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A yummy reminder of summer. I made this during cherry season and gobbled it up. Totally vegan and totally delicious. Dangerous.

Cherry almond smoothie (thank you, NYTimes)

24 cherries, pitted

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup almond milk

1 plum or peach

2 teaspoons agave nectar

6 ice cubes

Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Makes 1 delicious serving.

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Figs and roasted chicken – perfect comfort food for autumn. As it roasts, the aroma fills the house. Figs are easy to find in the markets this time of year.

Roasted chicken with figs (from Israeli Kitchen blog)

1 whole, clean, roasting chicken

1/2 lemon

2 larges cloves garlic, chopped fine

2 tablespoons olive oil (original recipe calls for oil infused with rosemary – I just added some fresh rosemary to the oil)

1 tablespoon coarse salt

black pepper, 3 or 4 grinds

1 small bunch basil leaves, stems taken off

14 small figs, halved and their stems cut away

2 tablespoons warmed honey

a dash of soy sauce

Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the chicken. Rub the lemonĀ  half all over the chicken. Tuck the spent lemon half into the cavity of the chicken. Cover the chicken and let it soak up the lemon while you’re preparing the next steps.

In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with the garlic, coarse salt, black pepper, and soy sauce. Rub the oily mix well over the chicken. Sweep up any garlic pieces that may fall onto the roasting pan and tuck them under the chicken.

Stuff the basil leaves under the skin of the chicken, anywhere you can fin or force room. Put any extra leaves inside the cavity of the chicken alongside the lemon half. Pile the figs up next to the chicken. Drizzle them with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the honey.

Tear off a strip of tin foil and fold it so that it covers the figs, but not the chicken. Let the tin foil lie lightly over the figs; don’t tuck it in around them. Roast at 350 degrees F. til the chicken is a nice golden color. Serve with rice or couscous.

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So, I tried googling recipes for stale challah, and this bread pudding came up right away. This was made for the lactose intolerant, so no modifications were necessary by me. I added no fruit, as my challah already had raisins in it, but I do think that some fruit would also be a nice addition. This tasted amazing.

Challah kugel (from PrinceClan blog)

2 – 3 cups stale challah

1 1/2 – 2 cups vanilla soy milk

4 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

optional: two large apples, chopped small; or 1 cup raisins

Tear challah into smallish pieces, and drop into large bowl.

Pour soy milk over. Allow to soak for 20 minutes. Add eggs and sugar. Mix well.

Place into a greased pan (8 x 8″ or 9″ round) and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 – 60 minutes, until browned and golden.

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Plum cake

This cake will please you and whoever you serve it to. I used plums, but you could easily use another fruit of your choice – think nectarines, peaches, apples, pears. You basically mix wet and dry, then combine, top with fruit, bake. Couldn’t be easier. It’s moist, too, and somewhat addictive.

Plum cake (adapted from Gourmet Magazine)

1 cup AP flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick dairy-free margarine, soft

3/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

2 plums, pitted and cut into 1/2″ thick wedges

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, with rack in the middle. Lightly grease a 9″ springform pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat margarine and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in extracts. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Spread batter evenly in pan, then scatter plums over top. Stir together nutmeg and remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar, and sprinkle over top. Bake until cake is golden-brown and top is firm but tender when lightly touched (cake will rise over fruit), 45 – 50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove side of pan and cool.


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A nice cool and refreshing salad for the dog days of August. Sweet and tangy, with a little spice. I added some grilled chicken.

Mango-cucumber rice salad (adapted from this recipe)

1 cup cooked brown rice and 1 cup cooked jasmine white rice

juice from 1 lime

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced

1/4 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 boneless chicken breast, grilled and cut into bite-sized pieces

Whisk the lime juice, oil, sweetener, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the rice mixture, mango, cucumber, jalapeno, green onion, cilantro, nuts, and chicken; toss to combine. Season with additional salt if necessary. Makes 6 servings.

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A quick and fabulous salad for summer days and after work specials. Comes together easily. All the flavors seemed to complement each other. Shout out to Chaos in the Kitchen.

Asian chicken salad with roasted peanuts and mango

approximately 1/2 cup Asian-style dressing, to taste (see below)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or minced

10 ounces fresh baby spinach, arugula, or other salad greens mix

2 cups sliced bell peppers, red, yellow, or orange

3 green onions, thinly sliced

3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped; or the meat from a rotisserie chicken

1/2 – 1 cup honey roasted peanuts, crushed

1 mango, pitted, peeled, and sliced

Mix dressing, cilantro, and ginger in a small bowl. Let stand.

Toss salad greens with peppers, onions, chicken, and peanuts. Dress salad to taste and toss to combine. Add mango and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Asian salad dressing:

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon sugar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/4 cup peanut oil or other mild salad oil

Combine all ingredients in a small jar. Shake to combine.


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Heavenly! This cake is very moist, very easy to make, and most delicious. It will remind you of summer in every scrumptious bite. Not only that, but it’s very pretty.

Strawberry summer cake (adapted from Smitten Kitchen, and made nondairy by me)

6 tablespoons margarine

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

7/8 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10″ pie pan or 9″ deep-dish pie pan.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, bet margarine and 7/8 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, almond milk, and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.

Pour into prepared pie pan. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake cake until golden brown and a tester comes out free of wet batter, about 50 – 60 minutes. (Gooey strawberries on the tester are a given). Let cool in the pan on a rack. Cut into wedges. Makes 8 – 10 servings.

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