Work in Progress…

…But actually finished! I was lucky to be selected to participate in the 60-Day Project for the incredibly super-cool-as-heck Shellyfish. The idea behind the project is to send Shel’s mom, who recently had a milestone birthday (her 60th!), a series of gifts from volunteers over 60 days. I love this idea and think it is very creative. I hope Shel’s mom is enjoying her steady flow of love from bloggers around the world. My gift goes in the mail today:

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A beautiful ball of organic cotton and linen yarn (because she knits), pretty color, isn’t it?

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A homemade card.

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And, a few Snickerdoodles!

Hooray! Oh! And Happy Earth Day!!!!!!!!!!

My First Potluck (Gasp… It’s true!)

Last night I went to a small potluck for the knitting group I joined earlier in July (a vegan knitting group – too cool, no?). My mind turned to fog when I tried to figure out what to bring… Cookies are my favorite, but savory goodness is also a top contender. I opted for these:

Pizza Croissants

-Make a batch of pizza dough

-Roll out the dough into a circle

-Cut the circle into eight wedges

-Spread sauce on each wedge

-Top with fillings (I used Teese, crumbled and seasoned tempeh, red pepper, olives, and mushrooms)

-Roll up each wedge into a croissant-ish shape

-Sprinkle with sesame and poppy seeds

-Bake in a cooperative oven (I used a pizza stone)

I also made a batch of Twisted Snicksters because cookies control the inner workings of my mind. Yes cookie. No cookie. Maybe cookie. See? There’s no escape!

EDIT: Ooooops! I completely forgot to mention the delicious food that the folks in my knit group made. There was a green salad with beans, carrots, and corn; a potato gratin;  and an orzo pasta salad with pine nuts, parsley, lemon, and artichokes (my first taste of artichoke – so good!).

My Other Favorite Cookie

Cookies make me happy. I eat a lot of cookies. Cookies make lots of people happy. And lots of people eat lots of cookies. So, I am going to post about cookies, again! This particular cookie is definitely close behind Peanut Butter Babas…very close! Enter the Snickerdoodle. I call these Twisted Snicksters, simply because I like the word “snickster” (definitely NOT because of that lame heavy metal band from the beloved 80’s, Twisted Sister…). Anyway, I created this recipe when I was trying to start a vegan cookie company. My boyfriend likes to roll the dough in the cinnamon-sugar. So, if you have a happy helper in the kitchen, let them do the rolling! It is incredibly essential to the final product!

Twisted Snicksters (this recipe is easily halved, and works just as well)

1 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
1 1/2 cups unrefined sugar
2 eggs replaced (I use Ener’G Egg Replacer)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

1/4 cup unrefined sugar + 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I usually don’t use all of the mix, so save some for oatmeal or toast!)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the margarine for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, gradually. Beat for about 3 minutes. Add the replaced eggs, and beat some more. Add the vanilla.
4. In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add this to the creamed mixture, and beat well.
5. Put the dough in the fridge until firm (about an hour). Although sometimes I am impatient for cookies, and I skip this step, and they still turn out just fine!
6. Once you have removed the dough from the fridge, roll into balls, roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and place on your cookie sheet. Gently press the dough balls down with palm of your hand, or something flat.
7. Bake in your oven for about 11 minutes, or until they look done. The number of cookies you get depends on how big you make the balls. I eat these so fast I never count them.