When I first told my oldest friend that I was “going Vegan” she asked me “What are you going to do about all the baking you like to do? How do you bake without eggs and dairy?” After a short pause, since I wasn’t 100% sure at the time, my reply was I’d figure it out. I’m happy to report the transition from vegetarian to … Continue reading The Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!
Coffee culture is deeply ingrained in Cubans. It’s usually the first thing we drink when we wake up, the perfect finish to every meal and as crazy as it sounds, often the last thing we drink before we go to bed. When I visit my family members, the first thing they ask after “How have you been” is “Can I make you some coffee?” To the … Continue reading Almond Amaretto Biscotti
Having grown up in Miami, FL there are certain cultural norms you don’t realize are the exception and not the rule until you live in or visit other places. One such Miami normalcy you will find, are street vendors standing at most major intersections trying to sell you something: flowers, oranges, peanuts and often even churros. For those that do not know churros are the closest thing Cubans … Continue reading Cuban Churros & Hot Chocolate w Coconut whipped cream
Last year for my other half’s birthday I asked him what kind of cake would he like me to make for him. In his usual nonchalant manner he said “why don’t you surprise me?” I asked again for clarification, “Do you have a flavor in mind?” His reply reinforced his first response “just make me something you think I would like.” So all of a sudden … Continue reading Tuxedo Cheesecake
The first question people ask when they find out I’m vegetarian is “Where do you get your protein?” This is an unfortunate side-effect of the meat industry’s effective campaign that has basically brainwashed people into thinking that the only source of protein is meat. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I get plenty of protein from my diet and iron too. The one nutrient … Continue reading Omega 3 Energy Bars
Original recipe: Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn posted on MarthaStewart.com I cannot pretend like these cookies are good for you, but they are delicious and as far as cookies go, they’re better for you than most. My other half and I are cookie aficionados. I have multiple cookie recipes that I love to bake, especially around the holidays. Last year he asked me to make … Continue reading Oatmeal Anything Cookies
Original recipe: Fannie Farmer Pumpkin Bread Once upon a time my SO traveled alone to visit his mom and sister for Thanksgiving; he came back with a loaf of pumpkin bread his mom had made for him. I had never seen or really heard of pumpkin bread before. This may sound odd to some of you, but pumpkin bread is not something Cubans make. When he sliced it up, put … Continue reading Pumpkin Bread