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Spiced Chai Latte Cupcakes

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I'm hosting a Hadassah meeting this Sunday. Women come from surrounding towns, gathering together to stuff themselves on food learn new and exciting things.  I will be demonstrating how to do online banking without fear.  Then serving cake afterwords.  It will probably be a small meeting, maybe 6-10 people, so only two different kinds of cake will be offered.

Technically, the cakes will be cupcakes.  Cupcakes are fun.  Cupcakes are cute.  Even a bad recipe tastes good when shaped into a cupcake.  People who are on diets never refuse cupcakes because (in their minds) a cupcake is so small that it doesn't count.  Then they eat 4 cupcakes.  Rationalization can be fun, too!

As long as I had the day off today, I made the first batch.  The blog Love and Olive Oil had an intriguing recipe, Spiced Chai Latte Cupcakes, which was adapted from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (2006).  The recipe doesn't include eggs or butter.  But because I will be serving these in the af…

The Great Search for the Greatest Rice Pudding

If any of you grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, you probably remember the  local dairy restaurant.  It was what today could be called a vegetarian restaurant, but with an Eastern European flavor.  You would walk in, go past a number of tables, and in the very back was the counter where you order your food, served up immediately from metal trays and containers (like a mini-cafeteria).  The food was plopped onto plates or into bowls onto a tray, you paid, then you carried your own tray back to an unoccupied table.   The original fast food, except more nutritious.

My mother would always always order this vile-looking (to me) eggplant mush, where after we sat down she would add oil and vinegar.  I can't really remember what entree I would get, but I always always had to have the rice pudding for dessert.  It was cut into squares, about 4 inches tall, and served warm with cherry sauce.  The top was brownish-black, yet not really burned.  Underneath was a thick layer of custard, and un…

"Lobster" Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter - Easy

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I had to go to work today (Sunday).  The good news is that I didn't have to get there until noon.  The bad news is that I had to eat lunch at 11am in order to get there by noon.  Luckily, the surimi "crab" was conveniently defrosted enough to throw a lunch together, since at 10am I was at Big Box Hardware (to pick up a couple of things that will cause you to lose your appetite so I won't mention them) and didn't have much time once I got (un)said items home.

Found the original recipe in the recently deceased Gourmet magazine (July 2009) as "Lobster Roll."  Pretend crab subs quite nicely, thank you.  This fake stuff tastes pretty good when you mix it with something else, plus it is more convenient and doesn't try to walk away or snap at you.  Speaking of snapping, I got to watch "Julie & Julia" today on cable.   This is the movie where a wannabe writer writes a blog about cooking her way through Julia Child's The Art of French Cook…