Ciabatta Bread

Quick Ciabatta

-+*Ciabatta is my favorite Italian bread, but it is not always the easiest and quickest bread to make, even for a seasoned baker. The dough is rather wet and sticky and can seem impossible to work with when you’re new to the process, but that wet stickiness is also vital to the light, bubbly, airy…

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Sourdough Pretzels, vegan

Sourdough Pretzels

-+*Pretzels may or may not make you thirsty, but the idea of a twisted, chubby, salty cloud of dough baked to golden perfection is enough to make just about anyone hungry. I began a sourdough starter last week for the first time in my life. As much as I love to bake breads, I had…

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Savory Avocado Quesadillas With Rainbow Chard And Tomato Chutney

-+*Desi loves nothing more than a nap on Saturday afternoons. So while he’s communing with the z’s, I curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and whatever’s cooking on public television. One of my favorite shows  is Rick Bayless’s Mexico: One Plate at a Time. Mexican food is very vegan-friendly, notwithstanding appearances,…

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Vegan Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting

Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting: Love Me Tender

-+*You don’t have to be Elvis Presley to eat like the King. The rock ‘n’ roll legend’s love for food was well-known, and the infamous peanut butter and banana sandwich he adored, dubbed the “Elvis,” is the stuff of  food excess lore. Here’s how it was rumored to be made:  two slices of white bread…

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Hamburger Buns

Whole Wheat Burger Buns

-+*When President Clinton replied, “I guess I am,” to Sanjay Gupta’s query, “Do you call yourself a vegan?” it was, I think, a turning point for the way the rest of the world looks at a vegan lifestyle. You could argue that there are thousands of vegans who have long shouted themselves hoarse about the benefits of…

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Mango Muffins

-+*These Mango Muffins were born of the ethereal urge for breakfast gluttony combined with a practical need to finish that mango puree in the refrigerator before it went bad. I tweaked my Banana Muffin recipe to make these, replacing the two bananas with two cups of the mango puree that I had left over after…

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Mango Cashew Cream

-+*A quick post today about a recipe so cooling, so delicious, so refreshing in these dog days of summer that I couldn’t wait to share it. Mango is unequivocally my favorite fruit– and if you have ever spent a summer in India you would know why. Come summer, Indian fruit and vegetable markets overflow with…

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Whole-Wheat Saffron Buns

-+*Summer’s arrived, scorching and sweltering, and as much as I longed for it in winter, I find myself now wondering, why? There’s one big bonus, though, for the vegetable gardener– I can see my eggplant, okra, tomatoes, beets, and spinach growing almost daily. If I watched long enough and hard enough, I might just see the…

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Healthy Banana Bundt Cake

Healthy Banana-Walnut Bundt Cake

-+*Yes. I just used the word “healthy” to describe cake, and if you don’t believe me, read on. This cake is whole wheat– it’s made with whole-wheat pastry flour and wheat germ, both of which are great for you. Even better, there is no added fat in here. The moisture comes from those amazing bananas…

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Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Cream Cupcakes

-+*I know, I know, I am a day late for St. Patrick’s Day, but honestly do you need an occasion to eat cupcakes? Especially cupcakes infused with booze? I was up baking these late last night, which might explain the off-kilter frosting, but they taste so good that I’m sure you’ll forgive me. As you…

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Cocoa-berry Cake From ‘Sweet Utopia': Cook That Book

-+*There’s an unhappy relationship between cakes and my waistline but something about this Cocoa-berry Cake  made me want to toss the tape measure and start stuffing my face. A few weeks back I got in the mail a review copy of Sweet Utopia by Sharon Valencik. It immediately grabbed my attention with its cover picture…

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