Product Reviews

Summer Sweets: Sweet Annabelle’s Vegan Ice Cream Cakes

Summer Sweets: Sweet Annabelle’s Vegan Ice Cream Cakes

I am excited to report on Sweet Annabelle’s, an all-vegan ice cream maker from right here on Long Island. I made the trip to Northport to meet the magical lady behind Sweet Annabelle’s and collect my baby-sized chocolate chip ice cream cake. But c’mon, an ice […]

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 […]

Coconut Hide

Coconut Hide

How beautiful, a coconut. In each part and in all its forms. The meat of a coconut–rich, buttery in a way that no other plant food is. And what a wonderful idea to make jerky from that hearty, nutrient-packed coconut flesh. Thankfully CocoBurg, a Brooklyn-based maker of […]

The Red & The Green

The Red & The Green

Sometimes the green skin of a vegetable dumpling is comforting. It says, “there’s definitely not pork in here.” And the bamboo server says, “I’m a superior dumpling.”  SunSpire is the maker of this delicious bar, a long time no need to pack it in the […]

Packaged.

Packaged.

Though packaged is generally a turn-off, I sometimes makes an exception for Field Roast. For one, its deli slices and sausages are seitan-based, less processed (and scary) than that soy protein isolate stuff. Field Roast is not secretly ConAgra, like that popular brand of meat analogs. They’re a nice company […]

Raw Cleanse

Raw Cleanse

After a particularly gluttonous summer so far, I needed to take it down a few notches with a grain-free cleanse–2 days of raw food and juice. I also wanted to take this opportunity to try out some products that I’ve had on my radar in […]

Vegan French Macarons: Feel Good Desserts

Vegan French Macarons: Feel Good Desserts

I think I love the fact that there are vegan macarons more than I love eating vegan macarons. Having been vegan for 17 years, I would have never imagined vegan options would come so far. It is a spectacular thing. That being said, I certainly […]

Pantry Clean Out Bars

Pantry Clean Out Bars

I used pretty Chef Chloe‘s Beach Bar recipe to turnover some pantry items before some summer travel!First was a bunch of different chocolates from Mast Brothers and Sunspire. Date Lady date syrup from my most recent VeganCuts box. If I don’t use this thing now, […]

Sweet Teeth

Sweet Teeth

The week is easier with sweet snacks.A baby vegan cupcake from Sprinkles… And a bag of almond cookies from High Hopes Vegan Bakery, the ridic-delish Etsy shop based out of my own Long Island.  Besides being the type of gal who orders herself a bag of […]

Misc.

Misc.

Hu Kitchen‘s cinnamon-caramelized pineapple drenched in cashew cream, quinoa, and market veggies. Some of my snacks for the 5th grade overnight: Abe’s golden cornbread from Pearl River Pastry, an $8.59 chocolate bar from Mast Brothers, Sweet & Sara vanilla marshmallows, Blossom du Jour double chocolate brownie bites, […]

Dietary Restrictions?

Dietary Restrictions?

It’s odd to be old enough to’ve had about 20 years of adult experiences… friendships that span decades… and so many years to draw from with all their embedded wisdom. And to have been vegan so long–watching food options evolve.  2008 being 6 years ago is also kind […]

Vegan Girl Scout Cookies Exist

Did you know that vegan Girl Scout cookies exist? Yes! Four varieties, too. Here is the scoop on vegan Girl Scout cookies. ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers are the only two licensed Girls Scout bakers in the country. Little Brownie supplies most of the […]

Nougat / Caramel / Marshmallow in the Vegan World

Nougat / Caramel / Marshmallow in the Vegan World

Every now and again I make an order from Vegan Essentials. When there are enough new sweet, packaged treats I want to try. Here is my latest order’s goodies: Desiderio makes vegan treats in Grand Rapids, Michigan, though the branding and packaging seems European. That’s because the […]

I’m Thankful for Good Taste

I’m Thankful for Good Taste

My white and regular pumpkin puree layer cake with vanilla buttercream and cinnamon glaze. Jay Astafa‘s amazing cashew cheese wheel…  and his Thanksgiving meal, though my re-plating killed his presentation. Pecan-crusted seitan, parsnip puree, creamed corn and sauteed kale. Amazing.  An impromptu trip to Chelsea […]

Kerfluffles Vegan Marshmallows

Kerfluffles Vegan Marshmallows

I go nutso for vegan marshmallows. Maybe because I’ve always gone nutso for marshmallows. In my youth, a new bag of jet-puffed marshmallow was a heavenly exercise in eating. I peeled the chocolate off Mallomars and discarded the cookie. I shoved my finger in boxes of chocolate […]

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my birthday and I didn’t have to make my own cake! This is kind of a first. Thanks to The Electrician and Sweet to Lick, Long Island’s all-vegan bakery, I need not spend my day baking my cake. It’s orange creamsicle. And it’s spectacular, […]

Vegan Product Review: Freedom Mallows

Vegan Product Review: Freedom Mallows

Marshmallows have always been one of my favorite confections. As a kid, I remember biting into my favorite marshmallow sandwich cookie and admiring the porous texture, the cross-section of the cookie crumbles my teeth pushed into the bouyant marshmallow. I’ve long been reporting on vegan […]

Hello, Home

Hello, Home

I brought back some German cat treats for the kitties… …and de Rit Organics hazelnut and white chocolate spread for me! In my absence there was some great growth in my garden. Big fat eggplants blooming!Plum tomatoes taking shape…Stark white blooms. The Electrician picked me up […]

Day 7 in Deutschland, Baking a Cake

Day 7 in Deutschland, Baking a Cake

Today was a special occasion for my friend’s family… so we made a vegan cake! I was excited to use Biovegan’s Zuckerstreusel on top which I had picked up at Bio Bio. We used a coconut-rice milk with the only vinegar in the pantry, white vinegar, […]

Day 4 in Deutschland, Hanging About Kemnath

Day 4 in Deutschland, Hanging About Kemnath

Day 4 in Germany was designated a relax day. I am not staying at a hotel, after all. I am invading a family. Laundry must be done, food shopping, etc. Today I spent the day the day hanging about Kemnath. Starting with a walk to […]

Day 1 in Deutschland, Vegan Eats in Bayreuth, Germany

Day 1 in Deutschland, Vegan Eats in Bayreuth, Germany

You can be tossed an awful lot of bad variables on a long flight. Luckily, my fight with Brussels Airlines was perfect–I had plenty of space with an empty seta next to me, a hot vegan meal, and plenty of mindless movies to lull my brain into […]

Macarons… Veganized

Macarons… Veganized

Having gone vegan when I was a teenager who had terrible taste in food, I’ve never had a proper macaron. But boy, have I looked. Petite, pastel crisp and creamy sandwiches–delicate and dainty, I was waiting for some great vegan baker to get on veganizing […]

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 1)

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 1)

A young vegan in 1997.  The majority of my vegan years went down in the pre-internet days. And yet I managed to find sustenance. As “vegan” becomes more and more mainstream through the years, I thought it apt to take a look back. This is […]

I Have OCD.

I Have OCD.

That’s Obsessive Confection Disorder, “kinder, gentler sweets” that are all-vegan and all-delicious. I ordered a sampler from VeganCuts. The sale price sealed the deal. As did that words: “Vanilla Bean Caramel with Sweet & Sara Vanilla Mallows tucked inside, then covered with dark chocolate.” Yes. […]