Chewy Corn Flour Cocoa Cookies

Whale hello there! How is your Spring season going? I hope you are soaking in some vitamin D on the sunny days! We just had about a week-long streak of cloudless skies and 80-degree weather here in Oregon! But the faithful clouds have returned and the temperature has dropped a bit. Which makes it theContinue reading “Chewy Corn Flour Cocoa Cookies”

Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew

Hello! It’s getting warmer and warmer as Spring comes into full bloom! This weekend in Portland, Oregon, it’s in the 80’s! YAHOO!! I cannot wait for beach days, late night bonfires and tons of pool time this summer! But Oregon has this abominable little habit of tricking us into thinking that warm days are hereContinue reading “Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew”

Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough

Is it freaking you out to see Christmas-themed photos in March? TECHNICALLY it’s still Winter for one more week. Truth be told, I made these healthy vegan black bean brownies with chickpea cookie dough in November and I was SO STOKED to share them. But then I totally forgot about them and I was likeContinue reading “Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough”

Candied Cranberry Crepes

One Food for the Rest of Your Life… If you could only eat one food for the rest of your entire life, what would it be? I would choose crepes every time. There are endless flavor possibilities with these French staples! If you’ve never had crepes before, they are like super thin pancakes with aContinue reading “Candied Cranberry Crepes”

I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…

I first found Buzzfeed in about 2012 and I quickly became enthralled by their quizzes. They are so random and unnecessary, and they are unnervingly entertaining. Most of the quizzes only take a few minutes, so you can quickly find out all sorts of things you never needed to know about yourself. For a funContinue reading “I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…”

New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021

Hellooooo 2021! It’s about dang time you got here! To celebrate, I made New Year’s fortune cookies for 2021 with inspiring and funny messages inside. The recipe was super simple and they look just like the ones from the Chinese restaurants! Hopefully this brings some good fortune in the new year. If nothing else,Continue reading “New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021”

Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto

Joyeux noel, my friends! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you! Behold, the carrot galette with carrot top pesto! Buttery, flaky pie crust envelopes sweet roasted carrots on a bed of creamy hummus, drizzled with tangy carrot top pesto. Voila, a Christmas dish for you! This recipe is perfect for Christmas this year because it’sContinue reading “Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto”

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath Christmas You can totally make this scrumptious treat any time of the year. But cranberries are in full stock right now, since they are harvested between mid-September until around mid-November in North America. Braid them in your Christmas cranberry cinnamon roll wreath with a needle and thread for an impressiveContinue reading “Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath”

PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family

Breakfast Memories It’s one of those things where people either love it or hate it. Some people love it and no matter what time they wake up, they need to eat something in the realm of “breakfast food”. Others will skip breakfast entirely, maybe just opting for black coffee. I grew up on the classicContinue reading “PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family”

Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!

Are you ready for this? It’s raw, vegan, no bake pumpkin pie, my friends. Let me say that again, for the people in the back. RAW. VEGAN. NO BAKE. PUMPKIN PIE. *and the crowd goes wild, roaring with applause!!*I know, I know. Pumpkin pie is as classic and traditional at Thanksgiving as the turkey. HowContinue reading “Vegan, Raw, No Bake Pumpkin Pie!”

Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

A Healthy(ish) Cake! Say hello to your snack for the week, my friends: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots & apple sauce, and it contains zero butter or dairy. The optional chocolate cream cheese frosting is definitely not “healthy”, but it is insanely delicious on this cake.Continue reading “Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting”

Creamy Cheese and Chive Dumplings

Tvorog Vareniki from Kachka These creamy cheese and chive dumplings are like soft pillows that ooze with gooey goodness. They are from the cookbook Kachka, written by the owners of the local restaurant by the same name, here in Portland. We visited Kachka (the restaurant; I wish you could physically visit places in books…) theContinue reading “Creamy Cheese and Chive Dumplings”

Why Halloween is the Worst

Why I Hate Halloween Ok, I actually don’t “hate” Halloween. But let me tell you why Halloween is the worst holiday these days. First, let me say that I truly have tons of fun and happy memories around this time of year. I love carving a hand-picked pumpkin from the pumpkin patch every year. IContinue reading “Why Halloween is the Worst”

Apple Picking By The Mountains

It is officially Fall! And the one thing to rival pumpkin this season is APPLES! Gala, granny smith, jonagold, honeycrisp, ambrosia, you name it! Apple pie, caramel apples, apple turnovers, apple cider, applesauce, apple chips, and of course, fresh, crisp, juicy raw apples. Last weekend we drove about an hour and a half to KiyokawaContinue reading “Apple Picking By The Mountains”

Four Delicious Layer Cakes

Welcome to the world of layer cakes! I am absolutely obsessed with layer cakes. They look so impressive and there are literally endless creative possibilities! I could binge-watch Cake Boss all day long. I watch Cupcake Jemma’s weekly videos on YouTube as if my life depended on it. Call me Ms. British Baking Show Addict.Continue reading “Four Delicious Layer Cakes”

beet mujadara

Hello! How are you?! What have you been cooking in your kitchen lately? I am in love with Middle Eastern food, partially because I get the traditional homemade stuff from my bf’s family’s house. I can’t get enough of all the spices, onion, meat, and carbs, carbs, carbs. And I was thinking to myself, howContinue reading “beet mujadara”

GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL

GOOD NEWS! Baking yeast is back on the store shelves! The pandemic made a lot of things really weird, including the absolute disappearance of yeast from the grocery store. A lot of people (including myself) turned to baking without yeast, like sourdough bread from homemade sourdough starter. But slowly some things are shifting back toContinue reading “GIGANTIC VEGAN CINNAMON ROLL”

Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I love love love stuffed veggies. Stuffed bell peppers, stuffed pumpkin, stuffed zucchini, stuffed pizza crust… Zucchini boats are essentially stuffed zucchini halves, and there are more customization possibilities than settings in an Android phone. They keep well in the fridge and can be reheated for meals throughout the week, making it perfect forContinue reading “Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

healthy dessert falafel

Do you ever think about how classic savory foods would taste if they were made into dessert? I do, and these sweet healthy dessert falafel are a delicious twist on the classic savory Middle Eastern baked falafel. Crispy on the outside, chunky and soft on the inside… mmhmm. Just watch out, because these are incrediblyContinue reading “healthy dessert falafel”

sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes

It’s time to enjoy the complex flavor of sourdough in a pancake form. Pancakes are one of the most versatile foods and they are so easy to meal prep for the entire week. And since we are on this yeast-free sourdough escapade, why not find a delicious way to use up the sourdough discard viaContinue reading “sourdough discard recipe – sourdough pancakes”

homemade sourdough bread

Welcome back to another episode featuring sourdough! In my last post, we learned how to make a sourdough starter from scratch. Today we get to use that sourdough starter to make a loaf the best homemade sourdough bread ever! Sourdough bread is actually healthy for you because the sourdough starter that is made of simplyContinue reading “homemade sourdough bread”

how to make a sourdough starter from scratch

Why put in the blood, sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Yikes, maybe I started off too dramatic there. Why put in the sweat and tears to create a sourdough starter? Well, maybe you are wanting to get in touch with your roots and make artisan bread the way humans did long beforeContinue reading “how to make a sourdough starter from scratch”

choose your own adventure diy trail mix

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up? I remember there were a few in my elementary school library. When I was a kid, I thought it was just the bee’s knees to be able to direct the story the way you wanted it to go. And you could read theContinue reading “choose your own adventure diy trail mix”

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”

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”

the perfect omelet (attempted)

DID YOU KNOW – The perfect omelet is often used as a tool to gauge how good a chef is in the kitchen. I remember marveling at the scene in the movie 100-Foot Journey when the staunch, uptight French chef in pursuit of her next Michelin star is begrudgingly forced to test her rival restaurateur,Continue reading “the perfect omelet (attempted)”