No one can say we have had an easy win­ter.  This morn­ing I unearthed my car from our lat­est snow storm, lay­ers of frozen sleet sand­wich­ing snow and ice.  My car may be Swedish, but it’s not lov­ing this.

Need­less to say, polar vor­tex weather con­di­tions don’t really bring visions of ice cream to mind, but that’s what my win­ter has looked like.  Batches upon batches of ice cream, book ended between a vari­ety of cook­ies.  It’s been hard, let me tell you.

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See the sac­ri­fices I make for you?

As you scrape off your cars, salt your side­walks and avoid careen­ing into mail­boxes, remem­ber that warmer days are ahead.  And when that time comes, my tasty vegan ice cream sand­wiches book will be ready for you.

For now, go get that hot cocoa.

 

Well, it’s here.

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So bust out your can­ning jars and get ready to flood the world with desserts so cute, your brain will hurt a little.

This has been a very fun project for me, one that I lob­bied my pub­lish­ers to let me do for almost three years.  Bet­ter late than never, par­tic­u­larly now that the can­ning jar is an unstop­pable force that is tak­ing craft­ing, cook­ing and home dec­o­rat­ing by storm.

Cuter than a muf­fin tin.  Great for trans­port­ing and gift­ing.  And they (the­o­ret­i­cally) help with por­tion con­trol.  That is, if you don’t eat three jars in one sitting.

I can­not tell a lie.  It does hap­pen.  You’ve been warned.

 

I may be “retired” from blog­ging, but I have by no means hung up my whisk.  Behold:

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It’s on, party peo­ple.  Avail­able for pre­sale.  We’re edit­ing right now and I’ll be adding pho­tos to Flickr soon.

Oh yeah.

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One of the best times of year is the sticky, pump­kiny, caramelly mess that is October-November. The leaves are chang­ing, sweaters and scarves fall into heavy rota­tion and when you bake some­thing– oh my. The smells of spices and the bright, vibrant hue of pump­kin are two things I can never get enough of.

So bake this Bundt! And if you don’t make it today, the pump­kin sea­son is just get­ting started, so there are still plenty of nooks and cran­nies you can cram it into.

*There is still time to enter my draw­ing for a copy of my lat­est cook­book- click here to enter, win­ners will be announced on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2nd!

The Great Pump­kin Bundt Cake
From Have Your Cake and Vegan Too.

This cake has all of the great things of autumn: pump­kin, spices and a light glaze all wrapped up into a treat that pairs beau­ti­fully with tea or cof­fee, mak­ing you feel like you are on some pic­turesque warm bev­er­age com­mer­cial… except they don’t let you lick the plate clean in commercials.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup gran­u­lated sugar
1 tbsp. bak­ing pow­der
1 tbsp. pump­kin pie spice
1 teas. cin­na­mon
1/4 teas. salt
1 cup pump­kin puree (not pump­kin pie fill­ing)
1 3/4 cups milk of choice
1/2 cup mild veg­etable oil
2 tbsp. molasses
1 teas. vanilla
1 recipe Cin­na­mon Glaze (recipe fol­lows)
1/2 cup wal­nuts or pecans, roughly chopped (optional)

Pre­heat oven to 350. Lightly grease a Bundt or tube cake pan.

In a medium bowl, com­bine the flour, sugar, bak­ing pow­der, pump­kin pie spice and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the pump­kin, milk, oil, molasses and vanilla. Add dry to wet in batches and mix until just com­bine. Spread bat­ter into pan and bake for 42–47 min­utes or until tooth­pick comes out clean.

Let cake cool in pan for about 5 min­utes and gen­tly loosen around the edges with a but­ter knife. Turn cake out onto a cool­ing rack.

Driz­zle glaze over warm Bundt and top with nuts, if using. After com­pletely cooled, fin­ish with a light dust­ing of pow­dered sugar.

Store cov­ered loosely at room temperature.

Makes 12 servings

Cin­na­mon Glaze

2 tbsp. milk of choice
1 teas. cin­na­mon
1 1/2– 2 cups pow­dered sugar

In a medium bowl, com­bine milk with sifted pow­dered sugar and cin­na­mon, until thick enough to coat a spoon but thin enough to drizzle.

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Updated 11/2/12 *The win­ners are– Katie! Lois! Mary! You are the lucky win­ners! I will be in touch for your ship­ping information.*

Some babies don’t wait the full term to enter this world and the same can be said for cook­books. I’ve been so focused on my early Novem­ber drop date for The I Heart Trader Joe’s Veg­e­tar­ian book, imag­ine my sur­prise when Ama­zon began ship­ping them early!

Like any proud mama, I want to share the love, which is why we’re going to do a giveaway!

Leave a com­ment with your favorite TJ’s goodie and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book! US res­i­dents only (sorry!). I’ll pick 3 folks next Friday.

Happy nom­ming!

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