Warm Olives with Citrus, Rosemary, and a Splash of Gin

date04.12.16

Warm Olives with Citrus, Rosemary, and a Splash of Gin

These warm olives are like a giant warm hug from my friend Amanda at Heartbeet Kitchen. Amanda is one of the most creative flavor masters I know. This girl infuses flavor into her clean healthy recipes and isn’t afraid to push the envelope with new unique ingredients to create dishes like ghee braised radishes and thyme and fluffy gluten-free tigernut flour pancakes. And if Amanda hadn’t already won me over with her cooking, baking, photography, and cat-whisperer ways, she came to visit in the middle of one of the most stressful weeks of my life – the week before I filed my dissertation – and she’s STILL my friend.

The kind of friend who keeps my baby stylish with the sweetest kicks and steps in to guest post while I’m over here putting on a 24-hour circus act  (holding a 12lb baby over my shoulder, while patting her back, singing the chorus to Ingrid Michaelson’s You & I, and dancing in circles around the kitchen island with the lights off and the KitchenAid stand mixer running) with only brief intermissions for things like restroom breaks and laundry. And she’s sharing this post with a broken hand. So basically: she’s the best kind of friend. When she was here, Amanda made dinner while I stood by and ate olives. I now only wish they were warm olives with citrus, rosemary, and a splash of gin.  

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Kale Salad with Toasted Nuts, Seeds, & Buckwheat

date04.06.16

Kale Salad with Toasted Nuts, Seeds, & Buckwheat

We’ve been eating a lot of quick meals since Zoella was born. And we’re doing a killer job of cleaning out our pantry, fridge, and freezer, all while trying to avoid going to the store with a baby who hates the car. This chopped kale salad with shredded apples, carrots, and allofthenuts/seeds/grains satisfies both those demands.

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Coconut Matcha Horchata: Matchata

date03.10.16

Coconut Matcha Horchata: Matchata

If you ever need a relaxing exercise to calm the nerves (like, say, after you finally get the baby down for a nap after 1.5 hours of blood curdling can-you-see-my-tonsils-yet screams), I recommend making a batch of matcha horchata. Or really: blanching almonds and sitting over a bowl popping them out of their skins one-by-one. There’s something seriously satisfying about the pop of an almond leaping out of its skin into a bowl. pop. pop. POP. Once you’ve gone that far, though, you might as well finish the job and turn them into creamy horchata.

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Creamy Cardoon Mac and Cheese {gluten-free}

date03.03.16

creamy cardoon macaroni and cheese {gluten-free}

This creamy pan of cardoon mac and cheese comes to you from my good friend Alanna over at The Bojon Gourmet! We’re 3.5 weeks in to this whole parenting thang and I’m still trying to figure out how to feed myself in the fleeting moments from one baby Zoella-feeding to the next (and she’s currently eating 12x a day). One breastfeeding forum suggested pumping 10-12 times a day to increase my milk supply – doing that would def turn me into a human milk factory. I can’t imagine people who do that have time to eat.

Fortunately for me, I’ve got rad friends like Alanna in my corner who show up with a boatload of vegan Mexican food and healthy brownies for the whole family right when we brought the babe home from the hospital, with promises to deliver homemade cardoon mac and cheese soon after. With my cheese cravings on high alert, I’ve been dreaming of this cardoon mac and cheese since she served it to me at a dinner party. Let me assure you, one bite and this stuff will make regular appearances in your dreams too. 1. Cheese – um…HELLO! 2. Cardoons, which, when mixed with cheese, mimic artichokes – aka the tastiest vegetable on the planet (don’t even argue – this is unequivocally true). 3. All of this made into creamy gluten-free mac and cheese? I can’t stop. I won’t stop. Alanna is my go-to recipe consultant for most any dish, but she’s a goddess with mac and cheese. Other notable things she’s an expert at? Gluten-free cookies, tarts, and cakes (and photographing allofthefood). If you haven’t already, you should probably go pre-order her Alternative Flours cookbook RIGHT NOW. Well, after drooling over this mac and cheese with me. Without further ado…Here’s Alanna: 

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Matcha Black Sesame Rice Krispie Treats with Chocolate Chunks

date02.28.16

Matcha Black Sesame Chocolate Chunk Rice Krispie Treats

New reality with a baby: All cooking must take less than an hour start to finish or else you risk a baby waking up STARVING (OMG I’M SO HUNGRY MOM. RIGHT NOW.) just at the point where your dish needs the most attention. This makes matcha black sesame rice krispie treats the perfect new-mom St. Patty’s day dessert. Forget about dieting to fit into your pre-baby pants, you’re still in survival mode.

And you know what tastes even better at 2am while soothing a fussy baby? Rice krispie treats.

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Hazelnut Chestnut Crepes with Brie & Burnt Honey + Zoella Mae’s Homecoming

date02.18.16

Hazelnut Chestnut Crepes with Brie & Burnt Honey

Our #cheesebabygirl made her way into the world 10 days ago, just a day past her due date. To her credit, she started to make her appearance at 4:30am on her due date, but then took her sweet sweet time (33 hours to be exact). So on February 7th at 1:24pm, Zoella Mae filled our hearts and made us a family of three. Living up to her #cheesebaby nickname, she weighed 8lbs 11oz and measured 21.25 inches long. It seems the key to baking a chunky baby is to spend your entire pregnancy eating cheese. It’s only fitting then that I saved these brie-filled hazelnut chestnut crepes to announce her arrival.

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Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles with Turkey Chile Con Queso Dip {gluten-free}

date02.04.16

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Waffles with Turkey Chile Con Queso Dip {gluten-free}

These cheddar jalapeño cornbread waffles almost didn’t happen in time. I hatched the idea and bought all of the ingredients a couple of weeks ago when my mom warned me that the Super Bowl was coming up. (Thanks for keeping me relevant, Mom.) But every time I thought about cooking, I found something else to do instead (ex. lay on the couch and watch Felicity reruns or eat leftover cake or nap with the cat). And then good friends like Alanna happened. The kind that show up at your house to help you get two recipes shot in preparation for #cheesebabygirl’s arrival. SHE EVEN DID MY DISHES, you guys. So you have Alanna and my mom to thank for today’s recipe.

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Adzuki Bean Tofu

date01.29.16

Adzuki Bean Tofu - Soy Free Tofu

This adzuki bean tofu hails from the Japanese-inspired Alternative Flours Feastly dinner Phi and I hosted in February 2015. While I still not-so-fondly recall the insane amount of work this 6-course plated meal for 14 people took to put on the table, it also forced out some pretty badass recipes (chestnut flour pasta, black sesame and wild rice crackers, and kinako black sesame millet crumble). This adzuki bean tofu is no exception. Why I’ve been hanging onto this particular recipe for well over a year kind of makes me a jerk.

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