The Great CriFSMas Food Roundup, 2012 edition!

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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A basket of chai cookies, oatmeal cream pies, and eggnog cookies for our neighbors.
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You guys, I did so much baking this holiday season! Instead of buying my family the customary vegan treats from etsy, I had the bright idea to make everything my own bad self. (“Make everyone’s presents by hand, she said. It’ll be fun, she said.” reads a mid-December entry in my journal.) Several weeks and a dozen or so batches of cookies later, and I am wiped out. Good thing I have extra cookies to keep me going, eh?

Many of the recipes are from Kelly Peloza’s The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, which I’m quickly growing to love. My mom gave it to me a Christmas or two ago, but given my awful track record with cookies and other baked sweets, I hadn’t gotten much use out of it. (Until now!)

Much to my surprise, everything came out wonderfully! Not a single burned cookie in the bunch. I think the secret is in the parchment paper. I’ve been resistant to using the stuff in the past, because it feels like I’m wasting paper or something. But it really works! Pro tip: as long as they haven’t picked up any cookie residue, you can reuse sheets of parchment paper several times to save money and resources. This is especially helpful if you’re baking multiple batches of cookies in a single day.

Without further ado, here’s a rundown of all the holiday goodies to pass through my kitchen (and gullet! yay the imagery!) this month. Mostly cookies, but also fancy nuts, truffles, ice cream, pizza, and pasta!

 

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Chewy Spiced Molasses Cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur (page 228) – Mine didn’t come out quite as plump and chewy as the ones pictured in the book, but I think that’s because I made the cookies a little smaller than suggested.

Actually, that was a trend pretty much across the board – I ended up with more, slightly smaller cookies vs. fewer, larger cookies (the latter being the norm for me). It was all good though, because the smaller cookies were a better fit for the tupperware I used to pack and ship them. Score!

Chewy or not, these were still super-delish, though not nearly as nommy as some of the other cookies I tried.

(More below the fold…)

Christmas, squared. Also: shaken and stirred.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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So what you’re looking at here is a Chai Nog Milkshake: two scoops of homemade chai ice cream plopped in a glass of chilled So Delicious coconut milk Nog and stirred ever so gently. Truthfully, this was a leap of faith – I wasn’t quite sure how it’d taste, since the nog is thick and rich enough on its own – but it just so happens that it’s (wait for it) un-freaking-believable. So good! Like someone liquefied Christmas and put in a tumbler. Or on tumblr, which I shall do shortly.

In other news, did y’all know that Silk isn’t making the Pumpkin Spice flavor this year? It’s true! We tried to special order a case from our local natural foods co-op and, after a week of waiting, were told that NO ONE’S getting Pumpkin Spice this year. What is this fuckery! What am I supposed to put on my cereal? In my tea? This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Word on the street is that So Delicious also makes a Pumpkin Spice flavor, but as of yesterday it’s unavailable. At least that’s what Green Acres’s distributor says (sob).

Ugh, why won’t anyone just shut up and take my money!?!

It’s just not x-mas without Pumpkin Spice!