Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This delicious and very pretty cake was contributed by Dynise Balcavage from The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine.* It’s a lovely dessert to serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you need not wait for a special occasion to make and enjoy it.

Just-as-Sweet-as-Honey Cake

Ashkenazi Jews consider honey cake to be an integral part of their New Year celebration. Here, a combination of agave nectar make vegan version of  honey cake practically indistinguishable from the classic version. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Glazed Baked Onions

Slow-baking onions gives them a mellow sweetness. This is good with naturally sweet Vidalia onions or red onions, but ordinary yellow onions will do just as well. This makes a nice side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish that’s both elegant and easy. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, it goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries as well.

Sweet and White Potato Casserole with Apples

This rich combination of white and sweet potatoes, subtly sweetened with apple, is perfectly suited your major comfort food cravings of the cool season. This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes (which was titled Les Trois Pommes), updated, from Vegetariana.

Chestnuts: A Brief Guide to Preparing and Using

Evoking nostalgic images or roasting on an open fire, chestnuts are one of the winter’s most delightful seasonal traditions. Their slightly sweet, soft, and mealy meat is a departure from the usual crunch of nuts.

Mozzarella Mashed Potato Pie

Here’s one of my earliest comfort food favorites, a casserole-like dish of mashed potatoes and melted cheese, now veganized, from Vegetariana. With Daiya or Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses, it’s just as good as any dairy version.

Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

A delightful pasta dish seasoned with sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine and fresh basil. This dish is quick and easy if you marinate the tomatoes earlier in the day. Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers.