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Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Valentine for the Animals, and a Valentine for You!

DON'T EAT ME! hopes that you will put your love for farm animals and our planet into action this Valentine's day by signing the petition for Meat-Free Mondays at www.meatfreepetition.com, where anyone around the world can sign a meat-free petition for their country. The idea of having a nation-wide meat-free day was started in Belgium as a way to help combat global warming and world hunger, that are caused in part by modern animal agriculture.

Hopefully, in the near future, every day will be meat-free!

And now.......

Here at Late Bloomers Publishing, when we think of Valentine's day, we think of ...................................CHOCOLATE!!!!! So, we could not think of a better valentine to send to you, our beautiful fans, then the recipe for Hot Chocolate Drop Scones from the dairy and egg-free chapter of DON'T EAT ME! Happy V-Day!

Hot Chocolate Drop Scones from DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers

Can’t get no satisfaction? Look no further. Blissfully hot chocolaty, moist, and melty at your beck and call. Just mix and drop onto baking sheets. No rolling necessary. I think I’m in love. Makes 24

-1 tbsp. non-dairy margarine (recommend Earth Balance)
-1 c. non-dairy chocolate chips (Can be found at health food stores and even some regular groceries like Super Stop and Shop)
-2 c. unbleached all-purpose f lour
-1/3 c. sugar
-1/2 c. cocoa powder
-1 tbsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. salt
-4 tsp. water
-3/4 c. Crisco vegetable shortening
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 1/4 c. non-dairy creamer (can be found at regular supermarkets, health food stores and Trader Joes)
-confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Melt margarine over very low heat and then add chocolate chips, mixing until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk them together. Add water and cut in the Crisco, mixing with your hands until crumbly. Be careful not to over-mix. Add vanilla and non-dairy cream and mix with a wooden spoon until dry ingredients are absorbed. Again, do not over-mix.
3. Drop a tbsp. of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Drop a tsp. of the melted chocolate chips on top of that and cover with another tsp. of chocolate dough so that the melty chocolate is sandwiched in the middle. Repeat, spacing the dough drops about a half an inch apart. Make sure the oven rack is in the center of the oven before you set them in to bake. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until they are fairly solid on top when you poke them. Cool slightly,dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve very warm. Come to me, my lovely!

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