Point of View

        Point of View by Shel Silverstein


Still there? Bet you never thought you would hear from us again. Truth be told, the intention was to just let So.Me.Vegans blogfade into obscurity. But this is a week of thankfulness so in that spirit I needed to say thanks for not letting it die.

So.Me.Vegans continues to get follows over on the Facebook page so we felt like we, I don't know, maybe owe willing readers some actual content. And with a new vegetarian/vegan eatery opening in Biddeford this week, what better time is there to start writing again?

So stay following because later this week we plan to hit opening day at Dahlia's Delights on Main St in Biddeford. Haven't even seen a menu yet. Know what? Don't care. Just overwhelmingly excited to now have vegan eats so close to home base. Until opening day hits we will be monitoring their Facebook page for updates and waiting with bated (never baited) breath.

Again, thanks for your support and have a happy and compassionate Thanksgiving.

Zucchini Bread

It might have come from the bank, or church, or fire department, but one thing is certain; you'll find one in every small town Maine kitchen. It's a cookbook with recipes submitted by your friends and neighbors. We think these self-published cookbooks from our civic institutions are the most authentic representations of community available to us. In that vein, we've set to scouring our mothers' shelves looking up recipes for classic Maine dishes with an eye toward modernizing them and making them vegan. This one is a bit of a vamp on a recipe taken from a collection from the Lincoln County 911 Dispatchers' Favorite Recipes cookbook.

There has been an abundance of great local zucchini about and this tasty bread instantly popped into mind. We got our zucchini from Dan at Seasonal Corner in Biddeford. We love pretty much all he's had to offer and we're super excited to hear that he's planning on going to full time next year when he'll have retail on site at the farm and will be turning out on Wednesdays at the Saco Farmers' Market. We can't wait.

We also recommend using another local vegan product in the baking of your zucchini bread. Pastor Chuck's Organic Applesauce is the way to go to add moistness to the bread without any of the cholesterol or guilty conscience of using eggs. They're based out of Portland and there's even a handy list of retailers on their website where you can pick up the goods.

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups peeled, grated zucchini
2 cups organic sugar
1 cup applesauce
1 cup corn oil
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until thoroughly blended. Grease and flour two bread loaf pans. Divide evenly. Bakes up yummy in 35-40 minutes. Your mileage may vary depending upon your oven's temperament.