Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Magic of Focaccia

Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia
Rosemary Focaccia

One of my favorite culinary techniques is working with doughs or all sorts. I think I probably have the most fun with focaccia dough because it is rather unlike most other doughs in that it is soft and wet. Rather than kneading the dough and punching it down, you instead do a sequence of stretching and folding the dough to develop the gluten followed by a sequence of what I like to call “playing the piano.

The lightness and airiness of the interior of the focaccia coupled with the crispiness of the crust and the toppings you select make for a delightful bread that rightfully can stand alone but also makes a great sandwich bread or dipping into gravy (either my Italian tomato gravy or Bolognese). Continue reading The Magic of Focaccia

3-Ginger Gingerbread Cake

3-Ginger Gingerbread Cake with Sauce

During Martin Luther King’s Birthday weekend, I participated in the Sedona VegFest as an Exhibitor (that’s me on the right-hand side representing the Meetup Group that I founded/organize, Verde Valley Vegans). It was an exciting weekend, having the opportunity to meet so many like-minded, wonderful, and interesting people.

Sedona VegFest – January 14-15, 2017. That’s me on the right. Lindy is on the left.

As is typical of me, conversations tend to shift towards the direction of food and recipes. One of the lovely participants (who requested to remain anonymous but gave me permission to share her recipe), told me about one of her family’s heirloom recipes for a Gingerbread Cake. It was not at all vegan; however, she successfully veganized it; and shared it with me so I could share it with you. Continue reading 3-Ginger Gingerbread Cake

Sugar-Free Candied/Crystallized Ginger

Sugar-Free Crystallized Ginger

I love candied ginger. In baking, it just brings the flavor up some many notches. But, for the individual who prefers/needs to reduce/eliminate sugar, it has been locked down onto the “Do Not Use” category of ingredients……that is, until now…. Continue reading Sugar-Free Candied/Crystallized Ginger