machine!).

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Nutritional yeast and garlic salt. I then share that popcorn with my cat–it’s her favorite snack (other than ladybugs (not vegan)).

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
I made some pretty abysmal pancakes when my friend Amy and her boyfriend came to stay with me last winter. Also, some succotash made with lima beans which turned out to be severely freezer-burned and inedible. But my prize-winning kitchen error would be making snickerdoodles with two TABLESPOONS of baking soda instead of two TEASPOONS (it was an error in an online recipe and for whatever reason I didn’t question it). They were totally vile, and my friend ended up giving them to her neighbor as dog treats.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Straight-up dill pickled cucumbers.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Trash. I would compost, but I live in a ritzy building where I think a bin of rotting vegetables in the garden might be against the bylaws.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
Muir Glen crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and couscous.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
My mother makes eggs benedict on Christmas morning every year. When I got to the age when I could help, I became a very efficient maker of hollandaise sauce.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Whole Fruit peach sorbet.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
My blender, but I wish to god/s/ess/esses I had a stand mixer. Or even just a hand mixer.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Crushed red pepper. Seriously, I put it in EVERYTHING. I even put it in broth when I’m sick. I’ve put it in brownies. I need help.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I do not own any cookbooks.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Hot pepper apricot jam. It might sound gross, but it is AMAZING.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Pumpkin brownies. Always a smash hit.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tofu. Mmm, tofu “egg”salad is my favorite.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Dinner. There are plenty of days when I don’t eat breakfast or lunch.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
A bag of cat food, a box of Cheerios, flour and sugar canisters.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Edamame, strawberries, lima beans.

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Right this second? I need more egg replacer, orange juice, seltzer, tofu, tomato paste, instant coffee, miso, and beets.

21. Favorite grocery store?
Nearby, Harris Teeter. Making a short voyage across the harbor, Whole Foods. Although honestly, I only go to WF for things that I just can’t get within walking/biking distance of my apartment.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
Graveyard pudding. My mother used to make it for Halloween–chocolate pudding with gummi worms in it (where am I going to find vegan gummi worms?!), crushed Oreo cookie dirt, dyed coconut grass, cookies decorated like tombstones stuck into the ground, and a decorative scattering of Dem Bones candies.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway, Chocolate-Covered Katie, and This Is Why You’re Fat (not vegan).

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Airheads.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Uh. In terms of price, either carrot juice or beet-pickled horseradish. The horseradish is definitely the more exotic of the two. I know, I am not exciting.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
Tempeh. I have never been able to make it taste good.

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