Sunday, April 6, 2014

Temptress treats now @ Rainbow Blossom!

Rainbow Blossom locations in Louisville are stocking our goodies! Chocolate Chip Sandies, Oatmeal Cream Patties, Mocha Mama Cookies, and Cupcakes - all gluten-free - are available. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what's new each week.














Get the goods at...

3738 Lexington Road in St. Matthews
3046 Bardstown Rd, right off the Watterson beside Staples

Sunday, March 2, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Delights!




St. Patrick's Day is coming up and we've got the goods... gluten-free, vegan cookies with Creme de Menthe Royal Icing! Order here and specify St. Patrick's Day as the flavor.

And don't forget, the St. Patrick's Parade on Bardstown Road is Saturday the 15th at 3pm!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let's gush about gluten-free goodies

My goal is to help everyone enjoy desserts, without even realizing what they're eating is free of dairy, eggs, and gluten. Many gluten-free baked goods taste... well, gluten-free. They can be a little too dry or crumbly. I worked for years perfecting desserts without using eggs, and I upped the challenge when I decided to try a gluten-free diet. When I finally came up with the right base, I realized there is no reason to separate standard cupcakes, from vegan cupcakes, from gluten-free cupcakes. Let's enjoy them together. That goes for brownies, cakes, pies, energy bars... you name it. Who needs eggs and wheat flour? Not this bakery.  
Vegan & Gluten-Free Triple Layer
Chocolate Raspberry Cakes with Creamy Ganache

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AWARD WINNING CHILI

Chef K's 3 Bean Chili brought home the gold in the Shelbyville Relay for Life Chili Cook-Off last weekend! Who needs meat, anyway? It was also featured in a recent issue of Louisville's weekly magazine, LEO!

Check out the article here, and order some chili for yourself!




December 24, 2013

Taste Bud: Is it chili if there’s no meat?

Does chili inherently have meat? I always thought so. Otherwise, the term “vegetarian chili” wouldn’t exist, right?
This perplexes me. When I make chili — and, boy, do I make good chili — I use a combination of beef and pork. I wouldn’t even think about making it without meat. Here’s why: At what point does this so-called vegetarian chili just become bean soup?
I have a friend named Joanna who urged me to try a vegetarian café in Shelbyville called Harvest Coffee & Café. I was somewhat resistant, as I am a devout carnivore. I worship at the altar of meat because, as you’ve read here before, if nature didn’t intend us to eat animals, it wouldn’t have made them so delicious — and so easy to catch.
But I decided to give in to Joanna’s recommendation when I learned Harvest Coffee & Café has three-bean chili on its menu of organic, meat-free dishes. The challenge? To eat a big steaming bowl of good ol’ meat-based chili, and then compare the two.
That meat chili would turn out to be a bowl from Dark Star Tavern in Clifton. I stopped in with my pal Butch one evening for a beer, and the bartender noted the specialty of the night was homemade chili.
“It’s the owner’s dad’s recipe,” he said.
Set ’em up.
Lo and behold, it was meaty, spicy and hearty. True to Louisville style, it included pasta, but the pasta was more of an afterthought, having been broken into roughly 2-inch-long segments; in fact, it was hardly noticeable. The dark red chili also was packed with big chunks of tomato as well as mushrooms. Now THAT stuff is chili.
Later, when I met Joanna at Harvest Coffee & Café — which, interestingly, is situated in the middle of an antique store in quaint downtown Shelbyville — I got a whiff of the meatless chili while waiting in line to order. It smelled good. Like, really good. Damn.
When I got the big bowl of hot chili, I immediately was taken by the deep, rich brown-red color. Veggie chilies I have had in the past, usually at work chili cook-offs and whatnot, have always been a bit thin. This is why I have always considered them more a tomato-based bean soup than chili. But this? This was real chili. The thick stock carried a hint of chili pepper spiciness but was chunky as chili should be, with carrots, green peppers, black beans, kidney beans and the like.
After a few bites, I had to ask myself: If I did not know this was vegetarian chili and was asked to eat it blindfolded, would I be able to tell? Possibly, but it wouldn’t be as easy as I’d have thought. And as I munched my way through the bowl, I found that, even though I am accustomed to big globs of ground beef and pork in chili, that ingredient wasn’t altogether necessary in this particular chili.
Hats off to Chef Kristina Addington, who also goes by the nickname “The Vegan Temptress.” Hmm.
She also let us taste some of her other soups and salads, such as creamy mushroom soup, spaghetti squash salad, harvest salad and more. I’ll say this: If you go, strongly consider the corn chowder. I don’t know when I’ve ever experienced a fresher, more natural corn flavor.
And of the salads, my favorite was easily the kale crunch, featuring big leaves of kale, walnuts and other goodies. Heck, the only way this salad could have been tastier is if there was bacon in it. Wait, am I allowed to say that?
But I digress. This Taste Bud isn’t about salad or soup — this is about chili, and my original question: Is it chili if there is no meat, or is it just bean soup?
My verdict? The stuff at Harvest Coffee & Café is definitely chili. It’s the real deal. There, I said it, in spite of my inner carnivore. Sigh.
That’s not to say I’m going to change teams or anything — I’m still going to put meat in my chili and in pretty much everything else I make. But I have to admit The Vegan Temptress has forced me to consider other options. Temptress, indeed.
Confidentially, though, if any of my friends ask me to try vegetarian bacon, I’m going to punch them in the nose. 

Alright Kevin, I'm thrilled the 3 Bean Chili passed the test! But next time you're in, you're trying the coconut bacon. Because anything you can make, I can make vegan. ;) -Chef K 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Temptress Treats now @ Harvest Coffee & Cafe


The Vegan Temptress is now cooking for the new Harvest Coffee & Café in Shelbyville! Every day for lunch you will find soups (like 3 Bean Chili and Curry Quinoa Vegetable), salads (like Citrus Quinoa and Southwestern Grain), special featured items (such as Jackfruit Salad Rolls or Stuffed Tomatoes), and desserts (brownies, cupcakes, and more). Breakfast items include Muffins, Energy Bars, and Oatmeal. Plenty of delicious vegan, and gluten-free yummies to choose from! Harvest serves up Sunergos Coffee and offers soy & almond milk!

Harvest Coffee & Café
524 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY

Mon - Thur, 7am - 6pm
Fri - Sat, 7am - 9pm

Facebook.com/HarvestCoffeeCafe