Sablé, or French Shortbread

Sable

I am a sucker for shortbread, but then who isn’t? Especially when it’s elegant French shortbread, buttery and crumbly with just a hint of sugar. A Sablé. I’ve shared with you before many shortbread recipes, including one for the classic Scottish Shortbread, and one of the chief differences between the two versions is that the… 

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Strawberry Pie. Red. Delicious.

Strawberry Pie

Because everyone deserves pie for Thanksgiving, I have for you today this gorgeous Strawberry Pie. In our house, the berry is the king. Desi loves blueberries, I love raspberries, and we both adore strawberries. We blitz them into smoothies, add them to our breakfast oatmeal, and brown-bag them to work for a great after-lunch treat…. 

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Pear and Almond Tart

Pear and Almond Tart

It’s late Thanksgiving morning, those special someones are coming over for dinner, and you’ve been slaving over a delicious vegan meal from the moment you got home yesterday afternoon. Everything looks amazing, but you still want to kick yourself. Because you forgot dessert. Well maybe you’re different, but that often happens to me. I usually… 

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Maple Pecan Pie and Vegan Pie in the Sky Cookbook Giveaway

‘Tis the season for gorgeous, luscious, delicious pie and just in time comes a book with every kind there is– deep-dish, tarty, free-form, cobbled. And fruity, creamy, nutty, chocolatey. All of it vegan, of course. Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, the team that in previous seasons showed us with their fabulous cupcakes and… 

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Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting: Love Me Tender

Vegan Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting

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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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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Itty-Bitty Cupcake Bites For Halloween– And A Ghost Story

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I am not a big believer in the supernatural but there was this one time, on a cold, dark February evening, when my rooted-in-reality self turned a wee bit agnostic. I was walking out of the Maryland statehouse in Annapolis. The legislative session was on and getting longer by the day with delegates and senators… 

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Sugar Cookies Invade My Cookie Jar!

Sugar Cookies

I was thrilled to get a review copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar because I’ve been a long-time fan of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. In fact, it was Moskowitz’s and Romero’s fool-proof recipes that helped me convince Desi– who is a bit of… 

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Apple Cake With Caramel-Pecan Glaze

Apple Cake

Channel-surfing for a cooking show this morning, I caught Christopher Kimball, the pompous and intensely annoying host of America’s Test Kitchen, deriding vegetarian food and a tofu dessert he ate somewhere. “It is terrible,” he and another cook went in unison, talking about chocolate mousse made with tofu. Now maybe the particular mousse these people… 

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