Book review: The Vegan Cheatsheet

We received a copy of “The Vegan Cheat Sheet: Your Take-Everywhere Guide to Plant-based Eating“*, by Amy Cramer and Lisa McComsey, so we could read and review it. The book is presented as a guide and reference for new vegans. It starts with what is veganism and why you should adopt a vegan diet, talks about some myths and misconceptions and then jumps into dietary advice and cooking ideas. Most of the book is comprised of recipes, but they also have sections on grains,... Read More

Cookbook Preview: Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan, Part 3

Fran Costigan’s new dessert cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts*, is due to hit stores in mid October, but you can pre-order one now. In the meantime, how about trying her luscious Chocolate Dulce de Leche, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie or the recipe below? Brownie Pudding Cakelettes Brownie Pudding Cakelettes – Photographs by Kate Lewis, courtesy of Running PressThere is almost nothing I’d rather bake and eat than... Read More

Cookbook Preview: Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan, Part 2

Fran Costigan’s new dessert cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts*, is due to hit stores in mid October, but you can pre-order one now. In the meantime, how about trying her luscious Chocolate Dulce de Leche or the cookie recipe below? Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie – Photographs by Kate Lewis, courtesy of Running PressCan gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies possibly be any good?... Read More

Cookbook Preview: Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan, Part 1

  The Vegan Dessert Queen is at it again. Well, she’s been at it not stop. Fran Costigan’s new dessert cookbook, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts*, is due to hit stores in mid October, but you can pre-order one now. In the meantime, how about trying her luscious Chocolate Dulce de Leche recipe below? Chocolate Dulce de Leche Recipe Chocolate Dulce de Leche – Photographs by Kate Lewis, courtesy of Running PressI stood... Read More

You Say Tomato, I Say Let’s Make Sauce

I am not creative when it comes to food. I pretty much live by the myriad of cookbooks that litter the top of my fridge. I’m grateful to all of those adventurous cooks who write them and I admire them for that. I can make simple things without looking at these books, but I rarely venture out and try something on my own without being prompted to do so. Case in point—Lydia told me she signed us up for Vegan MoFo and my brain went blank. Now I have to get creative. So when the... Read More

Product Review: Miso Mayo

The folks from Miso Mayo were kind enough to send us some samples of their delicious alternative to mayonnaise. Miso Mayo is exactly what it sounds like, mayonnaise made with miso paste. It’s non-GMO; has no dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten or sugar —here are some additional food facts on it—; it has a huge VEGAN on the front of the bottles—we love that; and it comes in three flavors—Original, Spicy Red Pepper and Garlic ‘n’ Dill. To test these three yummy... Read More

Barbecue Tips to Make it Vegan Friendly

How do I host a vegan barbecue? It is that time of year when Americans start breaking out the barbecue grill. If the guests eat meat, then this can be a nightmare for a vegan. If you are hosting a BBQ and a friend or family member is vegan then you can easily make your barbecue party vegan friendly. I used to play volleyball on Sundays and after the games the host would have an outdoor barbecue. This was quite disgusting to me. There were so many dead animals on the grill including... Read More

Vegan Pão de Mel – Brazilian Honee Cake

Pão de mel is a Brazilian treat that makes my mouth water just from hearing the words being uttered. They were one of my biggest downfalls when I lived in Brazil and every time I went back to visit. They are mildly spiced with cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg and the sweet gooeyness of honey, baked into a scrumptious cake, cut into squares, then cut in half and filled with doce de leite, and finally dipped into a vat of melted chocolate. The combination of crispy chocolate crust,... Read More

Honee Granola Bars

I was really excited to get the opportunity to try a recipe with some Bee-Free Honee. Lydia and I decided to split it and each come up with a recipe that would normally use traditional honey, substituting it with this new product. I decided to make some granola bars, which are really simple and take less than an hour, from prep time to clean up. I also wanted to make something portable that I could share with some friends at work. These went over quite well. I added almonds and... Read More

Vegan Zucchini, Basil, “Cheese” Muffins

Looking for yet another way to use up some extra zucchini or basil? These tasty bits should do the trick. I prefer something savory as a snack or for breakfast and they certainly hit the spot last, this morning, and possibly many more times today. They’re so irresistibly yummy Mauro and I just can’t stop noshing on these buggers. I doubled the recipe when I made them last night and got 6 cupcake sized muffins and 2 loaves. I froze one of the loaves for future noshing... Read More

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