Eat Street: Food Network Monthly is Born

I’m so excited that my friend (and cookbook tester extraordinaire), Kelly, has breathed new life into the Food Network Friday project. I love what Kelly has created: a Food Network-based, open-ended project that will feature a different theme each month. As we continue to scratch our heads wondering why there isn’t a vegan show on Food Network (even at the worst possible time slot), I’m happy to say that many of the shows are occasionally using the word “vegetarian”. That gives me hope. Hey, Food Network, it’s way tastier, way easier, and way more fun than you think! Give it a try.

 For this first month of the new and improved Food Network project, the theme is Eat Street. Be sure to visit Kelly’s blog to see how really awesome the project is. We’d love for you to join us! Being a Clevelander (an East-sider, to those of you who know Cleveland), I had to jump in with the recipes that featured the city.

For the first recipe, I tried the Dim and Den Sum Soba Noodles. If you watched the Great Food Truck Race, you probably know this truck. I’d heard they had vegan dishes on occasion, but when I happened upon the truck, they didn’t. All the more reason to try it at home! We really liked these noodles, and thought they were just what you’d expect from a food truck. Instead of the mustard greens, I used spinach and I replaced the honey with agave. After trying it as written, I added a bit of Sriracha and some diced cucumbers for crunch. We happen to love soba, and this was a quick and easy dish that is perfect for picnics and hot weather meals.

The second dish I made tapped into my childhood. I grew up on Fried Bologna sandwiches. At day camp, for our talent show, we did the b-o-l-o-g-n-a song. Cold bologna sandwiches were second only to peanut butter for my school lunches. Fried bologna sandwiches were a simple weekend sandwich: just the bologna and mustard on white bread while watching roller derby. We took a chance and bought some Tofurkey bologna and actually found it to be quite good! With a quick fry, stacked with tomato slices and homegrown lettuce on mayo-slathered bread, we loved this sandwich!

With a new beginning,I can’t wait to see where this project goes. One thing is certain: I’ll be enjoying some good food while it unfolds. Thanks again, Kelly!

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  1. Posted June 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Looks yummy! I used to eat frid bologna sandwiches as a kid too. I will have to keep my eye out for the Tofurky slices here. I’m so happy you are enjoying my takeover (muwhahaha!!). I really am too! I have a pierogi plan for Fathers Day that will be a new post too!

  2. Posted June 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even know what bologna is! It must be an American thing. Looks great though. There’s a vicious rumour going round that a Jewish supermarket in London has started to import Tofurkey slices, so maybe I’ll find out yet!

  3. Posted June 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    oh my gosh those dim and dem sum noodles look amazing! and cute name too:) i could go for a bowl right now!! thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I grew up stuffing my face with bologna, and I’ve been having a field day with those Tofurky slices since they came out, holy blast to the past. I tried the Thai Pork Tacos on the weekend but now I’m on the hunt for another recipe to try, I have no idea why I never spotted that noodle dish before, it looks so yummy!

  5. Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Liz – what’s bologna? It may be a distant cousin of luncheon meat – a weird, wet, flavourless meat composite. I had it for lunch at school every day. It was grim. That said, I bet if someone made a vegan version, I’d be going ‘I’d really love to give these a try…’!

  6. Posted June 12, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I have to see if I can find those bologna slices. Although I also don’t exactly know what it is. But they look like a wonderful sandwich topping.

  7. Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe you mentioned fried bologna! I remember putting bologna in the microwave and it kind up curling up into a bowl shape. My husband said they used to fry bologna. Ah memories.

  8. Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Kelly, more of us ate bologna than I knew. I thought it was more mid-western. Mmmmm pierogi.

    Liz, definitely American. Hope you can get them!

    GFHT, they’re super easy, too. Win!

    Maggie, you said it best about the ‘blast to the past’. I look forward to your posts!

    Joey, I don’t think anybody really knows. Kind of like a mystery meat. But the vegan ones are *awesome*!

    Mihl, they are quick and easy and don’t taste “meaty” which can really put me off. Not an everyday food, but a longshot, but good in a pinch.

    Dreaminit, you just reminded me! My mom would snip about an inch in four or five times around the slice so it had room to curl. Ha, these vegan ones are way better!

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