This week on the show, we'll talk loaded baked potatoes and our favorite local bakery and review Marie Callender's Lattice Peach Pie (Yup -- it's vegan!).
We also read our very first listener letter, which strikes bear-related fear into our hearts.
Marie Callender's Lattice Peach Pie review
Dave went first this week, because he had incredibly strong feelings about this peach pie. Those feelings were: he hated it. He said that the rim of the crust was too chalky and that he'd rather eat a peach on its own.
He did admit that he has this issue with the crust rim -- like the edge where the crust meets the pie plate -- on most pies. But he felt it was even more present in this pie.
After he ranted at length about this pie, I got to reveal that I loved the whole thing! The top crust was flaky, buttery, and had a crunchy sugar topping.
The peach filling was the real star for me, though. Fruit pies in general, and frozen fruit pies especially, tend to have a very soft filling. But the peaches in this pie still had a little bit of toothsome bite to them. That's not easy to achieve, and I appreciated it!
Have you had any of the Marie Callendar's fruit pies? I've had the cherry, apple, and now peach and enjoyed them all. How did you feel about them?
Loaded baked potatoes
Our loaded baked potatoes obsession continues!
The kid still loves "Baco potatoes" with vegan butter, Bacos, broccoli, and green onion. I've been branching out lately, though, with other toppings.
The standout experiment, though, was a hummus baked potato. Y'all, this may sound like a weird combo -- Dave certainly thought so -- but it was so. GOOD!
In the episode, I said I topped it with roasted broccoli, but after recording, I finally found the photo I took of it, and it was not broccoli. It was air fryer cauliflower and onions, and it. was. a. DELIGHT!
Honestly, that's all we had to say about baked potatoes. So that's that.
Dulce Vegan is back, baby!
We record these episodes a few weeks in advance, so by now this is probably old news to most Atlanta vegans. But! Dulce Vegan -- our favorite bakery in town -- has reopened for curbside pickup!
We had ordered from them for a couple of weeks, but the week we recorded this, they expanded their online menu to include Dave's and my favorite sandwiches.
Dave got The Kirkwood, which is their homemade everything bagel with vegan cream cheese, kale, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado. A banger!
I ordered what is probably my favorite sandwich in existence: The Green Goddess. It also comes on their everything bagel, but they top it with vegan cheese, pesto, kale, and avocado. Y'all. If you haven't had this sandwich and are within driving distance of intown Atlanta, you need to eat The Green Goddess.
We also ordered a treat box, which included their cinnamon rolls, which Dave says are the best cinnamon rolls of his life. He includes pre-vegan cinnamon rolls in that statement.
Welcome back, Dulce! We love you, and we missed you!
We got our very first letter from a listener, and it's a great one! If you have a question or comment you want us to read on the pod, email us at [email protected]
Dear Dave and Becky,
Recently, a friend and I decided to go car camping north of our city of San Francisco. We had all our meals planned out, and I was about to go to the supermarket when my friend called to tell me that the campground was vegetarian!
I am a loyal Talkin' Tofan, but I am not vegetarian. Neither is my friend, nor were our car camping food plans. So we caught off guard by this turn of events.
I remembered your recommendation for Beyond Meat sausage, though. Thus it was that I purchased their breakfast sausage as a sub for our chili meat. (Breakfast sausage is delicious in chili, by the way.) And it was great! When I asked my friend what he thought of the sausage, he said he honestly had not thought about it until I asked. High praise indeed.
Now, here is where this letter gets interesting.
This chili was going to be our only meal for the day. I planned on bringing a pound of dried red beans, thinking that would be more than enough. (Which it is.) My friend is the more experienced cook, but he had never cooked with dried beans. He was concerned that we would not have enough to eat. So I brought a second two pound package of dried pinto beans to assuage his concern.
We cooked two whole pounds of dried beans! For a single day's eating! The third pound was soaked, but we did not cook it because it would not fit in the pot.
If we ate a fifth of this chili, it would have been an achievement. We did not. What a waste! How could I have let this happen? Please tell me how I should feel.
Bill, last name withheld
We agree, Bill, that this is a shocking amount of beans. We also think that the excess beans may cause a problem with militant bears taking over this vegetarian campsite and attacking campers who do not pay tribute with beans of their own.
Just a theory.
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