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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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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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Camping and Cookies

Not much is new around here. Last weekend we hiked at my husband’s stepfather’s family property and we just returned from camping at said property this weekend.

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Pants and Pomely had fun!

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Experiments in Vegan Cookery

Vegans go to some extreme lengths to make food that resembles animal products. Just challenge someone to go vegan or give up alcohol and you will see the deep emotional bonds humans form with certain food preparations (goat cheese! applewood-smoked bacon! craft beer! mom’s apple pie!). 

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This is some kind of chicken? Or sausage? According to my family, it was tasty…for dead flesh. /vegansnark

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Snow and Legos | A Post of Entirely Parting Shots

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This town has become progressively buried under snow. Despite it being Colorado, high elevation, blah blah blah, northwestern New Jersey still has more snow and colder temperatures. “I like winter/ I like snow/ I like icy winds that blow.”

NAME THAT CHILDREN’S BOOK!*

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Vegan “Mayo” and Coleslaw

When my parents gave me a Vitamix blender for a graduation present, my mom and I soon realised, as I was reading the accompanying cookbook aloud one afternoon, that there was a Vitamix “lifestyle.” Much like California cuisine, which highlights fresh ingredients and often merges cultural cooking styles, the Vitamix cookbook emphasized using the freshest ingredients possible and provided options for healthy, vegan, raw, and haute cuisine dishes. Several creamy sauces, including a creamy tomato and alfredo sauces, incorporate tofu instead of heavy cream. While the cookbook includes a homemade mayonnaise recipe (eggs and oil at 2 horsepower blending–woo hoo!), there was not a vegan mayonnaise option, to my surprise. I forgot to buy “nayo” at Sprouts on Saturday when I was buying provisions for our Saturday night barbecue.

 Vegan Mayo | Gothic Granola

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Protein Cookie Bars

These peanut butter oatmeal protein balls have been taking over the interwebs. I put my own twist on the recipes found in Dr. Phoenyx’s Instagram and Gimme Some Oven.

 

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