30 Cheesy & Sweet Baby Shower Treats – A Virtual #CheeseBabyShower & Maternity Photos!

date01.21.16

30 Cheesy & Sweet Baby Shower Treats

Photo by Alanna of The Bojon Gourmet

When you wake up at 4:45am to twitter notifications blowing up your phone to tell you that a bunch of fabulously talented food blog friends have conspired to whip up your favorite foods in your honor for a surprise virtual baby shower all over the internet (#cheesebabyshower), you instantly stop caring that you’ve got wicked acid reflux and a full bladder (for like the 100th time that night) (TMI?). I know because that’s how my morning started yesterday. And with one kitty spooning the back of my head and the other curled up on my 9.5 month pregnant belly, things got sappy as I read one gorgeous post after another.

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

date01.10.16

Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

Here’s to an even more delicious 2016! While some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, I’ve spent the past week dreaming about what kind of cookie I want to make next (chewy gluten free oatmeal toffee cookies sweetened with dates in case you’re wondering – no shame). Then I promptly ate all the leftover holiday cookies and toffee and desperately needed something green in my diet. And fast.

At the same time Quaker sent me some of their new Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats to use in a gluten free recipe for the New Year. As the voice of reason and self-control, my mom warned me that cookies were no way to start out the new year (even though cookies = more friends amiright? Now that I’m stocked up on gluten-free oats, we’ll eat those oatmeal cookies together soon, my friends, don’t worry). But for now: we’ll ring in the new year with this quick and easy sweet zing ginger oatmeal green smoothie. The perfect refresher while you check items off your 2016 to-do list.

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Ginger Tofu Pudding with Soy Milk Mochi & Kinako Black Sesame Puffed Millet Crumble

date12.31.15

Ginger Tofu Pudding with Soy Milk Mochi & Kinako Black Sesame Puffed Millet Crumble

WAIT! Before you snub this RIDICULOUSLY long title, you need to know two things: 1. This pudding is as easy as the title is long (ie. ridiculously easy), and 2. You don’t have to make all three parts to have a delicious dessert – each one is a star on its own. Whip up the creamy ginger tofu pudding and shovel it into your mouth…OR make this 3 minute soy milk mochi and chow down…OR bake some kinako black sesame puffed millet crumble and snack on it like caramel corn. Don’t have kinako (roasted soy bean flour)? No problem – just leave it out! Can’t find puffed millet? Use rice krispies instead!

OR, if you’re feeling fancy (or, in my case, if you’re trying to win a soy & tofu dessert competition)…make all three!

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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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