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Dessert

Marmalade and Cake!

Marmalade and Cake!

Oh, and soup! A spicy beet soup I made in the pressure cooker, then pureed and served with local pea shoots and some simple roasted tofu. It was a lovely, light spring dinner. Also, because I become a little bit crazy before going on a big trip (we’re soon headed to Arizona for a week [...]


VeganMoFoV [10]: Weekend Salad

VeganMoFoV [10]: Weekend Salad

This weekend we went on a little birdwatching trip.  Knowing we’d be in an unfamiliar town with less-than-ideal food options, we packed a bunch of food to eat over a couple days (luckily our motel room had a fridge).  One of them was this salad, which continues my kale obsession with the addition of roasted, [...]


Holiday Saffron & Citrus Rice Pudding

Holiday Saffron & Citrus Rice Pudding

I’m a sucker for puddings, and when I started thinking about a traditional Swedish dessert made from whipped cream and orange slices folded into cinnamon-y leftover rice pudding, I thought about the ways I could change it to not just veganize it, but make it a little bit of my own.  Enter our good friend [...]


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: 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Cooking for Seven

Cooking for Seven

Once every month or two for a couple years now, some old college friends and I get together at one person’s house, and that one person makes dinner (and dessert!) for everybody else.  Last night was my turn, and I decided on Caribbean food, mostly because it’s awesome but also because it’s winter, so: take [...]


Birthday's Return

Birthday's Return

I know I haven’t blogged in almost a month.  With the holidays and unmotivatingly freezing temperatures until just a couple days ago I’ve mostly been in hibernation mode (and no offense, but I mean really freezing, not frost-in-Florida-or -California-freezing.  Like a few weeks in which we barely crept above zero and more often were dealing [...]


Review: My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky

Review: My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky

If you’re reading my teeny humble blog you’ve no doubt already come across Hannah’s blog, BitterSweet, if not read it regularly.  She takes beautiful photos of not just food but her amazing crafts, all given great background stories with her signature and engaging writing style.  She posts so regularly about so many of her edible [...]


Thanksgiving Feast!

Thanksgiving Feast!

I think my favorite thing about any big celebratory meal is getting to channel my totally unfeminist dreams of being a midcentury housewife: cleaning the house, cooking massive amounts of food, setting the table, getting to use my pretty (though very unmatched) vintage servingware, lighting candles, and playing Astrud Gilberto and Les Baxter records.  I [...]


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 [...]


VeganMoFo: Recent Raw Treats

Raw Strawberry Macaroons from Ani’s Raw Food Desserts. I’m making a bunch of recipes from Ani’s Raw Food Desserts this week to write up a review for Jae Steele’s blog.  So far, just about everything has been Pretty Tasty.  Strawberries are one of my favorite foods, so the smell and taste of these macaroons makes [...]


VeganMoFo: Odds and Ends

Last night my ladyfriend came into the kitchen and said, “I wish we had brownies.”  I said, “I can make some!” and I did.  Of course I reached for Sweet Freedom and discovered that I had all the ingredients for a half-batch of the Ultra Fudgy Brownies… even half an avocado! which makes up some [...]


VeganMoFo: Raw and Cooked

When I opened my cupboards yesterday, I looked up and saw all these brown pouches full of fancy raw superfoods I’d bought awhile ago.  And despite my claim in #24 here, I thought I’d give raw chocolate a go.  I’ve added nibs to smoothies, but apparently all the wrong kinds of smoothies, because I always [...]


VeganMoFo: Raw Apple Crisp and Veggieful Dinner

This morning I got up, went to the dehydrator, and pulled out a tray of Maple Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies from Raw Food Real World.  (No, maple isn’t really raw…ooh, controversy!)  Then I sliced some apples, mixed them with a “syrup” out of dates, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon juice and coconut water, and topped them with the [...]


Ani Phyo's Peach and Pistachio Cobbler

See, I told you I’m loving peaches!  I bought a couple peaches specifically for this dessert, which I’ve been eyeing in my recently-acquired copy of Ani’s Raw Food Desserts.  So I whipped it up, sat down to read through my blogs, and what popped up immediately but her post of the recipe and a video [...]


Raw Week: Tuesday Eats

Just a quick post today… I am definitely way more full of energy than I have been in a long time.  I admit it could be from a combination of things, but I’d like to think my recent eating habits have something to do with it!  At any rate, I think I’m figuring out my [...]


Get It Ripe by jae steele

You know when you get a cookbook and you read it from cover to cover and cradle it in your arms and wanna marry it?  Uh… me neither; isn’t that a weird idea? Okay, so it’s really mostly true.  I heard about Get It Ripe in the Post Punk Kitchen forums awhile back and have [...]