Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting, Crystalized Ginger and Candied Walnuts

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in American, desserts, Recipes | No Comments

After a long couple of months, having moved across the country from Champaign, Illinois to Bellevue, Washington, I’m back…and I come bearing cake! What better way to celebrate a new home, in a new city, than with a decadent carrot cake. A little comfort food to help me settle back into my life. I’m excited ...

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Sweet potatoes are kinda awesome. Until recently, I had no idea that they contain more nutritional value than any other vegetable. Who knew? So why not sneak them into something like bread to make it even more delicious! Since this bread is fairly sweet, it goes really well with rosemary. I also think that olives ...

Creamy Kentucky Grits with Crispy Rosemary Mushroom Bacon and Country Rock Sorghum Syrup

Creamy Kentucky Grits with Crispy Rosemary Mushroom Bacon and Country Rock Sorghum Syrup

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in American, breakfast, entrées, Recipes | No Comments

We were recently gifted some Kentucky white stone ground grits (Weisenberger Mill) and Country Rock Sweet Sorghum from our friends Danny and Mirra. Thank you!! I’m finally getting the chance to put these ingredients to good use. I just want to take a moment to say that I completely support Danny and Mirra in their ...

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Pickled red onions are an awesome addition to this dish. Along with the red pepper coulis, they help to create a more complex flavor. If you think about it, the addition of pickled red onion isn’t THAT strange considering that ratatouille is sometimes served with involtini and it has a slightly sour, pickled flavor to ...

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 ...

Green Tea Cupcakes with Candied Almonds

Green Tea Cupcakes with Candied Almonds

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in desserts, Japanese, Recipes | 3 Comments

I tested these ‘lil guys out on a group of non-vegans who tend to eat your typical “American” diet. I wasn’t really expecting many people to like them…or even TRY them! Just goes to show, don’t underestimate people. They were a hit! With that said, the original cake part of the recipe I made was ...

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 ...

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in appetizers, Italian, sides | 2 Comments

I love this salad cuz it looks like a party on a plate. And since peppers are still available at the farmers market, I decided to have at it. It can seem like a lot of work, to roast the peppers, peel and seed them, but I promise its worth it. Roasting the peppers will ...