As of last night, I'm officially done with Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. It's a masterpiece, though the final meal was a bit weak:
-Tempeh with rice and spinach. Owen likes tempeh, so I bought another 8 oz package last week. It cost $2.79, which, as I've pointed out, is more per pound than ground beef. But tempeh is its own, yummy, crunchy, nutty thing, and it's grown on me. I see the point. It was not, however, at at its best in this dish, a lemony, spinach-laden gruel. That was my opinion, anyway. Curiously, Mark and Owen liked it.
-Carrots with raisins and dates. Carrots already fall in the "possibly too sweet" category, and don't need gooey fruits to underline the point.
Summation of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian coming soon.