A Concert in Your Kitchen: Recipes to Get you in your Groove

When preparing and eating food, your senses come to life: the smell of lemon zest, the taste of cookie batter that “happened” to fall on your fingers, the sight of a locally-sourced, multicolored meal slowly coming together, the feel of all those tasty morsels just after taking a bite. But you don’t really hear food as much.

This summer, you can complete your sensory exposure to the art of cooking with these song suggestions, one paired with a mouthwatering entrée, and the other with a classy dessert to round out the night. These songs were some of the top-performing singles in 1967, and we’ll be shocked if playing them on repeat doesn’t spice up the kitchen and add the proverbial cherry on top of these dishes!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T These Vegan Cauliflower Hot Wings

These hot cauliflower bites are my new go-to. Just as Aretha Franklin would say, find out what it means to me!
Cauliflower hot wings in a bowl with ranch and celery

Ingredients:

  • A small head of cauliflower
  • Water
  • Almond milk
  • Rice flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Hear the gentle hum of the oven as you preheat it to 400°F/205°C, then lay parchment paper on a single baking sheet.
  2. Wash and chop a small head of cauliflower into smaller-than-bite-sized chunks.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ⅔ cup water and ½ cup of almond milk with a cup of rice flour.
  4. Mix well, then toss all the cauliflower niblets into the batter and stir them around.
  5. Once coated, use a slotted spoon to transfer them onto the baking sheet, then into the oven.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, tossing halfway.
  7. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with ¾ cups of your favorite medium hot sauce.
  8. Mix, then combine with the sizzling floret bites and bake for 10 more minutes.
  9. Presto! With your choice of dipping sauce (I’d go for a vegan blue cheese dressing), let the heat sock it to you!

Brown Eyed Girl Black Bean Brownies

From the melodic mouth of Van Morrison himself, with these brownies, you’ll be “laughin’ and a’ runnin’, hey hey, skippin’ and a’ jumpin’!”
A Sea of black beans for your black bean brownies

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • 15oz can of black beans
  • 3 small bananas
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking Cacoa
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips with a 15 oz can of rinsed and drained black beans in a food processor or blender.
  2. Add in three small mashed bananas, ⅔ cup brown sugar, ½ cup of baking cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Process again, as you let the blender sing along, “sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la la-tee-da.”
  3. Hear the crinkle of parchment paper as you place it on an 8-inch square-shaped casserole dish.
  4. Pour in the batter, then top with another ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips (there are your brown eyes!) and bake at 350°F/180°C for at least 20 minutes.
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Written by Case Vanderburg