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Cocktail Time: Cucumber Blackberry Tonic

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Cocktail Time: Cucumber Blackberry Tonic

Hey kids! The sun is out and the weather is warming up (well, I assume it is for most people – just not here), and you know what that means – it’s cocktail time! Even though I can’t participate in a true cocktail time this summer, I love mixing up drinks and new concoctions for the husband. Plus, most of the cocktails I make are mocktail friendly, so I can at least enjoy the ambiance that comes with cocktail time. This cocktail was inspired by a project that my friends at RedEnvelope have going on right now called...

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Mayim’s Vegan Table Cookbook Review

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Mayim’s Vegan Table Cookbook Review

Hello my lovelies! I am coming out of my self-imposed retirement this week (and perhaps for good), to bring a review of one of my favorite new vegan cookbooks: Mayim’s Vegan Table. I also have some other fun stuff in store for the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Anyway, back to the whole point of this point – the review! This book was pretty hotly anticipated in the vegan world, and with good reason: it’s a great book for transitioning to veganism or just a more plant-based diet overall. Mayim is incredibly approachable, both...

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Vegan Cuts February Snack Box {Review}

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Vegan Cuts February Snack Box {Review}

Hi everyone! Long time, no see! I’ve been on a lengthy sabbatical from the blog, and to be honest, it’s been a nice change of pace for me. I’ve been writing everyday though, and I imagine I won’t be able to stay away from this blog, and the vegan blogging community, for much longer. However, I need to get through this semester of teaching first – it’s been a doozy! Anyway, the lovely folks over at Vegan Cuts sent me over their February Snack Box for review, and to be truthful, who can resist vegan snacks?...

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Thoughts and Changes

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I wanted to lead in to the new year with this post, but I realized I still needed some time to think things through and get some perspective. I’ve been writing this blog since 2011 (holy moly!), and I enjoy every moment of writing for you all and creating delicious vegan recipes that you can make for your family and friends. However, a lot has changed over the last few years, as it likely has for most people, and lately it’s been more like going through the motions with the blog rather than truly enjoying it. I can’t say...

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White Bean Wild Rice Hash

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White Bean Wild Rice Hash

This week’s ingredient challenge is wild rice, and for my contribution I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone a bit. Normally when I use wild rice, it’s in a soup of some kind. I was very excited to try something new, and I have to say that I, along with the fam, were happily surprised by the outcome. This white bean wild rice hash is the perfect combination of nuttiness and creaminess, which makes it the perfect complement to any main dish (but to be honest the fam and I ate some of it all by itself for lunch and it definitely...

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Ingredient Challenge #1: Wild Rice

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Ingredient Challenge #1: Wild Rice

For 2014 instead of doing my normal Sunday Funday roundups, I wanted to give you all an opportunity to feature your creations here. I know there are a lot of blogs out there that give you an ingredient to work with that you have to come up with a recipe for, but mine won’t quite be as formal as all that. I simply want to challenge you to create a recipe or even just use an ingredient that I find interesting or tasty. I use a lot of ingredients that I sometimes feel get overlooked, so I want to give them a bit of the spotlight for a...

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Maple-Cayenne Roasted Nuts

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Maple-Cayenne Roasted Nuts

I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty partied out. I actually never thought I’d say that, but we’ve had so many parties and gatherings over the last couple of months that I think a nice relaxing break is long overdue. That said, there are bound to be more impromptu meetups with friends over the next month or so, and while it’s not always expected, I like to bring at least a little something when I go to any kind of event. That’s where these roasted nuts come in. The idea for these actually came about...

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Black-Eyed Pea and Wild Rice Soup

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Black-Eyed Pea and Wild Rice Soup

As I talked about last year, I grew up with the tradition of eating black-eyed peas in some form every New Year’s Day so as to make sure it’s a prosperous one. This is one tradition that I’ve followed my entire life, and I don’t plan on ever missing it either. I realized that I’d never made a soup with them, so that’s what I decided to do this year. I also wanted to add a little Minnesota twist to this classically southern dish by using the wild rice as a base for the soup. I used Minnesota-grown wild rice...

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Sunday Funday: 2013 Roundup

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I have a lot of changes coming on the blog in 2014, but for now I wanted to do a quick Sunday Funday post to wrap up 2013. I am going to do this one a bit differently though, as I’m going to pick my top five favorite recipes from my own posts this year instead of from others (though I will have to do something to showcase all of the amazing recipes I’ve seen lately). Let’s get to it! Here’s my top five faves from my own kitchen this year: 5) Chilled Brown Rice Asian Salad - I love this salad for several reasons: 1)...

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Caramel Nog Button Cookies

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Caramel Nog Button Cookies

As I mentioned before, I haven’t been feeling all that creative this holiday season, but last weekend took a turn for the better! Finally! These caramel nog button cookies are the result of my mom and I wandering around the kitchen thinking about what kind of cookies we should make for our baking day. I had a bunch of random ingredients lying about, and I knew I didn’t want to do a traditional cookie. I wanted to experiment! I purchased a bunch of Silk Soynog for our holiday party a few weeks ago, and I thought that it would make...

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