indoor peanut butter s’mores dip

Sometimes I see a recipe on Pinterest or Instagram or whatever site has somehow sucked up 3 hours of my time when I had planned to just “log on for two seconds to check something” and I think, “I’ll totally make that this weekend.” Then two, three, ten weekends go by before I revisit my

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Swiss chard with cashew cream

“Swiss Chard” by Ronald Wallace And when I see we don’t have any lettuce for my sandwich, I ask my wife, and she says, Why don’t you just go out into the garden and get some fresh Swiss chard? And so I go out into the garden and see what looks like cabbage (though it’s

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moose treats

What do you do when you want to continue the tradition of making your Moose a birthday treat, but you aren’t able to stand up in the kitchen and blend, whisk or bake? Or, what if you don’t have time to bake? Or what if you just don’t want to? Those episodes of True Blood

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strawberry rhubarb crisp bars

Isn’t it funny how quickly a person’s tone changes from “we can make stuff for dinner and not cakes” to “are you going to eat that last bar or can I have it?” when strawberries and rhubarb come into the picture? I think the crumbs also have something to do with it. Everyone loves a

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my favorite kale salad

I mentioned earlier that I haven’t been feeling like my usual, cupcake-stalking self, and it’s still something that I’m dealing with a few weeks later. It’s a drag (I don’t know why I just wrote that, I would never say “it’s a drag” out loud) that standing up and partying in the kitchen isn’t an

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Sweet Anthem vegan perfume giveaway!

I feel like I’m always going on and on about how much I love Seattle-based vegan perfumery Sweet Anthem. They’re vegan. Their stuff smells amazing. Their packaging is both adorable and kitteh-approved.   What’s not to love?   Sweet Anthem offers scents in several formulas, from oils to solids. You can order samples to see

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chocolate mayo cake

Valentine’s Day is coming up and although Moose and I don’t usually celebrate the day by doing much more than eating candy, we did do something incredibly romantic this past weekend. We went to the last hockey game before the Olympic break. I also accidentally turned all of our white towels a lovely shade of

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baked grapefruit donuts

I’ve picked up a cold/exhaustion/nausea thing going around my office. I’m battling it with fresh juices, wheatgrass shots, a crazy amount of sleep, and donuts. These donuts have fresh grapefruit juice and zest in them. That means they’re practically heart-shaped medicine. Right? Don’t answer that. I’m not a big grapefruit fan. In fact, I kind

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black-eyed pea dip

It’s almost Super Bowl time! And I’m totally feeling it. I mean, I’m feeling it as much as I can feel something that’s not hockey or UK basketball-related. I know a lot more about football this year than I did last year, and about 100x more than I knew two years ago. What I know

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brussels sprouts with almonds and dates

This week is the first week since mid-December that Moose and I don’t have something going on. We’ve loved all of our holiday gatherings, birthday celebrations and destination wedding fun, but we are also excited to settle down into our regular ol’ winter habits (wrapping up in blankets, watching hockey, snuggling kittehs, repeat). I’m trying

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cinnamon sugar cupcakes

We touched down in NYC last night after a 4-day trip out west to watch our friends exchange their vows. We had such an amazing time and we were both so sad to leave! The long weekend was full of scenic drives ghosts tons of food and so much love. It was unforgettable. I’m so

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carrot pineapple juice

Happy New Year, kiddos! I hope this first handful of January days have treated you well! We spent Christmas down in Kentucky with family, where I did amazing things, like bake a huge chocolate cake for everyone and not allow myself to eat even one piece. Not even a half a piece. I know. Who

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chestnut cake with maple frosting

We’re packing up for a trip to Kentucky tomorrow. My birthday was yesterday and I’ve barely digested all of the merriment and now it’s already time to go spread more cheer! I guess that’s what December babies are used to. Cheer cheer cheer and a lot of excuses to eat. Sebastian would know. He just

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chocolate giveaway winners!

Court Kitty is wide awake after a three hour nap and he’s ready to share the winners of the vegan chocolate giveaway! The winner of the Lagusta’s Luscious $25 gift certificate is…  Marla! The winner of the Rescue Chocolate $25 gift certificate is… Christine! Christine and Marla – Congratulations! Please shoot me an e-mail at

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third blogiversary + TWO giveaways

Today is the third anniversary of The Tolerant Vegan. You’ve been with me through cakes and cobblers and soups and biscuits. We’ve covered our kitchens in flour and frosting. We’ve snuggled kitties. You’ve put up with my hockey chatter. You’ve told me how you tried these recipes and how you served them to vegans and

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caramel apple upside-down cornmeal cake

We’ve been back from Milwaukee for over a week and I’m still dreaming about this and these The city is really pretty, too. And the wedding was gorgeous. But the pie…and the burger covered in hazelnuts…and the gravy…and did I mention the pie? I don’t have any pie to share today (because I am way

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maple walnut cake

We’re headed to Milwaukee this weekend and I am soooo excited! A kitteh photo will have to suffice until I have actual Wisconsin photos to share. I bet there are cute kittehs in Milwaukee, too. Meowaukee? Sorry. No, no. Not as cute as you guys. Relax, Sebastian. We’re heading to the Badger State for a

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Salty Seedy Chocolate Bark

Moose and I were walking to the subway yesterday morning and we came across this guy. He was around 3′ tall and totally creepy. He reminded me of Are You Afraid of the Dark? for some reason. Later that day I started to regret not picking him up. I thought it would be hilarious to

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coconut cake with chocolate chunks

Goodbye, summer. You were gone in a flash. I made sure to savor your last moments with long walks, a lot of food   pre-season hockey in Brooklyn and by saying Happy 4th Anniversary to this guy (the one on the left. The gal on the right only loved me for my celery).   Hello, fall.

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apricot crumble parfait

I had just typed out, “Before we get down to the nitty gritty of this apricot goodness…” when I remembered something strange. Flashback time! *Please imagine crazy, time traveling noises here* Beep Bop Boop. Time travel. Beep Bop. When I was in first grade, I was a little cheerleader for our baby basketball team. I

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plum ketchup

The other day I came across this adorable print by fellow Brooklynite, Claudia Pearson. My first thought was, “This is so cute!” My second thought was, “What the heck is plum ketchup?” I’m a huge plum fan and, sadly, it has taken me 30+ years to learn that you geniuses out there have been turning

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coconut lime berry cake

It’s heating up here in NYC and, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been merrily eating my way through these early days of summer. I’ve been using the extra eight blocks that I’m walking during my new commute as an excuse to eat copious amounts of ice cream. They’re not even

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rhubarb upside down cake

Happy Monday! This Rhubarb Upside Down Cake wants to be your new best friend. But, first things first. The winner of the $35 Sweet & Sara Gift Certificate is… Marisa! Marisa – please shoot me an email at nikki@thetolerantvegan.com to claim your certificate. And now…on to cake! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I

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granny ruth

We said goodbye to our Granny Ruth on May 16, 2013. I’ve sat down to write this post a couple of times, but my sentiments never seem like enough. I’m having a hard time expressing how much she meant to me. You can write over and over again how much you love someone, but unless

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boston cookies

“We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it.” – Boston Mayor Tom Menino Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc.

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lemon speculoos cupcakes

I love speculoos cookie spread. This is no secret. I like to stir it into ice cream. Sometimes I bake it into donuts. But I never thought to put speculoos and lemon together until now. Turns out, those two flavor combinations are M.F.E.O. Sleepless in Seattle? Anyone? Guess who else are M.F.E.O. right now. All

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white bean and pasta soup

I’ve quit drinking coffee. I’m 3.5 days deep into my coffee detox and I feel like I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My head is less fuzzy today and my arms no longer feel as if they weigh a ton. I’ve also lost some of my crankiness and

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red cabbage sheet cake

It’s been a while since we chatted, and I’m sad about that. I’ve been sick in one way or another, off and on for a couple of weeks. I feel like I’m bouncing back though, which is a good thing because by now, even the cats are tired of spending extra time with me. Hi,

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