Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day (April 30th)! I’m definitely on Team Soft & Chewy when it comes to oatmeal cookies. These little suckers didn’t flatten at all which I can’t explain, but they did end up pretty soft so I’m pleased. The red bits are some cherry Craisins I threw in the dough to give it a kick 🙂
April 25th is National Zucchini Bread Day! For my first attempt at zucchini bread I think it turned out alright, but if I were to do it again I would make one change: the recipe said you could use either white or whole wheat flour and I decided to try and be healthy so I used whole wheat.. but I’ll be honest- the fatty in me would have preferred the white. Regardless, the plate I left in the kitchen to share is now empty, so at least I know it’s edible!
My apologies for yet another blog hiatus, but after an awesome ten day road trip to Portland (aka vegan food mecca) I’m back this April 23rd for National Cherry Cheesecake Day! I was hesitant to attempt to veganize this one as I didn’t see how I could make a dairy-free version that would taste remotely like real cheesecake, but I found a recipe online that gets so close it’s scary. Unfortunately I’m thinking I should have sprayed the pan before I baked the cheesecake as the crust has no intention of being removed anytime soon. Luckily I was able to pry the sides off so it wasn’t a complete loss, but I foresee some serious soaking and scrubbing in that pan’s future.
April 9th is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day! The recipe I used came from a YouTube video blog called “The Sweetest Vegan Cooking Show,” and the woman who made the video was pretty funny in admitting that due to the use of almond extract any American would take one bite of these cookies and think immediately of Jergens Cherry Almond Lotion. But, if you can get past the fact that the taste is slightly reminiscent of your favorite moisturizer, they’re pretty good cookies.
April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day! The smell of coffee cake baking in the house makes me nostalgic for something I can’t quite put my finger on. It must just be childhood in general, so it was fitting that my niece was over and helped me bake today’s national food. Kiki’s verdict on her first ever (vegan!) coffee cake? “Warning! Hide this cake or it will disappear!”
Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day (April 6th)! I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that today was the first time I’ve ever cooked popcorn on the stove… in a pot.. without the assistance of a microwave and a bag coated in something that’s supposed to resemble butter. It was fun! Then I cooked up some caramel, drizzled it on top, and an hour and a few tosses later it emerged from the oven as caramel popcorn! yum.
April 5th is National Raisin & Spice Bar Day! Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I went with the first recipe in the Google search results for “Raisin & Spice Bar” and am surprisingly pleased with the result! It’s more like cake than a bar, but it’s delicious, with just the right amount of spice flavor.
After a slight blog hiatus (due to an incredible trip to Joshua Tree National Park!) I am back with April 3rd‘s celebration of National Chocolate Mousse Day! Knowing that nothing can top my mom’s famous (but unfortunately not vegan) chocolate mousse, I attempted Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s vegan chocolate mousse recipe. The only problem I found with it? Having to wait an hour for it to chill to eat it! (P.S. This photo was taken before the mousse was chilled. The bubbles you see came from the mousse being poured directly from the blender, but they disappeared and the finished product was super smooth.)