Category Vegan

Gnocchi with Leeks & Blistered Cherry Tomatoes {vegan}

It was so charming. The decoration in the basement-level café evoked a cross between a grotto and a market. A glass display case held tiramisus and Oranginas, and light leaked in from the little basement windows near the ceiling. Shelves on the walls displayed those Italian “nona’s” cookies, lots of stick crackers, and bags of […]

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze {vegan}

“What is pumpkin, really?” he asked. I sliced off a giant chunk of this bundt cake and watched my husband examine the extra can of solid pack pumpkin I had left out on the counter. My eyes went all narrow (like they do) and I said, “What do you mean?” turning my head slightly to […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins with Spelt {vegan}

I’m going to stop making zucchini and banana breads soon, I promise. (Maybe? They’re so good!) For now, I’m on a late-summer bender – because it’s Texas, and zucchini is still sprouting up as if the fall equinox never happened. Believe me, I’m ready to move on to pumpkin and pecans, but zucchini is here, […]

Zucchini-Banana Bread with Walnuts {Vegan}

I am the worst vegan ever. Let me tell you about the moment I realized it. A couple weeks ago when I visited my old pals in Boston, my friend Kerri and I spent a Monday at the coast. It took us an hour to drive to Manchester-by-the-Sea (real town name), and after adventures in […]

Lavender Vanilla Tea Cakes {Vegan}

These are the reasons I think we should always have cake on Mondays: 1. If you’re having a rough Monday, cake will make it better. 2. If you’re having a stellar Monday, you can have some cake to celebrate. 3. Monday is a day, and cake tastes great on all the days. And since it’s […]

Sun-Dried Tomato & Cauliflower Fusilli {Vegan}

So you know how when someone puts this on Pinterest, “This is the BEST recipe for vegan meatballs,” and your first response is a stifled gag, your second is “Oh gross, soy,” and your third is, “Okay, that might taste okay, but only because people leading a vegan lifestyle have forgotten what meat and cheese […]

Baklava (vegan and delicious)

It’s worth the wait. They always say it’s sweeter when you’re ready – premature indulgence is a disappointment. I’m here to tell you that when it comes to baklava, all of that is true. Even vegan baklava (don’t go! it’s good!). Ah baklava, that crispy, sweet, salty dessert. Thousands of hair-thin layers of phyllo dough […]

Maple Millet Puffy Crunch Cereal

I might have a problem. A cereal problem. In high school, after the tea and buttered bread phase, which was weird enough, I entered the cereal phase. The cereal phase knew no reason. Let me set the scene. There’s a cold, sweaty smell in the air, and the hum of thousands of fluorescent lights makes […]

Italian White Bean Hummus

Sometimes on my husband’s day “off” from the restaurant, we go out to eat together. Now, Waco isn’t known for its plethora of dining options, at least not for a vegetable-eating, bread-avoiding type like me, so there aren’t that many places to choose from. Still, it takes us ages to decide where to go. I […]

Clementine Sorbet

Clementines are one of those foods I associate with my childhood in Texas. I know they’re shipped all over the world, but that bright scent, the orangey film under your fingernails, and the glutted feeling after eating oh, I don’t know, 10 or so little clementinas always reminds me of outside and crickets and HOT. […]