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GF Pumpkin Fig Bars with Vanilla Coco-Nut Icing

GF Pumpkin Fig Bars with Vanilla Coco-Nut Icing

We’ve just finished up some ultra-baking at work lately because of the Co-op’s annual member meeting, which has included making a lot of dessert bars.  When you have to feed 800 people, cutting up a big pan of brownies is a lot easier than most things in the baking world.  At home, I don’t bake [...]

VeganMoFo: Sweet Freedom Review!

I’ve been sitting on this for far too long, because this is a really, really amazing cookbook.  Imagine a world where vegan desserts have no refined sugar, no margarine, no wheat … and everything tastes AWESOME.  You don’t need to imagine it, actually, for you need look no further than Ricki Heller’s Sweet Freedom: Desserts [...]

VeganMoFo: Blueberry Oat Groat Shake

VeganMoFo: Blueberry Oat Groat Shake

A quick post today, as I have a little bit of time to squeeze this in before weekend madness ensues (involving cleaning, making snacks for and hosting a feminist film screening tonight, a field trip to Duluth for my Master Naturalist course tomorrow, homework, farmer’s market with an avid vegan blog follower, and my first [...]

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth

I joined an unofficial challenge (there’s four of us) to eat no refined sugar for the month of September.  One of us has a pretty severe sugar addiction, and the rest of us wanted to lay off the sweets and baked goods for a little while.  I haven’t been too worried about it, because I’ve [...]

Taking a Break

Hi everyone.  Above you’ll see a photo from Torrey Pines State Park (in San Diego) that I took back in January 2008.  Next week I’ll be heading back to my hometown for 6 days for a much needed vacation and a visit with my sister and a lot of old friends. I’m in a food [...]

The Cabin and the Radio

This past weekend, my girlfriend and I partook in an old Midwestern tradition.  “Going up to the cabin” is a very white (and rather heteronormative, at least as far as the neighbors) activity that’s always been kind of intriguing to me, and a friend of ours kindly invited us up to her family’s cabin in [...]

It's Hot.

I’ve been spending the last few days trying NOT to cook.  After a relatively chilly start to June, we’ve been sweltering in the humid 80s and 90s the past few days.  (And of course every Minnesotan who was wishing for the hot temps at the beginning of June is whining about it being too hot [...]

Flowers and a Link

Yesterday I was having a bad day at work.  Nothing catastrophic happened, just a bunch of little things adding up to put me in a stressed and sourpuss mood.  Towards the end of my shift I heard my name being called from the other end of the kitchen and looked up to see this gorgeously [...]

Raw Week: Fruity Crepe and Veggie Dressing

Today has been a weird day.  I had some weird nightmares so I never felt totally rested all day, and on top of it I had my (usually) least favorite shift at work. However, I had an AMAZING breakfast, as you can probably see!  I used the Rawmelette shells to make a fruit crepe.  Or [...]

Raw Week Update: Rawmelettes!

This wasn’t quite as good as Ecopolitan’s version, but pretty darn near close… this is what I ate there Sunday afternoon, and it seemed too easy NOT to make it at home.  All I had was my experience eating it and the menu description for Rawmelettes: two banana-coconut-flaxseed “omelette” shells with macadamia-cashew “cheese”, avocado, carrot [...]

Raw Week!

Do you ever have those times where you can distinctly remember lying on the couch cracking up watching the Kids in the Hall, or sleeping in on your day off, and yet feel like you have had no free time outside of work?  I think I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with wanting to [...]


I feel like I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like to these days.  Sometimes I just don’t feel like there is much that is blog-worthy.  But I do have a couple of announcements to make, after you get to see this picture of some gluten-free shortbread crust experimenting I’ve been [...]

It's here!

The long wait is over, and my first cookzine swell is now available!  Each zine is handmade in quarter-size (4.25″ x 5.5″), which means it’s cute and it won’t take up too much room on your counter.  The covers are printed in gold (fancy!) on recycled paper and sent to you in an envelope which [...]

Gifts! And lots and lots of paper…

(EDIT: I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the Rosemary Crisps recipe since posting this.  I’ve posted about them before, and while I wish I could take credit for their ultra-delicious existence, they are from Rene Loux’s book Living Cuisine.) It’s been a really long time… I’m sorry!  I most definitely have not forgotten [...]

Chia Pudding

Remember Chia Pets?  Actually, they’re still going quite strong, aren’t they?  (That Chia Obama is, uh, really something else.) I’ve recently learned that not only can you decorate some terra cotta with wet chia seeds and watch it grow, but you can soak them in water or milk, add a few spices and sweeteners, and [...]

Raw Fresh Thyme and Celery Soup

Raw Fresh Thyme and Celery Soup I know, I know… I can’t quit with the raw stuff lately.  But my non-raw fare has really consisted of a lot of cookbook recipes or unimpressive stir fries (well, impressive only because they were palatable despite being made in an empty North Shore cabin kitchen without tamari!). I’m [...]

Flaming Cabbage!

It’s been awhile, I realize.  I officially turned a year older, went out of town, and had spent a lot of time cleaning up my apartment to prepare for a retro cocktail party featuring a flaming cabbage centerpiece!  I have wanted to make this fantastic organic decorative piece for a long time, and finally went [...]

Vita-Mix: My (New) Favorite Kitchen Machine

(Are you ready?  This is a long one.)  Meet my new Vita-Mix 5200…I’ve been using it everyday! When I first received an inquiry asking whether I wanted to test a Vita-Mix blender, I must admit I couldn’t believe I had really been asked.  It was so unexpected, so positively dreamy it took me a day [...]

Belated Holiday Thoughts and Tonight's Dinner

I feel like it’s been awhile…  Today my ladyfriend embarked on a two-week tour with her band (yes, I am lucky enough to have ended up with a drummer!).  Which means on the one hand, it’s going to be a little lonely around here for me and the kitties.  But on the other hand, I [...]

One Loss, Many Gains!

Sounds good, right?  Well, I didn’t place in my first ever (very informal) baking contest.  Luckily my good friend Maria represented the vegans with a delicious coconut lime cake that won third place! I suppose it helps to make something you’ve made before and tested out on people instead of making it up the morning [...]

Scottish Food and Raw Thai Green Curry

I’ve returned!  Though the actual traveling days (both to and from) were experiences I don’t care to relive, my trip to Sweden and Scotland was so great, and so needed.  I’m back refreshed in the much colder Minnesota, excited to be home and to cook in my own kitchen again.  There were, however, some very [...]

Thanksgiving for Two: Bon Voyage Post

I should be finishing my packing right now, but I knew I’d have timely post regrets if I didn’t do this!  It will be brief and to the point due to time constraints.  Believe it or not, aside from the pumpkin pie which we made two nights ago, and the tempeh and squash which were [...]

Raw Applesauce

I’ve always loved applesauce.  My Swedish family would tell me that my mom, who was my first and best inspiration for cooking, was a master of homemade applesauce.  As I got older, she didn’t have time to make it from scratch anymore, but we always had a big jar of it in the fridge at [...]

Dagens Rätt: Kanelbullar

I know that VeganMoFo is going on, and in an ideal world where I have the creative energy to blog that much I totally would.  But I’m still sewing curtains, organizing our new place, feeding my lady and our two feline friends, getting up at 545am to work an an increasingly unrewarding job, and trying [...]