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Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales

I have to admit that I've always been a little leery of making tamales, I mean, leave it the experts right?  I'm fully confident of making desserts, pastries, and other main dishes but never once have I even attempted to make one of my favorite foods, the tamale. That is, until I was given the chance to check out a copy of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: A Step by Step Guide to Savory and Sweet Tamales from Dora Stone of Dora’s Table. Then, as fate would have it, I also happened to catch an episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives which featured a lady making tamales!  It didn't look too hard.  SO with my new found confidence and ebook in hand, I committed to making Dora's Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales.

Rich & decadent chocolate cake, layered with sweet coconut icing & drizzled in chocolate ganache.

The most amazing Gluten free & allergy friendly German Chocolate cake around! Ummmm, chocolate!  I have always associated chocolate with the holidays. Chocolate chip cookies for Santa, hot chocolate by the fireplace, milk chocolate candies in pretty boxes, and then there is chocolate cake.  But not just any cake, rich & decadent German Chocolate Cake with that sweet & sticky coconut glaze to be exact.  Doesn't the sound of that bring a smile to your face?  And you haven't even had a bite yet.  Well, we're going to fix that! 

Looking for a quick treat to make your guests this holiday season?  Look no further because I have an incredibly easy, deliciously creamy, SunButter pumpkin pie  that you'll want to be making.

It actually started out as a non-peanut butter fudge that just didn't turn out solid enough.  But what it did have, was this wonderfully sweet and decadent flavor that I just couldn't resist.  Then that little light bulb in my head went off and all I could think of was remaking it as a pie filling!  And "wha-la" an allergy-friendly, top 8 free, gluten-free & vegan dessert. Are you ready to get baking? 

Do you know how to make a red velvet cookie even better?  Dip it in chocolate! 

Facing food allergies can be a challenge but it shouldn't mean you have to go without. So in 2011, a few years after Xander's diagnosis, I was inspired to write an ebook called Sweet Cheats. It is filled with tasty desserts and sweet treats that are all dairy, egg and nut free! You can check it out in the link but keep in mind, the pictures aren't great (well before I really knew how to do food photography) but the recipes are delicious!

Sometimes I forget about that book and the recipes in there but then it dawned on me, I've only included one of those in this blog!  Crazy right? Especially since those are some of our most loved desserts.  Like these Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Cookies, those are #1 on Xander's MUST EAT LIST. 

No party is complete without these light & fluffy vanilla cupcakes, made with aquafaba.

Vanilla Cupcakes

I am incredibly picky when it comes to vanilla cupcakes.  They can't be too yellow, or too dry or too dense (cuz that would make it a muffin, right?). Vanilla cupcakes are the most basic cupcake to get right, and yet so many people get it so wrong!  It's like the basis for every other cake, is it not? Switch out a few ingredients here and there, and you can have any variation of flavor you like, including chocolate. It's the first recipe I worked on after Xander's allergy diagnosis, 9 years ago. In fact, he was 10 months old at the time and all I could think about what type of cake could he have for his upcoming birthday.  I had 2 months to figure it out.  Thankfully, he mostly used the cake the mash his hands in to, so whether it was good or not, really didn't matter.  However, last weekend my baby Xander just turned 10 and this time, I needed a vanilla cake that would make his party extra special.  That's when I came up with these Light & Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes.

After years of cooking corn,  I found a foolproof method that is incredibly easy, unique and simply delicious. Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection Moving around a lot has created an opportunity to try new things and to incorporate different flavors & methods then I had tried before. Take corn on the cob for example.  For most of my early years, I remember hanging out in the kitchen, shucking fresh corn with my mom and/or grandma and then adding the cobs to a pot of boiling, salted water.  I use to love watching the corn go from a pale yellow to a vibrant hue which signaled they were ready to be devoured.  I sure loved corn this way, especially with a big 'ol slab of butter. After moving to Maryland, a friend of mine cooked their corn on the grill and their special little twist, created the best Grilled Corn on the Cob I had ever tasted (Sorry MOM!). This is now my favorite way to make corn, especially when adding a little Sriracha for heat. 

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls. Spring Rolls I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off. This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them. Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.