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Oscars 2013 – Part 1

Oscars 2013 – Part 1

I did eight dishes inspired by the best picture nominees for our Oscar party this year.  I planned nine, but Pearl didn’t want to nap so there was no time for the “Zero Dark Meat Meatballs”, a reprise of “There Will Not be Blood Meatballs.”  Oh well… Above is a shot of the almost full [...]

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Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas

Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas

Looking at the calendar yesterday I realized that we’re a lot further into November than I’d realized.  That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’d better start figuring out what I’m going to make! With that in mind, I thought I’d go through past posts that would be appropriate for the holiday.  Let’s [...]

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Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Mini Peanut Butter Cups

I have fond Easter memories of pastel “grass”-packed baskets brimming with yummy sweet treats, hours of playing with my cousins (some of the time spent swapping said treats), and a huge meal with the whole family to cap the day off.  Since Ryan and I don’t have any family here in LA, Easter isn’t what [...]

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Cupcake Wars – Midnight Chocolate Peanut Butter “Cup”-Cake

Cupcake Wars – Midnight Chocolate Peanut Butter “Cup”-Cake

I know what you’re thinking – Another Cupcake Wars cupcake?  How?  What?  Um… Kim, you didn’t make it to Round 2…  How could you have another cupcake from the show? Just because I got eliminated after the first round doesn’t mean I didn’t plan for Round 2!  And you can bet your sweet little cupcake [...]

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Chocolate-Stuffed Peanut Butter Scones

Chocolate-Stuffed Peanut Butter Scones

This recipe comes from the book Simply Scones that I was telling you guys about on Monday.  The name of this one had me at hello, if you know what I mean.  I have to admit that I don’t think I would have ever thought to make a peanut butter scone, as much as I [...]

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Super Bowl Snacks!

Super Bowl Snacks!

Snacks!  They’re not quite dips and they’re not quite a meal (though I could happily make a meal out of them).  Here are some tasty bites that would be right at home on Sunday Bowl Sunday. We have to start with Nachos, of course!  You can make these with whatever fixin’s you like, and they’re [...]

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“The Conscious Cook’s” Herbed Cashew Cheese

“The Conscious Cook’s” Herbed Cashew Cheese

I’m a big fan of nut-based cheeses, and I’ve been wanting to try the recipe for herbed cashew cheese from “The Conscious Cook” for months now.  Since we were going to be hanging out with some dear friends over the Labor Day holiday, I finally decided to take the plunge this weekend and give it [...]

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SusanV’s Sweet Potato Casserole

SusanV’s Sweet Potato Casserole

What you’re looking at might be my favorite Thanksgiving side.  I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love this sweet potato casserole.  I found the recipe last year on the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog and asked my friend Laurel to bring it to our vegan Thanksgiving.  She was nice enough [...]

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Frangipane Pear Crostata

Frangipane Pear Crostata

Our good friend Joe gives me old copies of his favorite magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal.  If you ask him about it he won’t admit how much he loves it, but you can trust me that he really does. I noticed that the November issue’s cover announced a “Thanksgiving Special, America’s Best Pies.”  Since I’m still [...]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I know that Brussels sprouts have a reputation for being disgusting, but when they’re cooked the right way, they’re actually really delicious.  Any vegetable is pretty gross when overcooked, so if you’ve had a bad experience with Brussels sprouts, please give them another chance.  If the fact that they taste great isn’t enough to convince [...]

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Holiday Nut Roast

Holiday Nut Roast

My mother-in-law, Jan, has always been especially supportive of Ryan’s and my choice to become vegetarians (and then vegans).  One of the first Thanksgivings that we were not eating meat she asked me to send her some recipes ahead of time so that she could plan some special dishes for us.  I searched my cookbooks [...]

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Badenjan Dip

Badenjan Dip

I saw Nigella Lawson make this Middle Eastern roasted eggplant dip on one of her cooking shows years ago, and since then I’ve made it many times for get togethers at our place, or as a dish to bring to a party. This doesn’t have an overpowering eggplant flavor, so even if it’s not your [...]

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Chocolate Chip Date Cake

Chocolate Chip Date Cake

Last week in my  Bakin Wrapped Dates post I mentioned a Date Cake that I’d made, and here it is!  When I first passed the date stand at the Farmers Market I had a flash of this cake that my Mom had made when I was little.  I probably remembered it because dates sounded really [...]

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