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Persimmon Cheesecake in a Glass

I am finally feeling like the holidays are truly here. Mostly because my family and I just got our Christmas tree this past weekend and I decorated it most of Saturday, wrapped some presents that night and tucked them under the tree Sunday morning. Oooh, sparkly. To be honest, I’m not religious. I do enjoy celebrating certain holidays and I really like giving people gifts, even if it is just a big batch of cookies.

Something that I also find fun is going to holiday parties, although Corey hates it so that is sometimes hard to negotiate. Either way, socializing and eating delicious food is a great time to me, and if I get to wear gaudy Christmas sweaters while doing so, even better!

Speaking of delicious eats and the holidays, I saw this idea for Cheesecake Shooters from The Pioneer Woman and just knew that I had to do my own interpretation of it. This means that I needed to up the portion size just a tad and use infinitely healthier ingredients. Some of you may have made my raw desserts in the past, so imagine one of those recipes and cut the waiting time by 75%. Crazy easy, right?

This “cheesecake” is naturally sweetened with dates, coconut sugar and a touch of maple syrup. No processed sugar here! Now, you have another way to use those persimmons that you keep getting in your CSA baskets! Make these for your next holiday party, and if you’re worried about breaking stem-ware get some small plastic cups and do it up. :)

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Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Oh, Quiche. This meal brings up so many feelings and memories, ones of comfort and family time; and maybe a little over-indulgence. When I was younger, I would always get really excited when my mom brought out the premade pie dough to thaw out, because I knew what we were in store for later that day. Typically she made two different types of Quiche, one was ham & cheese and the other was spinach & cheese. Both had lots of egg, cheese, condensed milk and probably some other things that aren’t terribly good for you.

But, man, the aroma that they had when they were baking. It would fill the house and hug you, while infiltrating your nasal passages. It was hard to wait for it to cool down until it was ready to eat! Although, I still have that problem, as you can see by my last picture. ;) Now, I’ve made something similar to a Quiche before, and it turned out great. This time I wanted something comforting but still healthy, and definitely convenient.

Here it is, a Broccoli Cheddar Quiche! I had my mom try it out and she gave it her stamp of approval, so I’m pretty confident that you’ll be able to serve this with a smile, knowing that people will like it. While this Quiche isn’t necessarily a labor of love in that it takes a lot of work, it does take some time, so plan accordingly. I’m lucky enough to have premade whole wheat vegan pie crusts at my local Sprouts Market, but you’re welcome to use your favorite 9″ pie crust recipe.

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Chocolate Biscoff Pinwheel Cookies

Biscoff Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies vegan

I’m elated to share with you that I’m taking part in Kristy from Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party for the second year in a row! Kristy and her husband Chris are the geniuses behind Keepin’ It Kind, and honestly guys, they are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I’m lucky enough to have hung out with them a few times and they are ADORABLE. Seriously. Aside from that, they make a great team of recipe developer/food stylist and photographer.

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Last year, I made some Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies for the #cookieswapparty. This year I knew that I’d need to step my game up, and I think I accomplished it with these Chocolate Biscoff Pinwheel Cookies! Did I mention that I had never made Pinwheel Cookies before? Well, I hadn’t and I’m so stoked on how they came out. I brought a huge plate of them to my friend’s holiday party and got some good reviews.

Cookie Photobomb

Oh, my partner Corey taste-tested them and gave them a thumbs up, as well. He and our friend Mark were hanging out with me while I was making them, hence the photobomb by Mr. Mark. ;)

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Now go! Go check out the recipe for these holiday cookies over at Kristy’s blog! While you’re there hang out for a bit and take a look at all of the other cookie recipes from some more awesome bloggers.

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Apple Pie on the Rocks

Before I get into this spicy, cool beverage I would like to talk a little bit about my Thanksgiving. This year was a little different from most, because the group was smaller and my Dad and I met my sister and her boyfriend out in Lake Havasu to have it. This meant that I needed to cook some things beforehand, bring some ingredients and not make as big of portions (oops, on that last one).

I was excited to make my first batch of homemade cranberry sauce, which I changed just slightly from the pancake topping recipe. The addition of some cinnamon, plus vanilla extract and brown sugar instead of white made it perfect! My sister’s S.O. really liked it. Then, as usual, I made the sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and switched up the veggie side with some roasted Brussels sprouts. Of course, I brought my leftover Stuffed Seitan Roast with me, and it reheated wonderfully! Overall, it was a total success, even if there was a ton of food left afterward.

Although I kept myself occupied most of the day, I got to witness some pretty awesome stuff. I had quite a few friends and readers tell me about how they made dishes either from my blog or the eBook for their families, on Thanksgiving. Not only that, they told me about how successful they were! Like omnivore grandparents pilfering last slices of Pumpkin Coffee Cake, and empty plates of Smoky Pumpkin Mac. I can’t even begin to express how much it means to me that people would make my recipes on what I consider an important food day! I hate to admit it, but it almost brought me to tears at one point. I really love running this blog, but having reminders about why I do it doesn’t hurt.

Some of the recipes made for Thanksgiving!

So, thank you, to all of the people out there that check out my blog. Even if you don’t ever make something, I don’t mind! I just like to show off cool dishes that taste great, and that most importantly are vegan. As much as I love food photography and recipe development, it would be harder for me to do this if there wasn’t an audience. I’m looking forward to making recipes, and cookbooks and taking photos for a long time!

Now, onto the beverage. I was inspired by a drink that I had a few weeks ago that consisted of apple juice, Fireball Whiskey, “Moonshine”, and maybe simple syrup if I remember correctly. I really enjoyed it, but wanted to make my version at home and dress it up a little. That’s how the Apple Pie on the Rocks came to be! It would be awesome if you crumbled up graham crackers and added them to the brown sugar rim, but I didn’t have those on hand.

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