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So last weekend I made a cake

Once again, I flipped open the next cookbook in my list — Vegetarian Times Cookbook, in case you were wondering — flipping through it for ideas of food for this week and for Saturday’s vegan potluck.

As if by destiny, I found a page with a chocolate layer cake recipe. I’d been thinking of doing something with apples, but everyone loves chocolate more than apples … hmm … so yeah, I went for it.

It turned out to be a more labor intensive recipe than I anticipated. And the icing/filling was runny (you can see it pooling around the base of the cake). I think I needed to cook it on the stove longer. It firmed up quite a bit after I put the cake in the fridge. However on the drive over to the potluck, it liquefied again.

However nobody objected. The cake got great reviews (I think it’s excellent) but being the Memorial Day weekend we didn’t have much of a turnout. I wound up taking about half of it home (I really, really underestimated how big it was when I read the recipe). I took some of the leftovers to one of our neighbors because eating it all ourselves would have been Not Good.

Still, it’s always cool to try and succeed with a challenging recipe.

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Breadsticks!

So last weekend I made breadsticks. I’d never tried before, but TYG said she’d like some and her wish is, of course, my command. I found one recipe in my cookbooks, but on the day of baking I saw it was a bulk recipe and I wasn’t sure I could scale it down. I turned instead to Secrets of a Jewish Baker and found a more manageable size, though I did use some of the advice from the other book. The result:

They tasted great (I mixed some Parmesan and garlic powder into the dough) but looked a little pastier in real life than they do in the photo. A friend of mine recommended a vegan bread wash which should fix that next time.

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