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Terrorizing (Or Terrified) Rice Krispie Monsters

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October 21, 2022

Part of Halloween’s popularity is we all get to be kids again. Which includes playing with our food and eating nostalgic cookies and candies. And what’s more nostalgic than Rice Krispie treats? For awhile these were off-limit to vegans (most marshmallows contain animal gelatin), but vegan marshmallows are becoming easier and easier to find. One… Read More ›

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I’d hoped to share a few new recipes with you this year, but, life happens. Or, job relocations happen. Between spending so much more time commuting – and checking out everything vegan Uptown Charlotte has to offer at lunch – I haven’t had the time or inclination lately to… Read More ›

Trader Joe’s Candy Corn Popcorn

Recently I made a big Trader Joe’s Autumn/Halloween themed haul. Some of the “new to me” items were winners! Some were losers. A few were “meh.” Trader Joe’s Candy Corn Popcorn was one of the winners! I have to say, I was surprised – because I DO NOT like candy corn! To me, the only… Read More ›

Autumn at Trader Joe’s

It’s finally Fall (on the calendar, at least) which means … It’s time for Trader Joe’s!¬† I admit, I am not as big a fan of Trader Joe’s as I once was. When Trader Joe’s opened its first Charlotte store in 2007, it was one of the few places to find vegan products and affordable… Read More ›

Healing Pumpkin Curry Soup

  One item that should be on your annual Autumn bucket list … cook something with pumpkin! Most of us think of pumpkin as something sweet – pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte – or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rolls.  But pumpkin is actually a winter squash, and can be taken in a savory direction… Read More ›

Palak Shorba (Indian Cream of Spinach Soup)

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves … We have had our Summer Evenings, now for October Eves!” – Humbert Wolf On my Autumn bucket list: Make soup! There is nothing more comforting as a bowl of hot soup on a chilly day. Ok, maybe a bowl of hot soup… Read More ›

Halloween Smoothies

“What do you give a ghost for breakfast? A BOOBERRY Smoothie, of course!” – Great Aunt Martha My Aunt Martha was always the pun-ny one in the family! She was also a very imaginative cook – especially when it came to making food for children. She understood the value of “playing with your food” and… Read More ›

Five Easy Baked Sweet Potato Variations (That Require Zero Cooking Skills)

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me; fluttering from the Autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte Ok, so yesterday I showed everyone how easy it is to cook luscious, inexpensive, healthy sweet potatoes in my post Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes. And today, I’m going to give you five easy ways to modify a basic sweet potato. The… Read More ›

Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

“You say witch like it’s a bad thing.” – Unknown So far this Autumn, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about pumpkins and pumpkin spice. However, there are other Autumn favorites that are on my Autumn bucket list as well – such as sweet potatoes! I was a late convert to sweet potatoes, because… Read More ›

Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Autumn Bucket List Item: Try A Seasonal Beer. Charlotte has long been known for three things – banks, BBQ, and beer. Now, Charlotte is becoming known for slightly different things – banks, BBQ and¬†vegan BBQ, and craft beer. In… Read More ›

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars: Pumpkin Spice

“Tis the Pumpkin Spice Season …” Another review to help you get your pumpkin spice groove on! Usually, I have a green smoothie for breakfast, and snack on fruit during the day. But I admit for years I kept a box of granola bars or cereal bars stashed at my desk at work. If I… Read More ›

Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice No Sugar Added Better Half Vegan Creamer

“And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall.” – Oscar Wilde Happy October, everyone! One thing at the top of everyone’s Autumn Bucket List is to enjoy some of that Pumpkin Spice! Last year I reviewed Califia Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk and Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer. Both are excellent… Read More ›

Scary Polenta Bites

I have not been Mo Fo’ing as much as I would like, but I couldn’t resist today’s prompt – What is your favorite holiday – and what is your favorite recipe to make? I’ve always loved Halloween – and here is one of my favorite Halloween recipes. If you grew up in the 70’s or… Read More ›

Product Reviews: Califia Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew and Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer

“Aprils have never meant that much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” – Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Charlotteans are putting on a brave front this October. The sky is blue, but temperatures have barely dropped. We run our air conditioning every day, dress in shorts after work. The leaves are still… Read More ›

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing are a very well executed cross between cinnamon rolls and pumpkin spice pastries. Perfect on a chilly Autumn morning with a cup of strong black coffee! And … thanks to the beta carotene used for food coloring, these breakfast pastries are quite gorgeous as well.

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