cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!

cereal milk You know that amazing last sip of milk at the bottom of your bowl of cereal? It’s that last bit of milk that you tip the whole bowl to your face in order to taste the heavenly concentration of magical creamy milk infused with cereal flavor. Well imagine that elusive last sip butContinue reading “cereal milk and cookies (vegan)!”

epic beach layer cake

I don’t know if you are aware of this awesomeness, but Kitchn has a entire 20-day baking school series for free on their website! I finished it a few weeks ago and seriously, SO MUCH LEARNING GOT DONE! There is SO MUCH SCIENCE that goes into baking! And a lot of it has to doContinue reading “epic beach layer cake”

spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

This is one of my favorite meal prep recipes because (1) it’s super delicious when it’s fresh AND after it’s been in the fridge a few days(2) everything is super simple and easy to make(3) the whole meal gives is packed with well-balanced nutrition Why should you make this bomb meal? Maybe you’re trying toContinue reading “spicy shredded chicken stuffed sweet potatoes”

summer salad with candied rhubarb swirls + feta + mixed greens

~~~ WELCOME TO SUMMER!!! ~~~Sunshine, tan lines, flip flops, iced tea, long days, warm nights, and… rhubarb! To make these gorgeous rhubarb candied swirls, you are only going to use the deep red skin. However, I try to let nothing go to waste, so I made some unique rhubarb muffins with the leftovers. They tastedContinue reading “summer salad with candied rhubarb swirls + feta + mixed greens”

vegan + gluten-free lasagna!

LASAGNA LASAGNA LASAGNA!!!It is one of my favorite comfort foods because it is carby noodles + gooey sauce which = pure culinary bliss any time of day. I thought all was lost when I developed a severe sensitivity to lactose. How can you have creamy lasagna without the layers upon layers of cheese?! Well, I’llContinue reading “vegan + gluten-free lasagna!”

baked falafel (vegan meal prep)

I LOVE making falafel because they are an easy way to meal prep for some vegan protein. And when you bake them, instead of frying them, they are the key to simple and healthy meal prep! Just blend, shape and bake. Falafels are pretty versatile, depending on the spices you like. And the toppingsContinue reading “baked falafel (vegan meal prep)”

what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks

Over the course of the past five months, I have been gallantly slaying away at the challenge I set forth for myself: cookbook/bake/assemble/create one recipe from each of my 52 cookbooks! I started out as a terrible klutz in the kitchen on the verge of giving myself a monthly bout of food poisoning. After aContinue reading “what I learned cooking from 52 cookbooks”

greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)

Happy National Doughnut Day this Friday, June 5th! If you’re craving donuts (like me… every day of the year tbh) and if you don’t want to splurge on those delicious fried pieces of heaven, then try out these healthier cinnamon roll donuts! They have yogurt in them and they’re baked! Healthy(er)(ish). Yay! I actuallyContinue reading “greek yogurt cinnamon roll donuts (healthy-ish!)”

honey-pistachio bars

Erin Gleeson, the author of The Forest Feast, is totally living a dream life. Imagine packing up your spouse and kiddos and traveling through the Mediterranean for three months in search of foodie inspiration. Yes, please! Honestly, this book is total eye-candy. From the gorgeous photos of the bluest beaches in Italy and France toContinue reading “honey-pistachio bars”

zucchini-crust margherita pizza

Feast your eyes on the glory of this pizza!!! There is a (not so secret) ingredient in this bad-boy-turned-healthy… ZUCCHINI! And not just any zucchini. Look out now, there is spiralized zucchini in the crust! Now, to be 100% honest, I was super skeptical about how this pizza would turn out. I was like, comeeeContinue reading “zucchini-crust margherita pizza”

a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)

You probably already know this, but the Louvre in Paris, along with other museums around the world, have put exhibits online so people around the world can “tour” them virtually during quarantine. How freaking cool is that?! Turn off tiger king and get some education and culture in your brain right now. Check out allContinue reading “a day at the Louvre in Paris (from home because #quarantine)”

banana walnut muffins

Mmmm you can make these muffins simply for the sweet smell that fills your home as these scrumptious morsels bake *eyes go slightly crossed as tongue lolls out dreamily* Warm cinnamon and nutmeg with the fresh sweetness banana and the cozy nuttiness of the walnuts… The muffins are sort of like a regular muffin andContinue reading “banana walnut muffins”

pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt

Wow what a mouthful of a title! I’m nearly to the end of my challenge for myself of cooking one recipe out of the 50-plus cookbooks I own. The poor things just sit there collecting dust, so I figured I’d pull each one down and use them for once! This delicious smoothie bowl with anContinue reading “pear and kale smoothie + cinnamon almond granola + coconut yogurt”

TVP STUFFED PEPPERS

Have you ever wondered what a love story would look like when a down-home southern belle falls in love with a hippie rebellious vegetarian dude? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But that’s basically this cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It is so stinking adorable! It’s the love story between two unlikely people, toldContinue reading “TVP STUFFED PEPPERS”

sloppy joe pizza rolls

YUM. YUM. YUM.You HAVE to try these. The flavor of the sloppy joe filling is so amazing! The melted cheese, the complex salty/sweet/spicy flavor of the filling… Mmmmm. And I decided to make my own pizza crust, since I have all of these random flours and gums and starches leftover :p The whole dough-rolling actionContinue reading “sloppy joe pizza rolls”

vegan cashew nibble cookies

What other excuse do you need to make these cookies other than they basically taste like warm, raw cookie dough?! Make them. Right now. These cookies are from The I <3 Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Kris Peters. It’s full of recipes that use products from Trader Joe’s. Since we’re all on corona-craze, there isContinue reading “vegan cashew nibble cookies”

focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs

I have a confession. These were not supposed to turn out like “crackers”… It was supposed to be soft, puffy focaccia bread! At least that’s what I envisioned in my head. But upon taking a closer look at the photo in the cookbook, I now see that mine is actually not that far off. IContinue reading “focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs”

loaded mock potato soup

Is this weather amazing or what!? Like mid-sixties, bright sunshine, a fresh soft breeze… I could get used to this Back to our main topic now – food! More specifically, another pathetic kitchen fail. Why did my loaded mock potato soup fail? Well, I take full responsibility… Confession: my name is Carissa, and I’mContinue reading “loaded mock potato soup”

bacon sage cornbread stuffing

So, when I opened the package of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix that’s been sitting in my cabinets for a while, I was so excited for cornbread until I smelled that familiar play-doh scent of stale flour. I thought to myself, well, I’m sure it’s probably okay to still eat, right? ItContinue reading “bacon sage cornbread stuffing”

super french toast (best breakfast ever)

Add this to the top of your To-Do List: carve out a couple hours on a free morning and make this SUPER FRENCH TOAST. It will change your life. No, that’s not an exaggeration. This is the best. breakfast. ever. Yes, there are a lot more steps than normal french toast. But that’s because thisContinue reading “super french toast (best breakfast ever)”

fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries

When I was in high school, I started collecting recipes from magazines, newspapers, the internet, those little quarter-page recipes they have in the bulk section at grocery stores, and pretty much anywhere else I could go to get my hands on some recipes. I’ve now filled up an entire binder of recipes that are eitherContinue reading “fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries”

fat-free fudge brownies

Well, well, well, we meet again my little fat-free baking book… I swear I probably got this cookbook when I was in high school and I believed the myth that fat is the enemy lol. I really don’t subscribe to that way of thinking anymore, because there are so many ways that fat is vitalContinue reading “fat-free fudge brownies”

Mini Mississippi Mud Pies

Hi friends! I’m still making my way through making one recipe from each of my 50+ cookbooks and last weekend, I got the chance to make THREE new recipes! I invited my adorable boyfriend, my little sister and her wife over for a game night and three-course meal, homemade from my kitchen! Long story short,Continue reading “Mini Mississippi Mud Pies”

Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!

Happy National Read Across America Day [yesterday, March 2nd]! What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday than by making a treat from my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER?! Harry Potter and the Delicious Pumpkin Pasty!!! O_O I thought about making something like green eggs and ham to honor Dr. Seuss, but I have this thing whereContinue reading “Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!”

Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table

Confession: I am obsessed with everything Magnolia. I just got back last week from a trip to the one-and-only Magnolia empire in Waco, Texas!!! This was literally a dream come true!!! I’ve been obsessed with the show Fixer Upper, and the family’s dedication to doing hard things &living a life well-loved is a huge sourceContinue reading “Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table”

Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast

Welcome to another episode of Cooking from my Cookbooks! Yay! I have already consolidated my collection of cookbooks down by two. One was a tiny nutrition/diet book with recipes from a chiropractic office I used to work at. There’s barely any photos in it and the ones that are there are black-and-white and the recipesContinue reading “Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast”

cooking from my cookbooks – kalamata mini french bread (gluten free)

Mmmm the smell of freshly baked bread… There’s really nothing like it. I’ve had this gigantic cookbook sitting on my bookshelf for a few years now, called The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott. It was actually recommended to my by an old neighbor (was her name also Tammy??) who is gluten-free and she saidContinue reading “cooking from my cookbooks – kalamata mini french bread (gluten free)”