Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Vegan Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Right now, my garden is aflame with a brilliant butterfly weed, orange-smoothie hibiscus flowers with hearts of blood, pink and white echinacea blooms, pink and yellow dahlias, snow-white daisies and yellow daisies, lavender clematis and delicately hued hollyhocks, to name just a few. Desi and I bought our fixer-upper home during the hot housing market… 

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Coconut Shortbread

Cardamom Coconut Shortbread

Coconut Shortbread: A delicious, melt-in-your mouth cookie made with healthy fats. Indian sweets often combine the classic medley of coconut, cardamom and sugar. In my Coconut Shortbread, I use these Indian ingredients to put a delicious spin on a Scottish favorite. Desi loves shortbread and so do I. What’s not to love about a cookie… 

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Gluten-Free Raspberry Chocolate Brownie Bars: Countdown to Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

  All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! –Charles M. Schulz Which is why I have for you today the ultimate vegan Valentine: these scrumptious Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bars. And they are gluten-free. Now everyone knows that chocolate is pretty much the ultimate aphrodisiac– not to mention… 

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Vegan Mung and Rice Pudding With Coconut and Saffron

Here’s a kheer (an Indian pudding) that my Konkani parents make for Makar Sankranti, a celebration in their part of India that falls on the same day as Pongal. The recipe is very similar to Sakkarai Pongal, except that my parents’ version has some coconut milk, a staple of the Konkan region where coconut trees… 

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Butternut Squash Muffins, And Travel Through Timeless Lands

Butternut Squash Muffins

These Butternut Muffins were a bit of a gamble. I had some butternut squash puree leftover from making my Butternut Squash Pie, and some blended tofu from making my Mango Pie and I wondered why I couldn’t just marry these two into a blissful breakfast food . And just like that, these delicious muffins were born. Before… 

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Mango Pie. Because a Cow Turns Five Only Once

Mango Pie

A couple of days ago, Holy Cow! turned five. That seems a long time in the ephemeral world of cyberspace, and I must confess I am not someone who sticks long-term with most “hobby” projects, as Desi will tell you. But this blog has persisted through good times and tough ones, largely because it has… 

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Pumpkin Pie (With Butternut Squash)

pumpkin pie with butternut squash

I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired about baking a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving until I chanced upon a recipe in the New York Times that showed how to make one from scratch– without a pumpkin. I have nothing against pumpkins, mind you.I love them in all their rotund glory and they are delicious sweet or savory…. 

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Low-Fat Cucumber Cake, Indian-Style

Cucumber Cake

It’s sweltering here in the northeast, and in most of the country. But a steady crop of cucumbers from the vines I planted in my backyard garden this spring are helping us keep our cool. I’ve been slicing them into pitchers of water, chopping them up into salads and raitas, and just eating them fresh… 

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Carrot Bread: Low Fat And Wholegrain

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Spring arrived early this year, like an unfashionable guest. The cherry trees in Washington’s Tidal Basin– gorgeous with their full, pink flowers — have already bloomed, days before they were supposed to. The daffodils have been out for a while, and the tulips are beginning to bud. March is all dressed up in weather that… 

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Chocolate Oreo Cake

Oreo cake

New Year’s resolutions about eating skinny are for the new year. For now I give you this scrumptious Chocolate Oreo Cake.Early on in a new vegan’s journey comes the delicious discovery that Oreo cookies– yes, those gorgeous little black-and-white nuggets of chocolaty goodness– are vegan. And life is never quite the same again.We all can… 

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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with a Lemon Glaze

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

A plump, golden Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with a Lemon Glaze is what I have for you today. After all these years of baking vegan cakes and cupcakes, I am still amazed at how easy it is to eliminate animal products like butter, cream and egg and still get a perfectly moist, airy and… 

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