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With converting traditional tapioca pudding recipes that use whole milk and eggs to vegan recipes, there are generally two ways to procede. Use a nut milk and cornstarch (less fat and expense) or use a combination of nut milk and coconut milk (more fat, more expensive, slightly more rich in texture). I'm all about indulging for less $$, so I made the cornstarch version. I also reduced the sweetener just a bit becaus...

August 24, 2018

When it comes to comfort desserts, old-fashioned tapioca pudding tops the list! When my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies as a toddler, this was one of the first desserts I started playing with to make allergen free and still creamy and DELICIOUS.

This version gets a fancy topping of grilled fruit, toasted coconut and crunchy pecans for a tropical flair, because... you know, peach season... and this mama can grill!...

May 4, 2018

Chocolate pudding so good for you, you can eat it for breakfast!

Chia seeds come from a flowering annual in the mint family and have been around for centuries. They've become especially popular in the past decade, often touted as a "super food". I don't like this label. I think all whole foods have value, but I can see why it's risen in popularity. Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, are high in soluble...

February 28, 2018

Today marks the close of American Heart Month 2018. However, with heart disease still the leading cause of death for both men and women world-wide, and national trends showing death rates from heart disease are actually increasing in younger adults, age 35-64 years old, EVERY DAY is an opportunity to fight against this sobering statistic.

Planning meals that include plenty of heart-healthy ingredients can be EASY, DROOL-WORTHY...

January 30, 2018

Everyone should have one easy, fool-proof fudge recipe up their sleeve for those special occasions when you want to treat those you love to a delectable treat. I learned how to make quite an assortment of fancy confections while in baking & pastry arts school, yet I still prefer the recipe I've been making since I was 10 years old.

Eagle Brand's Fool Proof Chocolate Fudge ~ five ingredients, always perfect! Just one probl...

December 16, 2017

I am a huge fan of rice puddings! I love the creaminess and simplicity. It's not too sweet. It can be dressed up or down. It can be flavored any number of ways, and the plant-based version is just as delicious as the dairy version - and better for you. I wanted to play with these ingredients a bit more though - and I still had cranberry sauce to use up...

Why not a dessert risotto? Well-excucuted risotto is alwa...

December 1, 2017

This is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE coffee cake, hands down! I snipped the recipe from the back of a box of butter years ago and have been making it each year as soon as cranberries are available. It makes a lovely and easy-to-make treat for Christmas morning too!

This year I converted the recipe to a plant-based version and upgraded it with local ingredients. It's just as moist and delicious ~ and perhaps even better than the origi...

November 18, 2017

Whether you're cooking up your first vegan Thanksgiving or joining someone else's, you will find an array of crowd-pleasing options here from which to choose. From appetizer's to cocktails, I've gotchya covered!

When a special meal is not centered around a large meat dish, I find there are more options on how the meal can be served. You might enjoy buffet style, plated courses, or many small portions served tapas-style. The se...

November 3, 2017

Chocolate pudding so good for you, you can eat it for breakfast! And that's exactly what I did. An intense chocolate craving struck me last night... one that wasn't going to abate without satisfaction. After searching for any forgotten stashes of Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate (70% is my favorite, but I keep 85% on hand too for serious occasions!), I found a tiny square folded into a tattered wrapper in the bottom of...

October 3, 2017

Fresh figs are here! These jewels only last for about a week after harvest, so when I see them at my local market, I'm overjoyed. Not eating them before I make it back home is the tricky part. Deep purple Mission figs are sweet, thin-skinned and not too juicy to eat while on the go. Figs are a good source of dietary fiber and several essential minerals, including calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Late June...

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