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Peach Kuchen, Thrifty Book Finds

I recently bought Vegan Vittles – Second Helpings by Jo Stepaniak. Did I try a new recipe? Nope! I went directly for one of my favorites – Peach Kuchen. The crust reminds me of a flaky shortbread which is topped with peach halves, cinnamon-sugar, and a sweetened soy sour cream mixture (the yellow color comes from the added turmeric). I think I may have blogged about Peach Kuchen last year but it definitely is worth a second post.

And just because I felt like being particularly “cruel”, I called my mom to let her know I made Peach Kuchen. My parents are big fans of this and my mom noted the “cruelness” of my phone call. LOL

Whole Peach Kuchen:

Peach Kuchen

Slice of Peach Kuchen with some Buckingham Palace Tea from Tealuxe. The vintage mug pictured is Federal Glass.

Peach Kuchen

It looks like we will have a garden this year. We just found out last night that we were able to snag a community garden plot. Yay!!!! It only cost us $25 to rent a 20′ x 20′ plot for the season. I’ll be posting about my garden plans soon.

While at a library book sale, I happened to find an older edition of Vegetable Gardening in Illinois. It still has a lot of useful information, which I’m sure will help us with our garden plot.

I love Chet Baker’s music. Rob actually spotted this Chet Baker memoir while I was enthralled with the cookbooks. It’s an ex-library book but in perfect condition. It’s a very short book though, only 115 pages. Are any of my readers Chet Baker fans too?


I only paid $2 for both books. What a deal 😀

The weather is improving here. We got about 3″ of snow earlier in the week but now it is bright and sunny. I hear it won’t stay that way though. 🙁 I’m really looking forward to some nice weather now that we have our bikes here. I’m anxious to try out some of the bike trails.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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  • Aurora's Mom April 13, 2007, 6:02 pm

    Oh that Kuchen looks delicious!…I would love the recipe…hint hint..;o)

    Hope you have a great weekend too! Can’t wait to hear about what you guys are going to plant in your garden.

  • judy April 13, 2007, 6:24 pm

    I had a garden plot last year, in a community garden. It didn’t really work out, mainly because the plot is a 10 minute bike ride away, and I’m lazy so I never felt like going. But if I hadn’t been so lazy, it would have been great! We had mint growing like crazy, which was neat but kind of useless. I mean really, how many things take fresh mint? Anyway, congrats on the plot – I’m sure you’ll do better than I did!

  • vegandiva April 13, 2007, 6:27 pm

    Hi Aurora’s Mom 🙂 How have you been doing? Guess what? Someone else already has the recipe online so I can save on typing. LOL Here’s the LINK. For the crust, the updated version of Vittles says you can use all pastry flour or use half pastry flour, half regular flour (which is what I did). I think you’ll like it. It’s pretty easy to make too.

    I’ll be blogging more about our garden next week. I’m going to swing by the community garden this weekend and get a pic of the plot in the “before” state. I’m so happy I won’t have to be without a garden this summer 🙂

  • River April 13, 2007, 7:37 pm

    Look at that kuchen! Wow. And think of my pain – cuz I’ve sworn off sweet things until I lose a few pounds 🙁 But thanks for telling me where to find the recipe!!!! Hugs!!!!

  • K April 13, 2007, 7:48 pm

    “Went to a Garden Party…” (love that tune) That’s great nooz about you gettin’ to grow some stuff with yer own community garden plot, Emmy. Very cool! i know you’ll make it SHINE and grow beautifully!

    The kuchen makes me want to go, “kuchy, kuchy koo” like to a baby… it looks sweet and delicious! Tell yer mom “Don’t Be Cruel” in your best Elvis impersonation next time. It may make her being far from the kuchen (and YOU!) a little less painful… Soy sour cream? Don’t know if i’ve ever seen that. Cool that it exists!

    There are so many great places to bike and hike and run and romp and play out in your part of the world… just have to wait for things to warm up a bit. I remember playing the waiting game for that! Some years were longer than others!! 🙂

    A Chet Baker memoir?! Who even knew that existed. Happy reading, Emmy!

  • bazu April 13, 2007, 10:00 pm

    Hey, bloggine about the Kuchen is even crueler (is that a word?) because we get to SEE what we’re missing! I’m drooling here.

    Glad to see you are going to have a garden this season! Last year, Daiku and I made a little garden for our house to test out our soil and climate and see what it was like. I loved growing veggies (uh, the watermelon didn’t quite work out…). This year, we might not get to garden, though, since we might be gone at the beginning of the summer. We’ll see.

    Oh, and I love Chet Baker. Good score!

  • Popcorn April 14, 2007, 3:02 am

    Mmmmm kuchen looks marvelous. And I envy you your garden! I can’t wait until we move to a place where I can mark out my own plot and grow some of our own veggies and herbs 🙂

  • Diann April 14, 2007, 10:42 am

    Hi, Emmy! The peach kuchen looks perfect! Were you eating it and making yummy noises when you called your mom? Great news about the CSA and having your very own summer veggies.

    The weather has been weird in Texas too. We had the coldest Easter ever this year – 35 degrees. Last year we had the hottest ever – 95!

  • Midwest Vegan April 15, 2007, 8:43 am

    Peach kuchen – yum! It looks great — how funny that you taunt your mom. I love it!

    $25 for a garden plot is a steal. You’ll definitely save more than that growing your own veggies. How fortunate that you just got a book on gardening in Illinois — that will come in handy for you.