Treats

So Simple, So Good, Gingery Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

So Simple, So Good, Gingery Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

These individual Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumbles are pots of gingery filling with a crunchy crumble topping, the easiest way to bake a great dessert without breaking a sweat. Chop, stir, bake, it really is that simple.

Wow Your Guests with Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Wow Your Guests with Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Still looking for a fun dessert for the holidays? Now that you've got Thanksgiving under your belt, so to speak, it's time to plan the coming feasts, parties and get-togethers. Why not shake it up with a technicolor purple pie? Yes, this Purple Sweet Potato Pie is...

Poached Pears Make an Elegant Dessert, For a Break from Pumpkin!

Poached Pears Make an Elegant Dessert, For a Break from Pumpkin!

I know we are in pumpkin pie season, but really, how many pies can you eat? Dare we break away for a moment to celebrate the beauty of the pear? I've been playing around with desserts that don't have any added sugar lately, and this recipe for Poached Pears in Cherry...

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

On a fine Saturday morning, everything seems possible. The day stretches before me, like a bottomless well of time, free to do something adventurous. Rested and ready, I make my way to the Farmer's Market most Saturdays, where tables of colorful produce stretch out...

Meal Prep: Make Chocolatey Zucchini Brownies

Meal Prep: Make Chocolatey Zucchini Brownies

Chocolate is always in season, isn't it? Whether we are snuggled inside on a February snow day, or wilting in the heat of a humid August scorcher, chocolate always seems like a good idea. Right now, it's zucchini season, and I can think of no better way to put a...

Try Fresh Currants in this Easy Kanten

Try Fresh Currants in this Easy Kanten

Kanten It was a great farmer's market find. Fresh Red Currants were ripe and ready at the market, and it was too hot to bake. So, I made kanten. Kanten is the plant-based world's answer to Jell-o, and it couldn't be more refreshing. Don't tell anyone it's vegan, just...

Strawberry Vegan Cupcakes You Need To Make Now

Strawberry Vegan Cupcakes You Need To Make Now

Some things just happen. Like the confluence of my own birthday with the arrival of petite "honeoye strawberries" at the Farmer's Market. Yes, Happy Birthday to me! I have a vegan baking class coming up, and the vegan cupcakes that I teach in that class are perfect...

Strawberry Season Bundt Cake To Rock Your World

Strawberry Season Bundt Cake To Rock Your World

It's Strawberry Season. That means, even here in Minnesota, the best, locally grown strawberries have finally reached their sweet, rosy ripeness. We make do all year with the bounty of California and Mexico, or do without. Until now. It's a short window, and deserving...

Bake Some Purple Carrot and Blueberry Bars for Prince’s Birthday

Bake Some Purple Carrot and Blueberry Bars for Prince’s Birthday

June 7 is Prince's Birthday I'm a Minneapolitan, and let me tell you, we all felt the loss when Prince left us too soon. He was our home town musical genius, rockstar, and part of our personal soundtracks since the 80's. He was also a quiet philanthropist, sharing his...

Vegan Meal Prep, In Bookstores Now!

Vegan Meal Prep, In Bookstores Now!

Vegan Meal Prep, the Cookbook I was talking about meal prepping to a young person, at some point while testing the recipes for Vegan Meal Prep, and she said, "It's adulting." Vegan meal prepping is, in fact, a very special form of "adulting." Meal prepping is the...

Warm Up with Tasty Scones Made From Freshly Ground Flour

Warm Up with Tasty Scones Made From Freshly Ground Flour

Fresh Flour Makes a Great Scone Nothing makes a snowed-in morning feel cozier than a batch of scones, still warm from the oven. Scones are so simple, simple enough that little shifts in technique and ingredients can make the difference between a decent scone and one...

Make Valentine’s Brownie Hearts to Win Your Sweetie’s

Make Valentine’s Brownie Hearts to Win Your Sweetie’s

  Valentine's Day Brownie Hearts As Valentine's Day approaches, it's all about finding a chocolate treat that will woo your sweet heart. Sure, you can buy a box of chocolates, or take that special friend out to eat. But nothing says I love you like a home baked...

Make Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars

Make Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars Are Calling Your Name! My neighborhood grocery store folks know how our minds work. When you stand in line at the register, they have thoughtfully provided a stack of appealing, easy to grab treats, to tempt the hungry shopper....

Rich, Luscious Truffles, Easy, Fast (and Vegan)

Rich, Luscious Truffles, Easy, Fast (and Vegan)

The holiday season is in full swing, and you really should have some treats planned by now. No? Well I'm here with a simple little treat that everybody will think was hard to make. I'm talking about Vegan Truffles. No Special Skills Are Needed to Make Vegan Truffles I...

Bake Persimmon Cookies for a Seasonal Treat

Bake Persimmon Cookies for a Seasonal Treat

Persimmon and Hazelnut Cookies When the persimmons appear in the stores, you know the holidays are coming. That makes them a perfect candidate to use in a holiday treat, like these Persimmon and Hazelnut Cookies with Pomegranate Glaze. What The Heck is a Persimmon,...

Make Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Ganache, for a Halloween Treat

Make Pumpkin Swirl Brownies with Ganache, for a Halloween Treat

Halloween is a candy and costume holiday. I know, I know, there is a history going back to the old country, when they carved turnips into Jack-o-lanterns to scare away the spirits. In my lifetime, it was all about being a kids, putting on a costume, and collecting as...

It’s Time To Bake an Apple Raspberry Galette

It’s Time To Bake an Apple Raspberry Galette

At the farmer's market last weekend, as I shivered in the 40 degree air, I marveled at the bounty of vegetables that the end of September brings. Summery sweet corn and tomatoes were there, alongside Fall-ish squash and apples. Strikingly, there was an abundant...

Cool Off With Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cool Off With Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pick one! When it's sultry out, I have to comfort myself by making ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, and other frozen treats. Whenever I throw a party in the summer, I start preparations ahead of time by making ice cream sandwiches for everyone. So, when I decided to...

When Peaches Ripen, Make a Peach and Berry Crisp

When Peaches Ripen, Make a Peach and Berry Crisp

Oh July, you have won my heart a hundred times over. Yes, you were steamy in spots, but we managed to romance each other relentlessly. Of course, July includes a trip to Illinois, where I pick up my annual peach harvest. You may not have heard about the epic peaches...

Cool Off with Homemade Peanut Butter Pops with Chocolate Drizzle

Cool Off with Homemade Peanut Butter Pops with Chocolate Drizzle

Is it the heat, or is it the humidity? Who cares? It's Summer, and we love every minute of it. Even when we are seeking shelter in the air conditioning, we get to revel in the best summery foods. And that includes easy, homemade frozen Peanut Butter Pops. With...

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

There's long been a trope, a recurring idea that meat eating is an essential part of manliness. Veggies are for girls, and possibly girly men, but real dudes dig burgers. Wicked, Healthy, Beautiful This silliness couldn't be further from the truth, and the latest book...

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Do you wrestle with the decision of which pies to make at the holidays? Pumpkin, pear, apple, or even pecan sound so good, but do you really need four whole pies? This time, I'm making six different holiday tarts, each one designed to generously serve one person. This...

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Not Just For Holidays Anymore Did you know that Wisconsin is the biggest producer of cranberries? Take that California, with your sunny, temperate weather. The snowy Midwest is the source of 60% of the bright red berries that we eat by the bushel at the holidays. As...