Vegan Butter Pecan Cookies

December 6, 2017

This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. It’s been a few week’s! I hope your Thanksgiving (if you celebrated) went well and that you’re all wound up for Christmas season too. It’s December and that means cookies. I’d be fibbing if I didn’t say we’ve been enjoying cookies all of November, but there are just too many wonderful treats this season to confine to one month. Cookies are something I turn to often. I make a batch when I’m happy,…

Upside Down Walnut, Chocolate, & Pear Cake

November 21, 2017

Our little back house we are renting is about four miles from the ocean here in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach. We get the foggy marine layer on the mornings it chooses to hang over the coast, and we have a very tempered climate year round. In the past I’ve brushed southern California off as having no seasons, but this just isn’t true. I think with social media these days we see so much in the fall of the iconic leaves changing,…

Crunchy Kale & Quinoa Salad w/ Apple Cider Tempeh & Cinnamon Vinaigrette

November 16, 2017

I had a WOAH moment the other day that has me slightly laughing at my current situation. I was trying to brainstorm recipes for this year’s Thanksgiving, i.e. blending sauces, roasting vegetables, and making way too many gratins and things flavored with sage. There I was, standing in the kitchen looking at all of my Thanksgiving dishes either completed, half done, or still in the early stages, and thinking I really don’t want to eat any of this food. I asked myself…