Bumbleberry Cobbler

Among my vast and treasured collection of cookbooks, I have every single cookbook that Julie Hasson has created. I love them all. As of a few years ago, I am lucky to call her a friend as well. Julie is local to Portland, and I am lucky to see her from time to time (we still need to have our lunch, Julie!).

In addition to the successes of her fabulous baking mixes, Julie’s most recent project has been all about casseroles. You know I love comfort food, and this book has it – to the max.

Yep, to the max. I am so excited about this book that I reverted back to the 80’s for that one. I was incredibly honored when asked to share her new book, a recipe, and a great giveaway for a Breville Smart Oven (giveaway at end of post).

Vegan Casseroles – Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More:

Vegan Casseroles

From Caramelized Onion Dip and Loaded Nacho Fries to a Truffled Cauliflower Mac and a Creamy Spinach Florentine, Julie has you covered on [click to continue…]


Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats

My friend Kathy Hester has another book out next week, September 16. While I have and love all of Kathy’s books, I am particularly excited about this one, because it is all oats. OATrageous Oatmeals, to be exact. Excited because I love oats, and excited because one of my recipes is in this book! I was so very honored to have it included, it is a fun one.

Oatrageous Oats

Easy Oat Roti, Sausage Crumbles and Eggplant Pizza Sliders are a few of the savory dishes I cannot wait to try. On the sweets side, Kathy’s creative mind thinks up London Fog Hot Tea, Mini Raspberry Cakes, and Bourbon Oat Shortbread (those are in my oven right now – the kitchen smells so good).

This book is packed with all kinds of goodness, and if you like oatmeal and overnight oats, this book is definitely for you[click to continue…]


Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling

spabettie is the next stop on the Rawsome Vegan Baking Un-Cookbook tour – and this recipe I chose to share? Oh So Good. Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – a simple recipe with only four ingredients, but so much flavor!

First, the book. The deliciousness comes from Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. With stunning photos of seemingly every recipe, this book is fun to just sit and read, as you know I love to do.

Upon my first browsing, I immediately had a list of recipes I wanted to try – these cups were first.

I have also made the Boston Banana Cream Deep Dish Tarts, which were uuhhh-mazing. I WILL be making the Fresh Citrus Tart with Lemon Cream – sounds so fresh and bright, and the [click to continue…]


chilled chocolate-espresso torte with toasted hazelnut crust

Some of you know I have a massive cookbook collection. I like to sit and read them like novels. I curl up on the couch with the dachshunds, a cup of green tea, and some dedicated time to savor a book – from beginning to end. I look at the photos and recipe choices on the first pass through, then go back and read more thoroughly the recipes that caught my eye.

…like just about every recipe in Angela’s brand new The Oh She Glows Cookbook.

Angela was one of the first blogs I read, years ago. I had a twitter account before I had a blog, and got to know her as an Oh She Glows reader and through tweets. Her blog recipes were among my favorites, as they are not only creative, but always foolproof and delicious. Angela definitely makes plant based and vegan an incredibly flavorful experience.

From the book, the first recipe I made was  [click to continue…]


candy bar smoothie


It’s my third cookbook review of Mofo, and again, I am giving away a copy to a lucky reader!

I am also sharing with you a recipe from the book – for one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Really, Jason keeps asking for it, I keep making it. I mean, a candy bar smoothie?

Yes, it really tastes like a candy bar. Adding the protein is what we generally do, and [click to continue…]


pumpkin coconut caramel sauce


This caramel pairs well with just about anything.

As this slow simmered in my kitchen all day, the warm caramely scent was gloriously intoxicating. As soon as this caramel was done, I immediately made myself a cup of coffee to swirl it in.


pumpkin caramel recipe

This has since topped pancakes, oatmeal, ice cream, and numerous coffees. My spoon is hitting the bottom of the second jar – it is time to make more.

My friend Kathy Hester has just released another fantastic book, Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just For You.

Once again, I have a copy to give away today!

Vegan Slow Cooking

This book has stunning photography, and the [click to continue…]


Hatch chile queso


This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.

I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).

I received Brian Patton’s book to review – Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from

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I recently received a copy of Stacy Adimando’s new book, The Cookiepedia, Mixing, Baking and Reinventing the Classics.

Bright and beautifully photographed, this charming cookie catalog has it all – classic recipes and inventive remakes of everything from amaretti and animal crackers to gingersnaps and rugelach.

With whimsical illustrations and helpful tips on nearly every page, The Cookiepedia features special sections of ideas and instructions, including The Cookie Baker’s Cheat Sheet, Kitchen Tools, and Fun with Decorating.

This practical primer is both durable and efficient in design – a wire comb binding allows the book to lie flat while you work! Genius:

Deciding on a recipe to make first was a challenge – with so many delicious choices I know what book I’ll be baking with this winter! I was narrowing my choices when I saw them. Butter cookies. Without question my favorite cookie growing up.

My mom had a baking book that we now concede was not a good book. Unless you baked all the time. The idea behind the book was a single recipe for a very large batch of basic, all purpose baking mix. In place of listing measurements of dry ingredients, each recipe simply stated an amount of this signature baking mix. My favorite cookies from that book were butter crescents.

yes, this cookie.

I knew I had to make them.

butter balls

makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Add  the flour and salt and continue mixing until a dough forms. Gently stir in walnuts by hand.

Chill dough in the fridge until firm, about 1 hour. Roll into 1-inch balls, then place them on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 until just set but not yet browning, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Once the cookies cool, roll them in powdered sugar. Then bite into one and marvel at the delicious way it melts in your mouth.

This recipe was very easy to make vegan and gluten free – I simply subbed gluten free ap flour and Earth Balance soy free margarine.

I was immediately transported back to my childhood and my favorite cookie. My favorite cookie that I can now make with this simple recipe anytime I want.


What is your favorite childhood cookie, snack, food that instantly takes you back?