Decisions, decisions…

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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Shane went to Vegas and brought me back a bunch of goodies from Ronald’s Donuts. Bear claws, cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, jelly donuts, donuts with chocolate icing, cream-stuffed donuts. I am so overwhelmed with choices that I’m tempted to take a bite out of every single thing and call it a day.

D is for Doughnuts, Mini Pumpkin Spice

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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Originally I was going to blog about the Dollar Tree for the letter D (You can special order cases of soy milk online! Even if your store doesn’t carry the stuff! It’s true!) – and then Shane suggested the obvious: donuts. Or doughnuts, if you prefer. I should probably use the latter spelling, since that’s how Annie Shannon rolls – and it’s her recipe featured here today.

Betty Goes Vegan includes no fewer than eight doughnut recipes – thirteen if you count churros, fritters, and turnovers. (And why not? The famed Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas sells turnovers, and that’s good enough for me.) In an uncharacteristic effort to keep it seasonal, I chose the Mini Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts (but only because I didn’t have the Betty Crocker Praline Crunch ice cream topping required for the Baby Bluths). My first foray into the art of doughnut making wasn’t the rousing success I’d hoped for – but neither was it a total loss.

My first clue that something was amiss was when I ended up with waaaay more batter than needed to make just two dozen mini doughnuts. Probably I could have made at least 48, but after the first two batches I threw in the Ove Glove and turned the leftover batter into thinnish cupcakes (about the same size as the mini-doughnuts, but minus the hole in the middle!). It wouldn’t have been so bad if I had bought two mini-doughnut pans (WHY DIDN’T I BUY TWO MINI-DOUGHNUT PANS?!?), but as it was I could only bake a dozen doughnuts at a time. Two rounds of that and I was fried.

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RONALD’S DONUTS!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Seeing that Friday has shaped up to be “food porn Friday” – totally accidental, I swear! much like the always-hilarious accidental penis! – what with all the vegetable and fruit porn, I got to thinking: what is the most gastronomically arousing vegan food photo I’ve ever taken? Given my love of pizza and ice cream, you might guess a macaroni and cheese pizza, or perhaps the peanut butter cup ice cream I made during the height of the summer heat wave. Both good, educated guesses; both utterly and completely wrong!

The one vegan food that gets me hot and hungry – even after all these years – is the very first batch of Ronald’s Donuts ever to grace my lips. So incredibly satisfying were they that I polished off half the batch before I even thought to take a picture of all the fried sugary sweeteness in all its sugar coma-inducing glory:

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(Note the teeth marks.)

SO GOOD, Y’ALL. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE.

Shane and I were visiting Las Vegas for a week – neither of us had ever been before, so we were both Ronald’s virgins – and these were by far the highlight of our trip. And oh yeah, did I mention that we were in town to get married?

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We even got a box to go. They fared surprisingly well on a June flight from Nevada to New York; some of the donuts came through a bit squished, but still yummy as all get out.

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This was back in 2006. Since then, we’ve refined our doughnut-shipping technique: each doughnut fits almost perfectly in an empty Tofutti Sour Cream container, and the packaging minimizes the pancake effect caused by airplane descent (as does pre-freezing them). This is totally relevant because Shane now travels to Vegas once a year for The Amazing Meeting, and always (ALWAYS!) brings me back an order of doughnuts from Ronald’s. This past July, we got super-serious about it and packed a few Styrofoam coolers in an extra suitcase so that my precious goodies would be extra-protected.

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Alas, there is a sad ending to this story: I only have three doughnuts left in the freezer! (Yes, the freezer! They keep fairly well for a few months, and then the cream/jelly starts to congeal a bit. But still, delicious!) So sad. But their rarity is probably why I love them so; now that I know how to make vegan peanut butter cups, for example, they’ve lost that special…well, specialness that only enhances their appeal. Ah, the pull of the forbidden! Well, hard-to-get. Close enough.

So, dear vegans, pray tell: what vegan food do you fantasize about night and day?

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Vegan Donuts & Vacation Pics

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Those dozen or so readers who have been with easyVegan since the beginning (meaning, June ’06) know that I just came back from twenty-one glorious days of vacation a few weeks ago. Well, I finally have the inevitable vacation pictures available for perusal over at Flickr. Just a tad bit late, yes, but in my defense my little sis managed to infect me with her germies right before I left, so I’ve spent most of the past two weeks in bed or, during my more lucid moments, doing mindless dreg work on the ‘puter. I’ll only post a small selection here, so if you’re one of those sickos who actually enjoys looking at other people’s vacation slideshows (gasp!), check out my Road Trippin’ ’06 set on Flickr.

First up – THOSE VEGAN DONUTS from Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas:

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Yes, yes, I know – one of the donuts does have a huge hunk missing. It’s in my belly. Well, technically, I guess they all ended up in my belly, but that half was ingested in the seconds before I snapped the pic. You see, I was so excited by the presence of VEGAN DONUTS that I wolfed half of ’em down before I even thought to take a picture.

Luckily, we bought a second batch before our departure:

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Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? It brings a tear. (Guess you’ve gotta be a veg*n to understand.)

Sadly, the donuts didn’t fare too well on the plane ride back. I still ate ’em, though. Hey, it’s hard to completely annihilate such sweetness.

Interestingly, Grist ran a story on green/veggie food options in Sin City not long after we returned to Kansas. It wasn’t a huge kick in the arse – having spent an afternoon researching vegan eateries on Happy Cow before the trip, I was well-versed on all the guilt-free options available in Vegas – but it was fun to note which of the featured businesses we had hit up during our weeklong stay. We went grocery shopping at the new Whole Foods mentioned in the article, and ordered lunch from Rainbow’s End Natural Foods & CafĂ©. It isn’t nearly the dealio as is Ron’s Donuts (c’mon, what trumps VEGAN DONUTS!?), but it definitely rocks the strip. Certainly, Vegas is unexpectedly welcoming to veg*ns – just don’t go there during the summer months. Trust me.

And DO stop by Ronald’s, at least once. Screw the diet, it’s worth it.

While in Vegas, we also…

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