Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Vegan gathering at Amma's Kitchen

VeganEarth invites those interested in veganism to a meet-up at Amma’s Kitchen, 7633 Reading Road, Roselawn at noon on Saturday, January 21. Order and pay for your meal off the menu. Amma's is an all-vegetarian restaurant, and most menu items can be made vegan.

The group will also host a seminar and vegan lunch buffet on Sunday, Feb. 26 at The Loving Hut Cafe, 6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. The event costs $15 and is limited to 50 people. It begins at noon with a viewing of the movie "Forks Over Knives." Reservations are required and can be made by calling 513-591-3003.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Scandinavian Pastry Bars

This recipe is one of my favorites. The sweetness of the crust and meringue is offset by slightly tart raspberry jam, and the almonds lend a nice crunch. These bars are delicious any time of day, but are especially nice with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning.

Scandinavian Pastry Bars


  • 3/4 Cup salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 6 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup sliced almonds, divided

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar

until light and fluffy

Gradually add flour; mix well

Press dough into the bottom of a 13"x9" greased baking pan

Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned

Spread jam over crust

covering from edge to edge

In a large bowl, beat egg whites

until soft peaks form

Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until stiff peaks form

Add coconut

and fold in gently

Add a half cup of almonds

and carefully fold in

Add egg white mixture over jam

and spread evenly

Sprinkle with remaining almonds

Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown


Click here for printable recipe.