Clafoutis is a version of the French flan that is traditionally made with cherries (or other moist fruit such as plums, prunes, raspberries, or blackberries), enveloped by a simple cake batter. The fruit is polka- dotted in the cake, giving it a playful look that children love. Even the name is fun to say: kla-foo-TEE. Traditionally, this dish is cooked with the pits left inside the cherries (purists believe that this intensifies the flavor of the dish). I pit the cherries (or, when I’m in a rush, use small plums instead, which are easier to pit).

ready in about 45 minutes; serves 6
You might need to buy:
  • 1⁄2 cup flour
  • muscovado sugar

Vegan poppyseed and lemon cake is a great vegan cake for summer or anytime. It’s light and fluffy with a fresh lemon taste. If you need a vegan cake recipe, try this recipe for lemon poppyseed cake.

ready in about an hour
You might need to buy:
  • lemons
  • nondairy creamer
  • poppy seeds
  • Egg replacer for 3 eggs
You might need to buy:
  • lemon zest
  • Tart Lemon Glaze
  • lemon zest

Makes about 2.5 dozen; the winner of best cookie is the Lemon Crinkle Cookie by Lauren Brennan from Hood River, Oregon.

ready in about 20 minutes
You might need to buy:
  • whole egg
  • lemon zest
  • fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoons baking soda
  • powdered sugar

(slightly adapted from Perry’s Plate); Makes about 30 2-inch cookies

ready in about 25 minutes
You might need to buy:
  • ground or whole flax-seed
  • almonds

companion to the Soft Sugar Cookies

ready in about 15 minutes
You might need to buy:
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • Sprinkles

Delicious! Supposed to be like those cookies at grocery stores. You know the ones: decorated in the colors of the upcoming season or holiday, glaring at you from behind their clear boxes in the bakery, deliciously fluffy and impossibly sweet…

ready in about an hour
serves 6
You might need to buy:
  • large granny smith apples
  • crescent roll
  • 1-112c sugar
  • margarine
  • lemon lime soda


ready in about 30 minutes
You might need to buy:
  • soft cooked pinto beans
  • - 1/2 cup milk
  • 6oz unsweetened chocolate
  • powdered sugar
serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • to 1 cup water
  • agave
  • Pudding:1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • sea salt