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chocolate chip gingerbread cupcakes with cardamom infused frosting

this recipe started as a far cry from what it ended up as.  it began with a gingerbread persimmon upside-down cake that was a true disaster.  all the persimmons stuck to the pan, the cake wasn’t sweet or moist enough, and most of all it had no chocolate.  but 4 or 5 tries later and […]

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raw hot chocolate

you’re probably asking yourself how it can be both raw and hot at the same time.  without actually cooking, if blended on high for a few minutes anything will warm up.  it’s a tip often used by raw foodists to make raw soups more appetizing. after a few minutes of blending the combination of fresh […]

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vegan thanksgiving: cookie-crusted sweet potatoes

we got a bit caught up – as is expected of foodies on the most culinary-centric day of the year for some – and didn’t find the time to post this recipe.  but luckily, these would be great for christmas too, any time of the year really! the topic of sweet potatoes vs. yams has […]

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naturally sweetened yam and asian pear sauce

last year i made homemade pumpkin applesauce, a real fall favorite.  packed with cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar, it was a decadent traditional treat made fresh with organic ingredients.  but i’m on a low sugar kick lately and wanted to make a much lighter version. instead of brown sugar, i sweetened it with the fresh […]

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pluot cobbler tart

people think tarts are so fancy, so european.  but in reality, all you need to make one is the pan.  the crust that you press into it isn’t far off from that of a pie and the filling is much simpler – just dice up fresh fruit, arrange it in concentric circles and voilà!  you have yourself […]

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salty caramel dipping sauce

i remember fondly the trips to the grocery store when my mother let me get that ooey gooey caramel sauce they stack next to the apples in the produce section.  if you eat it on fruit it must be healthy…right?  not in the copious amounts i managed to wrap around a tiny wedge of apple. […]

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apricot scones

i don’t understand why it’s considered normal to eat super sweet food first thing in the morning.  if i wake up and eat a blueberry muffin my blood sugar will be bouncing up and down all day, let alone pancakes or waffles stacked high and drizzled in syrup.  that’s why i usually look to the […]

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chocolate pluot cupcakes

i’ve been baking vegan treats for at least 2 or 3 years now and i can safely say that i’ve got the cookie down.  there are so many cookie recipes already that leave out eggs or substitute oil for butter, that a vegan cookie recipe is easy to come by and hard to screw up. […]

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lemon lavender cookies

when i first had the idea for this recipe i wanted to call it a lavenderdoodle.  i was inspired by the simplicity of snickerdoodles – basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar – so i wanted to make a version with lavender instead. but the final result ended up much more subtle, not resembling […]

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vegan cranberry jello

it’s a shame not being able to eat things like marshmallows, gummi bears, or jello when you are out and about as they contain gelatin.  the good news is it’s easy to replace gelatin with agar agar, a seaweed-based gelling agent.  i picked some up at my local health food bulk bin and while it’s […]

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cinnamon swirl bread

i first learned how to make my own bread when i worked in an italian restaurant in portland.  i would make pizza dough fresh every morning so it had plenty of time to rise before we topped it with sauce, cheese, and toppings and popped it in the oven for lunch time. sure it takes […]

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chocolate peanut butter fudge

as part of my chocolate kick i’ve been experimenting with a lot of types of vegan fudge.  it’s really quite simple to vegan-ize fudge as long as you have both a dairy-free butter/margarine substitute and a dairy-free chocolate.  all it takes some light melting, sifting and stirring to create a sweet concoction no one would […]

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maca cinnamon truffles for valentine’s day

when i think valentines day, i think chocolate.  it’s inevitable.  if you have someone to share the day with you spend it feeding each other decadent chocolate treats all day. if you don’t you try to forget by treating yourself with as much chocolate as you can possibly eat. ever since my local grocery store […]

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fried banana wontons

a few months ago i posted about using wonton wrappers to make chik’n and mushroom wontons, and since then i have been experimenting with all their possibilities.  i’ve tried little veggie spring rolls, pumpkin potstickers, mini apple pie wontons, and now, the simpilest of all, fried banana wontons. there’s very little prep work to make […]

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pistachio cranberry biscotti

in italian, biscotti just means cookies – any type.  biscotti could be bite sized or as big as your head, flat or thick, crunchy or chewy, round or cut into shapes.  in the u.s., we have somehow adopted the word biscotti to mean a specific tuscan treat – a fairly basic cookie dough baked as […]

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