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Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 1: Cold Appetizers)

Chocolate Coma: Chocolate Dinner Party (Part 1: Cold Appetizers)

The All-Chocolate Dinner Party Seeing as how the guests “ooh”-ed and “ah”-ed at the appropriate times, ate everything I served them, and then waddled out the door at the end of the evening, I’d say the chocolate dinner party was a success. It was a belated birthday party, and the birthday girl loves chocolate....

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Party Prepping

I’ve been busy preparing for a dinner party tomorrow night. I’m trying to make a birthday cake shaped like a present, with a chocolate bow and ribbons. So far I’ve made the vegan mocha cake, buttercream frosting (not vegan this time), and spiced mango filling, and put them all together, with a crumb coat...

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Strawberries for Spring

Strawberries for Spring

The smell of a fresh, ripe strawberry makes my mouth water. The luscious red tantalizes, daring me to take a bite. I practically started eating them off the stacks of baskets in the store the other day. Instead, I washed and froze some to use throughout the year. Buying produce in season ensures the...

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Developing New Recipes

Developing New Recipes

Developing new vegetarian recipes is a challenge that is both frustrating and fun, creating the tastes and textures I want. Sometimes I get it right the first time, or come close. Often, however, it takes multiple versions of a recipe to come up with a decent finished product. And with every trial that fails...

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Vegan Banana Bread or Cake

Vegan Banana Bread or Cake

So many banana bread/cake recipes I’ve tried have only hinted at banana flavor. This cake screams ripe banana, which is one reason I love it. It is my take on something called “Kona Inn Banana Bread.” An internet search revealed endless variations of similar recipes. Whenever we have too many overripe or soft bananas,...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Quality Control: Healthier Hot Cross Buns I made a batch of my hot cross buns today, adding 1/4 cup of chopped apricots for some fruity variety. I used my winning recipe, posted here and below. The dough was stickier than I remember it being last year, but perhaps that was due to the humidity...

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Vegan Ice Cream Cookbook

Greens Reusable Fabric Tote

Fun Animal Poems, Facts, and Activities for Kids

Learn about Hawaii while you draw

A Gratefulness Journal with Prompts

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