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Melissa’s Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

MelissaVegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes that are just as good as the “real” thing! Some people are afraid of trying to bake vegan or just don’t know where to begin. Melissa's Vegan CupcakeWell, with this simple recipe you’ll be a vegan baker in no time. I have been vegan for four years and this is a tried and true recipe that I always go to when baking chocolate cupcakes. The hardest part is trying not to eat them all in one sitting!

The chocolate cupcakes are moist and dense and topped with a fluffy Fante’s Hazelnut flavored icing which adds a burst of extra flavor to the palate. These cupcakes also pair well with coffee, so pull out some soy creamer and have yourself a vegan cupcake party!
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Salad Made Easy

When it’s too hot to switch on the oven, we turn to the outdoor bbq or meals that require little or no heat. Unless you’re 8 years old, the satisfyingly coolness of ice cream just won’t do for dinner fare. Salad, on the other hand, will do just fine for that cool ingredient in any of your fantastic summer meals, that everyone will enjoy.

While salad is generally considered an appetizer (in Europe it is usually served after the main course) it’s easy to bulk it up to make it a featured dish. Take a chicken Caesar salad, for example. With fresh romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, delicious dressing, croutons, and (optionally) vegetables like tomato or red onion, this salad takes the spotlight, not the sideline.

Here’s a recipe and a few tools to make fresh salad a piece of (extremely healthy) cake.

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Easy Fresh Salsa

A bushel of fresh tomatoes… Mmm Mmm!

It’s late spring and the weather is warming nicely! The flowers on trees are blooming, the sun is shining, and beautiful fresh produce of all colors is making its way to your local farmers’ markets. Earlier this month, the Headhouse Farmers’ Market opened at 2nd and Lombard streets here in Philadelphia. The tables were brimming with colorful Swiss chard, strawberries, asparagus, and a summer favorite, tomatoes!

One of our preferred summer treats for fresh tomatoes is salsa – hot or mild, it doesn’t matter. Just the thought of delicious tomatoes, onions, pepper, and cilantro has us reaching for the nearest bag of chips in no time.

But don’t rush off to the store just yet! This week, we’ll show you how easy it is to make fresh salsa. Once you’ve made it yourself, you’ll swear off the processed stuff for good.

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