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Coconut Kissed Pumpkin-Persimmon Pie with Millet Carob Crust

November 20, 2014

  (Or, “My, My, Me Oh My, I Love Pie”) Does anyone remember the John Travolta movie Michael about an angel who behaves most unlike an angel? Nora Ephron wrote the screen play. Pie is very important to the plot of that movie and its off-beat treatment of disillusion and faith. So if you’ve never seen […]

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Turning The Tables

November 16, 2014

Moving to my new house entailed lots of cleaning out and downsizing. Two decades ago when I first moved into the Asbury Street house my Mom came to visit and we had fun looking for antique furniture that would fit inside it. My great uncle had given me a small sum of money and I […]

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A Tale of Two Ingredient Cookies (And “Exceptional” Carob Fudge Fingerprint Cookie Recipe)

November 12, 2014

When I was in Catholic grammar school back at the dawn of time, the nuns taught us Phonics. Phonics was full of rules to help us remember how to spell and pronounce words correctly. The rules always had exceptions. It was no good learning the rules unless you knew when the exceptions applied. The one […]

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All-in-One Vegan Hot Pot

November 8, 2014

From the moment I first decided to start throwing this together last week, I called it a “hot pot” to myself. I don’t know why. I think maybe because it was cold outside, and I warmed up one of my Mom’s old ceramic lined iron pots to start the process. But when I looked up […]

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October Scrapbook (and Butternut Squash “Croutons”)

October 28, 2014

First, a humbling sorrow. Just months ago I blithely titled a blog post Of Mice and Vegans in which I chronicled my adventures saving the lives of mice that had invaded the house on Asbury Street. I don’t know why I thought such a thing, but I also blithely assumed there would be no mice […]

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Two Ways To Make Your Own Soy Free Burmese Style Tofu

October 14, 2014

When I was too small to remember it happening, a Chinese American family moved in across the street from our tract home in Sacramento, California. Apparently, at the time, they were the only non-white people on the relatively new block. One set of their white next door neighbors were not very happy about this, and […]

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Easy Vegan Skillet Chili (And A Great Pumpkin)

October 7, 2014

The first Fall I was writing this blog I posted a short photo essay called The Reincarnation of My Jack-o-Lantern, in which I documented baking the pumpkin that had lit the way for wandering spirits (and trick or treaters) on my porch for Halloween night. Usually I love to bake pumpkins and squash and make […]

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Food Dehydrator Love, Part 3: Teff Carrot Cake Bars (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

September 29, 2014

  You know what they say about the third time being a charm? I think it’s true. And isn’t it usually the third wish in fairy tales that sets the story in dynamic motion? Often though, that magic is bestowed upon the heroine by the humblest looking creatures, ones we wouldn’t expect to hear talk, […]

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Notes at the End of Summer

September 22, 2014

Out west, September is often a warm (hot), dry and (sadly) smoky month. The dry heat torches forest and field fires. Air quality can suffer. But it is also a time of end of season magic. The days do get noticably shorter, especially here up north, but oh, the slant of the evening light turns […]

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Happy Tooth Visualization (and Piled High McDougall Style Hash Browns)

September 11, 2014

I interrupt my food dehydrator love fest to bring you a report from my dental odyssey. Instead of the gorey details or the latest scientific debate on what the best procedures are, I’d like to share something that came to me almost a month ago, as I was walking with Romeo and mulling over the […]

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