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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It's lemon season! When the frost comes they go bad, so Larry is bringing in scores of meyer lemons and limes. After success with key lime yogurt , I got a craving for lemon cake. Larry said yes, please! (And Sandy says lemon cake is one of her favorites - good to know!) I tried this  loving it vegan recipe , and the cake was delish. The powdered-sugar frosting was sweeter than we liked, though, so I tried a vegan cream cheese frosting from Vegan Richa . Oh. My. God. YUM. Ingredients Dry: 1 C + 1 T whole-wheat flour 1 1/2 C white flour 1 1/2 C sugar  1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 tsp turmeric for color (optional) Wet: 1 T vinegar 1 1/2 C non-dairy milk (oat, soy, or almond) 1/2 C canola oil 1 tsp vanilla Zest and juice from 3 lemons Cream cheese frosting (for 2 rounds or one rectangle cake): 8 oz vegan cream cheese (one container kite hill plain cream cheese) 1/3 to 1/2 C maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth) zest and juice from 2 lemons 2 drops vanilla 2 T powdered

Persimmon Cookies

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Pat brought over more persimmons! We sliced and dried a dozen unripe ones. We still had half a dozen ripe ones, and I owe cookies to some members of our movie-review SupPort group, so time to try persimmon cookies! (The group recently watched the original Ghostbusters movie; I offered cookies to anyone who also watched the Ghostbusters 2016 remake with SNL women, and two couples took up that offer.) This makes about 4 dozen cookies. I froze half the dough and halved the glaze for those I cooked, using the juice and zest from one tangerine with the powdered sugar. Ingredients 1 cup Hachiya persimmon pulp (2-3 ripe persimmons) 1 tsp baking soda 1 C sugar 1/2 C vegan butter, at room temperature 1 flax egg (1 T flaxmeal, 3 T warm water) 2 C flour 1/2 tsp cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt 1 C chopped walnuts 1 C raisins Glaze: 2 C powdered sugar 1/4 C fresh orange or tangerine juice 1 tsp orange zest  Instructions Peel the skin off the persimmons, and blend the pulp in a f

Persimmon Bread

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Pat and Allen shared at least a dozen persimmons with us from their bountiful harvest, along with their persimmon bread recipe. Here's a slightly tweaked, vegan version of their bread; turned out yummy! Ingredients 1 tsp. baking soda 2 T lukewarm water 1 1/2 C persimmon puree 1 1/2 C sugar 1/2 C salad oil 2 flax eggs (2 T flaxmeal, 6 T warm water) Dry: 2 C flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 C walnuts Instructions Remove skin and puree persimmons in a food processor. Mix baking soda and warm water. Add persimmon pulp.  Let sit a few minutes. Mix sugar, oil, and flax eggs.  Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves.  Combine persimmon and sugar mixture.  Add flour mixture with lemon and walnuts. Pour into loaf pans. For a regular large loaf, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes or until done.  For small loaf pans (what I use): Cook at 350 degr

Impossible Meatloaf

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Vegans eating meatloaf? Impossible! Until Trader Joe's starting carrying Impossible Burger. My first foray into fake beef cooking, C'mon Man! Sloppy Joes , turned out well, so I decided to give meatloaf a try. I googled "impossible meatloaf" and tried a mashup with Market Street Meatloaf from my New Basics Cookbook (an excellent, classic omnivore cookbook). Larry contributed some needed-to-use scallions from our backyard;  I think the onion and veggies were important components. Would totally fool and omnivore, I bet.  Super delicious with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce! Update 1/2/21: Larry asked for more veggie to meat ratio, so I increased the veggies and bread crumbs, below. Use the upper range for more veg heavy; lower range for more meat heavy. Ingredients 2 T vegan butter 1 tsp cumin seed (or 1 tsp cumin powder later) 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes (or 1/4 tsp cayenne later) 1 cup scallions/onion, chopped 1/3 - 1/2 C carrots, chopped 1/3 - 1/2 C celery, choppe

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

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A super easy, yummy vegan pumpkin pie, great for using up that 2-pack of Wholly Wholesome pie crust (use the other one for the  Festive Chickpea Tart ).  I've tried a few vegan pumpkin pie recipes. I used to use tofu, but am moving away from that; now doing something closer to this  minimalist baker recipe. Ingredients Filling: 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree    or 2 cups cooked pumpkin or sweet potato 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp salt 1/3 C brown sugar or maple syrup (or half each) 1 T canola oil 2/3 C almond, oat, or coconut milk 2 T arrowroot or cornstarch 1 T oat flour Pie crust: We like Wholly Wholesome crusts or shells , or make a homemade vegan crust .  Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend a couple minutes until smooth. Pour into the pie shell and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Check at 30 minutes; if the crust starts to burn, cover the crust with a pie shield. After an hour

C'mon Man! Sloppy Joes

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In honor of our new President-elect -- and his fine VP-elect -- I decided to try to make sloppy joes from the (new) Impossible Burger plant-based meat I got at Trader Joe's last week. What follows is a mashup of 4 different recipes, plus a little twist of heat. It was delicious! You could totally fool carnivores with this one. ("What, this is all plants?  C'mon, man !") Ingredients 1 package Impossible burger beef 2 T canola oil 1 onion, chopped 1 tsp cumin seed 1/2 tsp pepper flakes 1 bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced Sauce (or could use bbq sauce): 15 oz can tomato sauce 1 T brown sugar or molasses 2 T yellow mustard 2 T ketchup (or tomato paste) 1 tsp chili pwd 1 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Instructions Sauté cumin seed, pepper flakes, and onion in oil for 2-3 minutes. While it's cooking, whisk together sauce. Add garlic and bell pepper and cook 2-3 more minutes, until onion is translucent.  Add beef and cook until browned.  Add

Cauliflower Potato Curry

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Larry asked his colleague Supraja what she had for lunch the other day, and she shared this  cauliflower curry recipe. I had a small head of cauliflower and some potatoes and cabbage to use, so I added a few more vegetables and changed up the spicing a little (making up the "curry" part with the various spices I have), and it was terrific! Thank you, Supraja! This is one of my new favorites! Ingredients 1 small cauliflower, chopped  2 medium potatoes, chopped 2 C cabbage, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 T canola oil 1 hot pepper, minced 2 tsp cumin seed 1 tsp mustard seed 1/2 tsp fenugreek seed 4 cloves garlic, minced 1" ginger, minced Spices: 1 bay leaf 1 tsp thyme 2 tsp turmeric 2 tsp coriander 2 tsp chili pwd 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 T dried or fresh cilantro 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can coconut milk zest of 1 lime Instructions Chop the vegetables. Steam the potatoes and cauliflower in the microwave for 4 minutes to precook them a little, and set asid

Cabbage Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

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Laurie tried out some new recipes for dinner when we stopped by on our way back from our Nebraska road trip -- and it was delicious! Who'da thought that cabbage could make such a good steak? The mushroom gravy, with finely chopped mushrooms and coconut cream and nutritional yeast, was a perfect, rich complement to the potatoes and cabbage. She used green cabbage, but I had purple on hand -- and also a big head of cauliflower that needed to be used -- so I spiced and grilled them together, and threw the extra cauliflower pieces in with the potatoes. Next time I'll try this with green cabbage. Note that the rich mushroom gravy is important; it ties it all together. Ingredients 1 cabbage, green or purple Canola oil for brushing garlic powder  red pepper flakes black pepper to taste salt to taste lemon juice (to squeeze on top after) Gravy: Mushrooms, 8-10 oz 1/3 C onion (optional) 2 T canola oil  3 cloves garlic, minced red pepper flakes  salt & pepper to taste 1 C coconut cre

Fig Apple Compote

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So many figs! I made a fig pie , which was pretty good, and we actually tried our hand at canning fig jam (see photos below). The result was yummy, though quite the effort and a bit sweet (so much sugar!), so I wanted to try something different, even if it meant filling my freezer instead of my pantry. I also have some apples to use up, and wondered if they might go together well. So I googled "fig apple sauce" and found several recipes for compotes. Here's my adaptation of what I found - and it was delicious! Not too sweet, and the mix of fruits is nice. I bet this (uncooked) would also make a great pie filling. Hm..... :) Ingredients 15 fresh figs (roughly) 2 large apples Juice from 1-2 lemons 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon  Instructions Chop figs and apples in relatively small pieces. Mix together in a large saucepan with lemon, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Let sit for an hour or two (optional). Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn of

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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I've made half a dozen fruit pies  in the past few weeks because of our prolific pear tree. I usually mix blackberries with the pears, because we have to use those up, too. But recently, for something different, I mixed strawberries with the pears, and it was delicious. Color-wise, it reminded me of the rhubarb pie we loved as kids; Mom made it from wild rhubarb we picked from patches near the corn crib. ( Rhubarb pie is a big deal in Nebraska. ) She made it straight -- all rhubarb -- but I decided to look for recipes with strawberries, so I wouldn't have to add a ton of sugar (rhubarb is pretty tart). I gave the following a try, and it was amazing! It's different enough from my other  fruit pies  that it earns its own post. Serve this with (vegan) vanilla ice cream.  Ingredients 3 C strawberries, fresh or frozen 2 stalks rhubarb, chopped (about 2-3 cups) 2 T flour 2 T arrowroot or cornstarch 1/3 C brown sugar 1/3 C granulated sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 T orange juice 2 deep-dis

Blueberry Bran Muffins

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Oh my, these are delicious and healthy. This recipe is adapted from my favorite Isa Does It cookbook to use slightly less sugar and a couple other small tweaks. This makes a dozen; consider doubling so you can freeze some! You'll eat a dozen way too quickly. Ingredients Dry: 1 C whole wheat flour 1 1/2 C wheat bran 1/3 C sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt Wet: 1 C almond milk 1 T apple cider 1/4 C canola oil 1/4 C applesauce 2 T molasses 1 T maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla 1 C blueberries (fresh or frozen; I like small wild frozen) Instructions In a medium bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle. Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients in the well, and then mix the wet and dry together until just moistened, being careful not to over mix.  Fold in blueberries. Lightly butter 12-cup muffin pan. Fill each muffin well most of the way full with batter.

Black Pepper Tempeh Stir Fry

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I came home from Nebraska to a couple of bunches of celery in the fridge that needed to be used. I slightly adapted this celery black pepper tofu recipe from Vegan Richa and it was pretty good! Next time I chopped the tempeh into smaller chunks, made the marinade more liquidy, and added in more veggies, and it was even better. Very different from my other stir fry creations. Ingredients 1.5 C tempeh or firm tofu, cubed in small chunks Batter: 3 tsp soy sauce 3 T water 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 T cornstarch or arrowroot Saute: 1 T oil 1 inch ginger, finely chopped 1 red chile OR red pepper flakes 1/2 onion, chopped Add: 8 cloves garlic, chopped 1 C celery, chopped (1 head) 1 C carrot, chopped 1 C red pepper, chopped 1 C cabbage, chopped Spices: 1 tsp black pepper 1 T soy sauce 2 T water 1 T maple syrup 1 tsp rice vinegar Instructions Chop the tempeh or tofu into fairly small pieces (1/4-1/2 inch). Stir together better ingredients. Add tempeh/tofu and mix to coat. Let

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I needed some cookies to fill the empty space in a box I'm mailing to Dad, and I've had these cookies by Vegan Richa on my list for awhile to try. I actually made some "regular" chocolate chips cookies (very similar except with vegan butter, a flax egg, and no oats) at the same time so I could compare the two, and these were much better! Here's a very slightly adapted version. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Ingredients Dry: 3/4 C old fashioned oats 3/4 C flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt Wet: 1/2 C almond or peanut butter 1/3 C brown sugar (1/2 C for sweeter) 2 T (or more as needed) non dairy milk  1 tsp vanilla  1/3 C chocolate chips (1/2 C for more chocolatey) Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients together until smooth.  Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the wet and dry together and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.  Roll into balls and place on baking sheet with silicon liner. Press each ball down slightly to flatten

Japanese Spinach Salad (Gomae)

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Larry has fond memories of cold spinach salad in Japan. We compared several recipes, and did a mix of several (from  salu salo ,  fine cooking ,  iheartumami ,  and  bon appetit  - seriously, you used frozen spinach?). Serve with Larry's miso soup  and TJ's yakisoba! Note that I originally tried 3 T sesame seeds, 3 T soy sauce, 1.5 T rice vinegar, and a little sesame oil, but the dressing was too strong. Then I reduced it 2/3 (2 T sesame, 2T soy, etc.) and it was still too strong for us. The following pares it back even more because we like it mild so the spinach taste comes across; increase if you like it stronger. Ingredients 2 lbs fresh spinach (2 bunches or 1 Costco box) Salt (for boiling water) Dressing (mild version) 4 tsp sesame seeds  2 tsp rice vinegar (or rice wine or sherry) 4 tsp soy sauce 1 1/2 tsp sugar  Instructions Prepare spinach 30 minutes to 3 hours ahead: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil add a pinch of salt. Add spinach to boiling water and cook f