Monday, November 01, 2010

VEGAN MOFO CHALLENGE: "A Vegan Blogger's Month Of Food" (Or in my case, GRAVY!)

Yes, you read that right. I've changed my mind. Or had it changed for me. Or... maybe I've just LOST my mind.

Not only will I be participating in this month's web-famous "VEGAN MOFO" Month-Of-Vegan-Food Blogger's Challenge, but I've also accepted a further (and crazier) challenge from the lovely and ├╝ber-talented super-blogger Jess Scone (Of "Get Sconed" and "Stumptown Vegans" fame) : To blog 30 DAYS OF VEGAN GRAVY!

And I know you're saying "What? 30 days of gravy? Is that possible?"
Yes, as HUGE fan of all things gravy, I can tell you it is, indeed.

My (very NON-vegan) heroine Paula Dean has more than 25 gravy recipes herself, and while I have no desire to inflict all of those upon you, I do have quite a repertoire that I feel as qualified (or moreso) than Paula to share.

Keep in mind that Indians make curry gravy, Italians have their tomato ragu gravy and New Mexico's famous green chile sauce is also known as "green chile gravy". You'll have lots to choose from. Stay tuned for awesomeness.

So why do I feel I am eminently qualified to share thirty days of gravy nirvana with you? Several reasons. Hear me out.

One: I like all things smothered and gravy and sauce-like. On pretty much everything. At any time. (Yes, I'm living, breathing proof of this lifelong obsession. Enough said)
Two: I make REALLY good gravy. Lots of it. Often. Good enough (in my mind) that it's become the standard by which I will judge all other gravies. Sorry, my opinions may differ from yours, but that's how I roll.
Three: I am very picky about restaurant- and ready-made gravies. And now that I only eat vegan gravies, my opportunities are much more limited.

But not as limited as some.
I am blessed with an extraordinary number of vegan friendly restaurants in the not-too-far-off Seattle and Portland environs, so when I can afford it, I have more than my fair share of options (both good and bad) to sample public vegan gravy-making. (I'll discuss some of those later).

I figured the interwebs are being bombarded with millions of incredibly tasty ideas during this month of Vegan Blogging, and what would go better with all those scrambles and patties and cutlets and loaves and burgers than... gravy!?!

So, keep your eyes opened, your computers fired up and your gravy boats polished, a MONTH OF GRAVY awaits.


Jenni Unicorn said...

You are a crazy woman! I'm excited to read your blog this month, though. :P

Erin said...

What a fantastic and crazy idea! I am totally looking forward to your MoFo posts.

radioactivegan said...

This will be awesome! Thanks for taking on such a challenge, and what a great lead up to thanksgiving :)w

Jenny said...

That's fun! I'm sure my husband will thank you. He loves gravy, and I hardly ever make it. One food he talks about all of the time - these gravy fries we had at Curly's in NYC.

Matt (Our Veggie Kitchen) said...

Vegan Month of Gravy. I love it!

T said...

Now that's a challenge I can get behind! Happy Vegan Mofo!

Courtney said...

OMG...I freaking LOVE gravy! It is its own food group, in my opinion, and I seriously eat it straight up when I make it. Love it! I am soooooo excited for your posts :-)


Amey said...

whoa! I love it! I used to love gravy waaaaay back in my omni days (23 years ago!)... and I've never really gotten any good at vegan gravy. I will be following month of gravy closely!

Jessica said...

What a great theme - at first it sounds like a challenge but as you mentioned there is plenty to write about! I was a little surprised when I first heard of spaghetti sauce called "gravy" - but in South Philly at least they say that is authentic! I look forward to see what's up next.

Karyn said...

I am so totally looking forward to your recipes! I have my gravy boats & my lil ladles all ready.

Its stressful here right now, so gravy is a great sounding comfort food.

Thank you. <3

Catherine said...

awesome! I can't wait!

Rose said...

Wow, fun and unique theme! No better woman for it though. Your recipes always rock! Looking forward to all your gravy expertise!

Brandi said...

Wow! That's a pretty gravy plan you got there! Well that's great though I haven't had gravy in over a year and it's always fun to challenge yourself. I'm looking forward to your gravy recipes

unavocis said...

This would totally gross out most of my friends, but as someone whose maternal AND paternal grandparents (may they rest in peace) originally came West from the South, I loooove me some biscuits and gravy! I grew up w/ the biscuits made from scratch and gravy made w/ flour, bacon grease, and bits of sausage in it, and I still love gravy. Of course, minus the animal bits. But because those tastes were solidly formed in my very very young years, I will go to my grave adoring this truly Southern dish. So I say BRING ON THE GRAVY! I look forward to reading your blog every day :)

Jeni Treehugger said...

From one gravy fan to another I'm gonna LOVE your MoFo posts!
Happy MoFo'ing.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

You are so amazing, Marti! Standing by, and hungry,

<3 jess

deucenickeltay said...

I can't even express how excited I am for a month of gravy. It's pretty hard to even think of foods that aren't improved by a ladle of gravy goodness poured on top.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Just going to have to call you wonder gravy woman! I can't even imagine how to make gravy everyday, but am very excited to ck out your recipes!!! You go girl!!!