Recipe for Pompoms

Soymilk Pompoms

-+*I love making dinner rolls of all kinds, and one of my favorites are these chubby little pompons which I adapted heavily from a Joy of Cooking recipe. The original recipe calls for milk, butter and an egg. I replace them with my preferred substitutes: soymilk, canola oil plus a little transfat-free shortening, and some…

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Basil Pizza

Vegan Basil Pizza

-+*Who doesn’t love pizza, and we vegans are no different. But it can be a little harder for us to order takeout because even vegetarian pizza is usually covered wall to wall with thick gobs of cheese. I do say a little harder: it’s really not that hard if you live in an urban area….

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Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

-+*This recipe is perhaps going to forever brand me as an incorrigible slave to banana breads– after all, I’ve blogged before about my banana nut bread and banana corn bread. But hear me out: banana breads are, after all, the easiest quick bread to throw together. There always is an overripe banana or two sitting…

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Banana "Cornbread"

-+*One of the cakes that is most popular in my home is also one of the easiest to make– banana nut bread. While I love making this delicious bread which my hubby craves more often than he’ll admit, I also like to make little changes to the recipe to make the experience of both cooking…

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Paws Off The Plate! Chocolate-"Cheesecake" Bars with Pine Nuts

-+*This spring, as you start cleaning out your homes, please think of your local animal shelter to donate items they can use. Shelters are always in need of food, towels, blankets and toys, among other things, because of the tremendous number of animals that pass through their doors each day. I often stop by yard…

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whole wheat bagels

Whole Wheat Bagels

-+*Bagels! The very word makes my mouth water. And making them does not require any extra brain-flexing on my part because most bagel recipes are usually wonderfully vegan to begin with. You might wonder why I go to the trouble of making them. After all, a good (and vegan) bagel is really not that hard…

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Vegan Challah

Whole Wheat Vegan Challah

-+*Challah is one of my favorite breads. A kind of butterless brioche, it has the same flaky texture and lightness as brioche minus the butter. It also has a gorgeous braided look that’s pretty easy to achieve with just a tiny bit more effort than is required to shape any old bread.For a vegan, the…

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Crusty French Bread

-+*Baking bread is a reward in itself. A perfect bread is the perfect conclusion to a day’s worth of patience. The kneading, the rising, the waiting, the re-kneading…this is definitely not something you can do on the run. But when the result is what you hoped for, it is hard not to feel just a…

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Monster Savory Scones Flecked With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

-+*I love baked goodies, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Okay, maybe a little. After all, baking is usually associated with sweets, and sweets are associated with calories, and …you get the drift. And I certainly am not one of the lucky few born with genes that seem to just melt the calories…

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Pistachio Cardamom Shortbread

Pistachio Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

-+*There are some food flavors that stay with us all our lives, and haunt us when we haven’t met them in a while. The flavor of these Crumbly Pistachio-Cardamom Shortbread cookies is, for my hubby Desi, something like that. Growing up in India, one of the fanciest cookies you could buy was a Nankhatai, a…

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

-+*The perfect apple pie is a bit like a movie-star crush- so delicious and tempting, yet so unattainable.When I set out to make my first apple pie years ago, it was pretty scary. There were so many things to watch out for. The fat had to be really cold. It had to mix in with…

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Pumpkin Bread with Nuts, a Vegan Recipe

Pumpkin Bread

-+*Nut breads are among my favorites to both bake and eat. And why not? They have all the luscious richness of cake, but you can enjoy them without the guilt. Sure, they contain sugar, but there’s also the wonderful goodness of fruit like banana or mango – or a veggie like Pumpkin, in this case….

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Mooli Paratha

Mooli Paratha (Radish-stuffed Flatbread)

-+*Daikon radish, called mooli or mullangi depending on where you are in India, packs a mean health punch. Extremely low in calories, this white root vegetable is said to aid digestion and contains tons of fiber. Its spicy pungent taste also makes it ideal for salads. The root is usually sold along with the leafy…

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Whole-Wheat Scones with Black Currants

Black Currant Scones Fit For A Queen

-+*Terrifically healthy and delicious, it is possible to have these egg-free, dairy-free scones and eat them too. I substituted the cream traditionally used in scones with soy milk, and that resulted in a great improvement in their nutritive value without really sacrificing any of the taste. I did use a small amount of zero-trans-fat vegetable…

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