The SuperFun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, Candy Cane Fudge Cookies, giveaway

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Entertaining for absolutely EVERY occasion, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I was so stoked when I received this in the mail. Listen or read this: New Year’s, Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Oscars Party, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas.  She includes OSCARS party!!!!! The only other chapter that she might’ve been able to add would be Birthday parties, but if you can’t come up with a party menu from these amazing recipes, I don’t know what to say. Isa does though; she talks about other occasions and gives you suggestions. She’s thought of everything.

If you weren’t yet convinced on why you would need this book, I’m going to talk about the recipes now. Just thinking about them is making me hungry; I need to go grab a snack……. Ok, I’m back; cookies have been eaten and now time to share with you more details. Candy Cane Fudge Cookies,  Gingerbread People,  Eggnog Pancakes, Jelly Doughnuts,  Fried Pickles with ranch,  Pretty in pink applesauce, potato pancakes, Chocolate Pecan Pie,  Mummy Dogs, Elvis Cupcakes,  Truffled Almond Alfredo, Mexican Caesar Salad, Spicy, Tomato Rice, Sautéed  Radishes,  Irish Cream Whoopie Pies, Irish Stout Stew, Salted Caramel Corn with peanuts, Chipotle Mac and Cheese, Potato Skins. I haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg- so many good recipes, recipes that you can trust. If you have made anything by Isa, you know that they will be crowd pleasing.

When I opened The Super Fun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, it made me think of Isa Does it. It has the same feel. Well no wonder why, the photographer from Isa Does it, photographed for The Super Fun Times. Vanessa Rees along with Joshua Foo can be thanked or blamed 😉 for these mouth drooling, I want it now photo’s. Well done you two!! The Super Fun Times is also larger than Isa Does it. There’s three of her other books I love, but this has to be the best one EVER!!!!! I seriously don’t know how she’s going to top this one. I hope she’s still writing more….  but WOW Isa, congratulations on such a wonderful resourceful cookbook. I’ve seen other Holiday books, but NONE are as comprehensive as this power house!

Now, that I’ve teased you with  me eating cookies and all the wonderful recipe titles, I’m going to share with you a recipe with permission, so get your apron on,  make the cookies, you know quality control- you need to make sure they are perfect- then on Christmas Eve day make more as Santa is going to want a dozen or two!!

 

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Candy Cane Cookie photo credit: Vanessa Rees

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies

Makes 36 Cookies

Total: 45 Minutes

Active: 25 Minutes

 

½ cup refined coconut oil, at room temperature

1¼ cups sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce, at room temperature

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite nondairy milk), at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 (3-ounce) peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up

4 crushed-up candy canes (see Tip)

 Chocolate and minty chocolate with crushed candy canes. These cookies scream “CHRISTMAS” so loud that you might have to tell them to shut up! These are the cookies you bring to the office (or collective artspace) to share with everyone. They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid they’ve been so desperately wanting.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two rimmed baking sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently; it might make the oil clump and firm up a bit, but that’s okay. Mix in the vanilla.
Add 1 cup of the flour, along with the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Mix in the peppermint chocolate chunks and then add the remaining

1 cup flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use your hands to get it fully incorporated.
Place twelve 1½-tablespoon scoops of dough on each baking sheet, a few inches apart. Flatten slightly with your hand. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Tips:
You don’t have to find peppermint chocolate for these, but it’s pretty darn good. Chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars will work, too.

To crush candy canes, place them in a plastic zip-top bag and pound on them with something heavy (a hammer maybe?) until they are in pieces that are no bigger than ½ inch. 

Excerpted from the book THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOK by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Copyright © 2016 by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.

I received a  review copy and Hachette Book Group will send out a copy to one lucky winner!!! Click here for more information.

 

Brandie’s Girl Crushes of 2015

I have a lot of respect for these 5 ladies, who have offered us many recipes to make our families happy for years to come. And just when you think you have their best recipe/book yet? They have gone and proved me wrong. All these Ladies have released a book this year and have some recipes to tease you with on their blogs. I highly suggest visiting each and every one of them, but don’t do so on an empty stomach. You have been warned.

  1. Dreena Burton, her newest book Plant Powered Families came out in May 2015. This is *the* book for families (you don’t need kids to enjoy the recipes, but it’s excellent if you have picky ones- these recipes will make dinner time easier) See what I have to say about her Creamy Cauliflower Soup.

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She is also the author of: The Everyday Vegan, Vive le Vegan, Eat, drink and be Vegan, Let them eat Vegan and her e-book Plant Power 15.

I own every single book including e-book. If you have her books you can tell she’s changed the way she cooks. Her older books include more processed foods, uses more oil which I still cook from- but her recent she’s found a way of making recipes that uses natural sweeteners, hardly any oil and they are DELISH every single time. Pick up any of her books- close your eyes and flip to any page- you will love it 🙂

2. Kathy Hester, her newest book The Easy Vegan Cookbook came out in Aug 2015. This book is amazing and must have to get healthful dinners on the table in 30 mins or less. I’ve made several from this book and all keepers. Short and sweet list of ingredients. Great for those who are overwhelmed in the kitchen and just need something simple yet gives a WOW factor! For more of a review see mine : review of The Easy Vegan Cookbook

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She’s also the author of: The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book, Vegan Slower Cooker for two or just for you, OATrageous OAT meals and her e-book The Ghoulish Gourmet.

I have The Easy Vegan cookbook, The Vegan Slow Cooker and  The Ghoulish Gourmet. I have borrowed the other books from the library and they will end up in my collection of must have’s as the recipes I’ve made, I’ve enjoyed and hate waiting in line for them to be available.

At first I thought I would never get much use out of Vegan Slow Cooker for 2 or just for you, because, I love left overs- but honestly this book allows me to try more recipes as I don’t have a lot of left overs…. and you can always double up if you want to. Head over to her site and start planning dinner!!

3. Somer McCowan, She’s a new comer to me and all I can say is THANK YOU to whoever “introduced” me to her. Her book The Abundance Diet This is NOT a book about dieting, it’s not a get thin quick book- it’s about eating an abundance of healthful foods and bettering yourself in a healthy way. If you like Cheesy Potato bake (the dish is way better than my “review”, and pastas, and smoothies and juices- you are in for a treat!

Check out her blog- she has those cheesy potato recipe online… one bite of that is worth buying her book alone. But don’t stop there, she has many recipes that are drool worthy. Check out her Foxy Moxy, one would say it’s better than chocolate.

4. Richa Hingle. She’s another one who has come onto my radar this past year. Her book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook offers the best of the best Indian cooking. I did have to look up some meanings, or searched for some of the spices. But they were easy enough to get or it was optional. Keep in mind I’m new to cooking Indian- but not to eating it.

She has an e-book Diwali- Sweets which- I must check out after writing this….. I suggest you have a look at it too.

If you want home cooked Indian food- this is *the* book to buy. It  is easy to follow along, and the spices you may have to buy will not go to waste.

5. Finally but not least is THE Isa Moskowitz. Her last book is actually a 10th Anniversary edition of Vegan with a Vengeance. I get hungry when I think about this book. Everything I’ve made from it- has been awesome! Who knew she could make brussel sprouts tastes great?!

She’s written Isa Does It, Appetite for  Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon

And co-written with Terry Hope Romero Vegan cupcakes take over the world, Vegan cookies invade your cookie jar and Vegan pie in the sky.

I have  Isa Does It, Appetite for  Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon and Vegan cupcakes take over the world all get books.  In fact, I just wrote a post about the Vegan cupcakes take over the world in my Girl just wanna bake cupcakes post. Head on over and see what she’s cooking up. It’s worth the trip.

Now that I have totally overwhelmed you with 5 wonderful Ladies with blogs and cookbooks to keep you and your family healthy, happy and satisfied for years to come- my advice is grab a note book and pen and jot down some notes- or book mark pages and start your menu planning. And have fun in the kitchen. As I cook and blog- I will give tips on how to make recipes easier, or what freezes well, what doubles well, how to make the most of a batch cooking day and anything that I think is helpful to help you in your kitchen.

Who is your girl crush? Let me know, I’m always wanting to meet more people 🙂

Note* we do get a small commission on any books you purchase through our store. So- happy shopping- get the latest books for you and your friends, all make for great stocking stuffers 😀 Have a wonderful day

Girls just wanna bake cupcakes

pulled out an old favourite last night

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Cupcakes take over the world. My daughter and I got to work. We used the recipe Golden Vanilla Cupcakes found on page 33. Simple, quick, and hits the spot after a long and exhausting week.

If I had ice cream I would have a few scoops, but since I don’t- we decided to put sprinkles in them. How fun and cute?!

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Here’s a recipe that is really close to what I used. Mine didn’t call for vanilla bean though. Enjoy 🙂 Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

What’s your fav cupcake recipe?

Brussels sprout fried rice

 

 

This a quick and easy weeknight meal. I know a lot of people hate Brussels sprouts- but this dish makes the mini cabbages taste like more. Normally you would use left over rice to make fried rice, but this was a last minute decision. I used my instant pot to make the rice, used the manual setting, cooked rice for 3 mins, then natural release. This dish is better and quicker to make than take out.

This recipe can be found in Vegan with a vengeance by Isa, on page 114.

If you don’t like, or just don’t eat rice or noodles, try this dish without. The rice is a filler basically to stretch out the veggies.

What are your favourite stir fry fixing’s?

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