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12 Nov

It’s Fridaaaaaaaay!

Another rainy day here and my heart is telling me to go curl up on the couch and take a nap.  Oh, the dangers of working from home.

There is no time for naps today, though because the husband and I are off to visit mom and dad McCoy for the weekend!  This means lots of relaxing, game playing, good eating and the best part – just feeling at home 🙂  But first, there will be packing.

I couldn’t possibly leave you high and dry after teasing you with chocolate last night, though.  That would be cruel.

Vegan Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins
from Vegan with a Vengeance via this site

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershe’s dark chocolate, and it is to die for)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder (I used a Starbucks Via sample)
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp soy yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • as many (vegan) chocolate chips as you want!

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and grease a muffin tin or line with muffin liners
  • Sift together all dry ingredients except the coffee.  Then mix in the coffee.
  • Whisk together all wet ingredients.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well.
  • Dump in chocolate chips and mix well.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

A few things worth noting:

First.  This is the most delicious vegan dessert I’ve ever baked or eaten.  Ever.  It is so moist and soft…just as delicious or more so than any non-vegan dessert I’ve ever had.  And the husband can vouch for that as well.   I think I may have to order Vegan with a Vengeance as soon as possible.

Second.  Next time I might try using whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose, softened Earth Balance instead of oil and more coffee powder.  Might is the key word because these muffins are so delicious I would die if I messed them up!

Third.  I have only recently thought about the fact that it might not be a good idea to post a recipe if said recipe comes straight from a cookbook.  I honestly never really thought about it until now.  I found this recipe on a website and didn’t realize that it actually came from a cookbook until about 5 minutes ago.  Considering I had already taunted you with it last night, I couldn’t bear not delivering you the recipe.

But I really want to hear your thoughts on this issue.  I can see both sides.  On one hand, if a blogger posts a recipe that is from a cookbook, then readers have no reason to go buy the book because they can just access the recipe for free online. This could quite possibly hinder book sales, and when it comes down to it could probably be considered stealing, even if credit is given to the book.

On the other hand, now that I have had a chance to try this recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance, I am hugely motivated to go purchase the book now because I want to bake/cook every other recipe in it! Obviously, this is a way to increase book sales for the author by generating interest in her book.

I found an interesting article from another blogger on this issue.  Here is an excerpt (entire post found here) from what he has to say in regard to publishing recipes via blogs:

“If it’s from a book, it’s acceptable to use a recipe, as long as credit is given and the person changes the language of the recipe to personalize it…When you adapt a recipe from another source, you do not need permission to adapt the recipe. But it’s considered proper etiquette to acknowledge the source. You should not reprint a published recipe word-for-word, which can be construed as a violation of copyright infringement.”

This brings us to another issue – when is a recipe considered to have been adapted?  How much do you have to change in order to say you adapted it?  Where do you draw that line?

Honestly, I most enjoy creating my own recipes because it’s such fun and brings so much satisfaction.  That being said, I think part of the process of becoming more competent at baking/cooking is gaining inspiration and experience by using other people’s recipes as well.  It’s all a part of the process for me.  I don’t know where we would all be if it wasn’t for sharing recipes and learning new ideas from others.

I would never post a recipe here and not give full credit to where it came from, but lately I’m beginning to wonder if that’s enough?  According to the excerpt above, as long as the directions are written in the blogger’s own words, it is perfectly acceptable (legal at least) to publish it, as long as credit is given.

What do you think?  Do you think it is ethical to post a recipe with little to no adaptations, as long as you write it in your own words?  When do you consider a recipe to have been adapted?

I hope you all have a wonderful, fantastic, refreshing and relaxing start to your weekend!