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#DairyFree Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted some delicious vegan sweet treat recipes. I truly hope you’ll enjoy these rich vegan espresso chocolate chip cookies as much as the friend I baked these for did. ūüôā

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons espresso coffee ground up finely
  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon (go wild here — if you love cinnamon .. go for 3/4 of a teaspoon) ** optional – if you don’t care for cinnamon, feel free to omit it
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet dairy-free chocolate chips

Baking insturctions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In one bowl whisk together¬†baking powder, cinnamon (optional), flour and salt.
  • In another bowl whisk the butter (make sure it’s room temperature) with espresso powder until well combined. I love my KitchenAid – it does a perfect job each time! Proceed to add in the powdered and brown sugar; making sure they combine well!
  • Slowly mix in and incorporate the flour mixture. A little at a time (I’d say about 1/4 cup at a time). Stir in chocolate chips.
  • I use a cookie dough scooper to try to ensure that my cookies will all be uniform in size. If you don’t have one – just use a regular tablespoon and spoon out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough.
  • Spread evenly on cookie sheet (don’t forget the parchment paper). Space out about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake between 12-14 minutes. I find 12 minutes in my oven works perfectly. A good indicator is when the edges are browned some what.

Allow the cookies to cool and serve up with a glass of cashew or almond milk!

From my Vegan kitchen to yours! I sure hope these hit the sweet tooth spot!

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Anabelle Taub, PA (Your Pet-Friendly Real Estate Broker)

2377 N 37th Avenue (Camino Sheridan Villas) For Sale

Good day, all:

I am excited to present you with my listing for this beautifully redone and pet-friendly villa for sale in the heart of Hollywood, Fl.

Asking price: $212,000

Details:

Camino Sheridan Villas is not only a pet-friendly community, but a family-friendly one too! Minutes away fm TY Park. Walking distance to Starbucks, banks, supermarkets, & an array of dinning options. Clean neighborhood. Affordable home within the more expensive Hollywood Hills area, updated and is ready to move in. Windows are hurricane proof – thus – lower annual insurance premium. Amenities: pool and tennis court. Potential buyer must show proof-of-funds or bank pre-qual letter b/4 seeing property.

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55+ Active Adult & Pet-Friendly Communities in South Florida

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Good day to all,

This blog post is written with a bit of frustration behind it! I am sighing as I write this. Ugh! Why don’t more adult communities understand how absolutely therapeutic pets can be to their human companions? I was recently contacted by a lovely lady who asked me to help her find a pet-friendly 55+ community in SE South Florida. She thought that as a pet-friendly agent/realtor I would have good news for her. (Sighing again!). I only wish I could have an entire list of options for her, but I don’t! Not because I don’t know the area or communities where one can purchase a moderately priced 2 bedroom apartment – but because the sad truth is that 95% of 55 and over communities do not permit pets. In fact, their websites almost seem to be mentally allergic when it comes to the term “pets!”

Thus, I’d like to include some communities I have found that not only offer an active lifestyle for our lovely senior neighbors, but ta dah — they allow pets too! A rare, and I mean RARE commodity.

Here’s the list ¬†of 55+ pet-friendly lifestyle communities in Broward county (and surrounding area)¬†in no particular order of preference:

  1. Cypress Lakes of Florida (located in Lakeland, FL): Here’s the link:¬†http://www.cypresslakesfla.com/about-us/pet-friendly.aspx
  2. Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club Condominiums (Pembroke Pines, FL): Small pet up to 15 pounds permitted. I don’t have a direct link to the community, but please feel free to Contact Me for available condos for sale.
  3. Century Village of Palm Beach (link includes pet-friendly association info): http://village-blog-and-chat.blogspot.com/2012/09/century-village-pet-friendly.html
  4. Palm Village Club (Dania, Fl). Small pet allowed.¬†I don’t have a direct link to the community, but please feel free to Contact Me for available condos for sale.
  5. While for today’s list (no worries, I will continue to add to the list in the coming months) as you can see the choices are limited, I know of some wonderful mobile home/pre-fabricated homes (I promise the communities and the homes are beautiful) in the Dania, Davie and surrounding areas. I’ll be glad to send you over some information.

The search continues …

Until the next post. Wishing you all a splendid day!

Anabelle Taub, PA
Broker-Associate
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
Phone: 305-924-7471

Yummy Vegan Cesar Salad Dressing Recipe

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Eggless Cesar Salad Dressing Recipe (Vegan) courtesy of Anabelle Taub

As a fairly new member to the Vegan community I love “veganizing” recipes, and I equally have a penchant for comfort food. Tonight I made a delicious eggless cesar salad dressing which will satisfy the palate of both carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 hearts crispy romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons (fresh is always better)
  • couple cloves minced garlic (plus one or two extra to rub on day’s old bread for broiling when cutting up to pieces – crouton size)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard (I would taste the dressing, and add a tiny bit more if you like the taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Combine all in a blender, and blend away. If you prefer the dressing cold, then cool in the fridge for at least an hour and then drizzle all over (make sure if you don’t use the dressing right away to shake the jar first) crispy romaine lettuce.

I toasted bread I bought a couple of days ago in the broiler on high, rubbed some fresh garlic on it before placing in the oven. Make sure you watch the bread so it doesn’t burn. A couple of minutes is all you need. When cool to the touch, cut up into crouton size pieces and enjoy the freshet cesar salad you’ve probably had in a long time.

An added bonus — a glass of wine. Now this is what I call a perfect Thursday night! Off to read a good book. Good night, everyone. — Anabelle.

Now Offering Complementary Notary Services to My Clients

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Dear esteemed clients (past and present):
It is my pleasure to now offer you complementary notary public services. I thank you for your business over the years, and hope to be of assistance to you now and in the future. Late evening notary services may be available in the Aventura, Hallandale and Hollywood Beach areas.

 

Wishing you a happy and memorable upcoming holiday season!

 

Anabelle Taub, P.A.
Your Luxury Pet-Friendly Broker
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
305.924.7471
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Las Vegas Vegan Restaurant Recommendations

For my fellow Vegan neophytes traveling to Las Vegas — if you’re searching for some rock solid Vegan restaurant recommendations, I got these from a very reliable fellow Vegan, Eddie Mcdonald (Tribute Recordings owner) a¬†Vegas native. If you happen to eat at any of these joints please let me know how you liked them. There’s even a super surprising option (see below).

  • Violette’s Vegan for comfort food
  • Veggie House for 100% vegan asian cuisine
  • Vegenation for simple menu with quality food in a hip downtown location
  • Go Raw for the raw vegan
  • Get ready for this one …¬†also all the restaurants at Wynn properties are vegan friendly

Enjoy!

Anabelle Taub

 

 

#DIY Creamy Cashew Milk Recipe (Flavored or Unflavored)

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Hi, there… Thanks for stopping by! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Anabelle Taub. There are two things I have a penchant for¬†— real estate and Vegan cooking. By day time I am known as the South Florida pet-friendly agent, and by night time I find myself experimenting with lots of different gluten-free Vegan recipes. I am so excited to share this creamy cashew milk recipe with you (the great news is that you may make it as creamy or NOT as you like, you can play around with the flavors as well).¬†Use this delicious cashew milk as you would any other nondairy milk (the creamy version can be used for thickening sauces).

Here is what you’ll need:

  • approximately 2/3 cup whole raw cashews
  • 1.5 to 3 cups of cold water
  • 2 tsp. agave or maple syrup
  • 1 to 2 whole vanilla beans (optional)

Easy instructions (non-creamy version):

  1. Place the cashews in a glass bowl and cover with water. Soak for 2-4 hours.
  2. Drain the cashews and place them in a high speed blender (I prefer the Vitamix) with 1 cup of the cold water. Blend for a minute or so.
  3. Add the agave syrup and the second cup of water, blend for another minute or so.
  4. Add the last cup of water, and blend for another minute or so.
  5. Pour into a jug (I prefer the vintage glass milk bottles, which you can find on Amazon. In fact, they have the 8 oz. sets so you can have them prepared ahead of time if you’re on the run like I am in the mornings) with a lid and refrigerate, or you may serve immediately over some crushed ice.

Flavored version:

  • Follow steps above, and use maple syrup and or my FAVORITE — I place two hole vanilla beans in the bottle and leave it there. Play it up, once with both the maple syrup and the other with both ingredients.

For a creamy version:

  • Follow the above plain version instructions, except that you will only use 1.5 cups of cold water when blending. You will find this version to yield a rich and thick liquid which you may use for any recipe which calls for cream. NOTE: If you will use this cream for soups, or pasta sauces, please don’t use the sweet version.

Please let me know how you’ve enjoyed this recipe. It’s my sincere hope that you will love this recipe!

Le Jardin New Construction in Bay Harbor (Super Pet-Friendly and Rental Friendly)

For your consideration….. Le Jardin (new construction) in Bay Harbor Island. Affordable luxury living (due to complete in 2017) in one of the most desirable zip codes (33154) in the country. With homes topping $14,000,000 in the area and luxury condos selling in the millions, this 7 floor, 30 condo boutique building offers you designer luxury 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the $650,000K range. Best of all…. there are NO pet restrictions and monthly rentals are allowed. Use as your second home and earn a substantial income while you’re away (if you so choose). A beautiful project to serve as your vacation home, forever home, or as a great investment!

In my opinion the developer has priced this project very well!

A little more information:

  • The Penthouse will boast a roof top terrace (including a jacuzzi)
  • 7 Floors, 30 Units.
  • Gym, steam room, yoga room (located on 2nd floor)
  • Pool on top with barbecue area.
  • 6 units per floor, starting on the 3rd floor. Open Views of the North and the South.

For more information, please call Anabelle Taub at 305-924-7471.

How to Make #Vegan Israeli Tea Cookies (Only 3 Ingredients)

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When I have unexpected company, and need to make a quick vegan cookie to serve with tea or coffee, this 3 ingredient (well 4 – if you count the cinnamon I sprinkle on top of the cookies). This recipe is a subtle (not too sweet — but is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth) Middle Eastern delight. These cookies are a staple in most Israeli and Moroccan homes! I bake these often. I even bake these at open houses!

The aroma emitted while baking is so comforting, and will make your home smell inviting. They go perfect with tea with fresh mint, or even coffee (with soy or almond milk, of course! — cow milk — well, not so much).¬† I also love that prep and bake time together will not take more than 20 minutes from start to finish! Even the most inexperienced baker or cook can make these. I promise they won’t disappoint.

Yield: 40 cookies (I cut the recipe in half when I only need a small amount for 3 to 4 people).

Ingredients:

  1. 5 cups of all-purpose flour (sift into bowl, 1 cup at a time)
  2. 1 cup (100 grams) powdered sugar (only powdered sugar works for this recipe)
  3.  1 1/2 cups canola oil or vegetable oil ( NO olive oil)
  4. Cinnamon (optional) to lightly sprinkle on top of cookies before they go in the oven – personally I think this ingredient adds to the cookie! A little goes a long way

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees Farenheit/180 degrees Celsius.

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add the oil. With clean and washed hands, gently mix the ingredients together. You’ll be gently kneading the soft dough in the bowl. You’ll want to do this for about a minute or two, until most of the dough is formed (some may break up — that’s perfectly OK). The cookie dough will be soft, so don’t think you’re doing something wrong.

I use a cookie dough scooper thing (see pic below). You can buy one at Michael’s or Amazon for about $4. But if you don’t have one don’t fret! Roll into circular shapes (about the size of a truffle) and when you place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don’t have parchment paper, spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray), make sure you space it out about 3/4 of an inch between each cookie. You should be able to fit 19 to 20 cookies on a larger size cookie sheet. Once you place all the truffle sized dough out (for the dough that breaks apart in the bowl, just collect it all with your hands and form into small balls — again about the size of a truffle) — gently press the dough down to flatten it. Be gentle but don’t be afraid to do so. You can use a fork as well. Then, if you have a small sifter, sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on each cookie. I use a tea infuser spoon (see pic below). I just gently tap on it and the cinnamon ever so gently is sprinkled on top of the cookies — it’s such a lovely touch (a discrete addition that adds lots of flavor not to mention smells amazing when baking.

Bake for 12 minutes. I find that if you bake for longer, the cookie once cooled, will become to hard. Now the first time I made these, I touched the cookie and it felt too soft, so I baked for a few minutes (thus, read above sentence). 12 minutes is just right! Take out of oven, and allow to completely cool. If not serving right away, once cooled, store in an air tight container!

By the way — if you’re making the full batch (i.e. 40 cookies), use two cookie sheets and you can bake them both at the same time. I wasn’t sure how that would work out, until I took a leap of faith, and tried it, and the two cookie sheets with 40 cookies came out amazing.

From my Vegan kitchen to yours. I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies!!

Anabelle Taub

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Tea infuser spoon. I fill it up with cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of cookies, before I place them in the oven.

 

"cookie dough scooper"
Cookie dough scoop. You can find it at Michael’s for about $4 or Amazon for under $8.