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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

Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

This gluten-free chocolate cake recipe is an adaptation* of a recipe that also claims to be low allergenic.  It does not contain the common allergens: eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts, or tree nuts-- other allergens that are known about could be substituted. An example isthe soymilk.  Oat or hemp seed milk are possible substitutes that could be used.  For people sensitive to xanthan gum, psyllium husk powder might be a good substitute. This is written for making 1 9" round or square cake.  If there is a desire for a larger sheet cake or a layer cake, just multiply each quantity of ingredient by 3  for a 3 layer cake  or by 2 for an 18" sheet pan Preheat the oven to 350 degreesF/177•C. I used a round 9" silicone pan that requires no preparation. For prep otherwise, grease pan and sprinkle on some flour or line pan bottom and sides with parchment paper INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose GF flour 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons plain cocoa or cacao 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons

3 Delicious Vegan/Vegetarian Chocolate Banana Bread Recipes

Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread  Today when I went online to look at a Facebook page full of yummy vegan recipes for chocolate banana bread, I came across not one, but THREE terrific recipes. I chose the one with the most ingredients in the house to bake, but it is quite likely I will refer back here to try the other two at some point (a good reason to be a food blogger!). Hope you find one of these recipes meets all your criteria for deliciousness and whatever other factors are built in to your baking: budget? ingredients on-hand? allergies? gluten issues? NEW!!  Just added another version of chocolate banana cake (raspberry-carob or frozen grape-carob) at the bottom of this post!  So-- possibly 4 or 5 recipes to choose from!  Let me know about your variations! #1. The first banana bread recipe , the one that I actually baked, is quite likely going to be the easiest one to choose if you have gluten sensitivity and have oatmeal, almond flour, and cocoa hanging out al

5 Traditional Christmas Fruit Cakes Vegan-ized

When I was a young married woman, eons ago, the making of the Christmas cake (or "fruit cake," the recipes also interchangeable with "wedding cake") was still a big tradition in many families. The recipe ingredients included a lot of dried fruits-- some that looked and tasted not anything like the original fresh fruits-- and the usual feasting culprits: sugar, dairy, eggs and alcohol.  The preparation that went into the cakes generally involved a lot of soaking (in alcohol) that could extend to many days.  With all the ingredients in, your typical fruit cake was dense and heavy enough to be used as a door-stop, if need be. There were "light" and "dark" fruit cakes in my family.  The light cakes probably used less soaked fruits and were baked for a shorter period of time?  The dark cakes had a slightly bitter, burnt taste.  I preferred the light cakes that my Auntie Geneva baked every year and sent out.  They were sweeter and tended to h

Slap Dash Facebook Christmas Shortbread, GlutenFree or Regular Unbleached Flour Cookies

  Okay, this is a bit of an experiment (much of my baking is, alas) since I don't have the necessary ingredients as per my preferred recipe via google. So.... I begin by: (1) Boiling a small potato (peeled, cut in half) -- sounds goofy, but I learned about using spuds in all sorts of dessert recipes from a recipe book I brought back from Newfoundland and gave to my sister-in-law years ago-- wonder if she ever tried any of the spud recipes? (2) Cream together about 1 C. of Coconut Oil, 1 C. of Coconut Sugar, and the soft boiled spud (okay- the heck is boiled out of it-- no vitamins here, folks, just starch) Let's see if these become shortbread or just some yukky mess with potato in it.... if they are worth re-producing, I will silver-wrap you about 6 teeny little cookie gems-- the way they parcel them out in gluten-free sample shops... I'm just that exquisite with my baking... (sarcasm emoji) The stupid potato isn't really boiling-- what's with that? Put so