August 26, 2016
Everyone loves pizza.
It's America's favorite food: Fun to make, fun to eat, and it’s guaranteed to make people happy.
Beautifully crispy, covered in tomato sauce, oozing with mozzarella cheese, and sprinkled with fresh basil.
What’s there not to love?
Unfortunately — despite looking (and smelling) awesome — the vast majority of pizza is far from being healthy. Made with dubious ingredients and greasy beyond belief.
So as with so many things, sometimes it’s best to make your own. Maybe even experimenting a bit in the process.
August 24, 2016
Dismayed by the price of nuts everywhere in my hood, but determined enough that this wasn’t going to keep me from baking with them, I asked a friend out in the ‘burbs — a place where people would never ever pay $6.99+tax for a microscopic 6 ounces of pecans — to see if he could better.
He came back with three pounds for less then $20 from Costco.
Which is, to put it mildly, awesome.
August 22, 2016
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, everywhere!
Ripe and ready, the globes of goodness are now in full array at the farmers’ markets.
The availability of locally grown tomatoes is one of the reasons I love summer.
August 17, 2016
Guys, I think I’m onto something.
Like I know that if you glance at this recipe's ingredient list, it looks like a weird combination of ingredients for a smoothie: Basil? Lime? Avocado?
But believe me when I say that this is the REAL DEAL.
It’s so smooth, bright, cheery, and refreshing: the perfect antidote to the heat wave we're all experiencing right now.
[On a side note can I just say that I’m so done with this summer. Seriously I’m done. Fall can’t come soon enough. I want to pull out the sweaters, scarves, warm coats, and the fresh smell of hot coffee. Summer begone.]
August 12, 2016
One of my many escapes in life is to go to Farmers Markets.
It’s definitely one of my favorite weekly activity and a great way to get inspiration.
I love how people grow produce and share it with the rest of the world. And by shopping there I feel like I give back to the local community and receive the best in return.
I love the easy-going pace–browsing around, building meals vegetable by vegetable.
Ideally, I buy fruit and veggies and make something amazing with what I buy. Something similar to a “Chopped” challenge in which I’m the only contestant and where I get to choose my ingredients.
August 10, 2016
So the chia seed party jam isn’t the first party I’ve been late to, and it’s probably not going to be last.
However, I fully embrace the mantra “better late than never!”
Except for the Pokemon Go hype, trust me guys, I will never join in. NEVER! As if I needed another reason to bury my heads in my smartphone. No, thank you.
Anyways, chia seed jam has been around the block for quite some time now. And yes, this is my first time posting a recipe for it.
What can I say?
Oh yes, better late than never!
August 8, 2016
Let me just get the obvious out of the way because I know what you’re thinking: what am I doing here? Shouldn’t I be at the beach or something?
It’s summer after all, so leaving home (even if it’s air conditioned) and spending time outside, in the shade, is (almost) mandatory.
So again, why am I sitting in front of my laptop on a sunny August afternoon?
These are valid questions, but you see, there is history here, a prolonged history of recipe testing/creating which cannot be stopped.
Not even by the call of the beach.
August 5, 2016
You guys asked for this recipe.
And who am I to deny it to you?
You (yes, you, you know who you are!) specifically requested the recipe for the cauliflower bagels sans the BLT part.
Because you needed the calorie count for the bagels alone.
Because you didn’t care for the bacon (like really?), tomatoes (again, really?) or lettuce (okay, I get it).
Without further ado there you have ‘em, cauliflower bagels, in all of their glory!
August 1, 2016
The Chickpea Tikka Masala recipe I posted earlier this year is truly one of my all-time favorite meals (and yours too btw — seriously, you guys LUV that recipe.)
It’s the perfect balance of spicy, savory, and satisfying. It’s vegan without trying and without pretense.
It’s just awesome. Period.
This Sweet Potato Tikka Masala takes that idea and adds an awesome spin to it. All the classic flavors from that curry show up here, but we’re adding roasted sweet potatoes and sweet peas to bring out a sweet creaminess and a smoky flavor that is legit beyond measure.