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The Bad, the Good and the Yummy

The Bad, the Good and the Yummy

The Bad Some days start out okay and then quickly take a turn for the worse. This morning started out like any other weekday other than I was driving in separately to work as my husband needed to stay late. As he left for work, I heard the garage door make a horrible...

Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

Although I haven't committed to a completely vegan diet, I have found myself continuing down this path to a more compassionate way of eating. This journey began almost 19 years ago when I gradually stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian. During that time, I...

Chick’n Noodle Soup

Chick’n Noodle Soup

One thing I have missed since becoming a vegetarian more than 18 years ago is a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. I've made a version with vegetable broth and tofu, and while it was good, it was not quite the same thing. Recently I discovered two new chicken...

Happy 90th, Gram

Happy 90th, Gram

For the 90th birthday of the grandmother of my best friend, I baked ambrosia macaroons. Gram loves coconut and I wanted to bake something special to celebrate her important birthday. She’s very special and I feel fortunate to be able to call her Gram and be a part of her family.

Vegan Broccoli Cream Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cream Soup

Unlike President George H.W. Bush, we love broccoli. During an unusually cold Southern California winter, I decided to try making a vegan broccoli soup. I turned out nicely and is a healthy contrast to the usual decadence of the holidays.

Vegan Cranberry Orange Bread

Vegan Cranberry Orange Bread

This recipe for Orange Cranberry bread is my first experiment with modifying a recipe to make it vegan. I think it turned out even better than the dairy and egg version. The chocolate was an addition suggested by my dear husband. It was an inspired idea that works well off the orange and cranberry.

Cast Iron, the Original Nonstick

Cast Iron, the Original Nonstick

When we first "tied the knot" a dozen or so years ago, we purchased an inexpensive set of cookware at Target. Budgets were tight and cooking wasn't such a passion. All the pieces were coated with teflon for a non-stick finish, even the sauce pans. Overall, the pans...

49er Pancake … Sort of

49er Pancake … Sort of

One of our favorite breakfast haunts is The Original Pancake house. All of the food is good but their 49er flapjacks are the stand out favorite. This is my attempt at making them at home.

KitchenAid 3 Quart Bowl and Combi-Whip

KitchenAid 3 Quart Bowl and Combi-Whip

Hi, my name is Sylvia and I have a kitchen gadget obsession. I know I'm not alone. Stores like Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel, not to mention Amazon.com love us. Where some people buy shoes, we buy kitchen ware: appliances, cookware, bakeware, tools,...