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Happy Spring Holidays

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It’s Easter weekend and Passover has started. Happy Spring Holidays to you all! For us, today is about spending time away from work, enjoying family. And enjoying family traditions. So quickly, we want to share a few with you!

Growing up, my mom usually MADE all our Easter basket candy. Amazing, right? I loved it then, but I appreciate it even more now. All my chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs were lovingly crafted by hand. Turns out, as I got older, making chocolate candies became a tradition I have enjoyed carrying on and even updating.

DH_Easter_lrBeing vegan, not all the old family candy recipes really worked. So we’ve updated them. Also threw in a few healthier ingredients, too. My peanut butter eggs  are sweetened with dates, not white sugar.  They are just as delicious and your family won’t miss a step, as dates puree into a caramel-esque creaminess. That recipe is posted on Sister Eden.  Mom also made Chocolate Nests. I switched the recipe to include granola, for extra crunch and fiber – and to give it a “nest-y” look and also use unsweetened coconut flakes, since the chocolate coating has enough sweetness for the entire candy. That recipe is features on Sister Eden as well as my vegan Crisp Rice Treats, another Easter favorite. All three of these recipes are very easy – don’t be scared by the idea of working with chocolate. They’re also great for kids to help with.

Passover is another holiday rich with traditions. We are proud to offer up our dear friend Emily’s family recipe for Haroseth this spring. In the story told by food on the Passover Seder plate, Haroseth is representative of the mortar used to build the pyramids.

DH_haroseth_lrIt is a sweet apple mash-up, soaked in wine and eaten with matzo crackers or sometimes, even as part of breakfasts during the week of Passover. Emily explained that until teaching us the recipe, she had never written it down. It was more of a method that she learned as a girl and has always known. Haroseth was (and still is) a popular dish with her two daughters, who love the balance of flavors – and perhaps the wine!

We hope you will try these great spring recipes for Easter candy and Passover Haroseth – and we wish you and yours a very happy spring holiday weekend!

St Patty’s Irish Soda Bread

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Today is St. Patty’s Day. It’s the wearin’ of the green, the drink’ of the beer and a general celebration of Irish life. We’d like;y to humbly throw our contribution into the mix.

This recipe for Irish Soda Bread is really easy. Even a beginner baker can make it. We use vegan “buttermilk”, which is non-dairy milk curdled with apple cider vinegar. It doesn’t look awesome, but in this bread it tastes great, so please stick with the recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

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Irish Soda Bread is a traditional quick bread made without yeast. In Europe, soda breads began to appear in the mid-19th century when bicarbonate of soda (i.e., baking soda) first became available for use as a raising agent. Soda breads  meant that people who didn’t have an oven—and virtually nobody had an oven then—could make bread. They cooked the bread in  big cast-iron pot with a lid on it that would have been put right onto the fire. The great thing about baking soda is that it wasn’t as perishable as yeast, and it would have been relatively inexpensive.

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Celebrating the Year of the Goat (or Sheep)

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Chinese New Year is almost here. This Thursday, 2/19/15, marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. It’s actually the Year of the Ram, but male goats and sheep are both rams, so folks go with one or the other. For us, we like both sheep and goats. But goats have a special place in my heart. They’re so darn… goaty!

YearGoatThe goat in our photo lives at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City, MD.  She’s not even a ram, her name is Lily and she was rescued over a year ago, now living peacefully with the other goats at the Sanctuary.  But HEY – why can’t it be Lily’s year too? We say, all goats and sheep deserve some love.

Want to celebrate this festive holiday? You can join into the tradition, even at home and even without a goat friend!

There are many cool traditions:  Wear all red on the 19th to welcome good fortune into your life. Don’t sweep your home or business – you may sweep out good luck. Live in a major city? Many have huge parades and festivals to celebrate Chinese New Year, including New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Don’t be deterred by the cold – dancing dragons are amazing!

Planning to stay in Thursday? Try our recipe for Chinese Long Life Noodles with Stir-Fry! Many foods have special meaning during the Chinese New Year as well. Long noodles are usually hand made in Chinese families from wheat and water, but we’ve found many varieties at nearby Asian markets and even area grocery stores. The meaning of long noodles is to wish your friends and family a long life. So the longer the noodles, the longer life you are bestowing on them. Cabbage represents prosperity;  scallions, closeness; peas, unity; carrots are for good luck and cashews represent gold bars. So as you can see, by serving this meal to your loved ones, you’re basically wishing them the most wonderful year ever, which is as it should be for the Year of the Goat!

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When you’re shopping for noodles, try the Asian section of your local grocer. You can use rice or wheat noodles, and most Asian noodles cook in much less time that Italian pastas. We tried two varieties, and both cooked in less than four minutes! Be sure you don’t overdo it, the noodles get chewy. If you have a local Asian grocer, you may be able to find freshly made long noodles around Chinese New Year, which are a special treat.

Once your veggies are prepped, this dinner comes together in only a few minutes. Serve it family style with chopsticks, hot tea and a tray of fresh orange slices. The recipe is currently cross-posted on the Sister Eden blog. So click on over and get ready to party like a goat. Or something like that…

Wishing you a very lucky, healthy and happy Year of the Goat!

Happy Holidays 2014!

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It’s here. The holiday season is upon us, and no matter how you celebrate, you’re likely feeling the crush and joy that is December! Once again we find ourselves traveling this year, but just before we dash out the door, we have a few goodies for you!

Getting together with family for Christmas? We have a great, simple and very inexpensive project that kids and adults can enjoy together. Just grab a few twigs and make ornaments! It’s kind of addicting, actually. We found ourselves making more and more of these little cuties!

Complete directions and more ideas are cross-posted on the Sister Eden blog.

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What about Santa? No worries. We’ve got him covered too. Just whip up a batch of our Sparkling Mint Chip Cookies! These are another fun, easy way to spend a day off from school or work. And we guarantee that the joy old elf will love to find a try of these sweets when he visits on Christmas Eve! Just leave them out with a glass of almond milk. Yum!  Click over to Sister Eden to get the recipe.

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You’ve gotta have love for the whole family, of course. Like your canine companion! While you’re in the kitchen why not plan to mix up a batch of these Sweet Potato and Coconut Dog Treats? After all, everyone likes to share in the holiday fun. Click here to find our recipe.

Need a last minute gift? We’ve got you covered. Just grab a selection of beans from a local grocer and a few jars, and you’re set to make 15 Bean Soup in a jar! It’s super simple to pull together and the recipe makes about ten jars of soup mix. Give the gift of great health and a happy supper to those you love. Below the photo is a recipe card you can print out for instructions to your giftees. For full soup-in-a-jar mix directions, click over to Sister Eden’s blog.

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It’s important to remember that December 24th is also the last night of Hanukkah this year too. We’re loving Stuffed Latkes! This recipe is chock full of yumminess with Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles and veggies. Yea, it’s fried too. But the Festival of Lights is a joyous celebration and you can deal with the calories on this special occasion. These vegan latkes are best served fresh as made, so get some friends over to you house and make a whole mess of these tasty potato pancakes! Again, we posted this recipe on Sister Eden, so she’s got the goods waiting for you. Just click on over

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Need a main dish that’s going to blow all the non-vegan relatives out of the water on Christmas? Try our Holiday Lentil Loaf. It’s not difficult and the flavors are amazing. White wine, herbs, pecans and miso make a savory and delicious combination. We doubt you will have leftovers, but if you do, turn slices into sandwiches. Eureka!

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We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you celebrate! Thank you for spending 2014 with us and we’re excited to continue posting recipes, reviews and loads of cute animals photos for you in 2015!

Happy Everything! from the Dirty Hippie & Bohemian Girl

On the radio in Annapolis, MD!

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Recently, the Bohemian Girl (aka as Rissa) was honored to be interviewed on Annapolis Green Radio for their show on “Eating Thoughtfully” – basically it was a show about how diet affects the planet.  You can still listen to the show online, even if you can’t tune into Annapolis 99.5FM – it’s preserved on the internet forever!

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Rissa shared the interview with Lori, director of Sister Eden, where so many of our fun vegan recipes and eco-crafts find their home online. Thanks to Eliva and Vic, hosts of the Living Green show on WNAV for having Lori and myself in to talk about diet and the environment – it was super fun (though I was nervous), and hope your listeners enjoy the program!

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Easy Baking Projects

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One of the most common questions we are asked is for EASY vegan baking ideas. Well, we’ve got TWO for you. Both are simple and use familiar ingredients. They’re also super for kids to help with and as the days grow cooler, what is more comforting than the wonderful aroma of home-baked treats from your own oven?  First, try Chai Spice Rolls.

To make these, you’re going to use crescent-style dough in a tube. Yes, that’s right. I said crescent-style dough in a tube! Believe it or not, most brands of crescent-style dough, including Pilsbury, Giant and Trader Joe’s, are all vegan! (I bet you are doing a happy dance right now, imaging the return of crescent-style rolls to your vegan holiday table. )

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Chai Spice Rolls are a snap to put together. They’re also tasty enough to serve to company or at Sunday Brunch. There is a delightful surprise on the inside when you bite into a creamy filling, flavored with exotic chai tea, ginger and maple syrup. This is also a great recipe to have kids help with, or to serve to guests who are spending a long holiday weekend at your house! Click on over to Sister Eden for the recipe now.

 

Want more easy vegan baking? Try Peach Whirligigs! This original recipe comes from our pal Kristin at The High Impact Vegan, who veganized a  family recipe. And with good reason. It’s freaking delicious! This time the easy baking secret is Bisquick. Yes, that’s right, old school Bisquick is vegan, too! There are even three kinds of Bisquick – original, heart-smart and gluten-free. So take your pick!

Peach Whirligigs are usually made with fresh peaches, however, in the winter when they’re not in season, we have found that canned peaches work just fine. The flavor is simple and bright, and really, this is like sunshine on a plate.

 

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This is another recipe we have cross-posted to Sister Eden, so please hop over there to check it out. And while you’re surfing the internet, be sure to visit Kristin’s vegan blog, too. You’re going to enjoy this – serve it for breakfast, brunch or dessert! These are excellent with vegan ice cream! Pile on the vanilla So Delicious! Yum!

A plate of fall goodness…

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This collection of harvest-themed recipes are all easy, vegan, gluten-free and tasty! Over the past few weeks, we have crossed-posted these original dishes on the Sister Eden blog, sharing plant-based eating with her eco-conscious readers.  But of course, we want to let YOU have the chance to try them all, too!

First, Apple Cider Slush. This drink is true nostalgia for us. One of our first dates was at a pick-your-own-apples orchard when we were in college. After roaming the orchards and pumpkin fields, we got apple cider slush to drink, and left the farm with jarred apple butter as a souvenir. For us, this was the beginning of a perfect romance.

The recipe is fun for everyone, though. You don’t have to be on a date to enjoy Apple Cider Slush! In fact, it’s crazy easy to make. All you need is apple cider, lemon juice, water and some spices, to taste. This is a fun recipe for sharing and an great, fun drink. Want to try it “grown up”? Add a splash of rum or whiskey.

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Did you know – you don’t need to skin acorn squash?! That’s right. All you need to do is wash it, seed it and cube it up. To pull this Acorn Squash Chili together, first you’ll saute onions, garlic celery and carrots. Next, toss the sauted veggies, cubed squash and other ingredients into the slow cooker. And that’s it! The chili pretty much cooks itself.

AcornChili_lrHaving a meal ready to go during the busy fall season is like holding a hand full of aces at a poker game. These Freezer-Friendly Stuffed Peppers are just what you need. You can make them ahead of time and pop them in the freezer – then whenever you need a supper ready in a flash, just warm up some peppers.

These beauties are stuffed with onions, garlic, portabellos, kale, brown rice, chickpeas, spices and cashews! Freezer-Friendly Stuffed Peppers are a meal-in-one, great for families and anyone who is busy – but wants a nutritious, homemade meal.

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In the world of veggies, Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. It’s not their fault! The problem is that most folks don’t know how to cook them. Brussels Sprouts can actually be quite delicious. You might even find you crave them once you have them prepared properly. The good news is that making them is simple. Try these Balsamic Brussels Sprouts.

With only five ingredients, this is a side dish you can actually get on the table any night of the week. The key is paying attention to your cooking time. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts cook in only 8 to 12 minutes. Seriously! And the thing is, it’s SO yummy! Give these poor, misunderstood veggies a chance. You can spare ten minutes to get reacquainted.

brusselsside_lrOur Corn and Mango Salad with Citrusy Mint-Maple Dressing is a crowd-pleaser, so consider this recipe for parties and potlucks in the coming weeks. The roasted corn mingles with raw zucchini, red pepper, mango, minced red onions and edamame. The combination is bright and surprising with smokiness and fresh crunch in the mix. Again, it’s easy to pull together. You just all all the veggies to a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

Corn and Mango Salad with Citrusy Mint-Maple Dressing could work with another dressing if you are in a rush, however, the tart lime, savory basil, refreshing mint and sweet maple really do meld beautifully and highlight the contrasting textures and flavors in this salad.

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We used a fun peanut butter in our Spicy Swiss Chard Rolls that is pre-seasoned with cayenne pepper and chili powder. It’s Peanut Butter & Co.’s “The Heat is On.” But if you can’t find it in your local grocer and don’t want to buy a jar online, you can replicate the effect of spicy peanut butter by adding some cayenne, red pepper flakes and/or chili powder to your favorite peanut butter. Don’t care for too much spice? Just use regular peanut butter.  No worries if you have a peanut allergy, try using almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter or soy nut butter instead – just add spice to your taste to replicate the effect. And of course, skip garnishing with peanuts, too – to add that crunchy pop, try pepitas, slivered almonds, soynuts or toasted chickpeas.

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To call kale a fall veggie isn’t quite right. Kale is an all the time vegetable, really. With a little care, kale plants will live even through the snowy months. So in theory, you can enjoy Fiesta Kale Salad all year long.

Kale is simple to prepare, but there are a few things you should know to make it even yummier. First, you’ve got to remove those woody stems if you plan to eat it raw, like in this salad. The stems are edible and in cooked dishes, they’re fine. But in raw salads, it’s like chewing on a stick. Next, you need to massage the kale. Not kidding! Once you’ve added the dressing, get in there with your hands – yes, it’s messy – and really rub those kale leaves down. It will make them soft and fluffy, and your family and friends will think you’re a culinary master.

To serve Fiesta Kale Salad to full effect, we suggest making the baked tortilla bowls. It’s not difficult and they’re so much fun to eat. Plus, they’re baked, so you can use any tortilla you like (whole wheat, spinach, tomato, gluten-free, etc.) and really customize the dish.

kaleMexi_dhbg_lrEnjoy your fall cooking and visit Sister Eden on Fridays for the “Let’s Eat” coulmun – we have a vegan, gluten free recipe posted there each week!

Happy Haunting ~ Drinks, Eats and Decor

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Tonight is HALLOWEEN and we’re getting all set up here for the big night. Our neighborhood attracts lots of little ghouls, by which I mean almost 200 trick-or-treaters. It’s kind of an occasion and we love to make special snacks and drinks. After all, there needs to be something besides candy, right?

Below, we invite you to join us and try Pumpkin Hummus, the Pom Positive shot, the Blood-Thirsty Werewolf cocktail, Coffin Crunchers and Vampire Apple Bites. After Halloween, check out our idea to upcycle your leftover broken decor pieces and used spooky cobwebs into fresh wreaths for next Halloween.

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Pumpkin Hummus

This simple recipe comes together in about three minutes! Just add crackers for instant Halloween snacking.

1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree (not pie mix)

1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 or 3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. fresh rosemary (woody stems removed)

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. white pepper

2 tsp. cumin

pinch nutmeg

pinch cayenne (optional)

salt, to taste

fresh parsley, to garnish

crackers or fresh veggies, to serve

 

Add garlic and fresh rosemary to a food processor or high speed blender with lemon juice. Process until garlic and rosemary are finely minced. Add pumpkin, rinsed/drained chickpeas, paprika, white pepper, cumin, nutmeg, cayenne and salt. Pulse until all ingredients form a smooth dip. Serve immediately or chill. Garnish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley and serve with crackers or fresh veggies for dipping. Also makes a yummy spread for sandwiches and wraps.

 

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Yes, this drink asks for some special ingredients but we promise, they’re worth the effort. The William Wolf Pecan Bourbon is incredible! Many major grocery chains carry San Pellirgino and to find the specific spirits, be sure to check their websites for retailers.

1 1/2 oz. William Wolf Pecan Bourbon

1/2 oz. ginger liqueor (we used Koval)

2 0z. club soda

2 oz. San Pelligrino Blood Orange soda

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Combine bourbon, ginger liqueor, club soda and blood orange soda in a glass. Stir and pour into a second glass full of ice. Serve immediately with a sliver of lemon.

 

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Pom Positive Shot

This shot-style drink is bright and refreshing. It goes down very smoothly, so beware!

 

1 oz. vodka (we used Rain Organic)

1/2 oz. pomegranate liquor (like Pama)

1 1/2 oz. pomegranate blueberry juice (we used Pom Wonderful)

1/2 oz. San Pellegrino Limonata soda (or use club soda and a splash of lemon)

 Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a shot glass. Crunchers_dhbg_lr

Coffin Crunchers & Black-as-Night Dip

 Making a themed Halloween snack is always a festive touch. This recipe is cross-posted to Sister Eden ~ tortillas are baked into crispy coffin cruncher crackers and served in black bean dip flavored with avocado, fresh lime, salsa and spices. From start to finish, it takes about 20 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to put finishing touches on your Halloween costume. Check out the recipe at this link. applebite_dhbg_lrVampire Apple Bites

Need a spooky activity for your little gobins? Try making these fun Vampire Apple Bites. With a small ingredient list, the apple “mouths” come together quickly using your favorite nut or seed butters, some jam “blood” and teeth made from almond silvers. Easy to adjust for any nut butter – peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower seed, soy nut or macadamia nut butters all work. Ahem… so does chocolate nut butter! The instructions for this fun, easy snack are cross-posted at Sister Eden’s blog. Won’t you drop in for a bite?  Hee hee – I had to say it!

 

Nov. 1: Upcycled Halloween Cobwebs and Skeleton Parts

 So what happens tomorrow  morning? It’s November 1st and you;ve got gobs and gobs of leftover cobweb. On our end, we actually save it and use it again, year after year. Yes, there are some leaves in there, but it’s fine to keep. Plus, you know that stuff will never, ever decompose. If you’re crafty, though, steal our idea and give an old wreath, like the tired Christmas wreath on the left a facelift. We used the same flowers, a little paint, hot glue and stray ribbon and decorations to upcycle a wreath and cobwebs into a fun new decoration. More details from this project are on the Sister Eden blog.

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Don’t have any old cobwebs, but you do have a bunch of broken skeletons pieces? We did, too. So we bent a few branches into a second wreath, painted the “parts” an updated gold color, and hot-glued the various skeleton limbs into a frightening new wreath.

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We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

Easy Bird Feeders

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As it gets colder, our outdoor friends are looking for food and could use a little love from you, if you are so inclined!

Experts are still out on whether or not wild birds and critters like squirrels and rabbits need/benefit from supplemental feeding from people in cities and suburbs. But my own personal feeling is that since there’s not much to forage in the way of seeds, nuts, fruits, bugs over the winter, that maybe my wild friends could use a little extra chow. And it’s always fun to feed them, since we get to see them visit the feeders, and we can admire their beauty and cuteness.

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On the Sister Eden blog, we recently posted directions on how to make lots of different kinds of feeders. Above, the pine cone with peanut butter and seeds is the simplest way to go. Chances are, you have everything in your kitchen already to make a feeder like this.

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Paper roll feeders are also really easy to make and just about anyone can put one of these together, so it’s a great project for small children. You need three items: a cardboard paper roll (toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap); peanut butter (or nut butter of choice); birdseed.

Peanut butter jar and soda bottle feeders are only slightly bigger projects. They require the container, something to make a perch from (dowel, stick, wooden spoon, etc.), a wine cork and twine – as well as bird seed.  Both also require a knife to cute holes, so it’s better for older children or adults. These projects can be easily made into bird house, as well – just a few different adjusments and you can make shelter for small birds for the the winter.

 

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twoliter_lrBe sure to visit our longer cross-post on Sister Eden for full instructions to make these easy, inexpensive, upcycled bird feeders for your outside friends this winter! Also, be sure to check the links on the post, so you can see what kind of seeds birds and wildlife in your region like best.

Pumpkin Beer Soup

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What’s that? You want MORE pumpkin-fall-yumminess? Sure, we can deliver that. How about thick, rich, soul-warming Pumpkin Beer Soup?

We’re all about embracing pumpkins and beer – especially pumpkin-flavored beer – and thus we’re excited to share our recipe for Pumpkin Beer Soup, which is cross-posted on the Sister Eden blog.

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Now, if you don’t happen to have autumnal pumpkin beer on hand, use any amber beer you want, or even gluten-free beer (Green’s and Dogfish Head both make great gluten-free beers!).  We don’t recommend  dark beers for this recipe, as they can get bitter with cooking.

This recipe is vegan and great for serving a crowd. It’s creamy, warm and comforting, with the perfect hint of autumn in each spoonful! We have served it after going through haunted houses, at bonfires in mugs, and even at an engagement party we hosted for friends! Be sure to visit Sister Eden’s page and get our recipe.