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Cake, Just Because

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Cake is meant for special occasions, but sometimes you just have to bake one just because. 

I’ve made plenty of cakes, good ones, so-so ones, a few failures. My first génoise (that’s a fancy French term for an Italian sponge cake) was absolutely perfect. As a young student in pastry class, this first attempt was mere beginner’s luck. I must have followed the recipe exactly. It came out golden, fluffy, light and everything the ideal sponge cake should be. My instructor marveled at the dome of buttery golden perfection and exclaimed, “It’s perfect! Now, do it again.”

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Radish Butter Crostini is the Perfect Appetizer

radish, radishes, crostini, vegan butter, Miyoko's Kitchen

It’s taken me a long time to appreciate radishes. I’ve never liked the sharp bitter bite of a radish, and unfortunately so, because they look so pretty all sliced up as garnish in salads. I know they are hydrating, detoxifying, great for digestion and skin, full of minerals and all kinds of things that make me want to say yes to them. Then one day, a French friend gave me a taste of fresh radish from their garden. A few slices of radish on top of fresh buttered toast sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt. Since then I’ve become a radish lover. 

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Coconut Matcha Chia Parfait

chia pudding, chia, chia parfait, vegan, vegan dessert

As I’ve become more of a matcha tea lover, I must admit, matcha is my favorite tea in the world. I am one of those people that can drink it iced all day long, then make a foamy matcha latte with coconut milk (or homemade cashew and almond milk), and then I’ll say to one of my daughters or to my guy: “Hey, do you want to go check out that matcha tea place that just opened in Little Tokyo?” Coconut is also the same for me. Coconut milk, coconut ice cream, coconut curry, coconut rice. Coconut is most definitely a favorite of mine too. Put matcha with coconut in a chia pudding? Oh yes. 

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A Matcha Latte Recipe You Can Enjoy at Home

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So you love matcha lattes but don’t love the dairy and sugar? This recipe has all the good stuff, plus it’s dairy-free and so much easier than you can imagine. 

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butternut squash, toast, butternut squash toast, vegetable

If you frequent the many vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, you may find the welcoming ease of this particular vegetarian eatery, aptly named Vegetable, quite refreshing. You won’t be schooled by hipster vegan waiters wearing man buns or pink-haired waitresses asking if you want hemp or chia seeds with that. Instead, wholesome food is presented on a legible menu that doesn’t require you to have to Google ingredients before deciding upon a dish. It’s perfectly okay to want toast without avocado or bread with gluten here. Yes, you can dine with your gluten-free vegan friends and savor a real grilled cheese sandwich without having to explain yourself, since they will be too distracted by enjoying the flavor of their own meal to care anyway. At Vegetable, there is something for everyone, it’s just done in a vegetarian way.

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