Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-free, AND Tasty Cookies

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Somehow, it’s December.  It totally snuck up on me.  I was just in Boston for Thanksgiving, and in 3 weeks I’ll get back on a plane and heading home for Christmas.  We are completely attached to our traditions in my family, and Christmas cookies (much like stuffing) are an unshakeable and completely irreplaceable tradition.  This is the part where I assert that my mom makes the best Christmas cookies.  I think last year she made 17 different kinds, and they are all always amazing.  We subscribe to the theory of small cookies, 2-3 bites at most, so you can try … Continue reading

Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil Bread

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When I was thinking about my stuffing recipe, I knew I wanted everything to be as flavorful as possible.  I was also dealing with a competing priority though, which was that I knew come Thanksgiving morning I’d have very limited prep time.  My redeye cross country flight got me into Boston at 7:30AM, and since we were delayed it was actually much closer to 9:00 AM.  I knew there’d be no time for bread baking, and then for letting the bread go stale and using it for stuffing at our actual Thanksgiving celebration.  Luckily I also knew that rosemary garlic … Continue reading

Apple Cranberry Turnovers

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I had some pie crust leftover from the Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tarts I made.  The pie crust recipe came together so easily, and was so flaky, I knew that I couldn’t let the rest of it go to waste.  I thought about using it to make these mini apple pies, which are my current dessert obsession, but I had a fair amount of dough and decided to try my hand at apple turnovers instead.  I seem to have decided that the calories in any dessert are exactly equal to the amount of calories burned while making said dessert.  … Continue reading

Pumpkin Walnut Spice Bread

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I don’t quite get all the fuss about pumpkin.  I like how seasonal eating feels right, how cold weather makes you want hearty soups and roasted vegetables and maybe some mashed potatoes.  I knew it was fall today when I went into the yoga studio and saw a shoe rack full of boots instead of flip flops.  Seasons changing isn’t as straight forward here in Berkeley as it was in Boston, so instead it’s the arrival of boots, slightly cooler temperatures, and squash at the farmers’ market that lets me know it’s not summer anymore.  Really, when it’s always about … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I’ve been meaning to bake for my coworkers for a while now.  A bunch of our desks are all together, and we’ve been joking about bringing in baked goods for our little desk area.  I had bananas that were on their last legs, and I’ve been meaning to make banana bread for a while now.  I added chocolate chips to the recipe; you can never go wrong with chocolate chips. I made the recipe vegan, partially because one of my coworkers is vegan, and I wanted her to be able to eat it, but I was also out of eggs.  … Continue reading

Zucchini Week: Zucchini Banana Muffins

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I love Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  Love.  I buy the jars in three packs, and I always have some single serving squeeze packs with my granola bar stash.  I had two goals in mind when I came up with this recipe.  First, I wanted a recipe that used a TON of zucchini.  Recipes calling for 1/3 cup of shredded zucchini just aren’t solving my surplus zucchini situation.  I also wanted a muffin that wasn’t sweet on its own, since I knew I was just going to top it with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  If you’re not making these muffins intending … Continue reading

Zucchini Week: Zucchini Garlic Rolls

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Zucchini week continues.  Baking with zucchini is a common way to sneak it into all sorts of things people like to eat.  There’s an infamous chocolate cake in my family.  My mom made a fantastic chocolate cake that my sister and I devoured.  Only later (I swear it was months later, but this story tends towards melodramatic) did we discover that our mom had tricked us and put vegetables in the dessert!  Who would do such a thing to a perfectly good chocolate cake?  I’ve since outgrown indignant, and I’ve come to be quite impressed with her craftiness.  This recipe … Continue reading

Rustic Plum Tart

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The plum trees in our back yard have been positively prolific (and inspiring of alliteration).  We’ve made plum jam (lots and lots) which is worthy of a post all its own.  Frankly, the immensely self-satisfied feeling you get from canning your own jam and hearing the lids vacuum shut could probably make up for the most horrible mistake-filled day at work.  Or maybe that’s just me. Anyways, we had a lot of plums.  They were literally littering our backyard.  After some searching, I came across this Orangette recipe.  I’m always thrilled when I go recipe searching and one of the … Continue reading

Macaroon Tart: Recipe

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So I promised you a recipe.  It’s not precisely mine to share, so you’ll have to go to 101 Cookbooks to get the exact details.  I just swapped out the cherries for blackberries and strawberries because that’s what I had on hand, and also because pitting cherries is a dreadful chore.  Especially when you don’t own a cherry pitter. Heidi’s recipes have never steered me wrong, and this tart was surprisingly simple.  I have vague memories of making a fruit tart that involved multiple steps, many ingredients, a sticky, gloppy glaze, and far too many temper tantrums on my part.  … Continue reading

Macaroon Tart

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I’m too tired to even think about dessert right now (a rare and shocking event), but trust me you’re going to want to make this tart.  All I can offer you tonight is this picture; more to follow shortly.  In the meantime, I hope posting this will let me dream sweet dreams of coconut and raspberries.  Who needs sugarplum dreams when it’s berry season?