Vegan Hot Dog Recipe for 4th of July

Summer Recipe: Vegan Hotdogs

You’ve probably noticed from sweating as soon as you open your front door that summer is nearly here. And being Miami natives we know that the summer heat is no joke. First it’s July , the month in which it rains everyday, and then comes August, the hot, hot, hot month that just won’t quit it.

During those hot months though it’s always nice to go outside, get the grill going, and take a dip in the pool. Being Vegan and all, regular meat-filled BBQ foods cannot be consumed by us so we searched the web for a meatless alternative to the classic hotdog.
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Makes: About 8
• 9 ounces firm tofu
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 5 tablespoons almond meal
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1/2 medium onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or several generous dashes liquid smoke
• 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 1/8 cup vital wheat gluten
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Crumble tofu into the bowl of a food processor.
In a liquid measuring cup, measure the 2 tablespoons soy sauce and add enough water to get to the 100mL line. Add to food processor.
Add almond meal, oil, onion, garlic, paprika/liquid smoke, sugar, salt, pepper, coriander, mustard, nutmeg, cardamom, and cumin to the processor and pulse until smooth, about two minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
Add vital wheat gluten and cornstarch to the mixture and stir to combine. Knead gently – the mixture will be soft but you’ll see strands of gluten forming.
Divide the dough into eight equal pieces. Roll each into a rough hot dog shape (doesn’t have to be perfect). Wrap each dog in parchment paper and then aluminum foil. Twist ends of the foil shut.
In a large pot with a steamer insert or basket, bring enough water to just under the steamer to a boil. Arrange your hot dogs in the steamer – close together is fine, and it’s okay if they’re touching.
Cover and steam for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool in the pot, uncovered.
To cook, unwrap hot dogs and simmer in water for five minutes, or fry in a frying pan, or throw ‘em on the grill until hot and pretty with grill marks!
Serve on buns with ketchup, mustard, relish, diced onions, or your favorite hot dog topping.

South Florida October Events

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There’s always a lot going on in South Florida, but I feel like the list of events grows larger once the year reaches the month of October.  For Halloween, we get to dress up in ridiculous costumes and pretend to be someone completely different. Who doesn’t love doing that? More reason to be excited for October.

Here is a list of some of the many events that are going on in South Florida during October.

house-of-horror-miami1. House of Horror Amusement Park (www.houseofhorrorpark.com)

House of Horror has become an annual thing at Miami International Mall. It is a two-acre theme park that houses that plays with the idea of an old amusement park that disappeared years ago. The haunted house (the main attraction of the park) has about 30 different rooms, each with a different theme to scare you even further.

Admission is $23 for adults and $15 for children (6 and under). The park is open until November 3rd.

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2. Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (www.showmanagement.com/event/)

The 54th Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show will be starting October 31. A large variety of boats will be on show; ranging from yachts, express cruisers, jet boats, and more. The show covers six locations and over three million square feet of space.Be sure to check it out before it ends on November 4th!

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 3. Fairchild Edible Garden Festival (www.fairchildfestival.org)

For a whole weekend, you are invited to eat scrumptious food, learn how to cook, and much more. Other activities that are taking place just for the fall season are a Pumpkin Patch, Fall Beer Garden, and a Scarecrow competition. There’s plenty for everyone to do at this family-friendly event, especially with activities to keep the kids busy.

October 26 – October 27, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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4. 34th Annual Fantasy Fest (www.fantasyfest.com)

The Fantasy Fest takes a place a little ways away from Miami in Key West. The annual fest began in 1979 as a way to help the Keys with tourism during October, and has been a hit ever since. The one-week fest includes everyday events such as The Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor, which tells the supposed true tales of the past of Key West. And also, Indecent Exposure, which allows attendees to party on the rooftop of Garden of Eden, clothes are optional. More events take place on different days, allowing something diverse for everyone!

October 18th – October 27, 2013.