Baking Molasses Matchup

The Pennsylvania Dutch sure do love their molasses, and I’m no exception! Golden Barrel, a Pennsylvania-based company, mailed me a free jar of their Supreme Baking Molasses. I decided to test it head-to-head with Grandma’s Robust molasses. Grandma’s Robust is the easiest baking molasses to find in grocery stores, at least here in Chicago.… Read more

Pennsylvania Dutch Shoofly Cake

Vegan Shoofly Cake Photo

Michelle’s vegan shoofly cake, wet bottom style!

You may have heard of shoofly pie, the famous Pennsylvania Dutch molasses pie. But most people haven’t heard of shoofly cake, which is very similar to the pie except there’s more flour and you don’t have to bother with a pie crust. If you’d like a simpler introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch baking, this is a great place to start!… Read more

Vegan slow cooker red beans and rice photo

Michelle’s vegan slow cooker red beans and rice. This is the quick version, without the vegan Andouille sausage.

Day after Christmas–I survived!  If you’re like me, some easy cooking is probably sounding really good right now.

Let’s do a Creole vegan slow cooker red beans and rice recipe! Red beans and rice originates from Louisiana. Unlike some other famous dishes from the region, it’s not meant to be too spicy, so it’s served with plenty of hot sauce for the table.… Read more

Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Photo

The best vegan pumpkin pie, all dolled up for the holidays with edible flowers!

Meet the best vegan pumpkin pie–it may also be the best pumpkin pie, period!

How was it made? By veganizing and, dare I say, improving the best non-vegan pumpkin pie: the fabled Cook’s Illustrated pumpkin pie recipe from 2008. I don’t know of anyone else who has done this, probably because all vegans have been told that you “can’t” replace 5 or more eggs in a recipe.… Read more

Non Dairy Substitute for Milk Powder in Bread Photo

Enjoy your bread machine by using this non dairy substitute for milk powder in bread! Photo: “best bread machine bread 1” by kae71463, CC BY 2.0.

Around 2008, I was gifted a Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker, model SD-YD250. This machine still serves me well today. I love its convenience, as well as the smell of fresh-baked bread in the morning.… Read more