Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Al (Cap)Pacino Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in American, desserts | No Comments

Cupcakes for your Scarface. Hands down, coffee is my favorite flavor for dessert. We have an amazing local roastery here in Champaign called Columbia Street Roastery. The delicious aroma of roasting coffee beans as I walk into the store always brings a serene smile to my face. For this recipe, I highly recommend using freshly ...

Soy-Nog Pancakes

Soy-Nog Pancakes

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in American, breakfast, Recipes | No Comments

For many vegans, the holidays are marked by the arrival of delicious Soy-Nog at the grocery store. Although I was never a fan of the real stuff, I do quite like the soy version. Something about the combination of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think these ...

Crispy Orange Tofu with Roasted Fennel Puree

Crispy Orange Tofu with Roasted Fennel Puree

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in American, entrées | 3 Comments

I had planned on going to New York City for Thanksgiving, but things changed at the last minute so I found myself at home with my dog Izzy (aka The Goo.) Instead of making myself a Thanksgiving dinner for one, I decided to get out of my apartment (and head) to volunteer. What a wonderful ...

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

Instead of eating turkey this Thanksgiving, why not eat a tray of cupcakes? I totally would. Frosting Ingedients: 8 ounces Tofutti Cream Cheese 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, preferably fresh 3 tbsp soy butter 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp almond extract 5 cups confectioners sugar (Wholesome Sweeteners makes organic powdered sugar) In ...

Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in American, desserts, Recipes | 2 Comments

Pumpkin is in season right now so I have been making lots of my own pumpkin puree. It can be a fairly time consuming project, but so worth it. Fresh pumpkin tastes far better than canned, plus you can purchase some local organic pumpkins to help support small farmers. My friend Melinda was kind enough ...

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in American, appetizers, Italian, sides | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting This recipe was adapted from Mario Batali’s cookbook, Babbo. Makes for a great addition to Thanksgiving or even a little spread for sandwiches. Mmmm Ingredients: 2 cups granulated sugar 12 oz fresh cranberries (one bag) 3 tbsp dry ground mustard 1 tsp truffle oil (You can also use mustard oil or ...

Kale Salad with White Balsamic Infused Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Kale Salad with White Balsamic Infused Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in American, appetizers, sides | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting Ingredients: 1 Bunch of Kale, stems and thick center ribs removed, chiffonade the leaves 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 cup golden raisins 7 tbsp fig-infused white balsamic vinegar (or just white balsamic vinegar) 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar 3 tsp agave nectar 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp sea ...

Ted “Damson Plum” Yogurt Cake

Ted “Damson Plum” Yogurt Cake

Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

Last weekend at the Urbana Farmers Market I came across some little baby Damson Plums. The lady selling them had warned me that they would most likely be too tart to use for anything other than some sort of alcohol. I beg to differ. It’s funny how something like tartness can be so relative. They ...

Groundcherry & Brown Sugar Scones with Vanilla-Rosemary Glaze

Groundcherry & Brown Sugar Scones with Vanilla-Rosemary Glaze

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in American, breakfast, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

This morning at the farmers market I came across what looked like teeny tiny baby tomatillos! Intrigued, I just had to get ‘em. I was told they were groundcherries. I had never heard of these before! Upon closer inspection, they appeared to be the size of a blueberry, yellow in color, cherry tomato-like in texture ...

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Peppers

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in American, entrées, Fusion, Italian, Recipes | No Comments

To celebrate the 4th of July I decided to forego the BBQ this year and try something new. For some reason stuffed peppers popped into my head. I headed out to Pontious Farm early in the day to see what I could find. Slim pickens right now, but I did find some beautiful red currants (the ...