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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Simple, Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

  Simple Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake                    Image courtesy of Mr. Gojowy This is a truly simple cake recipe (under 10 ingredients) that produces a really delicious chocolate cake, similar-tasting to the ones made with egg and dairy. It is modeled on the  "Deep Chocolate Vegan Cake" recipe written up in Moosewood Restaurant Classics with a few adjustments to the ingredients. We love it (maybe a little too much).  I am also refining a duplicate gluten-free recipe.  Follow me here to get the notification of that recipe, and other vegan and gluten-free vegan recipes to come. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2  cups unbleached white flour 2/3 cup of Fair Trade cacao powder (or standard unsweetened cocoa) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 cup organic cane sugar 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1 cup cold water (or cold brewed coffee or coffee substitute) 2 teaspoons orange or vanilla flavor 2 tablepoons apple cider vinegar METHOD : Preheat the oven to 375 F/190.56C.

Vegan Corn Bread with Fresh Corn and Raisins

This corn bread is so delicious with baked-in fresh or frozen thawed corn giblets and Thompson raisins.  It is vegan and I used psyllium husk powder as a binder (you could use flax or chia seed instead but psyllium husk is my latest discovery for light fluffiness). INGREDIENTS : 1 cup organic yellow cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons psyllium husk powder 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 cup sugar (optional) 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 3 cups liquid (1 cup full-fat coconut milk and 2 cups water or aqua fava (fluid left over from cooking chickpeas) or (1 cup water and 1 cup aqua fava.) 1 cup corn niblets, patted dry 1/2 cup raisins METHOD :  1.Set oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Grease a pan or line with parchment or use a silicone pan 3. In medium large bowl, measure in corn meal. 4. Sift all-purpose flour and baking powder into the bowl. Add in psyllium husk powder and salt. Stir well. 5. Stir in sugar 6. Fold in oil and liquid just until flour is incorp