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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges

Summer is just around the corner! And both strawberries and rhubarb are some of the first crops that are ready to harvest around this time. Last weekend I ventured down the street to the farmer’s market and there were pints upon pints of strawberries everywhere! Nothing beats the sweet aroma and taste of fresh-picked strawberriesContinue reading “strawberry rhubarb jam with oranges”

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”

blackberry banana split vegan ice cream

Yumm fresh fruit. Yass only two ingredients to pure happiness in a bowl! If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat but are still going strong on those new year’s resolutions (or maybe you realized you need to drop the covid-19 pounds) then try this blackberry banana split vegan ice cream! I first got thisContinue reading “blackberry banana split vegan ice cream”

green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets

I’m not vegetarian anymore, but I still hung on to my half-dozen Vegetarian Times magazine troupe. One particular edition from January/February 2015 features ways to eat more greens in the new year. What better way to get in some more greens than in deliciously chewy dumpling noodles!? When my family lived in Germany, I wasContinue reading “green spätzle with grape tomatoes + homemade chicken nuggets”

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”

golden coconut chia pudding

Good morning! I have been awake since 4:30 am, it’s currently 11:30 am and I am WIRED. I don’t exactly know why I couldn’t sleep, because I usually am out like a rock until my phone alarm jolts me out of my dreams. But it’s ok, because I had time to clean, organize, do aContinue reading “golden coconut chia pudding”

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”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

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”

lentil soup with miso

You know those meals that get better the next day? Like some curries and chilis, when the flavors marinate overnight and you eat leftovers the following day and it’s like ten times better? This is one of those. You’re welcome. This lentil miso soup comes out of this giant book of miso that IContinue reading “lentil soup with miso”

hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes

It is time for crepes!!!! As I am working my way through cooking at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks, I saved my crepe cookbook for later in this journey. The time has come. *cue the epic music for this proud and long-awaited moment.* But let me tell you, the first attempt wasContinue reading “hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes”

orange + olive + fennel salad

Sweet. Salty. Spicy. Fresh. Crunchy. Chewy. Citrus-y. Yummy. This salad is like a mix of so many flavors and it’s so interesting. I liked this salad because even though it seems really simple, there is a lot going on with each bite. But for some reason, it didn’t agree with my sensitive little tummy. FennelContinue reading “orange + olive + fennel salad”

two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder

Okay. Let’s sit down for a little fireside chat here. It’s snowing outside (YES IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH WTH) so it’s the perfect setting to snuggle up for some real talk together: kitchen fails. Fail #1 – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. I was expecting something more… solid… than what got pulled out of the oven.Continue reading “two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder”

strawberry caprese kebabs

Look at how adorable these little babies are! Soooo cuuuuute :3 It’s like a bite of creamy/sweet/ fresh yumminess on a stick! These were super fun and impressive (lol!) appetizers at the very first dinner party I hosted I wanted to show off my new skills in the kitchen, and I prepared a wholeContinue reading “strawberry caprese kebabs”

two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup

We made it to the last few weeks of winter! Spring is within sight! WOO HOO PARTY TIME OH YEAAAAH! The winter here in Portland this year has been pretty mild. There has been barely any snowfall – like a couple hours on a couple different days that didn’t even stick long enough to justifyContinue reading “two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup”

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!”