Poached Pears with Hazelnut Date Topping – Vegan MoFo

Pears are one of my favorite fruits, so this time of year makes me smile. Poaching them brings out their tender sweetness. Serve them warm for a lovely treat during blustery autumn nights.IMG_20130926_164019

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Strawberry Mochi “Shortcake”

IMG_20130530_152105One of the things I love about fresh berries is that they add an element of playfulness and delight to almost everything. We have eaten this combination of fried mochi, almond amasake and sliced strawberries every day for a few days. It’s a really simple and cute dessert that tastes like summer. I am looking forward to trying it with raspberries next month. Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This spring I finally became the proud steward of a small plot in our local community garden. The couple I inherited the plot from left me two rhubarb plants and a whole parcel of strawberry plants. I was so excited that first day of orientation.

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Polenta “Pancakes” with Sauteed Apple Pear Compote

A few years ago, I traveled to help prepare meals with Jane Stanchich for a week long workshop with her and Lino Stanchich at Great Life Global. One of the mornings, we made polenta pancakes similar to these. It was such a fun idea and a perfect example of using whole foods to re-create something we love as a healthier version. I especially love when I can replace flour with something less refined and still satisfy a craving, such as the one I frequently have for more traditional pancakes. Continue reading

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Oat Filling

When I brought my Hazelnut Stuffed Pears to the Virtual Vegan Potluck last fall, I had several inquiries about baking filled apples. When I was creating the recipe for the potluck, I tried the hazelnut and millet filling in apples, too, but the flavor and texture didn’t work as well. I prefer my apples stuffed with a hearty, simple oat and walnut filling.

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