Double Espresso Glazed Mocha Donuts

When I was a kid, one day I came home and my entire apartment smelled like cinnamon and sugar donuts and I’ve never been able to shake the feeling of excitement and comfort that particular treat immediately brings. As an adult, I’ve periodically considered making donuts but I really hate frying things (the hot oil frightens me) and who the heckie has a donut pan?!

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Well, I do now. Donuts all the time, for everyone – that’s new my motto. Coffee and donuts. Together.

Mocha Donuts

Makes 18 donuts

2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (I always use this one and it’s always perfect)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
Egg replacer, equivalent to two eggs
1 cup chocolate soy milk
1/4 cup canola oil, plus extra for greasing your donut pan

Preheat oven to 325 F (165 C). In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, baking soda, salt. Put the remaining ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until smooth. Add the dry to the wet ingredients and combine until smooth. Transfer the batter to a piping bag, with a plain, round wide tip, or a large ziplock bag. Snip the tip off of the bag, if using. Fill the donut pan, each one 2/3 full. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the donut bounces back at your touch.

Double Espresso Glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup instant espresso powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon high quality vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Earth Balance, softened
2 – 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk

In a small bowl, whisk all glaze ingredients together. Place your baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Dip the tops of all donuts into the glaze and let set on the baking rack. If you want to add sprinkles, make sure you do it before the glaze hardens. I added mini non-dairy chocolate chips to really push these over the edge.

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I Had a Picnic (And Got Married): The Three Prepared Salads Edition

OK, last wedding post.¬† There’s probably more I could write, but I was sick of talking about the wedding the moment I started to plan one, so I’m just about tapped now. In addition, I’d really rather start coming up with new and exciting and NEW YEAR AND I GOT A BUNCH OF KITCHEN STUFF FOR CHRISTMAS posts for this blog, so the story of that time I had a really stressful picnic needs to wrap itself up. Listen, I’m so freaking-fantastically-over-the-top happy to be married to the best person in the entire world but weddings just aren’t my thing – even my own.

Three prepared salads: Rainbow Quinoa, Roasted Garlic and Sage Potato & Coleslaw with Spicy Avocado Dressing.

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Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Serves 8 as a side

4 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
1 cup edamame beans
1 cup diced sweet bell peppers (I used red)
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 bunches green onions, finely chopped
One large handful, each, fresh basil, cilantro and Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons high quality mustard (I used a dijon seasoned with herbs de Provence – highly recommended)
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Taste for seasonings and adjust to where you’d like it. Bring to room temperature before serving. Cold quinoa is no one’s friend.

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Roasted Garlic and Sage Potato Salad

Serves 8 as a side

16 medium red-skinned potatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons canola oil (or whatever your high-temperature roasting oil of choice is)
2 heads of garlic, roasted and cooled
One bunch sage, leaves removed, divided in half

Dressing

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup pesto veganaise
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small red onion, diced very small
A large handful fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). Scrub and chop potatoes. Slather potatoes with  2 tablespoons of olive oil and season generously with salt. Toss half of the sage leaves with your potatoes. Cut the tops off of the garlic, so the cloves are just barely exposed. Wrap each in tin foil with half a tablespoon of oil in the packet and some salt over the tops. Seal the packets. Spread potatoes and sage out onto a large baking sheet (or two). If there is room, put the garlic on. If not, find another baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the potatoes are crispy. Let garlic cool until it can be handled. Let potatoes cool slightly.

Roughly chop the remaining half of the fresh sage. Finely chop the roasted garlic. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Toss the chopped sage and garlic in with the cooled potatoes. Mix dressing into potatoes and taste for seasoning. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Coleslaw with Spicy Avocado Dressing

Serves 8 as a side

1 medium head green cabbage, shredded (Oh, I used the most spectacular cabbage I have ever seen.)
1 red pepper, cut into long matchsticks
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into long matchsticks
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 sweet white onion, such as Vidalia, sliced thin

Dressing

3 avocados, peeled and pitted (obviously)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 inch jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Once all vegetables are prepped, toss together in a large bowl. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over vegetables and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour, taste for seasoning, and serve cold.