Cherry Cheesecake Mousse with Gingersnap Granola

cherry cheesecake mousse with gingersnap granola

Hello, hello! It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and a busy few weeks it has been! I’ve been laser-focused on studying for the last (and arguably most comprehensive) of my five PhD qualifying exams – which, thankfully, I passed! – and could hardly find time to cook anything at all, let alone think about new recipes. (more…)

White Chocolate Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

white chocolate macadamia shortbread cookies

Yesterday was a day full of fail. It began when I realized that the Fourth of July is less than a week away and not, as I had somehow convinced myself, a week and a half out. I had bought ingredients to make a patriotic-themed dessert and wanted to be able share it with you, so I put my other plans for the day on hold and started making a mess in the kitchen. (more…)

Strawberry Peach Upside-Down Cornbread Cake

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Let’s just get this out of the way up front: this cornbread is not what you’d serve alongside ribs, chili, or fried chicken. It could very well be what you’d serve afterward, though, because this strawberry peach upside-down cornbread cake—whew, what a mouthful, huh?—belongs solidly in the dessert category. Or possibly brunch. In my mind, there’s only a fine line between dessert and brunch: if it doesn’t have frosting, it’s fair game at any time of day (and sometimes even if it does!). (more…)

BBQ Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

BBQ chipotle turkey meatballs

For some reason, I seem to have it in my head that foods like meatballs and meatloaf are particularly time and labor-intensive, and so I seldom make them. In reality, they’re pretty much the easiest thing you can do with ground meat, other than just cooking it up and tossing it into a sauce. In fact, the most involved step of making these BBQ chipotle turkey meatballs is cooking the quinoa, which—in case you’re not familiar with quinoa—means bringing to a boil, simmering for a bit, and then you’re done. Suuuper easy. (more…)

Jalapeño Ranch Potato Salad

jalapeño ranch potato salad

In my high school biology class, we did a unit on the human digestive system, and for the unit test, we had to describe the digestive process for various types of foods: fats, carbohydrates, etc. I still remember that test: it read, “Sam eats a spoonful of mayonnaise. Describe how he digests it.” My first thought was, He doesn’t. He barfs it back up because that’s DISGUSTING. I mean, really, how many of you are gagging at the thought? (more…)

Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette

strawberry rhubarb vinaigrettestrawberry rhubarb vinaigrette

It has been almost five years since I moved from California, and you know what I’m still not used to? Summer rainstorms and the staggering attendant humidity. Snow and the bitter cold I can handle – although I’ll gripe about it along with everyone else, for sure! At least I was mentally prepared for the cold. I mean, it’s all anyone talks about when you say that you’re moving to Michigan. (more…)

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

vegan chocolate mousse parfaits

Every kid has at least one food that he or she dreads seeing on the table come dinnertime. Liver. Brussels sprouts. Toad stroganoff (as imagined by the ever hyperbolic, notoriously picky Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes). In retrospect, I can see that I had it pretty good, but nevertheless, for me, that food was tofu. The only time I was ever happy to be served tofu? When it came dressed as dessert, completely masked in flavor by chocolate and sugar in the form of a luscious chocolate mousse. (more…)

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