Apple Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars

apple maple pecan cheesecake bars

Today, I’m excited to share with you one of the most quintessentially fall recipes I have ever created. It’s got apples. It’s got maple syrup. It’s got pecans. It’s got gingersnaps. It does not have pumpkin, but there are more pumpkin recipes in the works, so worry not! I’ve been planning out the details of these apple maple pecan cheesecake bars ever since our trip to the apple orchard a few weeks ago, and they are everything I imagined they would be and more—your taste buds won’t be disappointed, I promise! (more…)

Moroccan Apricot Couscous

Moroccan apricot couscous
Do you ever find yourself in a side-dish dilemma? I bet you know what I’m talking about: dinnertime is drawing near, you’ve got the main dish covered, but you still need something more to complete the meal. I often find myself in this predicament. While there’s no shame in plunking down a few random veggies or a dinner roll and calling it a side, these last-minute additions can sometimes feel a little unsatisfying, you know? (more…)

Lighter Swedish Meatballs

lighter Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs were on my radar (and my plate) long before I ever set foot in an IKEA. My mom got the recipe from her sister-in-law, who has Scandinavian ancestry, and it has been a part of her cooking repertoire for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I started living in an apartment and furnishing it with Klobos and Fjellses and Börjes, however, that I realized that my family does Swedish meatballs a little differently. (more…)

Tzatziki Hummus

tzatziki hummus

Having a routine is often beneficial. Routines provide structure and a certain amount of comfort—those of us with pets or small children know this especially well! But sometimes, routines can turn into ruts, and I find this to be particularly true when it comes to food. In order to prevent food burn-out—like my major aversion to turkey sandwiches, which I mentioned the other week—it’s important to change things up every now and then. (more…)

Campanelle with Basil Walnut Pesto and Roasted Broccoli

basil walnut pesto

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m feeling a bit rough around the edges after this holiday weekend. While we still technically have another week or two of summer, school is now back in session, the campus is flooded with undergraduates again, and I’m fairly certain I have never before started an academic year feeling this haggard and un-refreshed. It’s like that feeling when it’s Monday morning and you’re already majorly sleep-deprived…except times a hundred.

So when I’m running on fumes and can’t be bothered to make anything too fussy, I often gravitate towards pasta. (more…)

Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

chocolate zucchini banana bread

After doing a quick poll on Facebook the other day about people’s favorite bread (zucchini, banana, or pumpkin) and seeing no clear consensus, I decided to try making a combination of two of the breads in the running. Since it’s still technically August and I try to resist baking with pumpkin until at least mid-September, I went with banana and zucchini. (more…)

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