No-Bake Double Chocolate Cheesecake Pie with Peppermint Whipped Cream

date12.23.15

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie with Peppermint Whipped Cream

It’s two days before Christmas and I had no response when my mom texted me this morning asking me for my Christmas dinner/dessert grocery list. All I could think about was how much sleep I plan to catch up on over the holidays (and how I still haven’t wrapped any of my Christmas gifts…some of which are still in the mail). Like me, are you still scrambling for that last-minute no-bake dessert that will still impress? It’s a mouthful, but this no-bake double chocolate cheesecake pie with peppermint whipped cream is here for you. Super hero pie rushing in to save the day.

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Salted Bacon Fat Ginger Molasses Cookies {gluten-free}

date12.16.15

Salted Bacon Fat Ginger Molasses Cookies {gluten-free}

I’m not about to let a holiday season slip by without sharing a recipe for the bacon-lover in your life. Admit it, you all know someone who is obsessed with bacon – why else would we mass produce bacon bandages, bacon toothpastebacon socks, and for all those bacon-pizza-cat-lovers: THIS? I’m actually not sure who the target consumer is for all that bacon paraphernalia (except maybe that last one – *coughtylercough*), but for these bacon fat cookies? Trust me – you don’t have to be bacon-crazy to want these chewy salted bacon fat ginger molasses cookies in your belly asap.

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Vegan Cardamom Ice Cream

date12.14.15

Vegan Cardamom Ice Cream

Let’s dig in to the second half of the Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears with Vegan Cardamom Ice Cream & Candied Pecans recipe I started last week: the vegan cardamom ice cream. Ultra-cardamom-y ice cream in all its glory – the stuff spicy dreams are made of.

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Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears {+ KitchenAid Multi-Cooker Giveaway!}

date12.09.15

Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears

I originally planned to share this recipe as “Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears with Vegan Cardamom Ice Cream & Candied Pecans,” but I thought you’d all be too tired after reading the title to actually feel inspired to make it (which would be a darn shame!). So I’ve split it into two posts (get the cardamom ice cream recipe here!). But really all the pieces are quite simple, I promise. And if you want to blow your guests away with a holiday sundae, you should pick up some pears and head to your kitchen asap.

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Braised Short Rib Tagine with Figs & Almonds {for two}

date12.03.15

Braised Short Rib Tagine with Figs & Almonds

Back when I first told you about #cheesebabygirl, I mentioned my new-found love affair with milk. When random people at the grocery store (yah, that’s a thing) ask me what unusual cravings I’ve had throughout my pregnancy, the only answer is milk. 7.5 months in and my love for milk is still just as fierce as day 1. Like 2am rendezvous every single night fierce. So I’ve teamed up with Got Milk? to bring you a recipe pairing that’s basically just my personal love-letter to milk.

Dear Milk, you and this braised short rib tagine are meant for one another.

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Almost No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie

date11.23.15

Almost No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned and all your meal prep shopping done already? (Please say no). ‘Cuz I don’t. I’ve ordered a turkey and made a batch of cornbread for my apple sausage stuffing, so we’ll at least have that. The menu’s set, but I’m banking on the stores not running out of everything by Wednesday. Fingers crossed! I might be playing Thanksgiving roulette.

With the whole shebang happening in my one-oven kitchen this year, I’m replacing our typical pumpkin pie with this make-ahead almost no-bake pumpkin cheesecake mousse pie. The almost comes from the crust that bakes for 6-8 minutes just to set, but you could skip that part and just chill it for an hour in the fridge before filling to avoid the oven altogether. A few things I’m thankful for: this easy no-fuss pie…

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Za’atar Roasted Carrots & Cauliflower over Salted Yoghurt

date11.19.15

Za'atar Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower with Salted Yoghurt

I dedicate these za’atar roasted carrots & cauliflower to our cats. Have you ever crossed paths with a hungry cat? An empty bowl can signal that they might never ever EVER get food again, so they must HOWL at their human to communicate the dire situation. My mom’s cat Otis used to wake her up screaming in her face until she’d drag herself out of bed. And he wouldn’t stop meowing in tow until his bowl of wet food hit the floor. You will suffer through their hunger with them.

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Kabocha Empanadas with Gruyère & Thyme {Gluten-free}

date11.17.15

Gluten-free Kabocha Empanadas with Gruyère & Thyme

It’s really tough to edit photos and write about food as tantalizing as these empanadas while in the middle of fasting for a glucose test in the morning. Talk about torture.

The clinic instructions prompted me to have snacks ready for when the test was over, so naturally I’ve prepped the dough and fixings to put another batch of these kabocha empanadas in the oven as soon as I get home. I’ll pack a granola bar for the road, but I’ll be dreaming about these flakey pastries for lunch.

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