Over at Bay Area Bites, one of favorite-ever Hungarians and guest-posters, the delightful Vi Zahajszky, wrote an excellent article about tomorrow’s SF Vegan Bakesale! It includes an interview with yours truly and Karin, the two main organizers. There’s also a recipe from Robin Means, one of our awesome volunteers, and that recipe is for the photo above: cupcakes based on RONALD’S DONUTS. Girl, you’ve outdone yourself.
So stop looking at me (I’m know, I’m glorious) and read it!
The SF Vegan Bakesale is THIS SATURDAY. Be there or be dead in a ditch for all I care! I joke, I hope you’re all well, but I REALLY hope you’re at the damn bakesale eating delicious deliciousness and getting all fat and happy. The list of bakers this time is literally a mile long and it’s going to be AMAZING.
THE PERTINENT DETAILS FOR YOU LAZYSAURUSES:
What: SF Vegan Bakesale, where every dime goes to helping awesome non-profit animal rescues Muttville and Mickacoo! Deeeeelicious baked goods (I’m talking cinnamon rolls the size of a fat baby, Little Debbie inspired Oatmeal Cream Pies, Big Ass Whoopie Pies, Cupcakes, Pie, Cake, Pastries, Biscuits, Focaccia, Caramels, Pickled Goods, MORE!!) from over 30 bakeries and bakers!
Where: Speesees at 1415 Valencia Street, between 25th and 26th Streets—FEWER THAN THREE BLOCKS from the 24th Street BART station!
When: Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Who: YOU, FATTY!
[send me your best vegan food-porn photos, please!]
The next SF Vegan Bakesale is Saturday, Jan. 15! »
We were rained out in December (boo!) but we’re back for more! That’s how we do! The new! and improved! bakesale will take place in the Mission in front of Speesees at 1415 Valencia St. (between 25th and 25th Streets) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s about three blocks from BART so NO EXCUSES and we’ll see your lazy asses there. Speesees is also offering a 10 percent discount on their adorable organic baby and kid clothing to all bakesale attendees. I know your friends are having kids like crazy so no reason not to buy them cute crap. This is America, after all. Consume!
SO THE QUESTION IS: Can you bake??? YEAH YOU CAN, WHAT ELSE YOU GOT GOING ON? NOTHING!!! (How rude!) Anyway, Let me know!
Above: Robin counting bakesale money like a boss. Let’s make it rain for the animals! Further, I took this photo so I ain’t linking to SHIT!
Cookbook review: The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, by Kelly Peloza! »
Skyhorse Press sent us a copy of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza, and we are really, really grateful to them because it is a knockout. Seasonally—and economically!—speaking, with an MSRP under $20, it is also an ideal gift: Confused relatives love you, weirdo vegan nieces/nephews/cousins/grandchildren, but they don’t want to spend more than $20 on your presents, and by the way they have NO IDEA what to get, so send them this link—or send them to Vegansaurus for us to pass it along—and you are guaranteed something awesome. It’s not only hardback, it has a shiny dust cover; can you name five vegan cookbooks with a DUST COVER? No! Skyhorse put a lot of work and money into publishing this treasure trove, and it’s definitely worth it.
Author Kelly Peloza apparently made her name online before putting this cookbook together, but I don’t know anything and hadn’t heard of her prior to getting this in the mail.* Regardless: she’s great. Also she’s from Milwaukee, which we love on principle! Check out my results with some of her recipes!
These are Pixies (pp. 87)! You roll them in powdered sugar before baking.
Hello, chocolate peppermint cream bars (pp. 156)! These took kind of forever to make because of the waiting, but they are pretty delicious. I am afraid the pepperminty frosting part is a little toothpastey, but I am also what you might call neurotic.
She even has a recipe for puppy cookies, specifically peanut butter dog treats (pp. 202). They’ve only got four ingredients and the dogs here love them. Of course they are “anything with peanut butter” so that’s sort of a gimme. Oliver is such a good boy, look at him let me take the picture!
The chewy pumpkin spice cookies (pp. 133) that did not get photographed were also quite good.
Some criticisms: The chewy caramel pecans (pp. 67) are ridiculous—if you make them, just omit that ¼ cup of oil from the batter, it’s extraneous and gross. The carrot cake cookies (pp. 248) aren’t nearly carrotty enough, but the texture and spice blend are nice. Overall the recipes are sugar-heavy, and while I bake an excellent cookie, I don’t have super-skills, and cutting sugar in baked goods is tricky business, what with good texture being much more difficult to adjust for than sweetness. I’ll work on it and let you know.
Cookies are whimsical and so classically (U.S.) American. If you love them, you’ll want this book; it’s well written, full of lush photos, and really fun. With The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur Kelly Peloza has made a valuable contribution to vegan cookbooks, and to our cultural heritage, I think, as we evolve beyond eating animals. Vegan cookies are the best! Now go get this cookbook—or get someone to give it to you—and find out for yourself.**
*This is her excuse for not having Vegansaurus on her blogroll? Because I can’t think of another reason.
**Bake a few batches of your favorite whatever for this weekend’s SF Vegan Bakesale!
Here it is: the flyer for the Saturday, Dec. 18 SF Vegan Bakesale! Woohoo! It’s going to benefit Muttville (senior dog rescue AWWW) and MickaCoo (a division of MickaBoo bird rescue dedicated to pigeons! Yay pidgies!). They are both rad and amazing and let’s raise some CHA-CHING MONEY CHA-CHING for them! OH YEAH, and there will be DOGS and PIGEONS—I mean, adoptable ones, not just the natives hanging around nearby looking for cupcake scraps—at the event! Yes!
If you want to bake (PLEASE), holler! If you need flyers to drop around town (PRETTY PLEASE), holler! Ow! Oh, and we made a Facebook event so RSVP and invite your internet friends, your IRL friends, your mom, your cousin’s dog, and the people from high school you were never really friends with but now pics of their new babies clog up your Top News feed! Woo!
Just really quickly but this cutie will be up for adoption tomorrow (along with many others!) through Rocket Dog Rescue (he’s not even listed on their site yet! He was JUST rescued from the Los Banos Shelter!) at the SF Vegan Bakesale. You know you want to hug him and love him and make him yours. Don’t even front.
SF Vegan Bakesale is THIS SATURDAY!! 11-4 in front of Mission Bicycle on Valencia! Are y’all ready for this!? You better be because we’re raising money for two amazing causes, Rocket Dog Rescue & The Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. So come eat your weight in vegan donuts, cupcakes, pie, cake pops (what are those!? you’re about to find out but it might involve cake on a stick YES PLEASE), raw treats, gluten-free goodies, and dog biscuits! Seriously, WE HAVE IT ALL.
See your hot asses on Saturday! OH ALSO: There will be adoptable dogs from Rocket Dog Rescue on the scene! Puppies + cake + bikes = UNBEATABLE COMBO.
We still need bakers, SO HOLLER! And if not, we’ll see your hot asses there!
Bakers needed for next SF Vegan Bakesale! COME ON, GET FATTY! »
Our charities this time around are Housing Committee of San Francisco, a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants in all types of housing, including rent-control, public housing and Section 8, and Rocket Dog Rescue, an SF-based shelter dog rescue that’s saved thousands of death-row doggies (and other animals!) since its inception in 2001. Two amazing organizations that desperately need the money so let’s kick some bakesale butt for them!
If you can bake, let a Laura know! Thank you and I love you and GOOD NIGHT!