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Raw Ice Cream Company Vegan Ice Creams ReviewedLast year I was fortunate enough to go to a vegan cooking competition in New York called Veggie Conquest. While there I met lots of really interesting, motivated vegetarians and vegans and got to sample lots of fine food. One of the more memorable tastings of the evening was from a small ice cream company called Raw Ice Cream Company. The owner of the company was there and kindly offered me a couple of flavors to check out. I have to admit, my first impression before tasing this raw ice cream was that it would somehow be lacking. Upon closer inspection I found that this ice cream was unlike any other ice cream I've tasted thus far. I sat down to do an in-depth tastig of this ice cream. Read on to see what I found.
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5 Different Types of Non-Dairy Milk ReviewedThere's been lots of development in the world of non-dairy milk in the last couple years. We used to just have soy milk then rice milk showed up on the scene followed by almond milk. Lately coconut milk and hemp milk have arrived on market shelves. I've been using soy milk religiously ever since I switched from dairy milk back in ye olden days and loved it so much I never really felt the need to move away from it. Non-dairy milk is such an important staple in vegan baking that recently I felt it would be beneficial to the world of vegan baking to sit down and take a really close look at what I consider to be the five most popular non-dairy milk types. I wanted to see how they measure up against each other from a vegan baking perspective. How do they taste? How creamy are they? Do they curdle when exposed to apple cider vinegar? Will my recommended non-dairy milk for vegan baking, soy milk, retain it's vegan baking crown or will another non-dairy milk prevail? Read on to see what I found.
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Vollrath Cookie SheetYou may not think that a cookie sheet is a big deal in the kitchen. All you need is a flat preferably metallic surface in which to place items to be baked right? You can pry those thin, corroded, cookie sheets that are permanently stained from a baking disaster in 1972 from my cold, dead fingers right? Wrong. Recently I realized how grateful I was that I finally found the ultimate solution to baking things like cookies, flatbreads, crackers and breads. Read on to see why I'm all about these Vollrath Cookie Sheets.
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I'm normally not very passionate about vegan cheese. There, I said it. Most of them tend to be flavorless space-age putties that often might do better filling cracks in drywall then being featured on top of my pizza or pasta. I normally don't get embarassed by my vegan food choices but when an omnivorous friend stops by and I'm noshing on vegan cheese, I've sometimes gotten that embarrased been-caught-making-out-with-a-mannaquin feeling. I hate it when that happens.

Recently my friend Dawne discovered a new vegan cheese that she couldn't stop raving about. I trust Dawne's opinions on food so going with her enthusiasm and embracing my desire to be an open minded eater I was naturally intrigued. She quickly procured a little cheese and wine party get together with a few other open minded, passionate eaters so we could see what this newly discovered vegan cheese was about. What I found drastically changed the way I feel about vegan cheese.
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Viking 5-Speed Hand MixerI don't use an electric mixer very often because I usually whisk my cake batters, mix my doughs with a spoon and knead my bread doughs by hand. I appreciate the manual method because it allows me to really feel what my dough's doing and get a good idea of how thick it is. Could this possibly be the baking equivalent of a cyclist riding a fixed gear or driving a stick instead of an automatic? Having a good feel of where your dough is going is all fine and good but there are other times when an electric mixer can really come in handy and is actually essential in your kitchen, such as when you really want to make sure the fats and water-based liquids in your dough are mixed well before adding flour. Read on to see how the Viking 5-Speed Mixer stacks up.
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Vegan Yogurt ReviewYour baked items are only as good as your ingredients. I'm unaware of a single case where this isn't true. It's one of the reasons I stopped using tofu in my recipes years ago, although there are certain rare occasions where it shines. Plain yogurt provides a great way to add complex flavor and introduce mild binding properties to your recipe. It's not going to bind as much as an egg, but in things like cakes, pancakes and muffins you don't need powerful egg replacers anyway. Read on for my review of the top four plain vegan yogurts currently on the US market.

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Silikomart Chocolate MoldsSilicone baking products are starting to infiltrate the kitchen at an astonishing pace. I remember the good old days when we had to walk in the snow for 13 miles, uphill in each direction to find paper to make paper mâché food molds that would catch fire in the oven. It would bind to our food and we'd go "oh no, there's paper in my food". That's the way it was and we liked it. Now we have a variety of silicone cookware options from spatulas to baking sheet liners to... chocolate molds.

Silikomart has introduced silicone chocolate molds to make light work of your chocolate truffle making endeavors. Read on to see how well they fared.
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Soyatoo Soy and Rice WhipWhip cream is frosting's long lost cousin. This is a good thing because it's enabled us to top everything from pies to ice cream to cake with it's creamy goodness. Sensing a vacuum in the vegan whip cream space since Hip Whip disappeared from the market (RIP Now and Zen), Soyatoo has stepped up to the plate with Rice Whip and Soy Whip. These vegan whipped creams give you no excuses to leave any tastebuds behind in your quest for the ultimate desserts.

I tested this whip on some Pumpkin Cheesecake to see how it stacked up. Is it worth it's compressed nitrous oxide? Read on to find out.
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Vegan Cream Cheese Taste TestWe're finally in the age where there's an increasing number of options when it comes to vegan food products. Back in the day we used to have to forego cheesecake or take matters into our own hands if we decided to eschew animal products. Then Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese came out and everyone rejoiced because they could finally have cheesecake and New York style bagels that were easy to make and didn't suffer from flavor compromises. But then a huge Doh! moment occurred. It's chock full of trans fats! Toffutti answered the call with Better Than Cream Cheese Non-Hydrogenated. Other companies are now following suit with their own vegan cream cheeses such as Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese Alternative. Which of the lot is recommended for your cheesecakes this season? Read on to find out.
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Pie crusts are simple but vulnerable to many different variables that can cause failure or lackluster results during baking. The crust is the frame of your pie so it's important that it comes out as perfect as possible. I recently had a Trader Joe's pie that had such a poor, mealy crust that it disracted from the rest of the pie.

When making pie crusts, there are several things you can do to ensure it comes out as perfect as possible such as using ice cold water, Vegan Butter or margarine in stick form instead of tub form due to it containing more saturated fat, etc. Another often overlooked crust trick is the use of a pie weight.
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Manna BreadAround 150 years ago it became cost effective to mass mill grains into the shelf stable product we know of as flour. Since this time, a host of health related anomalies have been occurring in the United States. The beginning of the mass production of food is regarded as marking the beginning of the Standard American Diet, or more appropriately named, the SAD diet. These health issues are likely caused by products containing flour and sugars that, after they're quickly digested, turn into a flash flood of sugar that our bodies aren't capable of handling multiple times a day. To reduce having major health issues later in life, we'd like to remind you that highly processed foods should be enjoyed in moderation. When you're not overindulging in desserts, It's a good idea to eat natural food that is minimally processed and provides consistent energy without spiking your blood sugar. Luckily, this can be done while still eating amazing food. Enter Manna Bread.
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Sometimes I don't know what I like better: cookie dough or freshly baked cookies. Recently I picked up a 12 oz. tub of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Emily's Desserts and found myself in the same conundrum. Emilys basically giving you no excuses for easy access to vegan eats. Don't feel like eating a ginormous store-bought cookie? Fine. Don't feel like going through the rigamarole of baking a batch of smaller cookies? Alright. With Emily's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough you no longer have any more excuses. Read on as we put them through their cookie paces.
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Many people these days have difficulty finding time to make their own food due to busy schedules. Homemade food tends to taste significantly better than store bought food because store bought food usually sits on the shelf losing it's freshness for days or weeks. By the time it gets to your mouth it's sometimes gotten a little bit stale. Food manufacturers often compensate for this by adding ingredients to improve freshness which also can have the side effect of changing the taste or mouthfeel of the food slightly.
In attempt to create the taste of a homemade cookies without the hassle of making them from scratch, Moo-Cluck offers Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for your hungry hearts. Read on for our complete review.
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These little beauties were picked up recently at the local health food store. Actually they weren't little by any means, measuring about four inches across. They're from Cindy Klotz Productions which is a secret vegan cookie lab located inside a volcano guarded by unicorns. Ok, we just made that last part up. But there is no website info on the cookie and we're a little dumbfounded as to where to find more information about these cookies. A website that made us feel all warm and snuggly while at the same time describing their cookies would be a great place to start. Update: Cindy Klotz Productions now has a website!
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The Big Vegan Cheese ReviewWhen it comes to things like pizzas, it's  a good idea to increase the fun factor by topping it with some vegan cheese. Vegan cheeses have improved vastly over the last decade and it's often difficult to keep up with the latest offerings. I've always wondered how vegan cheeses would fair side by side in regards to flavor, meltiness and overall authenticity. In this review I'll show you how well these cheeses faired in those regards and let you know which topping came out on top.
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