Nobody Asked, But I’m Going to Tell You Anyway : My Thoughts on Salt.

My post titles are like Fallout Boy song titles, only with the vowels included. Don’t tell anyone a about the time I was kind of a Fallout Boy fangirl, okay? Too embarrassing for such a sophisticated lady as myself.

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Anyway, I have thoughts on salt and you can read them all here! I’ve been working on Vegansaurus posts, and posts that fit better onto my original vegan blog, so Ask A Vegan Baker has gotten the shaft as of late. I did veganize a persimmon bread recipe that I will share with you soon, but until then, you’ll have to read me elsewhere!

Eat Pastry Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Review!

About a month ago I reviewed Eat Pastry’s gluten-free, chocolate chip, cookie dough for a blog I contribute to, Vegansaurus. I loved the finished product, though I ran into a little trouble baking it. Cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, are best baked straight out of the fridge or freezer. When the dough is cold, the cookies don’t spread quite as much. I bought the cookie dough, and then walked about a mile to the train, which got me home in another 15 minutes. So the dough was probably at about room temperature when I got back to my apartment. Because I was incredibly excited to get started, I only had the dough in the fridge for a short time before I baked it. My cookies spread A LOT. The edges were crispy, but the middle was still doughy. I made the next batch a little bigger, and had more success baking them. I then made an ice cream sandwich!

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Here is the link to my review, as well as the steps I took to construct this ice cream sandwich and make ganache! I do highly recommend this product, just be sure it’s cold when you bake it!

Vegan Metal Brunch!

My buddy Sean invited me to a vegan, heavy metal, potluck brunch on Sunday, and since my best friend Caroline is going to be back in town, the gang is reuniting! Caroline and I had plans to go to Donut Farm, but we’re going go check out this metal brunch thing instead. I’m into indie pop myself, but I like meeting new people and experiencing different things (so that I never have to do them again. I kid, I halfway kid).

Since every single time I go to Donut Farm I order the biscuits and gravy with a side of southern greens, I will be bringing a homemade version to the potluck! I’ll be sautéing a variety of greens (a southern-style mix, spinach and Kale, all from TJ’s) with some liquid smoke, and preparing my gluten-free biscuits and gravy!*

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I’ve been dying to try the Trader Joe’s gluten-free baking mix, so I picked some up today. During a TJ’s shopping trip awhile ago, I read the label, to see what flour mixture they use, and I my first thought was, “Oh man, this needs to be cut with some garfava flour”. I don’t know why, I can’t explain the science, but that was my baker’s instinct. I’m not sure if I’m going to play around with it for my biscuits and gravy, but I was thinking that I wanted to make a gluten-free coffee cake for the brunch as well. I can be a little of an over-achiever sometimes, or always, when it comes to showing off food. Of course, I always end up underwhelmed by what I make, but we are our harshest critics, right?

If all goes well, I will definitely post all about it! If not, I’ll pretend it never happened.

*The brunch is not a gluten-free event, but I like to bring these kinds of items because that allergy/sensitivity runs so rampant. Plus, I fancy myself a pretty great vegan and gluten-free baker, so it’s just another chance to show off! “THIS IS GLUTEN-FREE?? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME”, is what I go for.