(Almost) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


These are not your ordinary chocolate chip cookies. They have a nutty taste, outer crunchy edge, and inner chewiness. A slight nutty taste and dense texture makes these morsels quite satisfying. They are suitable for breakfast or dessert. I just had one while groveling through chemistry notes and will likely have another one (or two) with a cup of joe tomorrow morning before class.

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Studying Procrastination Leads to Good Food

Oh my goodness. I would just like to say a quick apology for our month of absence on Frances Retigan. Time has flown by with very little cooking or baking for me, as I now have an all you can eat cafeteria at my disposal three times a day.

Despite the hectic craziness of college life, I have collected many good food memories over the past month. While none of them include homemade recipes (save a care package or two that I have received), they are worth imparting to you none the less.

I will begin with a quick review of the breakfast my mom and I shared together before her flight back home. It was a bittersweet hour or so as we savored our last moments face to face with one another for several months.


We sauntered over to the highly recommended Egg Harbor Cafe in Wheaton, Il and seated promptly. I began with a good ole cup of coffee. If you are someone that likes flavored coffees, they offer specials each day. I got a veggie egg white omlette and pomegranate orange juice, and Mom ordered pumpkin pancakes. Needless to say, our plates were empty a short while later. I consumed about half of the pumpkin pancakes in addition to my order. Whether this was due in part to my stomach consenting to the convoluted emotions I was feeling about my mommy leaving me or not, I do not know. All I can say reflecting back on that moment was that the meal comforted both of us and was a good way to end the orientation weekend.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip “Lacey Cookies”

Em here. I was in dire need of chocolate chip cookies the other day. With a pleasant exhaustion from a swim workout earlier in the day, the only things in life that I needed were a good nap, cup of tea, and chocolate chip cookies. I opened the pantry and noticed that we were low on flour but had quite a lot of oats sitting around. Our oatmeal intake in the mornings has given way to smoothies and our new “sprouted granola” as the weather has gotten warmer, and the poor oats have been neglected. I decided to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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