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I’m Vegan? I Mean, I’m Vegan*

I love a good cake. It’s all about the desserts for me. I’m not ashamed to admit it. People talk about going lo-cal, watching the fat, watching the calories.

Sure, whatever. You do that. I’ll take the cake. I’m not talking about eating the whole thing here. I can have a few bites and be good. Which is why I’m even a bigger fan of the cake of cup. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

My version - Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ffrosting

Cupcakes. I’m obsessed. Give me a mini little cake and I’m a goner every time. If I walk down the street and see a shop with those tiny little bites of heaven gracing the store window I have to stop. I need to stop.

Which is why when I heard about a new show on the Food Network called “Cupcake Wars” I was all in. Yeah, I said it. All In.

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was hooked. I couldn’t miss an episode. Some people have mocked it. They feel it’s a waste of an hour. They  don’t understand the beauty of the cupcake.

Each Sunday I found myself waiting to see which city the next batch of bakers (haha, see what I just did there?) would be from.

My Twist - Chocolate Cake with Almost Frosting

It was that fateful day when I saw it. The most delicious looking cupcake I had ever seen. And it was Vegan. I was intrigued. I had been on a dairy-free kick for a few weeks.

The judges couldn’t stop raving about it. The chef’s name was Chloe Coscarelli and she won the show. I was hooked. I needed to learn more.

I signed up for her newsletter and began getting her recipes. I tried out her cupcakes. They were the best I had ever eaten. I kept baking. My friends raved. They were the best they had ever eaten.

I was hooked. I tweaked the recipe and changed the frosting to make them my own. I couldn’t stop. I could get into this vegan thing. Could I just eat cupcakes forever?

Blueberry Pancakes

I knew it was time to try some food. I’m not big on the cooking but I thought I’d give it a whirl. Chef Chloe had so many delicious Internet recipes. I tried a few and loved them.

*Sigh* They weren’t enough for me to cook with everyday so I got lazy and just stuck with my dairy-free,  vegan-cupcake infused diet.

Hey, a girl’s gotta start somewhere. Might as well make sure the cupcake is first and foremost.

For the past year I had been happily creating my cupcakes. Playing with different frostings and doing my thing. My, I can-eat-whatever-I-want-as-long-as-it’s-good-for-me thing.I don’t like to follow diets.

Cinnamon-Espresso Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I don’t like to be told what or what not to eat. I like to follow my own rules. So this time when I saw that Chef Chloe was coming out with a vegan cookbook I thought it was time to give it another try. Except instead of being vegan, I was going to be vegan*.

That’s right, vegan*. Here is my disclaimer. I am a chocoholic and I love sushi. Those are two things that I don’t think I can willingly give up. Besides, chocolate and sushi are good for me. True story.

I know that there are some of you out there that have become vegans because of your love of animals. This is great. I love animals too. I adore them. But I have to admit these are not my reasons for going vegan.

I am becoming a vegan* because I love the food and love the healthier lifestyle. I can’t claim to do it because of animals.

Falafel Burger with Avocado Hummus

I’d be a hypocrite if I said that. If I ate my vegan meal and then opened my leather Louis Vuitton purse to get out my leather Coach wallet to pay for my meal. Baby steps.

So it was with extreme excitement that I received my new cookbook in the mail. It was the first time I actually read a cookbook from cover to cover.

I bookmarked all the recipes that I wanted to try immediately and the next day I went to Whole Foods and bought all the ingredients that I’d need.

Even something as simple as avocado on toast was delicious with a few simple ingredients. Olive Oil, lemon, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes. Simple and quick.  I could eat that as a snack all the time.

I didn’t recognize myself. It was an odd transformation. For the next two days I was a cooking fool. Cookies, burgers, pasta. I was unstoppable. Well, until I ran out of ingredients. Then I was put on hold for few days.

But that won’t stop me. I’m into this cooking thing now. I’m even on a Brussels Sprouts kick. Didn’t see that one. Ever. My parents were the beneficiaries of my new-found skills. My mom even asked if I would now cook for her. If a meat-lover can be won over by these delicious recipes, that is a grand testimonial.

Although this technically could be a dangerous thing. Remember, earlier when I mentioned my laziness? That trait  just doesn’t go away you know.  But if someone is counting on me for food? This is pressure.

Mac & Cheese

Many of this would not be possible without the best invention. The food processor. I never thought we’d get much use out of that when we registered for it years ago.  If I’d have seen this coming I would have gone for the 12-quart. Who would have known.

Ah, but of course there was a down side. Not for me. Not for my parents. Yes, for poor Mike. He still hasn’t joined me in NY. He’s the “cooker” in our house. For years I know he’s been waiting for the day when I would finally get excited at the thought of cooking meals.

Let’s hope the novelty doesn’t wear off by the time he makes it over here or else he’ll be dining on cupcakes. That’s not such a bad thing though. Is it?

Chocolate Cupcakes colored Blue for Autism Bake Sale

If you would like to find out more about Chef Chloe’s cookbook, please visit her website at:

http://chefchloe.com/

Please visit my other website at:

http://redismynaturalcolor.blogspot.com/

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