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Strawberries & Cream Coffee Cake

What a weekend! It all started when I got out of work late Friday night and got to baking some vegan and vegan/gf cupcakes for a friend’s wedding. Stayed up late, afraid that I would fall asleep and lay my head into the mixing bowl at any moment. On Saturday it was rush-rush-rush all morning, icing cupcakes, getting last-minute shoes for the wedding while also getting ready for LA Vegan Beer Fest afterward. The ceremony was gorgeous and I am so happy for my two good friends and their special day.

Talk about a “fashionably late” entrance, I got to the LAVBF at 4pm after an hour-long drive from Orange County! But, I was still able to squeeze some tasty foods and chats with great people in the 2 remaining hours. Going to the fest has been a tradition for me, and this was my 4th one! I can’t wait for next years. :)

Sunday was more visiting with friends that were in from out-of-town, tasty vegan eats (like a vegan churro in swirled soft serve, SO GOOD) and a dinner at Shojin on Monday night (another fantastic meal). Now, it’s back to work shooting cookbooks, making food over at Whole Foods and blogging for y’all, of course!

I made this incredible coffee cake on Mother’s day for my family/boyfriend’s family and everyone loved it! I have a mixed berry version on the blog and a pumpkin pie version in my Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, as well. I’d have to say, this one is a new favorite for me! My next version will be with Apple Pie Filling, me thinks.

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Stone Fruit Bruschetta Orange Cream Crostinis

Bruschettas of the fruit variety are nothing new, as far as recipes go. Even the traditional tomato one falls into that category, with tomatoes being a fruit and all. I’ve seen a couple of different fruit combinations over the last couple of years, since starting my blog; but have not made one, myself. Once I saw a picture of a strawberry bruschetta, I knew that I needed to try my hand at it.

Ever since I wrote a Crostini recipe for VegNews Online, I’ve made a couple of different recipes like it. The one that I have for you, today is a sweet, fraternal twin version of the first. The may look totally different, but they have similar parts and are terrific in their own ways.

The first crostini is savory, with its salty olive-mushroom tapenade, garlicky cashew cream, fresh basil and balsamic, it makes for a sophisticated appetizer. This recipe has the perfect summer fruit bruschetta made of sweet cherries, white peach and cooling mint. When laid atop a layer of subtly sweet orange cashew cream, it turns into a playful appetizer better served with a margarita, as opposed to a more reserved red wine.

Before you think, “This looks complicated,” I assure you, it’s definitely not. Think of it this way: Dice, toss, blend, toast, layer, serve. Straight up, that easy. Now, go on, get some friends together, enjoy the summer sun and munch on these tasty morsels.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

The guest blogger that I’m featuring today is the wonderful Kristy from Keepin’ It Kind! You may remember that I did a delicious cookie recipe for her blog, in December; well, now it’s time for her to return the favor! ;) Kristy has some incredibly creative recipes, paired with her husband’s photography they make a vegan food porn dream team! So, welcome her to the site!

I am so excited that Jackie asked me to be here today! It is such an honor being able to do a guest post for one of your favorite blogs and I am so grateful for this opportunity!

When I was younger, my family was all about those “Cream of _______” soups. You know the kind- they come in the red and white can and they’re super thick and overly salty because they’re “condensed.” I was taught very early on that these were very unhealthy and not really to be eaten unless they were mixed into some sort of casserole, usually topped with a crumbled chip or cereal of some sort (because unhealthy casseroles were okay???).

Cream of Asparagus Soup 1

As I got older, and more conscious of my food choices, whenever I would see a “Cream of Something” soup on a restaurant menu, I would look the other way because anything starting with “Cream of” meant my jeans would be tight for days on end. “Cream of ________” soups became the enemy.

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Now I know that there are ways to get a super creamy soup without little to no milk or cream! You can enjoy the richness of a creamy soup without all the calories and fat, not to mention all of the unnecessary animal products!

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Take this soup, for example. This Cream of Asparagus soup is completely vegan and only has 2 tablespoons of soy creamer (which is an optional ingredient- I usually make this soup without it)! This soup gets it’s decadent creamy texture from none other than cauliflower. The cauliflower, when added to the soup base along with the broth, becomes super soft while cooking, and when you puree the soup, you get a silky, creamy finish. To add some additional flavor and texture, I served the soup topped with toasted hazelnuts and crispy shallots (which are roasted, not fried).

Cream of Asparagus Soup Collage

This soup makes for a very healthy, delicious, and impressive meal, which will not affect how your jeans fit at all. :-)

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Grilled Summer Stacks with Smoky Almond Cream

It seems as though, lately, I have been somewhat of a grilling machine. I just can’t stop! With this month’s love bloghop theme being #tomatolove, I knew right away that the first recipe would involve grilling them; but, I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to use them after the preparation. I have a few different ideas, but I’ll make them later this month once I’ve made a few trips to the farmers market.

First off, these stacks may look a little fancy, but they are super easy to make and put together. They make for a great appetizer for an outdoor dinner party or BBQ, and as I experienced last night, people will be pretty impressed by their presentation (just make sure to not relay how easy they were to make ;)). As you can see, you can interchange the veggies to whatever you prefer most, as long as you can cut it into somewhat of a circular shape.

I was able to use some more zucchini from my garden, thankfully; I’ve been giving these damn things away! Before this recipe, I had never tasted grilled avocado, but now I feel like this will be a common occurrence for the rest of the season. All of these grilled veggies paired with a little homemade BBQ sauce and a light, smoky almond cream make for a winning combination.

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