Friday, June 7, 2013

Revisiting past recipes...

Once upon a time I ran a blog called A Vegan In South Dakota. I've been revisiting some of those recipes lately and wanted to share my two favorites with all of you. I bought some local Rhubarb from the Farmer's Market and plan to make the coffee cake tonight.

Coffee Cake of My Dreams

The batter for this is more like a dough, but it bakes up moist and amazing!

For Cake
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegan butter
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 3 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups all-purp flour
2 cups fresh fruit (I love it with Rhubarb)

For Topping
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish. Cream sugars, butter, and apple sauce. Add dissolved cornstarch and vanilla. Fold in flour and fruit and spread into baking dish. Sprinkle on topping and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. 

Wonderous White Bean Dip

1 can white beans drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp Braggs
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Fennel Seed
a mix of chopped fresh or dried herbs

Blend it all up in your food processor and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Introducing: Season of The Vegan Tasting Parties!

It started as a day dream... and turned into a beautiful way to promote my upcoming book. Tasting Parties, a wondrous way to indulge. But first, I need to gush a bit...

I know I don't update the blog as often as I should, and for that I am very sorry. I'm so grateful for those who have stuck with me and supported this adventure. I wish I could personally hug each and everyone of you! The book is coming slowly, but that's due to my need to release a good product. I want to birth a book into the world that people want to own, that they want to cook from, that they want to share with others. Not just another vegan cookbook that sits on the shelf and gathers dust. I want it to be inspiring in text, taste, and photo. I want people to feel like they are indulging in full sensory eating. I want it to be cherished and loved and delighted in. I know many will buy it because they know me, love me, and want to support me. Or because they've tasted something I've brought to a potluck and always wanted the recipe. But most, will buy it without ever having met me or tasted anything from the book, or anything vegan for that matter, and I want them to have the same amazing experience cooking from it as those who know me. The book is a labor of love from me to you.

The Tasting Party idea came out of a need to be in the kitchen, a need to feed those around me, and a need to promote my upcoming book. The basic idea is such, you (the party host) pays a sliding scale payment of  $35 to $65 cover my time, you select between 4 and 6 items from the list below, then you and your guests each pay a sliding scale payment of $5 to $15 to cover my food costs. In return you get an amazing experience of well prepared vegan faire, everyone receives a copy of the recipes, and you support my publishing costs. Its that easy!

Savory Picks:

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Spring Greens Salad
TLT Sandwiches
Crazy Crunch Salad
Grilled Zucchini
Balsamic Black Bean & Corn Salad
Spiced Nuts
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Black & White Dip with Chips
Baked Artichoke Dip
Stuffed Mushrooms
Oven Roasted Yam Medallions
Brushetta Trio (counts as 3 picks)
Meatless Meatballs

Sweet Picks:

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
Coconut Cakes with Coconut Frosting
Basil & Mint Fruit Salad
Fresh Cherry Pancakes
Maple Pumpkin Pudding
Pecan Pie Puff Pastries
Oat & Apricot Cookies
PBC Truffles
Dad's Pie Crust Cookies
Coffee Cake of My Dreams
Death By Chocolate Cakes
Mixed Berry Soft Serve
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes


Cranberry Orange Fizz
Cafe Granita
Midnight Champagne Cocktail

To book your Tasting Party please email me at