Category Archives: Desserts

Cookies, cakes, puddings and treats!


Breakfast Rice Pudding and (not so) NEAT review

I was planning to post my version of Gena Hamshaw’s sweet potato and black bean enchiladas, but there was nary a tomatillo to be found in Anchorage.  Ok then, Plan B. Having just received my sample order of NEAT meat replacement products I figured what the heck, why not give their taco filling a try and just top it with sweet potatoes and black beans.  Genius?  I thought so…

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Indulgent Chocolate Pudding

This recipe is adapted and veganized from King Arthur Flour’s Chocolate Intemperance Pudding, which I found on the label of their triple cocoa blend cocoa powder.  The title was intriguing to me, since intemperance brings to mind a time in New England history when people were named things like Prudence and Chastity (and Temperance), and the mere thought of enjoying a chocolate treat was apt to result in having to wear a scarlet C on your chest.  Was this recipe to be an old fashioned cure for us chocolate inebriates…err, intemperates, or was is a lure to give in to our dark temptations?  I had to find out.

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Plum Torte

This recipe is adapted and veganized from a plum torte recipe originally published in the New York Times in the 1980’s.  According to the New York Times Dessert Cookbook, plum torte is the Times’ most requested recipe! Once you make it, you will see why.  It comes together quickly, it’s beautiful, and most importantly it’s delicious!

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Vegan Breakfast Basics: Chia Pudding

This week Provisions featured some amazing looking stone fruits from Frog Hollow Farm.  Peaches and nectarines are my favorite fruits and my favorite topping for chia pudding, so when they were there on my screen – perfect fuzzy pinkish orange orbs, I had to have them.  It helped that I had a coupon, a necessity for a New Englander to try something new.

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Chocolate Bean Balls

Chocolate Bean Balls.  Those are three words that I never thought I’d use in a sentence, never mind in a recipe.   I think this must have been the delicious dish that caused all the fuss in that Saturday Night Live skit.  You know the one – with Alec Baldwin (a.k.a Pete Schweddy) and his irresistible…..spheres.    If you could make it past the innuendo and the double entendres, you remember that the ladies really were quite taken with the delicious, though rather unfortunately shaped, treats.  The skit ran out of time before they were able to discuss the real merits of the delightful little orbs, which is a pity, because I think these are just about as perfect as it gets for a hiking snack.

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Would you buy a cookbook called “The Single Vegan”?

I found it used at Title Wave for $5.95.  The recipes didn’t look particularly inspired, and there were no photos, but I was intrigued with the story of the book – or at least the story that I imagined went with the book.  Just the title says it all.   If you eat this way, prepare to eat alone.  Get used to it.  It’s not that bad.  You can always get a cat….or six.

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Banana Bread

At my house there are certain words that are off limits.  If you’re going to pull out one of these big boys, then you better mean business and prepare to back it up.  Like  W-A-L-K when the D-O-G was around.  If you threw down the walk call, a walk was going to be had.  Period.  For the humans in the house, “banana bread” seems to generate the same single minded focus.  When “banana bread” is uttered, I’m on the hook to deliver.
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Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies

When you get a batch of Mom’s cookies, that’s when you know you’re really going somewhere.  I don’t mean that you have finally worked your way to the top.  I mean that your bags are packed and you’re headed out the door.    She used to make these for my Dad when they were dating.  Friday night he’d drive down from grad school in New Hampshire to see her, and Sunday night she’d send him back with a batch of cookies.  The intent was for the cookies to last the week, but they never made it past the Massachusetts state line.

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Orange Pistachio Biscotti

This was one of the first baking recipes that I ‘veganized’ after becoming plant based.  The original recipe is from Cynthia Nims’ The Best Places Northwest Desserts Cookbook.   Everyone that has tasted them has asked for the recipe.  I mean everyone.  I brought them in to work once, and someone who missed out on tasting them even asked for the recipe.

If you’re single and you make these, I’m guessing you won’t be single for long.

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