Cookie Snapshots

Cardamom Spice Cookies


Oatmeal Cranberry


Vegan Coconut Macaroons

After searching the web I ran across this recipe. With a little improvising I came up with the following vegan alternative…

Coconut Macaroons
1 pkg. (11 oz) Sweetened Angel Flake Coconut
2/3 cup  sugar
6 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp.  salt
6 Tbsp. EnerG egg replacer
1/2 c. water
1 tsp.  vanilla extract (The almond flavoring was hiding out somewhere in the back of the cupboard.)

Grease your baking sheets and flour them. Mix all of the above ingredients together. (You’ll probably have to get your hands in there.)
Then shape into round balls and place on your baking sheet.
Bake at 325F. for about 20 minutes. Keep your eyes on them from time to time.  Let cool slightly before removing to wire rack.
Now the original recipe calls for dipping these tasty treats into some chocolate which is a heavenly way of finishing them off. However, I needed my semi-sweet chocolate for fudge and so decided to leave the macaroons as they were.

Revisiting Familiar Flavors

For the last two days I have been elbow deep in cookie dough. As a child it was a big deal for me to make cookies each year… the more the merrier.

After marrying Jere and eating vegan it has been interesting improvising all the old faithful holiday recipes. Baking without milk, eggs, butter and cream seemed hopeless at first… that is until I found some handy alternatives (soy milk, egg replacer and earth balance margarine). They are my secret weapons in the cupboard! So far this year I’ve made 6 different kinds of christmas cookies  (cranberry oatmeal, pinwheels, sugar cookie cutouts, spiced cardamom cookies, chocolate snowcaps and coconut macaroons!)  and even some chocolate fudge. They still have to stand trial with all the employees, relatives and friends… but as far as I’m concerned, they taste just like some of the cookies I remember!

The Chicago Diner: Totally Worth the Drive!


Beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago

To do list:
1. Make Chicago Diner Seitan (Gluten Meat Substitute)
2. Finish Christmas Gift for — —-.
3. A ton of stuff to get done for the magazine
4. A thousand things that have slipped my mind at the moment …

One of my all time favorite cookbooks comes from one of my all time favorite restaurants. The Chicago Diner is tucked away on one of Chicago’s busy streets. Being a country girl, I white-knuckled my first ride into that city. However, it has won me over! There is nothing like eating a piece of one of the many desserts that The Chicago Diner is famous for while listening to the never-ending echos of horns honking and enjoying a rooftop view of the city skyline at night.

The diner proudly boasts being, “Meat Free Since 1983” and with their mouth-watering menu, who cares if meat isn’t included! For those of us who can only stand the city for a weekend the wonderful founder of the diner has graciously printed a cookbook to satisfy our cravings. The Cocoa Mousse cake is to die for and they’ve shared their secrets in the cookbook… no hidden ingredients! I also love their seitan. Yum! Their reuben sandwich is one of my favorites.

The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Chef Jo A. Kaucher is a must have for vegans and those transitioning into a more vegetarian lifestyle! Check out their website: and be tempted!

So, now that my mouth is watering… maybe I should run and grab those cocoa mousse cupcakes out of the freezer?