Vegan MoFo: El Neelys y Pera & Zapatero de Apple

La “V” Palabra continúa su celebración del VeganMoFo, el mes de la comida vegana, con su tema “Si TV Celebrity Chefs fue vegano.” El episodio de hoy cuenta con Pat y Gina Neely y algo muy raro de mí: un postre!!

Pat y Gina Neely anfitrión 2 muestra de Food Network: Down Home with the Neelys y Road Tasted with the Neelys. They own several Southern BBQ restaurants including one that opened in NYC last year and they have just published their first cookbook. Pat and Gina Neely gained awareness when the Deen Brothers visited their restaurant on their show Road Tasted en 2006. They then appeared as guests on Paula Deen’s Paula’s Party en 2007.

Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys se inició en 2008 and was a welcome edition to the Food Network line-up which was severely lacking in diversity. De hecho, the show became the highest rated debut for a Food Network show within the “In the Kitchen” series, which appears on weekend mornings. That same year the Neelys also took over hosting Road Tasted from the Deen Brothers.

Pat and Gina Neely elicit strong reactions from viewers, both positive and negative. On the plus side, they are silly, sickeningly romantic and make indulgent food. On the negative side, they are silly, sickeningly romantic and make indulgent food. Sé, it’s really just a matter of whether you like that sort of thing and sometimes, if you’re just in the mood for it or not.

Para ser justos, it’s nice to see a married couple who get along so well in the kitchen. I barely let my husband enter while I’m cooking and even then, he does so wearing Kevlar. Pat and Gina have a romantic story – they were high school sweethearts and then reunited at their 10-year high school reunion. Dulce. But then they are in the kitchen and it’s all “Can you chop these for me, Baby?” “Can I get some sugar, Baby?” “Mmm, that looks so sweet and spicy, just like you, Baby.” And suddenly, food porn turns into…bien, food porn. And like I said, sometimes it’s funny and sweet and sometimes it’s too much. Para mí, it really depends on my mood.

The thing about the Neely’s love that I just can’t stand is when they declare their love for pigs. Their kitchen is decorated with pig sugar bowls, pig salt and pepper bowls, pig this and pig that. Even before I went veg, I never understood decorating the kitchen with the animals you were going to eat. Maybe that was my inner vegan struggling to get out. Now I like decorating with animals; to honor them and to say they are safe in my kitchen.

On one episode, Pat and Gina visited a pig farm. Ellos “oohed” y “aahed” over the pigs and how cute they were while the farmers talked about how much they loved the pigs and how they were like children to them. Bien, unlesss their human children end up getting their throats cut, I really don’t understand that statement. I don’t get hugging and petting an animal while knowing you plan to kill and eat her.

Honestamente, I don’t watch the Neelys anymore because I really can’t listen to all the “pig love” talk. Sí, before I went veg, I did more than my fair share of eating pigs but now, when I have the chance to be next to one, I look him or her in the eye and say “I’m sorry.”

Me and Lil Dude at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
So when I was looking for recipes to veganize for VeganMoFo, I thought about using one of the Neely’s. Después de todo, they can’t even cook greens without using pork.

Al final, aunque, I chose a dessert. Gina has a recipe for a Pear and Apple Cobbler and while, amazingly, there is no pork in the recipe, it’s not very healthy. It involves over a cup of sugar, 6 Tbs. of butter and an egg. My Apple & Pear Cobbler uses no sugar, sólo 2 Tbs. of maple syrup, sólo 2 Tbs. of vegan butter and no eggs. Instead of a dough for the topping, I use a combination of oatmeal and almonds.

The topping is crisp and crunchy. The pear and apple filling is soft and sweet with all those warm spices that are so comforting and delicious. Es vegano, sin gluten y saludable. My Pear & Apple Cobbler is the perfect autumn dessert for a romantic evening in front of the fireplace, maybe even while snuggling with a piggy. Disfrutar!

Pear & Zapatero de Apple

Nota: this recipe made enough cobbler to fill my small 6×10 pulgadas plato para hornear. You might need to double the recipe for a larger dish. Esto hizo 4 porciones.

Para el relleno:


2 peras, cut into bite size pieces


2 manzanas, cut into bite size pieces


1 tsp. canela


½ cucharadita. pimienta de Jamaica


Una pizca de sal


1 Tbs. harina de garbanzo


1 tsp. vainilla


2 Tbs. zumo de naranja natural



For the crust:


1 cup gluten-free oats


½ cup sliced almonds


¼ de taza de harina de garbanzos


Una pizca de sal


2 – 3 Tbs. jarabe de arce (depending how sweet you like it)


2 Tbs. melted vegan butter or oil



Precaliente el horno a 400 grados. En un tazón, add the fruit, especias, harina, vanilla and orange juice. Toss so the fruit is well-covered. Transfer the fruit filling to your baking dish or ramekins.



En otro recipiente, mix the oats, almendras, harina, sal, maple syrup and melted butter or oil. Mezclar bien. The topping mixture should be crumbly and a bit sticky. Taste it to see if it’s sweet enough for your liking. Top the fruit filling with the oat topping. Press it down into an even level.



Hornear durante 25-30 minutes until the top is golden-brown and the fruit (if you can see it; I made a lot of topping) is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let set for about 10 acta. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or all by itself.

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5 Las respuestas a Vegan MoFo: El Neelys y Pera & Zapatero de Apple

  1. Lori Junio 29, 2014 en 12:20 pm #

    Looks fantastic! Could I use a different flour. I don’t like the taste of chickpea flour. Maybe oat or coconut flour?

    • Ñandú Junio 29, 2014 en 1:41 pm #

      Seguro, se puede usar cualquier harina te gusta.

  2. Tina Rashed Octubre 15, 2012 en 3:33 en #

    Ñandú, I just baked and ate this dessert! It was delicous! 🙂

  3. Rhea Parsons Octubre 11, 2012 en 6:08 en #

    Thanks Gigi 🙂

  4. GiGi Octubre 11, 2012 en 5:35 en #

    I never saw the Neely’s, they sound a little saccharine for my taste..barfy. sí, what’s with the pig farm and the pig decor, what a bunch of nitwits. I love your rendition of a healthy dessert. Sounds right up my alley. Fantastic post.


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