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Meaty Mushroom Sauce, Thrifty Finds, and Elk Pics

I tried the “Spaghetti with Meaty Mushroom Sauce” recipe from Vegan Vittles by Jo Stepaniak. It turned out really good and we’ll be making it again. I didn’t have any spaghetti so I had to make it with rigatoni. The sauce also has TVP in it which gives it some “chew”, just like the cookbook said.


I also made some garlic bread to go with the pasta:
Garlic Bread

Here are the rest of the books that I got for free after coupon at an estate sale the other week. Actually, there is one more book…a local community cookbook that I forgot to include in the picture. The Cooking for Two Cookbook is from 1976, the Mushroom Recipes book is from the early 80’s, and the Family Circle Dessert and Fruit Cookbook is from 1954. I got seven FREE books altogether. Can’t beat that. πŸ˜€ Cookbooks

We also stopped by a forest preserve and went to the fenced-in Elk Conservation Area. We got to see eight elk which was really neat.


More Elk:


Have a wonderful day πŸ˜€

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  • cherie February 20, 2007, 8:34 am

    How great is it that there is a place for the elks to live in peace?! Thanks for sharing…

  • bazu February 20, 2007, 8:56 am

    Aww, how cute! I’ve never seen elk before! And how cool does the “old fashioned mushroom recipes” book look! Wow. Your pasta looks good, but that bread looks divine- I wish I could have a piece for breakfast right now!

  • Twisted Cinderella February 20, 2007, 9:03 am

    mmmm . . . the pasta looks wonderful! What a wonderful pic of Elk!

  • udandi February 20, 2007, 9:21 am

    How cool that you saw elk and I made a t-shirt with an elk!

    Awesome deal on 7 FREE books – yahoo!

  • pinknest February 20, 2007, 9:30 am

    ooh i would love that mushroom recipe book! and it looks so cute, too. and i’ll take the elk as well.

  • Jackie February 20, 2007, 1:43 pm

    It’s amazing how elk can eat with snow on the ground.

    What a wonderful mushroom book. Must have some fascinating recipes.

    Thanks for the visit πŸ™‚

  • Harmonia February 20, 2007, 3:02 pm

    Great elk pics! I just wanna hug ’em!

    Yummy pasta!!!! Great finds, too!

    I was a blogging fool today! lol

  • missvee February 20, 2007, 3:14 pm

    That pasta looks delicious!

  • Vivacious Vegan February 20, 2007, 6:20 pm

    I could eat mushrooms until they start growing out of my ears! I can’t wait to see what you create from your cool new cookbook.

  • veganruthie February 20, 2007, 8:30 pm

    Emmy —

    That is really funny that we both posted elk pictures on the same day πŸ™‚ I should post pictures of some of the bucks we saw, they were amazing!

    We bought some white pasta rigatoni the other day too. It’s just one of those shapes that you can’t find in whole wheat that I just crave sometimes! It always reminds me of a Italian resturant in San Antonio.

    I love the cover on that fruit and dessert book. Too cute!

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  • Diann February 20, 2007, 9:18 pm

    What great cookbooks! I’ve never seen a mushroom cookbook, but would love to have one. And you’ve reminded me that I have an old fruit and dessert cookbook too. I’m going to go review it right now.

    Oh, yeh, spaghetti – always yum!

  • Kati February 21, 2007, 2:08 pm

    That garlic bread looks yummylicious! Cute elk, too!

  • Dori February 26, 2007, 9:09 pm

    The pictures are great, I’ve never seen elk before. I like TVP and mushrooms in my spaghetti sauce to and recently made a dinner that looks alot like yours. πŸ™‚