Obsession-Worthy Brussels & Kale Winter Salad

Kale Brussels Salad with dried cherries and quinoa

Toasted hazelnuts, pickled red onion, shaved Brussels sprouts, dried tart cherries, Parmesan, quinoa, kale, and a lemon cider vinaigrette. These ingredients all join together in a perfect symphony of flavors to create an obsession-worthy salad. I’m so incredibly excited about this recipe that I think I made it four times in two weeks, and I can’t wait for you to make it too.

My man and I are in the process of looking for a house, and I’m happily baking up a storm at the Bakehouse – where my Spiced Triple Ginger Cookies recently made it onto our menu! Between the decadent pastries I bring home from work and the lavish weekend brunches to fuel up for house-hunting, I felt the need for a big, hearty dinner salad. This one is just the ticket.

Kale Brussels Sprouts salad with hazelnuts and pickled onions

The toasted hazelnuts, dried tart fruit, and salty sharp cheese bring a richness and heft to make this salad a stand-alone meal. Meanwhile, the quick-pickled onion Keep reading…

Choose Your Own Adventure Tartines

Anyone who knows me (or has met me for even five minutes) will tell you that I’m very easily excited, and I’m wildly expressive.

Tartine Trio

That’s why the emergence of emojis a few years ago beyond the simple colon and closed parentheses “:)” …or, let’s be real, the colon and capital d “:D” was so SO important in my life.

How else do you convey “Sorryyyy, I’m totally going to be 15 minutes late…again” without the embarrassed/oops face? How do you convey “I’m ready to party” without the flamenco dancer in the flow-y red dress? How could you possibly convey “That’s right, I’m awesome” without the girl raising the roof?!

Cherry Walnut Tartine

Words aren’t the same. I have too many emotions and faces to be contained strictly to text.

(At this point, do I have you wondering how we’ll ever get to tartines? Hang in there – I promise it’s coming.)

Clearly I’m guilty of Keep reading…

Carrot Ginger Soup

Hi there! I’ve missed you. Is that a new haircut? Well, it looks great.

I feel like it’s been quite the whirlwind this past month. I’ve been working a crazy overnight shift in a sweet bakery…happily moving to daytime soon – God bless anyone who works overnight. The sun never felt more precious.

I was also lucky enough to spend a whole week home with my wonderful family and friends. And if you’re anything like me, you happily and lovingly tortured filled your tummy with homemade eggnog, cookies, cheese platters, bacon, hot buttered rum, and all manner of butter-filled foods. Because holidays. It’s the perfect excuse, and I totally embrace it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Now it’s time to reign it in a little bit just so that your body doesn’t hate you too much. This is obviously the annual theme of January due to the aforementioned parade of goodies. Now, I’m going to be upfront with you – I’m still goin’ for the pastries at work and red wine with friends, but this is the “trade-off” soup (this one’s a close second). …keep reading!

Toasted Almond Any-way-you-like-it Granola

I changed my blog name, well, technically just translated it. What do you think? :)

Best granola recipe

In other news, I have a horrible kitchen secret.

I’ve probably confessed before, but I rarely follow a recipe. Only if it’s a Julia Child recipe or a complicated pastry will you find me double checking every line of measurements and instructions. Otherwise, I like to think of recipes more as guidelines – there to help you on your culinary adventure with tips on flavor and proportions. (Real talk, I even look at my own blog recipes when I want to whip those up again and occasionally stray.)

I just can’t be boxed in!

Recently my roommate was having a horrible string of bad granolas, so I decided that would be a perfect kitchen project. Added bonus? All granola recipes read “…or whatever dried fruit/nuts you want to substitute.” I still didn’t follow most of the rest of the recipe, but hey, I made some bomb granola.

Almond Granola

Only problem? My roommate requested …Keep reading!

Mushroom Chard Galette

Mushroom Chard Galette

There are certain foods I just want everyone to love. Mushrooms, eggplant, and artichokes are at the top of the list (aside from the givens that don’t meet much resistance like tomatoes and strawberries). Sure, I get it, everyone has foods that they’re particular about.

Mine? Parsley, asparagus, and strong stinky cheeses. Yes yes, I know…parsley doesn’t taste much like anything, asparagus is a treat, and cheese is…well, cheese, in all its buttery, creamy glory.

Mushroom Galette

I’ll eat parsley and asparagus (mostly because I know they’re really good for me), but can we please agree to keep parsley garnishes whole and not finely diced? Ok, great.  And I’ll try any Keep reading!

Waffle Sandwiches with Avocado, Caramelized Onions, & a Fried Egg

I love breakfast for dinner. I’d say I make scrambled eggs for dinner roughly once a week. Frittata? Love it. (Especially this one.) And crispy bacon is always good. My family has even built a tradition around breakfast for dinner on Christmas Eve.

Waffle Sandwich

So when I recently came into a new waffle iron, I immediately thought “dinner.” You may well know that I don’t like a sweet breakfast (put syrup on my buttermilk pancakes, and I will hurt you), so I don’t typically have waffles for breakfast anyway. A kick-ass waffle sandwich for dinner though? Yes or yes?

When I started building the sammie in my head, I knew this little baby was bound to have

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Saag Paneer & Homemade Cheese!

Today, I have something great for you. It’s just one of those recipes, I’m just psyched out of my mind about…ya’ know? It’s just one of those recipes where you’re like, YES! This Saag Paneer is it. It’s possibly one of the best, most gratifying things I’ve ever made. Honestly.

Saag Paneer

Often times, I don’t have all the ingredients for a recipe. Guilty. I also always make adjustments and dash things in to my own taste. But with this Saag Paneer, I followed the recipe and decided to go all out on the ingredients.

A good spice rack takes a while to build up. I know this is something that my non-cook friends would roll their eyes at, but it’s important to me for occasions like this (and occasions like Pumpkin Shrimp Curry!). And spices can be expensive – especially the fancy ones that you use in tiny amounts once in a blue moon. PRO TIP: you can buy spice by weight at Whole Foods! Hallelujah! So Elizabeth and bought all the spices for this wonderful Indian dish – we wavered on the coriander but ultimately decided: go BIG or go home.

This recipe is ingredient-heavy, but I promise, it’s simple and a lot of fun to make. We decided to try our hand at homemade paneer. Paneer is a soft, fresh cheese typically used in South Asian cuisine, and when it’s marinated in turmeric, cayenne, and oil and pan-fried, it’s just called “delicious.”

Elizabeth straining paneer

Elizabeth straining paneer

All you need is a gallon of whole milk, lemon, and cheesecloth. You just bring the milk to a gentle boil, add the lemon juice, and the curds and whey separate – like magic. Strain all of that through cheesecloth set in a colander and just let it set up in the fridge. And twenty minutes later, bam! CHEESE! When you make cheese at home, you realize just how magical it really is. Really, give it a try.

The Saag portion of this dish is also magic. Find out why…

Sweet Potato and Roasted Broccoli Toasts

La mujer bebe vino. ¡Tú comes mi pato! …how rude! Aprendo español: I’m learning Spanish…from an owl in a smoking jacket with a monocle. (Haven’t learned how to say that latter part yet.) And I’m only three more gems away from the champagne tracksuit outfit. Yes, I heard it.

Broccoli toasts

He’s just so darned cute. I started by testing out of all of the beginning French, feeling like a boss, and then I decided my time would be better spent learning Spanish. French is so beautiful and I will always love it, but there’s just something about Spanish – it’s fun. You get to roll the Rs and sound outraged in a comedic fashion. ¡FLIPO EN COLORES!

If you’re interested in joining me on this adventure, it’s and app called Duolingo. I’m fully aware that the owl in formal attire cannot be rivaled, but does anyone have any other good ones I should check out? And if you’re up for even more fun today, you should head on over to Fiesta Friday for some great recipes by other wildly entertaining (silly? outrageous?) food bloggers.

Sweet potato and roasted broccoli toasts

My long-time French and foodie buddy, Elizabeth, and I had fun Keep reading…

Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Enchilada Bake

HAPPY SNOW DAY EVERYONE!!!

…oh, what’s that? You live in one of those states where you’ve been gloating about your fantastic, warm, sunny weather? Consider this my official revenge. I get to stay at home with a big brunch (read: slept in past breakfast) of pancakes and eggs, a roaring fire* and hot cocoa (sure to be spiked once we near the 5:00 hour…or 4:00, let’s be honest) baking up a storm and spending a lot of time basking in the glory that is a surprise day off, met with childlike joy.

Warning: I’m feeling very ADD today.

Did you know Valentine’s Day is tomorrow? My favorite reminders thus far have been the ads for House of Cards coming out tomorrow (genius, by the way), the Bad Romance spin class I did – heavy on the Alanis, and this gem from the Huffington Post.

Also, I’m ready for Continue reading

Kick-Ass Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Chili

In continuing with our January theme of crazy healthy and silly easy, I have a kick-ass vegetarian chili for you today. This recipe also felt perfect for my week of high-highs and low-lows – feelin so on top of the world with my new pastry gig twice a week and then so kicked down by my various never-ending quarter life crisis problems. Tumultuous twenties – has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

At least there are pastries to be made and consumed, amazing friends and family, beautiful hikes to adventure on, oh, and PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: there are whole bags of only the Lucky Charm marshmallows. The world is truly a better place now that I know that. You’re welcome.

Virginia Hikiing

This chili is so easy that there’s no way you can fail and it packs a punch of such awesome flavor that you feel unbeatable. The roasted corn and tomatoes and smoked paprika give it a great depth of flavor while the beer sneaks up on you as that flavor that has always been missing from your chili. Genius. It’s also obviously gonna be a show-stopper at your Super Bowl party, duh.

Roasted Corn

Don’t stop! The recipe awaits…