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Seasonal food blog of Chef Deborah at Cuvée at The Greenporter Hotel

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Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes, aka, Russian Tea Cakes.

December 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

I believe a dissertation could be written on the historic intersection that connects Mexican wedding cakes to Russian tea cakes, and I have a vast collection of over-educated friends–(you know who you are)–who could write it. However, today, utilitarian speculation will have to suffice. It may have happened with the various migrations of Russian Jews and other Eastern Europeans pre and post WWII to Mexico, where their mark remains clear in my old neighborhood of Polanco in Mexico City. Or maybe it just happened at a turn of the century cookie exchange!

However it happened, we are all fond of these little knobs or crescents of nut-filled cookies, rolled in powdered sugar, and the non-gluten, non-dairy version of the recipe may be even better with the addition of coconut and nut flour. In either case, buen provecho and priyatnogo appetita!

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White Christmas: Coconut-Rum Snowball Cookies

December 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, City Cooking, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Easter, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

My husband loves the Christmas season, along with the family gatherings, large meals, and snowy days. With Christmas Eve upon us, we are near the end of our 12 days of healthful Christmas cookies. You will enjoy these chewy coconut truffle-like cookies with the tang of rum extract and a crispy coating that will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar.  And with such warm weather, this may be the only snow you will have on Christmas!

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Toasted Coco-cocoa Nests

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

We bake hundreds of chocolate coconut macaroons every year for Passover orders, and they take hours. So naturally, I was very excited when a colleague shared this no bake macaroon recipe with me–one that can be made without nuts. Coconutty chocolate, with a hint of almond, makes this cookie satisfying without filling out the fat pants!


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Nut-Crusted Cardamom and Orange Date Bars

December 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Christmas, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Gluten-free, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Preserves, Snack, The baking corner, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

I love cookies that can double as breakfast. These are reminiscent of a Fig Newton or a Tunisian makrout, with chewy dates and hearty nuts laced with far eastern aromatics of orange peel, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Just add the frankincense and myrrh and follow the northern star!


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An Updated Classic Christmas Cookie: Vegan and Gluten-free Gingerbread Men

December 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Snack, The baking corner, the baking corner, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

I love gingerbread cookies on a cold day with tea. To me, it says Christmas. If you are planning on making a gingerbread house, structure, or iced cookies, I suggest doing the baking on one day and the icing and decorating the next day, with plenty of time–and champagne.

Putting together a gingerbread house is more of a construction and design project versus baking. You should draw your pattern and select your candy and color scheme long before you start baking. I am no gingerbread expert, which is why it took me almost four hours to complete one. Before you commit, review a royal icing recipe (not vegan!) and think about filling the piping bag and the mess. My only secret tip for building the house is to make two holes at the top of the roof pieces, tie them together, and ice over them to prevent the roof from sliding down the sides. Or, you can save yourself the hassle and make gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and reindeer!

DRP Gingerbread
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The New, No-Bake Thumbprint Cookie: Vegan and Gluten-Free

December 19th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

With five days until Christmas, there are so many loose ends and such little time, so check off as many boxes at once as you can with these healthy, no-bake cookies. They make a perfect quick batch of Christmas delight, and let you save the heavy baking for Saturday and Sunday, when you can finish your check list during baking time.

Don’t forget to pull out the beautiful platters that you have been saving for a special occasion, as this is the time. Clip some evergreen to your settings and add a sparkly sprayed shell or acorn from your back yard to use for your place cards, or to mark the items on your buffet. Hopefully these no bake cookies leave you with more time for fun!


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Basil Lemon Walnut Cookies: A Raw No-Bake Treat

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Breakfast, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

With so many rich holiday foods, it is nice to have a treat with fresh, bright flavors. These no-bake, raw ingredient cookies will break up the sugar monotony. Zesty, herbaceous, and with just a touch of sweetness, they’ll cost you almost no time at all.

Toss any leftover basil in a green salad with blood oranges and some pomegranate vinaigrette, and call it dinner.


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Cinnamon, Sea Salt, and Peanut Butter Oat Cookies: No Bake, No Gluten, and Totally Vegan

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

I have never participated in a cookie exchange. The last thing I want is to have a bunch of delicious homemade cookies around, adding more calories into my already taxed holiday calorie budget. This cookie, however, is the solution to that fear–a healthful cookie that every guest can eat without guilt, and that most can make with ease, as they require no commitment from your oven, your diet, or too much of your free time.

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Christmas Cookie Frosting: Vegan, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free Royal Icing

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Easter, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, nut-free, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

Holiday sugar cookies just aren’t complete without decoration, be it red and green icing for Christmas or the blue icing-on-the-dradel-top that says Hanukkah. Make a batch of vegan sugar cookies, and complete the occasion, whatever it is, with this simple frosting recipe. You can easily customize it for your celebration by adding cocoa, almond extract, lemon extract, or whatever else it is that you want!

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Vegan Sugar Cookies and Christmas for All!

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

Sugar cookies are to Christmas as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving–that is, something totally traditional, nostalgic, and quite frankly irreplaceable. They’re also something that everyone and their mother claims to have “the best” recipe for. However, not many of these traditional, tried-and-true recipes accommodate those with gluten allergies or religious quandaries with the use of animal products. This recipe will ensure that no one misses out on the pure holiday joy of the simple sugar cookie. So try out these quick and easy Vegan Sugar Cookies–gluten and dairy-free to boot, no one will go without this holiday season.

Christmas Cookies


Hanukkah Cookies

Hanukkah Cookies


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