Quick Crispy Shiitake Bacon

This vegan bacon recipe came to be in a moment of inspiration while making pasta that needed a salty garnish. I had shiitakes on hand and the rest is history!
The result is a savory-sweet, smoky, crispy plant-based bacon that’s SO FAST to make and perf…

Quick Crispy Shiitake Bacon

This vegan bacon recipe came to be in a moment of inspiration while making pasta that needed a salty garnish. I had shiitakes on hand and the rest is history!

The result is a savory-sweet, smoky, crispy plant-based bacon that’s SO FAST to make and perfect for adding to salads, sandwiches (hello vegan BLT), pasta, and more! Just 1 pan, 7 ingredients, and 15 minutes required!

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Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)

Cold temperatures call for warming soups! Inspired by our fan-favorite Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup, this incredibly delicious sweet potato soup is made in the Instant Pot.
It’s a 1-pot recipe with warming spices, creamy coconut milk, and sne…

Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)

Cold temperatures call for warming soups! Inspired by our fan-favorite Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup, this incredibly delicious sweet potato soup is made in the Instant Pot.

It’s a 1-pot recipe with warming spices, creamy coconut milk, and sneaky red lentils for a protein and fiber boost. Let us show you how it’s done!

While experimenting for our guide to beans and lentils in the Instant Pot, we learned a couple things about red lentils.

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1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake (GF, Oil-Free)

What started out as an attempt at healthier cinnamon rolls morphed into this delicious, 1-bowl vegan coffee cake. Why? Who doesn’t love coffee cake? Also, no yeast, no proofing, no rolling.
Coffee cake is like cinnamon roll’s easier, less fussy,…

1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake (GF, Oil-Free)

What started out as an attempt at healthier cinnamon rolls morphed into this delicious, 1-bowl vegan coffee cake. Why? Who doesn’t love coffee cake? Also, no yeast, no proofing, no rolling.

Coffee cake is like cinnamon roll’s easier, less fussy, equally delicious cousin.

You’re going to fall in love with this tender, gluten-free cake that’s naturally sweetened, laced with cinnamon, and topped with a pecan crumble.

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Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad

Have you made this salad before, by chance? I pulled this recipe from the archives and updated the photos to catch your eye. This stunner just might…

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delicata squash arugula salad recipe

Have you made this salad before, by chance? I pulled this recipe from the archives and updated the photos to catch your eye. This stunner just might steal the show at your Thanksgiving feast, and for good reason. Glittering pomegranate arils and golden squash taste just as good as they look.

Delicata squash is a lovely winter squash. It’s unique because its skin is so, well, delicate that you don’t need to peel it before roasting. The maple-balsamic dressing, arugula, pomegranate and goat cheese go great with the squash, of course, but also with apples and pears. If your oven is full, try sliced fruit instead, or simply roast the squash the day before.

salad ingredients

When I revisit older blog posts, I’m always amazed by the parallels in my life over the years and the seasons. When I originally shared this post seven years ago, I was dreaming of a better living/work space. Since that time, I’ve upgraded from my tiny apartment to a little rent house where I made the cookbook, then to a new apartment with a functional kitchen. Then we got married and I moved into my husband’s cozy home, which we’ve outgrown.

We’re actually in the process of purchasing our dream home now. It’s everything we could ever hope for, including a recently renovated kitchen that’s so pretty, I can hardly stand it. We’ll move in time for Christmas and I’m looking forward to setting up our tree and sitting by the fireplace.

To be honest, all I really care about now is keeping Cookie healthy, but our new home is a bright ending to an acutely difficult year. I’ve left my original sentiments below, just in case anyone would like to read them. I hope you are staying well and cozy out there.

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The New Old Fashioned Cocktail

Who wants a drink? It’s been a long week. Let’s relax with an Old Fashioned, one of the oldest cocktails around. The Old Fashioned is for whiskey…

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old fashioned cocktail with maple syrup

Who wants a drink? It’s been a long week. Let’s relax with an Old Fashioned, one of the oldest cocktails around. The Old Fashioned is for whiskey lovers, certainly, but it also might convince naysayers to become whiskey cocktail drinkers after all.

Like mulled wine, the Old Fashioned is perfect during the holidays, on chilly evenings, and basically any time you find yourself sitting around a fire. It’s a bold, dynamic drink that’s a little citrusy and a little sweet.

I came up with one delicious twist on the classic recipe, which also happens to be a shortcut. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, I bet you can guess what it is.

old fashioned ingredients

That’s right, I used maple syrup instead of simple syrup. Historically, Old Fashioned cocktails are made with a sugar cube or simple syrup. I’m here to tell you that they taste better with maple syrup, which complements bourbon’s caramel notes and stirs in like a dream.

Back when the Old Fashioned gained popularity, maple syrup was not readily accessible. Lucky for us, it is now. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Creamy Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

The hunt for our go-to vegan vanilla ice cream is officially over!
This recipe is not only simple to make, but it also yields perfectly sweet, creamy vegan ice cream in 3 hours including freezing! Plus, just 6 ingredients required. Let us show you how …

Creamy Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

The hunt for our go-to vegan vanilla ice cream is officially over!

This recipe is not only simple to make, but it also yields perfectly sweet, creamy vegan ice cream in 3 hours including freezing! Plus, just 6 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

The base for this ice cream is coconut milk + cashew butter. It’s a magical combo that creates a rich, creamy, dreamy texture.

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5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties

OK, be honest. When it comes to mint chocolate, are you a fan or a skeptic?
In all transparency, I used to be in the “keep mint out of my dessert because it tastes like toothpaste” camp. But that changed when I was forced to eat mint chocol…

5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties

OK, be honest. When it comes to mint chocolate, are you a fan or a skeptic?

In all transparency, I used to be in the “keep mint out of my dessert because it tastes like toothpaste” camp. But that changed when I was forced to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream at a party when it was the only dessert option, and it was like the heavens parted and I was enlightened to the glory that is mint chocolate.

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Orange Cranberry Crisp (Gluten-Free & Easy!)

Admittedly, I’m not the hugest fan of traditional cranberry sauce. Perhaps that’s because it was mainly in jello form at most of my childhood holiday meals. However, cranberries, when done right, are incredibly delicious. This cranberry crisp proves th…

Orange Cranberry Crisp (Gluten-Free & Easy!)

Admittedly, I’m not the hugest fan of traditional cranberry sauce. Perhaps that’s because it was mainly in jello form at most of my childhood holiday meals. However, cranberries, when done right, are incredibly delicious. This cranberry crisp proves that.

Baked to perfection, it’s a bubbly, saucy, tart-sweet, crisp dream. Dare I say it’s my new favorite crisp?! Plus, just 45 minutes and 10 ingredients required! Let us show you how it’s done. 

To start, tart cranberries are tossed with orange zest and juice and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

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Classic Mulled Wine

Let’s cozy up with some mulled wine. Turn on some music, build a fire or light some candles, throw some spices and wine in a pot, and…

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classic mulled wine recipe

Let’s cozy up with some mulled wine. Turn on some music, build a fire or light some candles, throw some spices and wine in a pot, and embrace the holiday season. It’s really that simple.

I’ve always associated mulled wine with holiday parties, but a single batch is perfect for two to four people. Mulled wine is unbelievably easy to make, even on a weeknight, and fills your home with holiday fragrance.

mulled wine ingredients

This mulled wine is for wine lovers. I’ve encountered a few mulled wines over the years that tasted like sweet potpourri, but not this recipe. It’s fruity and spiced, but the wine still shines through.

You just might even have all of the ingredients at home! If so, you’re just fifteen minutes away from mulled wine. Let’s make some.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I think Mashed Sweet Potatoes are underrated. Regular old mashed potatoes tend to get all of the attention. Sure, I like mashed potatoes, but I think mashed sweet potatoes are much better than the classic side dish. So today, I am putting the…

I think Mashed Sweet Potatoes are underrated. Regular old mashed potatoes tend to get all of the attention. Sure, I like mashed potatoes, but I think mashed sweet potatoes are much better than the classic side dish. So today, I am putting the spotlight on Mashed Sweet Potatoes. They deserve some attention and I really think you…

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