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From: David ( -
Subject: Re: A Breakfast Burrito ... with No Temptations
Date: July 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: A Breakfast Burrito ... with No Temptations posted by Jo Stepaniak on July 8, 2012 at 10:46 am:

I think the idea of a vegan cooking school is a wonderful idea. In the meanwhile, I've actually contacted the local community college to discuss the possibility of teaching a vegan Culinary Arts class. The local college offers Culinary Arts classes through the auspices of neighboring school districts and the cooperation of the local Culinary Arts teachers. What typically happens is that we're contracted to work for the community college on a part time after school basis.

I haven't worked for the community college before, so this would be a first for me. I may try doing this next summer. For now, I'm still building up my recipe files.

Today for lunch I made a vegan taco salad. Since Catalina dressing typically includes granulated white sugar, I had to create a vegan friendly recipe using agave. I tossed 6 ounces of salad mix with 2 ounces of Catalina dressing, 3 ounces of fried vegan ground beef, and 1/2 of a sliced tomato. After plating the salad, I covered it with sliced vegan soy cheese (cheddar), added tortilla chips around the side of the plate, and topped it with a nice dollop of guacamole.

It was wonderful.

I must admit that I'm thinking of staying on a vegan diet after the school year begins. Although I have to teach my students how to work with meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products, I'm only required to taste these products for grading purposes. I don't actually have to swallow.

I'm sure that this would appall a vegan purist ... but my job is what my job is.

I like the idea of opening a vegan cooking school ... but such a school would be better established in an area with a higher population density than where I currently live.

I am quite frankly, not even sure whether the local community college would even be interested in offering a vegan cooking class due to possible insufficient interest from the community.

One things for sure. I'm having a lot of fun creating these vegan recipes. I'm also losing weight and I'm enjoying a healthier plant based low fat and low cholesterol diet.

Thanks so much for maintaining this website! Cheers!

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