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Updates – swell


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 doing combined with two of my favorite seasonal fruits: strawberries and rhubarb!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tarts with Gluten-Free Lavender-Orange Shortbread Crust

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tarts with Gluten-Free Lavender-Orange Shortbread Crust

I don’t feel comfortable posting a recipe for these because I think the crust needs a little work with proportions. (They were still good to eat though!)

On to the announcements…

First, I’ve got a couple of contributions posted up on Veggie Thing, here and here, which is CitySearch’s new food p0rn guide to vegan dining out.  If you don’t live in Minneapolis, there are plenty of other cities and contributors to check out!  I’ll be submitting to this site regularly from here on out.

Second, remember those mystery photos I posted awhile back?  Well, the “secret” is that I was asked to photograph some raw dishes to be used on the cover of an upcoming raw foods book!  They actually ended up choosing a photo from a shoot I didn’t post (to be honest, I was even hesitant to submit them… I must have really different standards ;-P ), and I don’t have very many details about the book itself at the moment, but I’ll update you as soon as I know more.  The bonus to that news is that I’m also getting paid for the work I did, which for yours truly means an upgrade to a lovely macro lens I’ve been dreaming about.  My biggest thanks goes to Carmella of the Sunny Raw Kitchen, who so kindly recommended me for the project.

Third and last, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming video of some basic baking tips I contributed to this blog project.  The blog author (who is super awesome and nice) is working on doing 24 random projects assigned to her by other people to celebrate her 24th birthday.  I think it should be up in the next week or two, and I can tell you my contribution involves baking tools, dancing, and Yma Sumac!

I’m still testing recipes for Terry’s upcoming Vegan Latina cookbook, and like many fellow testers have already said, it’s going to be delicious and AMAZING… it goes far beyond the usual fare of burritos and enchiladas (though there are definitely recipes for those as well).  Just check out this amazing taco, tostones, and mango-jicama salad dinner I ate recently!

Taco Dinner

Taco Dinner

Yummy yum yum!

(As a wee reminder, I still have zines available for sale if you haven’t ordered one yet!  The info is still located here.  Thanks again to everyone who has already ordered.)

16 Responses to “Updates”

  1. Courtney says:

    Those strawberry rhubarb treats look delicious! And gluten free too?! Amazing.

    Congrats on the photography and the extra money–how exciting :o ) Your photos are always beautiful, so I am not surprised your pictures were chosen!

    I will check out your reviews! How cool!


  2. Shelby says:

    Those tarts are so cute! And they sound very very delicious!

  3. LeAnne says:

    Those tarts look incredible and that taco dinner looks so incredibly tasty. This food makes me so hungry right now. lol.

  4. DJ says:

    Strawberry tarts – that’s a real summer memory for me, and this strawberry-rhubarb twist looks lovely to me! So glad you’re getting so many projects off the ground at the once – you deserve it!

  5. Ricki says:

    Wow–congratulations, congratulations and congratulations! All are great news. Your photos are totally professional quality and deserve to be on the cover of a cookbook! Can’t wait to see the final product. :)

    And thanks so much for your very kind comment on my blog. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  6. Your photos are amazing! Both dishes look so tasty:)

  7. Mandee says:

    Congrats on being asked to submit photos for the raw cookbook, that’s brilliant! And those strawberry rhubarb tarts, I am looking fwd to the gf crust :)

  8. shellyfish says:

    That’s lots of great news, and beautiful tarts to boot! And GF…don’t forget to post the recipe when you get it to where you like it. I’m really looking forward to Vegan Latina – I love what I’m seeing.

  9. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Those tarts looks perfect for summertime!

    Congrats on the photos!! And a news lens, how fun!

  10. Melisser says:

    Hooray for my fellow Veggie Thing contributors! That taco plate looks awesome, but that tart looks incredible!

  11. CurlyTop says:


    I’m a long time fan of your blog and I finally decided to come out of the woodwork to give you a comment.

    Congragulations on the raw cookbook. With your photography skills it’s no suprise to me! I think you should write a post about food photography. You have a real gift for styling etc.

    Have a great Sunday darlin,

    With Love,


  12. a-k says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! It makes me smile real big ;-)

  13. Jodye says:

    The tarts sound delicious, and your taco dinner looks amazing and so colorful! Congratulations on the photos!

  14. Geoff Rutledge says:

    Hi a-k,

    Those tarts look so delicious. Can’t wait till you perfect the crust so you can share the recipe!

    I’m a physician and former faculty member at Harvard and Stanford Medical Schools. I discovered your blog while looking for the best health writers on the web. I reviewed your posts, and think your writing would be a great addition to the Vegan Community on Wellsphere, a top 5 health website that has nearly 5 million visitors monthly. If you would like to learn more about how you can join our Health Blogger Network, republish your blog posts and be featured on the Wellsphere platform, just drop me an email at dr.rutledge@wellsphere.com.



  15. Lauren says:

    I am so happy I found your blog! Beautiful photos and tasty looking creations!! :) I love it!

  16. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा says:

    Those strawberry tarts look terrific.

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