Category: Food

Gingersnaps II

Janine’s Gingersnaps, v2.0 Today it’s chucking it down with rain — an even better time to make gingersnaps for tonight’s potluck, as it also warms up the kitchen.  After the first batch turned out quite well yesterday, I made a few adjustments to the recipe, and this lot looks even better! This excellent, potentially vegan,…

Janine’s Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps for a bright autumn day… It’s a perfect day in October:  the sun is out, yet the air is crisp and cool.  The leaves are turning in our small university town in central Illinois.  There’s a physics potluck in a couple of days, so it’s the perfect time to make gingersnaps! Janine’s Gingersnaps This…

Sticky Spiced Carrots – Mark II

Sticky Cumin and Orange Carrots — revised This is another recipe adapted from Midnight Chicken, the fabulous cookbook by Ella Risbridger.*  I discovered this cookbook at my local library and was instantly entranced by the combination of autobiography and inspiration.  Find it, buy it, read it, use it! This recipe takes ten minutes to prep…

Mark’s Creamed Leeks

Mark’s Creamed Leeks This recipe is adapted from Midnight Chicken, the wonderful cookbook by Ella Risbridger*.  I discovered this cookbook at my local library and was instantly entranced by the combination of autobiography and inspiration.  Every day I find new gems, and I strongly recommend it! This recipe takes ten minutes to prep and 20…

Chocolate Macaroon Tart

Chocolate Macaroon Tart Every two weeks, I attend the Mathematician’s Potluck at George and Bettina’s house.  This has become my testing ground for new recipes, and last night I had a hit with this luscious tart . This gluten-free vegan treat is calorie-dense;  of course, you only need to have a tiny slice, right?  In…

Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Cake The days are getting cooler here in the Midwest, and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice season is upon us.  Okay, I did choose the pumpkin pancakes when we went to the diner for Saturday breakfast, but all the same, a little pumpkin spice goes a long way. Despite my natural culinary cynicism,…

Ratafia Biscuits, revised

Ratafia Biscuits This morning, I had the pleasure of tasting an exceptional Ratafia de Bourgogne (a sweet red wine from Burgundy – see note below).  It’s a fortified wine, and this particular ratafia was one of 300 bottles made in a small vineyard, laced with the owner’s own marc de Bourgogne, or distilled eau de…

Pickled Rhubarb Salad

It’s definitely the growing season in the Midwest, including fresh rhubarb — so tart, so delicious, so versatile!  And although I am actually making another rhubarb-strawberry tart for my birthday dinner tonight, slicing rhubarb stalks reminded me of this wonderfully unique pickled rhubarb recipe:  it’s simple, vegan, gluten-free (obviously), and astonishing. Pickled Rhubarb Salad Ingredients:…

The Best (vegan) Chocolate Cake EVER

It’s my birthday on 10. June, so I’m making this cake for the mathematicians potluck, as the closest thing to a birthday part (given that I’ll be in Santa Barbara for my actual birthday, getting my braces removed).  Lots to celebrate, for sure! Vegan Chocolate Cake Seriously, this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve…

Gemini Pie or Rhubarb-Strawberry Tart

Gemini Pie:  Rhubarb+Strawberry Tart Why is this called Gemini Pie?  Well, I am a Gemini (10. June, in case you were wondering), both rhubarb and strawberries become available at the farmer’s market around now, and the crust is half ground hazelnuts and half gluten-free flour.  This vegan, gluten-free, optionally sugar-free dessert is the perfect example…