Recipes

VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Gluten Free/Vegan baking can conjure up images of cardboard dry cakes and “buttercream” interpretations that simply don’t come close to the real thing.  And here’s the reason why: You can’t replace butter. Trying to recreate ingredients leads to hyped up expectations and definitely some disappointments.  You know what works? Using great ingredients that have a ton of flavor. That way, […]
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GOOD MORNING SMOOTHIE

The colors in this smoothie just make me happy.  That sunny, egg yolk, perfect marigold color of a cartoon sun just shouts “Good morning!” This is a smoothie filled with vitamins, acids, and beta carotene, anti-oxidants, and all kinds of good stuff for you. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS For 2 12-ounce smoothies 2 cups almond coconut milk 2 frozen bananas, peeled and […]
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PASTA AGLIO OLIO

Pasta Aglio Olio is a flirty dish to serve, at least, this is definitely true in the film Chef. I love this scene, where Jon Favreau is cooking up something wonderful for Scarlett Johansen, and after making this pasta for myself, I have to agree with Scarlett’s character, “Sigh.” When pasta is perfect, you don’t really need words, just noises […]
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5 MAKE AHEAD SALADS

Confession: I hate salad. Leafy greens depress me. I usually eat all of the “stuff” in a salad, leaving the greens until the end, and then heavily sigh as I try to clean my plate. So when it comes to eating a little healthier for lunch, I struggle. I feel compelled to order a salad but resent having to eat […]
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PANANG BEEF SOUP

Beef tendon panang is my go-to order at my favorite Thai restaurant. It’s spicy, a little sweet, and a lovely, rich curry. I decided to turn the curry into a soup, and replaced the beef tendons with cubes of beef (I used ribeye, but use whatever you like). It’s perfect on a cold night, and especially delicious if you have […]
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FUN WITH COTTON CANDY!

I love that cotton candy has become a food trend – popping up on pinterest boards, instagram photos, and even on some inventive menus. It’s the perfect cross section of nostalgic and ephemeral. It sticks to your fingers if you hold it too long and dissolves on your tongue instantly. There’s a reason why fairy floss is the perfect name […]
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SIMPLE TARTE TATIN

Tarte tatin is by far one of my favorite winter desserts. The story behind it is a delicious mistake, not unlike how chocolate chip cookies were created. Two sisters owned an inn, about 100 miles south of Paris, and one of them intended to make an apple pie. But she was distracted, and accidentally burnt the sugar and butter. She […]
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CHRISTMAS MORNING CROISSANTS

Why are these called Christmas Morning Croissants, you might wonder?  Because if you’re a normal person with a job, Christmas morning is the only time you can make these time intensive treats.  Are they difficult to make? No. Actually, they’re nowhere near as scary as they seem. But they do require a lot of down time, which means the work […]
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