Orange Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

I am not usually sentimental about ringing out an old year and ringing in a new one. After all, for most of us the new year is nothing more than a continuation of the same old same old except, of course, at birthdays when you get to add a whole extra digit to your age– and…

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Pumpkin Pie

I went traditional for Thanksgiving this year with a Pumpkin Pie. Of course, it was not all that traditional since it was completely eggless and dairy-free. Plus it tasted blissfully good and it was cruelty-free and it rounded out Thanksgiving at my house quite nicely, thank you. I used tofu as an egg substitute in…

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies Invade My Cookie Jar!

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

Apple Cake With Caramel-Pecan Glaze

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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Apple Tart

Apple Tart

There’s never a better time than Fall to bake an apple tart. It’s cool enough to get the oven going, and the perfectly wistful memory of summer in the rust-yellow leaves on the sidewalks just makes me crave a warm, gooey treat.More, the temperature is just right for the science of pie-making. While it is…

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Mango cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes With Mango Buttercream Frosting

As Thanksgiving approaches, I know all of you — vegan or not– are looking for great options to the same-old-same-old pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie or whatever tired old orange-colored dessert it is that typically graces your Thanksgiving table. Well, I have one for you and every word of it is like a fresh, sweet,…

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Mango Halwa

Mango Halwa

It’s hard to stay away from sweets during this time of year and now that the season for everything orange is on, I couldn’t help but make one of my quickest and most favorite recipes: Mango Halwa.This vegan Mango Halwa is a variation on my vegan Sheera recipe, but the finished dish tastes really different…

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Badusha For Diwali

It was always the sound of fireworks that woke me up each Diwali morning, well before the sun was up. Powerful Lakshmi bombs that could rip off an eardrum, rockets whistling out of empty glass soda bottles to explode in a shower of lights, zameen chakkars swirling in a moment of frenzied glory before dying…

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Nearly Fat-Free Brownies

Well, almost. The only fat in these vegan and nearly fat-free brownies comes from 2 tbsp of flaxmeal that works as an egg substitute in this recipe and from some wonderfully nutritious walnuts. And since that is all healthy fat rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well as fiber and protein, who could possibly complain?…

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Mava Cake

A mava cake is a cardamom-scented delicacy popularized and sold almost exclusively by the wonderful Irani restaurants of Bombay. These restaurants, unique little bakeries and eateries opened by Iranian immigrants who came to the city in the 19th century, were usually corner joints housed in grand old British-era buildings. In Andheri, a suburb of Bombay…

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Modaks (Sweet Indian Dumplings)

Celebrations in India often hinge around religious events, but you don’t have to be religious to join in the fun. This week, Hindus celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival so crammed with food and festivities that as a child it used to be my favorite time of the year– more so than even Diwali, the mother…

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Peach Upside-Down Cake

Peach Upside-Down Cake

It must look like I am OD’ing on sugar right now because this is my third sweet and baked recipe in a row, but what can I say? I had these perfectly ripe peaches sitting in my pantry, and I needed to do something about them before they started to spoil. Since I’m not a…

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Vegan Mango Cheesecake

Mango Cheesecake, Vegan

When I first started writing Holy Cow! almost 20 months ago, I was thinking of it as a recipe log for myself. I was always creating dishes and even if I loved something, I’d soon enough forget how I’d made it. Sometimes friends with whom I’d shared a recipe at some time or the other…

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scottish shortbread

Vegan Shortbread

Imagine a cookie that dissolves on your tongue with ravishing yet subtle sweetness. That’s Scottish Shortbread for you, and it is, of course, a classic for all times. Making shortbread vegan poses a challenge because butter is one of the most important ingredients here. Unlike some recipes where butter usually provides mostly the fat and…

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