Before I was born, while my mom was in the beginning stages of labor, she baked hundreds of cookies to keep herself occupied. Here I am, grown up, and still baking whenever I am stressed out or can’t sleep, and need some baking-therapy. I bake vegan cupcakes and cookies and whatever else strikes my fancy. My personal sense of activism comes from my love for children (I work in an elementary school and see daily how much care and commitment needs to go into helping our youth become strong, thoughtful, responsible people), and my love for being outside, being physically active, and eating healthy. Because of these commitments, I believe in repairing the world one vegan cupcake, cookie, tea party, or one long walk at a time.

I lived in a vegan cooperative house during college and learned the basics of cooking and baking delicious things without animal products; after three years, I was hooked on the lifestyle politically, ethically, and gastronomically, and have continued eating this way ever since. I love the challenge of baking, of not knowing what shape your batter will take in the oven or how the flavors will change; the constant experiment is exhilarating, and I can spend hours researching and perfecting a recipe.

I have not posted some of my recipes on this blog, just because I don’t always have the time to do it. But I do enjoy sharing, so if there is a particular recipe that you would like, please let me know and I will get it to you!

If you live in the Bay Area, I can also do special custom orders for any type of vegan baked good. I always bake using vegan ingredients, and can accomodate for specific allergens including soy, wheat or gluten, nuts, etc. Check out my blog entries for ideas of things I like to make (cupcakes, cakes, cookies, pies, bread, and even ice creams!), and I am always excited to try new ideas and flavors so don’t hesitate to send specific requests that aren’t posted on this blog. You can contact me for order by commenting on this blog, or email me at thatsonetoughcookie@gmail.com

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13 Responses to “About Me”


  1. 1 Lorna May 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Hi! I love the way your cookies look….I am searching for a photo of macadamia nut cookies and am wondering if I can use one of your photos (the closeup) on my blog if I give you credit for it? Thank you!!! Lorna

  2. 2 peter ryan June 29, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I am friends with Zoe and I have some ideas about how you can get more exposure. You should email me so we can talk about it. I put my email address in the box above, otherwise Beccca and Talia have it.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. 3 JBaggins August 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hey, hello there, I am just wondering if you might please pleeze 🙂 share your recipe for the Speculaas cupcakes with me.

    Many warm regards.

    JBaggins…

    • 4 Tessa August 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Hi JBaggins. I would totally share the recipe with you–however, I was traveling when I made the cupcakes and left the recipe with my friend in Holland! I’ve written to her asking for the recipe, so when I receive it I will update the post and put it up. Thanks for reading my blog! Sorry I can’t be more prompt about getting you the recipe.

  4. 5 Laura @ Backstage Pass September 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I found your blog through the Foodie Blogroll – so glad! I feel like I’ve hit a goldmine of vegan baking recipes. I will be back to read more of your posts soon, you’ve gained a reader and I think I’m already a huge fan! WOW!

  5. 7 Allyson October 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I meant to say this earlier, but was too distracted by all of your beautiful photos! I love your blog!! 😀

  6. 9 alex November 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    hey gal, every time i look at your blog i get a bit hungry. i got some ideas for some displays for your baking. have you ever try to experiment with flan? if you wana go over some ideas just send me an email, i got a few drawings sketched out.

  7. 10 Cassandra July 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Hi There! I must say you’re site and recipes look wonderful! I am a bake & cake artist myself, and have yet to try making vegan cakes & cupcakes, I am excited to try!

    I am especially excited about all of your chocolate & avocado recipes.. mmm mmm.. Those are two of my favorite things!

    Thanks so much for sharing all of you’re great recipes and baking tips!

  8. 11 Mara July 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Tessa,
    Lovely site. You do make your vegan treats look good! Hope the wedding cake turned out well =)

  9. 12 Sara Richardson September 15, 2010 at 4:52 am

    You lived in a vegan collective?? Where was that? How cool!

    Nice blog btw. Just found out through an article you commented on in the NY Times.

    Sara

  10. 13 Veg-In-Training September 25, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I just discovered your blog. It is incredible. My waistline is in serious danger of disappearing!


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