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Recipes

VeganMoFo IV: Raw Persimmon Coconut Tarts

VeganMoFo IV: Raw Persimmon Coconut Tarts

You’d think with all this persimmon madness, I’d have had a love affair with it since the day I was born.  Well, maybe not quite that much.  But, while I am falling in love with this fruit, we only just met a couple years ago.  Only available for a short time of the year, I [...]


VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

I was up north this weekend celebrating a special birthday with my ladyfriend, lacking internet access and even cell phone reception (but it was a nice little break from technology), hence my little break from MoFo.  My thumb is still healing and still painful at times, but much better than a couple days ago!  Thanks [...]


VeganMoFo: Raw Persimmon-Apple Crisp

VeganMoFo: Raw Persimmon-Apple Crisp

I admit to a certain satisfaction in doing most things with my hands.  Measuring cake ingredients and finally stirring them together with a silicone spatula before pouring them into pans.  Squeezing oranges with a citrus press.  Making thin slices of apples and persimmon with my mandoline.  Except when I get overeager in my guard-less slicing [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Creamy Pepita Cilantro Dressing

VeganMoFo IV: Creamy Pepita Cilantro Dressing

Hot dang!  I made it into the first VeganMoFo roundup!  And even without pictures (since I only linked you to the post from last year).  Sadly, I have no recent pictures today either, because I was working, voting, working out, and am in the midst of trying to rearrange my entire kitchen so we have [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

Welcome to VeganMoFo IV!  I’m a realistic lady and know I won’t be posting everyday (especially since I’ll be up north in a cabin this weekend), but I’m going to try my best to post three or four times a week.  This year I hope to revisit old recipes that have been lost to domain [...]


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 [...]


Marinated Kale Salad

Marinated Kale Salad

Before I talk about kale, I want to talk about why this kale salad happened in the first place, or why anything I make has ever been made.  If you have poked around this site a bit or read it for awhile, you might remember that I owe my love of food and cooking to [...]


Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

I hesitate posting a recipe like this, because it seems so obvious, and to tell the truth, the measurements are pretty loose and might not totally qualify as a recipe.  But I’m doing it anyway, since sometimes we just need a recipe to make something as simple as an heirloom tomato salad. Tomatoes are magical [...]


Fresh Cherry-Meyer Lemon Coconut Tarts

Fresh Cherry-Meyer Lemon Coconut Tarts

[Thank you everyone, for your very kind words regarding my recent life changes.  It means a great deal to me!] I don’t watch a lot of tv (in fact, we don’t even own a television set and haven’t for close to 3 years), but that doesn’t mean that pop culture references escape me.  Or, rather, [...]


Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies

Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies

Having missed out on the first two SOS challenges hosted by Ricki and Kim, I was over the moon when this month’s ingredient was announced: rhubarb!  My all-time favorite pie flavor is strawberry-rhubarb, and I have fond memories of my grandmother making some kind of rhubarb tart topped with baked meringue (not vegan, and perhaps [...]


Roots and Leaves: Beets!

Roots and Leaves: Beets!

Another result of my busier schedule is my need for simpler foods.  Sometimes that means convenience (and eating out), but I’m trying really hard to take advantage of all the wonderful produce happening now and arriving soon.  I’m also trying hard to not let working two jobs make me forget to take care of myself [...]


Two Seed Milks

Two Seed Milks

So apparently it’s been awhile, yet again.  My new two-jobs thing hasn’t left me a lot of free time, it seems, and while I had every intention of blogging about the magical fiddlehead fern a couple weeks ago, turns out I cooked some that had gone bad and I got my first bout of food [...]


Sauteed Ramp and Wild Rice Salad

Sauteed Ramp and Wild Rice Salad

I don’t know about the rest of you, but here in Minnesota, spring has decided to be, well, a bit summer-y.  Highs around 70 confuse me and try to tempt me into planting my garden, but I know I need to hold off a bit longer or risk an April (sometimes early May!) frost.  So [...]


The I [heart] Coconuts Post

The I [heart] Coconuts Post

Because, really, I do.  And with projected temperatures in the 70s this week, I’m feeling downright tropical. It seems that lately I’ve been spending a lot of time reading blogs and not blogging much on my own.  The horrors!  One very valid reason is that I’m now working two jobs, the second (and part-time) one [...]


Raw Almond Slaw

Raw Almond Slaw

Pardon the delay in posting—turns out I left my battery charger in Tallahassee after a trip there at the beginning of March (oops!).  And speaking of that trip, I feel an intense desire to re-experience hot boiled peanuts, and to recreate the amazingly non-nutritional-yeasty/-mustardy vegan macaroni and cheese from the Vegan Soul Food cart.  Until [...]


Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Welcome!  I hope you are as excited as I am about the new look and layout.  I have two very special people to thank for all of this: first, Elliot, who found me a good server and made the initial transfer of the old blog, and secondly, Peter, who found this blog template and made [...]


Sunchoke and Saffron Risotto

Sunchoke and Saffron Risotto

I totally have a recipe coming up for some amazake-sweetened teff muffins, but I thought it might be nice to go savory first.  Ever since Jes posted her recipe for Sorghum Risotto, I’ve had risotto on the brain.  Then I had an overpriced plate of sunchoke risotto at a local cafe that I knew I [...]


Cardamom-Peach Amazake Scones

Cardamom-Peach Amazake Scones

Eager to try out some amazake-sweetened baked goodies, this recipe truly started out as an attempt at muffins.  But when I mixed my batter together I realized there was no way it was thin enough to become muffins, so I whipped out a sheet pan instead.  And twenty-five or so minutes later I was sinking [...]


GF Coconut Lime Cupcakes with Avocado Lime Frosting

GF Coconut Lime Cupcakes with Avocado Lime Frosting

Life is sweet. So far gluten-free baking has been a lot of trial and error, a lot of disappointments and some minor successes.  But this recipe has been a definite success!  I gave a mini-bundt cake version made from leftover batter to a friend of mine and she told me “I hope you wrote down [...]


GF Three Pepper Red Bean and Greens Gumbo

GF Three Pepper Red Bean and Greens Gumbo

I’m determined over the next two nights to make really tasty dinners for my girlfriend before she leaves for her European tour.  Not because I imagine she’ll not get anything tasty while abroad (and Europe is so much more generous with these sorts of things than her band has ever encountered in the U.S.), nor [...]


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes

I don’t really make pancakes all that often.  But with a recent work schedule change allowing me to sleep in a few extra days a week, and a chilly change in the weather that has me making excuses to stand in front of the stove, I’ve been making a lot more pancakes these days. It [...]


Pre-Thanksgiving Prep

Pre-Thanksgiving Prep

As usual, I’m too late with these kinds of things to be of much use to anyone right now, but I’ve got to get my blogging mojo back so I’m posting anyway.  I’m working all week, including on Thanksgiving until 1pm, so I’m trying to clean my house and make as much food as I [...]


Persimmon-Apple Sauce

Persimmon-Apple Sauce

When I got home today I knew I had to do something with the bag of persimmons that wasn’t going to last much longer in the fridge.  I started throwing a couple things in a saucepan, and this ultra delicious Persimmon-Apple Sauce was created.  It’s perfectly sweet without added sugar and has a hint of [...]


Raw Coconut and Persimmon Parfait (and giving gluten a rest)

Raw Coconut and Persimmon Parfait (and giving gluten a rest)

Well, after VeganMoFo, it feels like I dropped off the planet a bit.  For a week, anyway   This past week has been really stressful, and I’ve been having a hard time making food in general, much less blogging about it.  But things are on the upswing (I hope). Early for me on a day [...]