Fava Bean Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche & Thyme Olive Oil

date04.16.15

Fava Bean Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche & Thyme Olive Oil

I recently read recipe development instructions that stated: “should not include ingredients that are too obscure or aren’t available for the average cook, such as cumin.” Cumin! In a pinch, I’m pretty sure I’ve picked up cumin at 7-11 or the drugstore at midnight (sometimes you need tacos, guys). Living in California with a meyer lemon tree in my yard has probably slanted my perception of what counts as obscure, but surely cumin is common, right?

Earlier that same day, I plucked weeds from my backyard to garnish this fava bean soup.

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Vegan Strawberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

date04.08.15

Vegan Strawberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

When I opened the freezer for what was about to be my second “reward” bowl of this vegan strawberry coconut chocolate chip ice cream the other night, I thought about how much I loved my mom. Every day since making this ice cream, I’ve “rewarded myself” with a scoop two to three times a day for writing even just one new word. Procrastination, meet Gluttony. On Monday, though, I hesitated finishing off the last of the ice cream – to leave a couple of bites for my mom.

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Black Sesame and Wild Rice Crackers {Gluten-free}

date04.06.15

Black Sesame and Wild Rice Crackers - Gluten-free

I made a cup of rice in the rice cooker a few nights back and forgot about it. Overnight! As in, I didn’t eat any of it and it wasn’t until the next morning that I remembered I’d put rice in the cooker. I started the rice, then planned to cook up some veggies when I got back from running errands. I became so violently hangry, though, that I picked up take-out on my way home, reasoning that I could save the rice to make more of these black sesame and wild rice crackers. Then promptly settled in for the night, neglecting the rice.

Which meant I woke up to a sad cold bowl of day-old rice that soon became three-day-old rice when I refused to deal with it until about an hour ago. And no crackers.

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Parmesan Steamed Egg Custard with Asparagus and Peas

date04.02.15

Parmesan Steamed Egg Custard

Eggs are one of the only staples we keep on hand in our fridge. Well, that and cheese. With our ever-rotating drawer of fresh vegetables, we’ve got everything on hand to make these speedy parmesan steamed egg custards at all times. If the apocalypse comes and we get trapped in the house, don’t worry, we’ll have eggs. Eggs sprinkled with buried in cheese.

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Gluten-free Chestnut Flour Pasta Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Spring Vegetables

date03.25.15

Gluten-free Chestnut Flour Pasta Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Spring Vegetables

I’m notorious for using every square inch of surface area within reach while I’m cooking. Including the couch. Nothing is off-limits when good food is involved. When I first started making ravioli from scratch (pre gluten-free days), counter space in our 26-square foot kitchen was limited. Finished baking sheets of fresh ravioli spread out all across the living room as I rolled out the dough (by hand) on the coffee table.

Also spread out all across our living room? A thin dusting of flour.

Even with a much larger kitchen, I still managed to toss flour around the dining room while making today’s gluten-free chestnut flour pasta ravioli. Pro tip: when you drop an egg into a well of flour from a couple of feet above, the light delicate flour will puff all over you. At least now the chestnut flour leaves a sweet toasty scent behind as it cloaks the room.

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Gluten-free Matcha Shortbread Cookies

date03.17.15

Gluten-free Matcha Shortbread Cookies

I consumed 1/4 pound of matcha in less than 3 months. That’s about 450 of these gluten-free matcha shortbread cookies, 150 matcha cupcakes, or 30 matcha lattes. Well when you put it that way, that’s totally reasonable. My waistline disagrees. You might be thinking three matcha recipes in a row is a tad overkill, but it’s my birthday tomorrow and matcha is my spirit food. And since I’m turning 30 (!!!), that means I can hoard all 30 cookies to myself, right?

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Gluten-free Matcha Cake with Black Sesame Streusel

date03.13.15

Gluten-Free Matcha Cake with Black Sesame Streusel

When Lucas works from home, he makes his and hers kale smoothies every morning. On days he goes into the office, he’s usually in such a rush that breakfast is coffee to go. Unless there’s half a dozen matcha green tea muffins cupcakes sitting on the counter – then he grabs two.

Full disclosure, this is absolutely cake and not muffin, but since it’s topped with black sesame streusel instead of frosting, it’s masquerading as a breakfast pastry. I eat it for dessert a la mode. I didn’t actually realize Lucas was eating cake for breakfast until all of the cupcakes went missing halfway through the week. Missing into his belly.

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White Chocolate Matcha Latte + Photo Books

date03.04.15

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

We’ve been home from Kyoto for a year and a half, and I’m still courting matcha like we just began a serious love affair and I can’t take my hands off of it. When Alanna showed up with a bag of “extra” organic matcha in hand a few weeks ago I could have kissed her (who knew one could have extra matcha?).

With this white chocolate matcha latte and a peek at our wedding and honeymoon photo books, I’m writing a love letter to our trip to Japan. An incredibly long and gushing love letter – expect two more weeks of matcha sweets coming up next.

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