Baked Rhubarb Donuts

Well I just barely missed National Donut Day, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for next year. I got a pan for baking donuts a while back and have been meaning to put it to good use, this turned out to be the perfect recipe.  You can use any cake base to make baked donuts, but you can also scale back the sugar and use a muffin recipe.  This recipe is very similar to the one I use in my Parsnip Muffins, but without all the cinnamon... Read More

Paleo Salty Chocolate Custard

These little things are amazing.  I can make a big batch of them right in individual mason jars and then I have simple portioned treats for the rest of the week!  It helps that they are so easy to make, just 5 ingredients in the blender, pour and bake, that’s it! The original recipe I followed is called 3, 2, 1 Custard because it contains 3 eggs, 2 bananas and 1 can of coconut milk.  Together they have a banana bread flavor especially with... Read More

mini flourless chocolate cakes

i was prompted to try this recipe after enjoying a very delicious flourless chocolate cake from the village bakery in atwater village.  when i looked up recipes online i found that they are quite easy to make, with only 5 ingredients!  the chocolate flavor is very intense and the texture quite fudgy, so you won’t miss that flour at all.  you can whip these up before dinner and they will make for a really special dessert, especially for valentine’s... Read More

Christmas Cinnamon Buns

I was away for the holidays, celebrating in the Boston area with my boyfriend and his family.  I worked up quite a few recipes that are currently on deck to be posted, but since it’s been a busy week back at work and school I’ll appease you for now with these drool-worthy cinnamon buns I made on Christmas morning. I based them on this Cinnamon Swirl Bread I made in the past.  Just cut into pieces after rolling up (I used dental floss... Read More

Brown Sugar and Black Tea Roll-out Cookies

I don’t usually make roll-out cookies because, well, they as just so plain.  But I’ve been seeing so many fun-shaped cookies around the blogs that I started itching to make a batch myself, especially when I was inspired by Smitten Kitchen‘s Nutmeg Maple Butter Cookies.  So I raided my cupboards to find the dregs of a bag of brown sugar and regular organic sugar.  I sat down to stare at them and brainstorm with my cup of tea... Read More

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up being kashkaval, a hard sheep’s milk cheese I got at the Armenian market near my house, but you could easily substitute a... Read More

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Chunk Scones

Scones have become my go-to baked good as of late.  I like how they can be a hardy catch-all for whatever ingredients seem to be lying around, they aren’t overly sweet, they keep well, and I’ve already got a killer recipe that can flex to my specifications.  All you really need is a pastry cutter, some cold butter, flour, sugar, and a hefty tablespoon of baking powder.  Everything else is adaptable. I used to make vegan scones by... Read More

Parmesan Sunchoke Fries with Chimichurri Sauce

Once summer has officially wound down and the fall produce begins to roll into the farmers’ market, I fondly anticipate the sunchoke’s return.  Also known as a jerusalem artichoke, sunroot, or my favorite name, earth apple, this root veggie belongs to the sunflower family.  The roots grow all summer long while the flowers flourish up top, making roots ready for digging up in the fall. They are most similar in taste and texture to a... Read More

Strawberry and Fig Galette with Tahini Honey Cream

I had never made a galette before, but spotted them all over the blogosphere.  They are beautiful and elegant, but look even easier to make then a double-crusted pie or a tart because they consist of a single pie crust with filling loosely piled in and the edges simply folded over.  When I had beautiful fresh figs just waiting to be used and some yummy local strawberries that paired with them well, I figured it was the perfect time to try out... Read More

sweet baked broccoli

when i posted about baked broccoli here before, i guaranteed that baking is the best way to cook broccoli.  it yields soft, tender stems and crunchy, flavorful florets.  and they are easy to toss in some olive oil and a few seasonings before roasting for less than a half an hour.  even better than the curry powder i flavored it with before, is a little agave, spices and sesame seeds. this sweet and savory broccoli recipe has quickly become a favorite... Read More

Curry Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower

When I find a dish that works its way into my routine – popping up on my dinner plate at least once or twice a week – I feel obligated to share it here.  Partly because it’s a recipe I’ve tested multiple times and know works, but also because it is usually pretty simple and always satisfying. While I had previously been pretty bored by broccoli and cauliflower, expecting only to toss them in a puréed soup or stir fry,... Read More

Vegan Apricot Scones

I don’t understand why it’s considered normal to eat super sweet food first thing in the morning.  If I wake up and eat a blueberry muffin my blood sugar will be bouncing up and down all day, let alone pancakes or waffles stacked high and drizzled in syrup.  That’s why I usually look to the not-so-sweet to satisfy my early morning hunger, a slice of whole grain toast, porridge, or a scone. This simple recipe is hard to screw... Read More

Vegan Baked Spinach and Pasta with a Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce

I started playing around the silken tofu a while ago.  It works well as an egg replacement in baked goods or egg dishes.  But it also makes a thick, creamy sauce when blended, like in my recipe for vegan sour cream. Recently, I’ve been brainstorming ways to turn tofu into a creamy pasta sauce and the result was surprisingly simple.  It just takes a little roasted garlic, some olive oil and salt!  The rich, sweet flavor of the roasted... Read More

Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries

Fries are one of my biggest weaknesses.  I could heat up a pot of oil and fry some myself, but baking them is a lot easier and way less greasy and messy. Plus, I find it way easier to season them before popping them in the oven rather than after they are covered in scalding hot oil.  I chose curry, which is a combination of turmeric, coriander, and cumin, because of its pleasant and mildly spicy flavor.   Baked Curry Sweet Potato Fries 1/2... Read More