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BBB - Black Bean Burger

This bad boy has 15 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates and 9 grams of fiber.

BBB (Black Bean Burger)

1 8-oz package of tempeh, blanched and crumbled

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup shredded vegan cheese

1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp. water)

1 tsp. ground chipotle

½ tsp. smoked paprika

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. brown sugar

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. salt

2 scallions, thinly sliced

Coconut oil (for coating burgers)

To blanch tempeh: bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. sugar and tempeh (cut into 4 equal pieces). Boil for 10 minutes, remove and allow tempeh to cool on a plate.

Flax egg: Mix 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds with 3 tbsp. water. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

In a large bowl crumble tempeh. Next, add beans and mash with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Add spices and incorporate into mix. Finally, add vegan cheese, flax egg and scallions and combine. Form 4 patties from mix and place on baking sheet. Brush both sides of each burger with coconut oil. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

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Some advice for aspiring animators from Rebecca Sugar:

1. Don’t shy away from finding inspiration for characters in yourself and the people you love.

“If there’s a character that you like in something else, they probably remind of you someone you know or yourself. So if you can zero in on that and then use that to make your own original character that has those qualities, but maybe even more specific to you, then do that.”

2. You can find inspiration through the things you enjoy, especially when you’re facing a creative block.

“I love to just put on music and draw, when I get stuck, sometimes I’ll do that. I like looking at art that’s not the medium of cartoons, and kind of absorbing that, and making cartoons while thinking of that.”

3. Even though it’s not the most exciting work, learn fundamentals and traditional drawing skills.

This is excellent advice Rebecca’s received from comic artists like Eric Larson, Mike Mignola, and Eric Powell.

4. And most importantly: Make. More. Stuff.

“And the ones that are working, you’ll quickly start to see like, This is what I want to do. You might not even know until you just do a lot of things, and then it will just come into focus.”

Undertale Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie

Yields 8-10 servings

The things you’ll need

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup salted butter, ice cold
  • ½ cup butter flavor shortening, cubed and ice cold
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk, chilled
  • Egg wash
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pie plate
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Dry uncooked beans
  • Small bowl
  • Small square cookie cutter

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  3. Add butter and shortening and then work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk and continue working to form dough.
  5. Form the dough into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  6. When dough is set, roll it out to ¼ inch thick and place into pie pan and remove the excess.
  7. Roll out dough excess and cut out small squares using the square cookie cutter.
  8. Brush egg wash along the edges and then arrange the dough squares in a pixelated design.
  9. Prick the bottom and inside edges of the pie crust with a fork.
  10. 10. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and then fill it with uncooked beans. Wrap the beans with the excess plastic.Egg wash edges of the crust.
  11. 11. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
  12. 12. Remove beans and allow it to bake another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  1. In medium bowl whisk cornstarch, salt and egg yolks until smooth. Add the milk.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat and add dark brown sugar, and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in cream to the sugar mixture and then slowly whisk in egg mixture.
  4. Add salt and cinnamon and then bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  5. Once thickened remove from heat and then whisk in butterscotch chips.

Time to decorate!

  1. Pour the filling into the pie shell and then smooth the top.
  2. Place the pie on a cooling rack for 1 hour and then place pie in the fridge to completely cooled.
  3. Remove Pie from fridge and cut a slice, serve with whipped cream and cinnamon stick garnish.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice French Toast


  • 4 slices of thick bread or toast
  • ¾ cup dairy free milk (I used soy)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp flour (I used chickpea)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter for frying
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice for garnishing (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar for garnishing (optional)


1. Slice your bread into equal strips and set aside.

2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a wide bowl and whisk well.

3. Melt butter in a large pan. Quickly dip the toast slices into your batter. Do not soak! Then transfer the battered slices to your heated pan and fry each side until crust has formed (about 2 minutes on each side).

4. Once all slices have finished you can roll them into a sugar mixture (optional) and serve with maple syrup. Enjoy!

Gather round the fireplace and share some Holiday Blue Milk with your band of rebels.

You’ll need:
Cornstarch | Large marshmallows | Stormtrooper cookie cutter

1 cup whole milk | 1 tablespoon sugar | ½ teaspoon vanilla |  blue food gel dye | nutmeg

Lightly sprinkle a surface with cornstarch and use a rolling pin to flatten the large marshmallow. Dip the cookie cutter in cornstarch and press into the marshmallow to cut out the shape. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk and sugar to a simmer. Stir to combine.

When the sugar is dissolved, stir in the vanilla and one drop of blue food gel dye.

Serve in a mug topped with a dash of nutmeg and a stormtrooper marshmallow. Now you have a hot holiday beverage perfect for rebels and Imperials alike.

Percy Jackson Lotus Flower Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies

The things you’ll need

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • 2-inch circle cookie cutter
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pink vegan frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a #366 tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour and salt.
  3. In large bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and rose water.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until well combined.
  5. Divide dough into two halves and then wrap each half in plastic wrap. Stick them in the fridge to chill.
  6. Roll out dough to about ¼ an inch thick and then use a cookie cutter to cut circles. Place the circles onto a lined baking sheet and then bake for 12 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Use a #366 leaf tip to pipe pink frosting onto each cookie in a lotus flower design.Start with larger petals on the outside and work your way to the center, making the petals smaller as you go.
  2. TaDa! If you feed these Percy Jackson lotus cookies to your guests, they’ll never want to leave!
Recipe for each Sign

Aries: 1 tbsp of cinnamon, 3 baseball trophies, 2.5 lbs of sexy, a pinch of crazy.

Taurus: 1 pound of Doritos, 1 pound of chill, a bottle of wine. Bake at 69 degrees for an hour.

Gemini:  argue with a box of funfetti cupcake mix until your head explodes. Douse it with Smirnoff and serve cold.

Cancer: 7 cups of sugar, 1 quart of black coffee, 4 slashed tires.

Leo: 5 ounces of orange juice, 1 tube of toothpaste, a year’s worth of witty jokes, a tbsp of narcissism.

Virgo: a library card, 3 cups of sarcasm. Don’t add salt, Virgo is salty af already.

Libra: 10 cherries (pitted), 22 drunk texts to your ex, a liter of tears.

Scorpio: Add a handful of metal utensils to a microwave and heat for 30 minutes.

Sagittarius: 3 quarts of coconut milk, 2 sticks of dynamite, 1 tsp of wanderlust.

Capricorn: a stack of Benjamins, 3 glasses of chocolate milk, 1 pair of sensible dress shoes. Pour over ice and drink with a bendy straw.

Aquarius: 1 can of emotional swerve, 1 season of Ancient Aliens, a whole jalapeno.

Pisces: a gram of weed, 2 energy drinks, an acoustic guitar. Bake until inspired.


Yield: 2 dozen

The things you’ll need


  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening, chilled
  • ½ cup salted butter, chilled
  • 6 tablespoon buttermilk
Pumpkin Filling
  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Egg wash
  • Pastry brush
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Cinnamon for decoration
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mini tart pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet tray lined with parchment
  • Two medium mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Two rubber spatulas
  • Small ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  2. Add cubed butter and shortening and work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk. Work in the buttermilk to form a dough.
  3. Form the dough into two discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours to set.
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add pumpkin, spices, salt and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. When dough is set, roll out to 1/8 an inch thick and cut circles out using the round cookie cutter. Line dough rounds into each tart pan.
  5. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust then brush egg wash on the tops of each cup. Scoop filling into each pie cavity almost to the top, almost 2 tablespoons.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to fully cool before adding topping.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the heavy cream and sugar until stiff. Scoop into a decorating bag attached with a #849 tip.
  8. Sprinkle each pie with a bit of cinnamon. Ta-da! Mini pumpkin pies!
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1. Queen Sugar (OWN)

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2. Search Party (TBS)

A Millennial Nancy Drew with a shocking ending I can’t stop thinking about.

3. Insecure (HBO)

An in depth look into the modern woman that feels groundbreaking.

4. Better Things (FX)

Don’t call it the female Louie, it’s nuances are all its own.

5. The Good Place (NBC)

A redemption story with gut busting consequences.

6. Atlanta (FX)

An eccentric series about Atlanta’s underground rap scene you’ll be rooting for.

7. This is Us (NBC)

Give Sterling K. Brown the Emmy… again.

8. Speechless (ABC)

Not your average family comedy that proves diversity has no bounds.

9. Westworld (HBO)

A slow burn of a sci-fi series that will make you question what’s happening.

10. Luke Cage (NETFLIX)

Screw Superman, a new unbreakable hero is here to stay.