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Quest for a Recipe


Every now and then I like to bring goodies in to work. It is a great way to treat my co-workers while saving our diets at home. I love to bake, but it really wouldn’t be smart for me to eat everything I make. That being said, sometimes my treats cannot be enjoyed by some with certain diet restrictions.  It needs to be Vegan and gluten free. I would really like to make something to fit into these diet restrictions for two reasons: 1) it would be great if everyone could enjoy goodies and 2) I have never baked anything out of the ordinary like this before…

Here’s the problem: a good recipe! If you have a good recipe to share, please tell me! I’ll be sure to post on it once it’s made and give you full credit. 🙂

To make this more difficult, I’m looking for something strawberry. Maybe a cake? A Pie? A flambe? It doesn’t really matter, but strawberry it must be.  Go forth and dig up some good recipes!


Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

6 thoughts on “Quest for a Recipe

  1. There are awesome websites, Vegan Yum Yum, and How it All Vegan (they are books too) and then there is a vegan cupcake book, called Vegan Cupckaes Take Over the World. For my fifteen days of a vegan, there was some great stuff! I specifically can say the chai cupcakes from that book were just amazing.

  2. You could try the gluten-free girl at ( or maybe these vegan brownie bites ( ). Gluten-free girl has recipes on her blog and she links to lots of other gluten-free bakers. I made the vegan brownie bites for Elizabeth when she was being a vegan and she really liked them. 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Another “goodie” that’s fun to share is a big pot of sweet smelling soup in a slowcooker in the kitchen at work. Bill & I bought a big container of prepared (cubed) butternut squash at Costco last week because I’d found a really nummy-looking recipe for a Butternut squash soup. We ate 1/2 of it and froze the rest for another cold and rainy day. It was scrumptious, so I plan to make it again for our next potluck at work. Here’s the recipe:

    Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque

    2 tbsps butter
    1/3 cup chopped leek, white part only
    3 cups chopped Braeburn (or other tart) apple
    3 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
    1 cup peeled and chopped russet potato
    1/3 cup dry sherry
    3 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
    1 cup fresh orange juice
    1 tbsp honey
    1/2 tspn salt
    1/2 tspn freshly grated nutmeg
    1 1/2 tbsps curry powder
    Coursely ground black pepper (Be careful here, I got too ambitious on this 1st try and Bill thought it was too spicy)
    1 1/4 half-and-half (We used 2% milk and still got a lovely, creamy consistency without all the fat of 1/2 & 1/2)
    3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
    Shredded fresh basil

    1. Melt butter in a big saucepan. Add leeks; saute 5 minutes. Add apples; cook until they just begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

    2. Add butternut squash, potatoes, sherry and broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes and squash are tender, about 30 minutes.

    3. Add orange juice, honey, salt, nutmeg, curry and pepper. cool slightly. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree. Return soup to saucepan and add milk. Heat thoroughly over low heat. Do not boil. Place soup in serving bowls; top each with 1 tbsp cheese and basil. Serves 10.

    Per (1 cup) serving: 180 calories (w/1/2 & 1/2).

    We also sliced up a loaf of heated hard bread to sop; mmmmm, soooo good!

    • Looks yummy. Might have to make this for Kev soon. Of course, it is sunny here now so I’ll have to wait for a good rainy day! Thanks!

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