Mini Samoa Pies

mini Samoa pies

I somehow managed to go this whole year without seeing any Girl Scouts selling cookies. Granted, I wasn’t actively seeking them out, but usually you don’t have to try, you know? They’re practically everywhere. I even remember seeing them when I was an undergrad, lining the main walk through campus during finals week. It kind of seemed like they were sliiightly taking advantage of our sleep-deprived, highly-stressed condition, because people were pretty much like, I NEED ALL THE COOKIES IMMEDIATELY, PLEASE. Well played, Girl Scouts, well played.  (more…)

Mimosa Coffee Cake

mimosa coffee cakemimosa coffee cake

This post has been a long time in the making. For one thing, I had intended to make a mimosa-inspired coffeecake for New Year’s Day this past holiday season, but as is the case with many people (or so I suspect), I was overly ambitious in estimating what I’d have time/energy to do and ended up having to ignore half of my holiday to-do list. C’est la vie. Secondly, I’d been meaning to take the plunge into self-hosting with my blog since last summer, but life kept getting in the way. After wrapping up my teaching responsibilities for the year (yay grading! …said no instructor ever) and checking an oral PhD exam off my list this past week (whew!), it seemed as good a time as ever, and so…(drumroll please)…this post is the first to be published on the newly self-hosted! (more…)

Caramel Banana Pecan Muffins

caramel banana pecan muffins

The other day, I spotted a solitary ripe banana languishing on the counter. In my household, ripe bananas mean it’s time to do some baking! Rummaging through the fridge and pantry, I found some leftover homemade caramel sauce and an unopened bag of pecans, and the idea hit me: caramel banana pecan muffins! (more…)

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Thai peanut quinoa salad

Last week, my boyfriend and I were eating this Thai-inspired peanut quinoa salad for dinner and watching an old episode of Modern Family. In the episode, Jay is trying to convince Manny to try pickles, and Gloria jumps in and suggests that in exchange, Jay should try blood sausage. As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat in the first place (and who has always been somewhat of a picky eater), I find blood sausage rather unappealing, to put it mildly. So as Gloria unceremoniously dumps the sausage onto a plate for Jay, I make a face, and my boyfriend goes, “Mmm…it’s really good!” (more…)

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Bake

broccoli cheddar potato bake

After I graduated from college, life got a whole lot busier. While I still loved to cook, I found that I simply didn’t have time to whip up a whole meal every night or even every other night, as I typically did during undergrad. I eventually settled into a routine of cooking one or two big meals (like a tuna noodle casserole or a pound of spicy peanut noodles) over the weekend and then eating leftovers throughout the week. It could sometimes get a bit monotonous to eat the same thing for days on end, but it was still better than spending money I didn’t really have on take-out. (more…)

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies for Dogs

peanut butter pumpkin cookies for dogs

I don’t know exactly when Phoebe’s birthday is. I adopted her from a rescue group, which took in her litter from a high-kill shelter in another state, and no one knew the details of the puppies’ early life. While it’d be nice to know her actual birthday, I think the uncertainty of it just makes her adoptiversary that much more special and fun to celebrate! This week, we’re celebrating her second adoptiversary, and I hope you’ll bear with me as I get all sappy for a minute. (more…)

Cranberry Hazelnut Biscotti

cranberry hazelnut biscotti

Did you know that the word biscotti comes from the neo-Latin word biscoctus, meaning “cooked twice”? I just learned that in the course of writing this post – I did some very scholarly research Wikipedia searching. By nature of their dryness, twice-baked baked goods last relatively longer before going bad, so foods prepared in this way were particularly useful in pre-modern times before refrigeration was an option. (more…)

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Patties

broccoli cheese quinoa patties

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and today I am bringing you something that is…not even remotely Irish. #foodbloggerfail, I know. I wanted to make something to share with you in honor of St. Patrick’s Day like I did last year, but planning that far in advance is just not my strong suit lately. Just know that I WILL be wearing green (mint green counts, right?!) and eating potatoes and plenty of Irish butter tomorrow. (more…)

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