Box-free Baking

A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag

These are a few of my favorite things: Mango & sweet sticky rice (from Thaism, my work Thai spot) Lunch after errands at Bareburger, because… Brooklyn date at M.O.B. because traffic was so bad to drive anywhere else! I got their delicious seitan meatball hero […]

Vegan Marshmallows Now $2.99 Indefinitely!

Vegan Marshmallows Now $2.99 Indefinitely!

Trader Joe’s now has vegan marshmallows. That’s how Trader Joe do. They buy formulas and sell ’em under their brand. So it’s important to understand that these marshmallows are really… Dandies. The deal is helping spread vegan joy through Trader Joe’s massive distribution.  Now that they are […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

                I get my beautiful brown bangs from mom, as evident in this picture of my Mom and her twin brother on trike patrol. On her day, my mother requested a chocolate cake with vanilla icing. So that […]

So Purdy.

So Purdy.

The ocean next door. Without Pickle Shack, M.O.B. will have to do. Ground’s jewels. Complete protein. Roasted vegetable aftermath art. Happy cupcakes. Manmade on majesty. “Even if you’re on the right track…”

vegan Maulwurfkuchen / vegan German Mole Hill Cake

vegan Maulwurfkuchen / vegan German Mole Hill Cake

I was so excited to try this cake out after seeing BestofVegan‘s post in Instagram. Always on the hunt for new baking adventures and always having a lot of bananas to use up, this was perfect! To start, you need to make a chocolate cake. I […]

Strawberry Basketcases

Strawberry Basketcases

I kind of have a thing for impractical cake bakeware, specialized Nordicware pieces that are intricate and fun. Of course most of my pieces are from the Williams Sonoma Outlet, as 50$ for a cake pan is a bit steep. My latest 60% of Nordicware pan seemed most […]

Delicious Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My annual week of gluten-free is coming! I’m going to need cookies to munch on. I adjusted this recipe with very delicious results. They’re satisfying and not so gritty. Dry: 1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour 1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour blend (I used Namaste.) […]

Chocolate  /  Spice

Chocolate / Spice

Guittard‘s Cocoa Rouge is a wonderful red Dutch processed cocoa powder, the first in my quest of finding a go-to cocoa powder.  The reddish brown is Earthy and clay-like. The deep brown chocolate cake boasts the cocoa’s richness. Those light chocolate smears are melted chocolate […]

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

I hadn’t made vegan rainbow cookies for years! And since then my baking skills and kitchen set-up has improved a great deal. With dessert duty for a work potluck and inside the inspiration of the holiday cookie issue of Bon Appétit, I had to step it up. I […]

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Upcycled bread box. Yellow and teal. “You don’t bring me flours anymore.” Coke bottle crate spice holder. Vintage aesthetic / modern function. Animals on plates. Black radish heart procession. In the train, out at the station, the slither of pink sunset. Christmas is here. Fir on […]

the Vegan Thanksgiving Spread

the Vegan Thanksgiving Spread

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for a successful Thanksgiving meal created in our new kitchen. The renovated space improved work flow in a tremendous way. And the dishwasher–a game changer. Here are the food highlights: A flavor-packed stuffed seitan roast, mashed potatoes, apple pomegranate pumpkin rice, and […]

Classroom Pumpkins Transformation

Classroom Pumpkins Transformation

Every year I take home the pumpkins in my classroom and turn them into cupcakes, highlighting the delicious circle of life.  After baking the different pumpkin varieties until tender, I scoop out the flesh… …and blend away in the food processor. Ok, so I processed one of […]

Bountiful

Bountiful

With autumn comes a whole new set of seasonal veggies. I anticipate this change in the fruit and vegetable racks in my local grocer like how some other do clothing lines, a new sneaker, or tickets for whatever millennial-deep (puddle) marketing exec-made “musician” who doesn’t […]

Spooooky.

Spooooky.

Ever since I’ve made successful meringues, I’ve imagined this cake (with the help of various seasonal blog posts): bright white spooky ghosts rising from a chocolate ground. As it sometimes works out: In my head, it was much better than reality. The cake was a […]

Mets Play-off Cupcakes

Mets Play-off Cupcakes

The Mets are in the play-offs. With a tough loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, I’m baking up these blue and orange wonders.  Let’s go Mets!

Vegan Freakies Cereal

Vegan Freakies Cereal

Cereal was a huge part of my childhood. My siblings and I would race down to the kitchen in the morning to get the “fat spoon” (really the lone soup spoon with the bunch of teaspoons) and eat refill after refill of bright, colorful sugary […]

Photo Purge

Photo Purge

Dad & Sister coconut whip, blueberry, strawberry chocolate cake parfaits. Happy July Birthdays! Fluff keeping cool in the shade.  Collaborative craft for a special Momma. 5 people are better than 1! Symmetry is a kind of beauty. This salad is from The Purple Elephant in […]

Typing Too Much about Vegan Banana Split Cupcakes

Typing Too Much about Vegan Banana Split Cupcakes

When it comes to serving vegan cupcakes to non-vegans, you have to capitalize on the opportunity–make a point about the delicious potential and non-weirdness of the v-word.  To increase the appeal, go with well loved flavors–or even better, nostalgic flavors. And you may need to […]

Happy Pi Day: vegan marshmallow chocolate cream pie

Happy Pi Day: vegan marshmallow chocolate cream pie

Finally, perfect marshmallow fluff using Versawhip and this recipe!

Fruity

Fruity

Plants give us such glorious things: fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves. And how delicious are these parts? To think that we eat the reproductive organs of plants? It’s all very wonderful, like we’re eating life. And in the case of bright, juicy blood oranges, […]

Mid-January Eats

Mid-January Eats

Ever notice that the start of the year flies in one big chunk? It’s already January 17. So here are so pictures of recent food within the weeks of TCB. Ground dates are such a delicious, sweet accompaniment to chocolate. And these scratch-made date caramels from […]

Bundt.

Bundt.

Christmas means running around… with cakes. It was the gorgeous whirlpool bundt that decked the halls. First, in pumpkin chocolate chip, using the last of the fall’s pumpkin puree. A breath of downtime with the Netflix yule log and the waiting Christmas tree. Another bundt […]

Winter Dins: A <i>Vegan Victuals</i> Dinner Party

Winter Dins: A Vegan Victuals Dinner Party

Sometimes you just want to spend the entire day in the kitchen and the entire night in the dining room eating and giggling with friends. It was time for a Winter Dins vegan victuals dinner party. For starters, “Deviled” Polenta Yukon Golds. Rye, Kale & Eggplant […]

Cupcake Holidaze

Cupcake Holidaze

The holidays means increased baking duty. I deliver eleven–a poison test out of respect for recipients of course. This batch was for my class’s fundraiser. Then there was my classroom holiday celebration. They got unfrosted cupcakes to dress up how they pleased. My chocolate butter cream-filled […]