Gothic Granola Come to the Dark Side…we have vegan and gluten-free delights.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake

When Greek yoghurt became popular a few years ago (or to use my husband’s phrase, it “blew up”), naturally bakers of all stripes put it in their products. Three tablespoons, though, is superfluous. It’s not enough to add flavor or a preponderance of acidity to make a cake rise, especially when the leavening agent is baking powder, not the basic (as in pH, for all of you who failed chemistry) baking soda (NaHCO3). But I may just be an old vegan codger. Greek yoghurt does make good traditional cheesecake, and I used to eat a lot of it before I became lactose-intolerant.

Anyway, strawberries were on sale at Lucky’s.

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Agave Oat Cookies

 I found this recipe years ago (2010) soon after becoming vegan. I brought home some agave nectar from the Whole Earth Center in Princeton since I had switched to natural and vegan sweeteners. The picture on the source website looks nothing like the finished product. Although, I suppose if you used the full 1/2 cup of canola oil, the cookies would spread. Did I mention I was also hypersensitive (mentally) about using too much fat in recipes in 2010, too?

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Basic Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Today’s quote: “The ghosts you chase you never catch.” –John Malkovich

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In looking for an image suited for this quote (or one of those pin-able quote images”), I found a metal song by the same name. Go watch it and support an emerging band with your views.

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Berry Tarts with Almond Crust

Every vegan and their mom has a recipe for a berry tart. Because vegan desserts have to be fruit and plant-based, right? Nope. By the way, I learned about this crust recipe from my mother, so there. She made it in December 2012 for a holiday desserts presentation I did for Lawrence Library.

My mom made the same crust again as berry mini-pies in for Fourth of July in 2013. These are my fresh berry tarts.

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Lemon Tiramisu with Limoncello

Mmm, this dessert made me realise how much I miss bread pudding-type desserts! I haven’t made any “pain perdu” situations in a while because I have rarely had leftover baked goods, if TC has had any say.

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Father-in-law gave me two small bottles of Limoncello and said to make something. TC presented it to me as an Iron Chef Challenge. Evaluating what we had on hand, I quickly made a batch of vanilla cupcakes and set some cashews to soaking. Lemon Tiramisu it would be! Read more →

Zucchini Banana Coconut Paleo Bread

The second paleo recipe of late…what is this madness?! One of my neighbors gave me an entire bag of Nutiva coconut flour, and this was the first thing I made with it. The Wednesday farmers market is usually a little thin on goods, but one vendor offers an “all you can fit” bag for $10. I used zucchini in this recipe from the farmers market.

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Basic Tahini Dressing

If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ve probably stared at a plate like this often: cooked grain, beans, and greens.

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Videre licet, lentils and rice.  Nota bene the rice was cooked with cumin and saffron.

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