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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Did you trick or treat last night? Party? Dance? Smear your zebra makeup? Before this weekend concludes, let’s continue with the sugar theme.

Gooey Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Because sober isn’t socially alienating enough, I decided about a month ago to make the leap from long-time vegetarian to full-on vegan. It’s been in the making for a long time. My reasons? To annoy you. I kid. It’s because of the animals. THE ANIMALS!

Ingrediants for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adjusting to a new way of eating risks the run of being unpleasant but I’ve opted to embrace the challenge on this one and experiment with baking, which I used to really enjoy and do all the time. In recent years, I haven’t tied an apron on for love or money. Let’s change that! I get after all kinds of flavors, cuisines, savory foods and comforting baked goods. My first task was tall: a perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie, sans any real dairy.

Chocolate Chip

Drew stood by (and helpfully taste tested) as I worked out the kinks in the recipe. I burned the first batch to high heaven, sat disappointedly in front of the oven (with the oven light on) for another and then the third time was a charm.

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies Mix

Of course I’ll share the spoils with you. Gather:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of Earth Balance
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • however-many-you-want dark chocolate chips

Mixing Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until the texture is soft and the flour has disappeared to the touch. Douse hands in flour, roll into very small balls, place on to a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s, source of all the delicious ingredients in this post. We’re in their rad blogger ambassador program.

Boris Helping with the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not a single animal sacrificed or harmed in the making of these delightful vegan treats. My Grandma Rose, whose apron I wore for this job, would be so proud. And, obviously, it helps if you have a terribly handsome dachshund to serve as a pastry chef. Thanks, Boris.

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Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

Leaf Peepin’ and Pizza Eatin’

Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

Every third weekend or so, we drink a little too much coffee and have to excitedly declare a new (and non-negotiable) family tradition. A year ago at this time, we were in the throes of wedding-plan-finalizing. The hours after work were dedicated to seating chart spreadsheets and glassy-eyed stares. Two years ago marked our move from Boulder to Denver. This weekend’s declaration? We must leaf peep. Now that we’re able to enjoy our third autumn in beautiful Denver, we decided we had to take to the road to see some aspen groves giving up the green. These trees aren’t going to marvel at themselves, you know?

Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

I’m a Colorado native and no stranger to autumn colors. My parents took my brother and me to the woods above Chaffee County every year without fail. My senior photo from high school is even backdropped against a sleepy, orange tree. Classy. Drew has a fond memories of leaf tours in northern Michigan, where his family has roots.

I’m embarrassed to admit that, until this past weekend, I had never been to Central City or Black Hawk, a pit stop that derailed our leaf viewing plans almost entirely. *defeatedly peels Colorado Native bumper sticker off of car*

Downtown Central City Colorado

Holy hell, was it a surprise! I would compare Central City to a paved, more populated Silverton. Black Hawk, slightly down the road, is more glam and corporate, all hotels and penny slots and all-you-can-eat prime ribs. Because we had Boris with us, several of the locals stopped to pet him and chat with us. A server from one of the casinos in Central City recommended their upcoming Halloween Creepy Crawl tour and warned us away from the Hotel de Paris, which is truly haunted. Say no more, lady!

Williams Stables Central City Colorado

There’s something about a stretch of historic brick buildings that sag with the weight of a century that makes me feel right at home. Probably because it so closely resembles my own hometown. We wandered from block to block, reading the plaques and admiring old and updated murals.

Hawley Merchandise Company Building

Wasn’t this supposed to be a leaf peeping tour? Details, details.

Central City Opera House  

St James United Methodist Church 123 Eureka St

This sign outside the church in the above photo said, “Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and nowhere to go.” Rude!

Main Street Central City Colorado

Straight Five Premium Cigars Central City

After any long adventure, we return home and I put the back of my hand to my forehead and tell Drew that I cannot possibly lift a finger to cook. Never mind that he’s the one in our household who mans the kitchen. My ulterior motive is simple: get him to agree to get back in the car and drive to Tony’s Market.

Tony's Market White Pizza

It’s no secret that Tony’s is a favorite of ours. We’re food nerds and we love their products, mission and the warm hospitality of the folks that staff their shops. On nights when we have driven all over greater Colorado and need dinner in a cinch, we swing by Tony’s for a quick takeaway pizza and a big ol’ salad. Favorites: a pizza with pancetta, pickled onions and goat cheese on one half for Drew and olive oil, garlic and pickled onions on the other half for me. Drew has a Greek salad fetish but he lets me eat all the olives. Marriage.

Tony's Market Greek Salad

My husband, the talented food styler.

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s. We were honored to join their blogger ambassador program as the only technically non-food bloggers in the group. Check out the company we’re keeping:

Great recipes are constantly available on Tony’s Market blog. Next month, check back for a post about Drew cooking with ingredients sourced exclusively at Tony’s. I’ll be the one taste testing and taking all the credit.

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Tony's Market New Burger Menu

New Burger Menu at Tony’s Market

Tony's Market New Burger Menu with Renegade Brewery

Photo courtesy of Tony’s Market

Tony’s Market is Denver’s oldest family run specialty food store, opened by Tony Rosacci and his family at Dry Creek Road in Centennial all the way back in 1978. Today, the store has four retail locations, a catering division, a barbecue division and a burger and pizza bistro nestled inside the store at their Broadway shop. We happened upon one of the markets the weekend before our wedding last year by chance. We had just visited my Uncle Wayne and popped into the market on Bowles Avenue in Littleton afterward, where we split a killer sandwich and an ice cold Vernor’s.

Last week, we had the honor of being invited with a handful of Denver bloggers (we were delighted to see Courtney and we met Molly from 303 Magazine and food blogger Barbara) and media peeps to visit the store on Broadway to check out their updated burger menu and take a tour with Chef Bucky Jaquess, who joined the management team for Tony’s earlier this year.

Tony's Market Burger Menu

Any chef would be thrilled to work in a restaurant that has this level of talent, not to mention an in-house butcher and grocery. Together with this team and Tony’s resources, we’ve set out to make the perfect burger and pizza. We use classic, imported flour. We make our own compound butter, stock, dressings, pickles, mozzarella and bacon among other things. We do everything we can to control the process and to produce simple yet fun flavors. – Chef Jaquess

Tony's Market Fresh Mozzarella

Boom. This is how fresh mozzarella is made.

Chef Jaquess treated us to small bites of bruschetta, sliders, freshly sliced porchetta, salami and parmesan. We munched while he told us  about running the day-to-day business of Tony’s and how thrilled he was to join the ranks of one of Denver’s most successful families. Afterward, he led us back into the kitchen to watch a batch of fresh buffalo mozzarella being made. After pulling and stretching it carefully and then forming it into precise rounds, the prep chef dunked the cheese in cold water and then sliced it for us to sample. It was truly divine.

Fresh Mozzarella Sliced at Tony's Market


Fresh Mozzarella at Tony's Market Denver

In your hand and into your mouth.

Desserts are my jam, said everyone ever, so I was most excited to swing past the colorful and tempting pastry case to sample a variety of brownies. Not to name names, but Drew was eyeing the key lime tarts pretty fiercely. Key lime pie is his kryptonite.

Tony's Market Sweet Shop

Key Lime Tarts at Tony's Market

We also cooled off in the walk-in freezer to lay our eyes upon the bags and bags of fresh oysters. Oyster Night is a weekly occurrence at the Broadway store on Friday nights beginning at 4 p.m. Stop on in to shoot some back.

Fresh Oysters at Tony's Market

Because he makes friends everywhere he goes, Drew chatted up Kevin from Baere Brewing Company, a friendly fellow who knows his hops and kept Drew’s tulip glass full all night with chilled saison.

Baere Brewery at Tony's Market

Next month, Tony’s will be holding their sixth annual “Local Days” at all four of their locations. This year, a couple dozen Colorado companies will be on-site with samples of their edible goods while the staff at Tony’s roasts chiles and grills burgers for the public. This fab-ness will happen Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a different Tony’s Market location each week.

  • August 8: Tony’s Market at 7421 W Bowles Ave in Littleton
  • August 15: Tony’s Market at 874 W Happy Canyon Rd in Castle Rock
  • August 22: Tony’s Market at 4991 E Dry Creek Rd in Centennial
  • August 29: Tony’s Market at 950 Broadway in Denver

See you there!

We would love to extend a special thanks to Sara from The Condiment Marketing Co. for inviting us in this awesome event. She was all, “Want to come eat free food?” and we were like, “Take us to your leader.” Thank you, Sara! More info on the new burger menu is available on Tony’s Market blog. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now excuse us while we dream up our next burger adventure.

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