Vegan Lemon Coconut Baked Doughnuts

Vegan Coconut Lemon Baked Doughnuts

For some, gifting a kitchen item for a birthday or Christmas is a cardinal sin. We’ve all heard stories about the hapless husband who comes home with beautifully wrapped box containing … cue ominous music … a blender. And the poor clueless fella is booted back out that door faster than you can say “margarita.”… 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Dessert Bars Recipe

Mint Chocolate Chip Dessert Bars

Mint Chocolate Chip smoothies are one of my favorite breakfasts because they’re like starting the day off with a milkshake. I originally got the recipe from the Going Raw cookbook, but now I wing it when I make them–a little bit of mint, some banana, almond milk, a small handful of cacao nibs and maybe… 

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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread (Gluten-Free)

My mother in law, Anita, has the most beautiful citrus trees growing in her yard here in California. She grows everything from oranges to kaffir limes and Meyer lemons. Her entire backyard is nothing short of a citrus smorgasbord! Whenever we go to visit, she sends us home loaded down with big bags of all… 

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola

It’s true … I’m a granola fiend. Ever since I discovered how to make my own granola at home (and just how unbelievably easy it is), I’ve been a bit crazy for it. Every week or two, you can usually find me in my kitchen whipping up a new batch, almost always doing something to… 

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Vegan Frango Mints Recipe

Recipe | Faux-rango Mints (Homemade Vegan Frango Mints!)

I am originally from Chicago and Frango mints were always a big deal around the holidays. Marshall Field’s sold boxes in various sizes, so they always made a good Christmas gift–small boxes for co-workers, big boxes as hostess gifts. I loved those minty little chocolate squares, although, like so many other things, they don’t taste… 

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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread Recipe

Recipe | Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread

Back in the day, when I was all anti-establishment and down with the man, I would have never found myself partaking in Black Friday madness. But this year, I’m counting down the days to Black Friday because we need a new couch. Couches are expensive! Sales on couches are good! Do you know what four… 

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Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Recipe | Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge

This is the time of year when Chris and I fight about Halloween candy. I want to buy Sour Patch Kids and Skittles for trick-or-treaters because I hate Sour Patch Kids and Skittles. Chris wants to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars because he loves Reese’s and Snickers. So basically, I don’t want… 

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Blueberry Kale Pops Recipe

Recipe | Blueberry Kale Pops from Kale: The Complete Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Superfood

I never really liked milk. Just like with meat, my mom used to always struggle to get me to drink it every night at dinner. For a while, Chocolate Quik did the trick–I’d stir a few heaping tablespoons into my glass and happily drink it because it tasted more like chocolate than like milk. And… 

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Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Recipe | Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

The most challenging thing about working on my cookbook so far has been the photography. I love taking and editing pictures, but I am the worst when it comes to staging them. My biggest issue is that I don’t plan on my props in advance, so when my food is finished, I’m frantically rifling through… 

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Recipe | Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries (Vegan & Healthy–Really!)

Guess what I’m doing this week? (Buying a pygmy goat? I wish! Cooking dinner while singing the theme song to Charles in Charge to my cats? That was last week, silly.) I’m doing a raw food and juice fast. Which is crazy and unexpected, right? Because I LOVE COOKED FOOD! All caps! Exclamation point! I’ll… 

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Baked Banana Wontons with Coconut Caramel Sauce Recipe

Recipe | Baked Banana Wontons + (Optional!) Coconut Caramel Sauce

Okay, so maybe desserts are the last thing you want to think about right now. I know! I totally get that! But one year I had banana wontons on New Year’s Eve and now I always associate them with the New Year. So this is my New Year’s recipe, posted a little bit in advance…. 

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Grasshopper Brownie Cookies Recipe

Recipe | Grasshopper Brownie Cookies

I always make a few batches of cookies for the holidays, but it’s been several years since I did a lot of holiday baking. You know, the three-day baking marathons that leave you with flour in your hair and flecks of buttery sugar stuck to your face–that kind of holiday baking. But I am doing… 

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Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

I had been obsessed with the Instructables eggless mug brownie for a few weeks, but with two tablespoons of oil in each serving, I just had to break up with it. After seeing a recipe for 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies on Cookies & Cups, I wondered if maybe I could shave some calories off the Instructables… 

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Recipe | Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Every August, the same things happens. I suddenly realize that summer is winding down. Fall is right around the corner. And then I freak out. “Summer is almost over! I didn’t eat enough corn!” “Soon it will be fall and I’ve only bought watermelon 3 times!” “How can it be August and I haven’t used… 

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Peach Melba Greek Yogurt Shake

KitchenAid Hand Blender Review + Peach Melba Shake Recipe

If I had to make a list of the small appliances I use most in my kitchen, my hand blender would be at the very top. I love hand blenders so much that when our traditional blender broke, I didn’t even bother searching for a replacement–between the hand blender and our food processor, the regular… 

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Michelob ULTRA Light Cider + Strawberry Cider Granita Recipe

When I say “cider,” what do you think of? If you’re like me, you probably think of the non-alcoholic cider that’s sold at apple orchards and farmers markets. But the cider that’s popular in Europe (especially the UK) is an alcoholic beverage. While beer is made from brewing barley and hops, hard cider is brewed… 

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