All posts tagged: The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets

the great sausage deception (and some kick-butt dessert)

My first guest blogger is Stacey Walker.  Stacey is an Editor at Focal Press by day and a foodie (almost all vegan!) by night.  She, like me, was once a meat and potatoes kind of gal until she gave it up and became vegetarian.  Now, she is vegan more often than not and I think her enthusiasm is inspirational for us all.   A little over a year ago, I first started flirting with veganism. I discovered new recipes and new foods I liked to eat, lost a couple pounds, and loved how much better I felt—less like an over-inflated balloon. But like all new couples, the holidays came and put a strain on our relationship. Holiday parties, cookies, fudge, and other sweets decorating the office, and Christmas dinners didn’t really cater to a vegan diet.  I admit it: I cheated.  A lot. Even after the holidays ended. For months into 2010, I found it incredibly hard to eat vegan for any sustained period of time. Finally, in the wee morning hours of mid-2010, with my …