Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Rose Buttercream

date02.12.18

The perfect gluten-free chocolate cupcakes with a light moist crumb and rich chocolate notes. Decorated with pink strawberry rose buttercream roses for Valentine’s Day!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Rose Buttercream

While these pink rose-covered chocolate cupcakes really truly are the perfect Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day!) treat, I’m also dedicating them to Zoella for her second birthday. These are birthday party-worthy cupcakes. They are hands-down my go-to party dessert with a frosting to fit the occasion. I’ve been making these gluten-free chocolate cupcakes for years – dozens upon dozens of them for almost every celebration. They made their party debut with a few more flours at my 30th birthday dessert potluck three years ago with a matcha cream cheese frosting (to feed my obsession). My husband has declared these his favorite cupcakes ever, gluten-free or otherwise, and though I’m certainly biased, I agree.

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Gluten-Free Chamomile Waffles with Blood Orange Glaze

date02.05.18

Fluffy and crispy chamomile waffles made gluten-free with oat, sweet rice, and tapioca flours. Drizzled with hot pink blood orange glaze and topped with festive orange supremes and whipped cream, these sweet floral waffles are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any Sunday brunch!

Oat Chamomile Waffles with Blood Orange Glaze

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that I’ve been a vocal critic of breakfast pastries – it’s just dessert parading as breakfast that’s not nearly as delicious as actual dessert. Waffles are my exception, though. They’re equally as delicious as any traditional dessert and their fluffy & crispy texture knows no match. Also – are waffles really even a pastry? The internet is inconclusive. For Valentine’s Day, I’ve whipped up these floral chamomile waffles topped with a hot pink blood orange glaze and a few festive supremes. I also threw a dollop of whipped cream on top because waffles are the perfect excuse to go all out with dessert before 10am.

Made gluten-free with oat flour, sweet rice flour, and tapioca flour, these waffles are the first recipe in my year-long partnership with Bob’s Red Mill. As a gluten-free baker, I have an entire 3-foot wide shelf in my kitchen cabinet dedicated just to a whole host of Bob’s Red Mill flours. Needless to say, I could not be more thrilled to be joining forces to show off just what their flours can do.

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Multigrain Porridge, Two Ways: Savory Porridge & Sweet Porridge

date01.29.18

Packed with six different grains, this multigrain porridge is so flavorful it requires very little seasoning. Make a big batch and serve it two ways, savory or sweet. It pairs with savory toppings like miso roasted salmon and bok choy for a comforting dinner or sweet toppings like warm spiced pears and hazelnuts for a hearty breakfast. 

Multigrain Porridge, Two Ways: Savory & Sweet

One thing they (the world…) really doesn’t emphasize enough when you start to have kids is just how sick your winters will become. In the past month, someone in our house has been sick at all times. It seems like just when the toddler is finally getting over her cold, she comes home from daycare with another ailment. She’s been to the doctor so frequently this winter that she’s started asking to go back just because she wants stickers. Never underestimate the power a sticker has on an (almost) 2 year old.

When your kid is sick (and probably also you, but moms don’t actually get to be sick), planning and cooking nourishing meals becomes a struggle. That’s where flexible make-ahead, big batch dishes like this multigrain porridge really come in handy. Here I’m sharing both a savory porridge and a sweet porridge option because this porridge is versatile as breakfast, lunch, or dinner all with a single batch.

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Roasted Cauliflower Kale Salad with Lemon Brown Butter Dressing

date01.15.18

Roasted Cauliflower Kale Salad with Lemon Brown Butter Dressing and Crispy Capers

When I moved into my first real apartment without roommates, my mom got me two housewarming gifts: a small enamelware dutch oven and a compact OXO salad spinner. These were the essentials in my mom’s eyes. And now that I was living by myself, I was trusted with nice kitchen equipment. I still have that salad spinner and use it regularly for our side salads for two, but when Lucas and I got married several years later, we received the mother of all OXO salad spinners as a wedding gift. Now we can have dinner parties and make big salads  like this roasted cauliflower kale salad with lemon brown butter dressing and crispy capers.

I’m telling you, whether you need a present for a new grad or a newlywed, this salad spinner’s got all your bases covered.

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The Ultimate Guide to Matcha: Benefits, Recipes, and More

date01.08.18

This ultimate guide to matcha has all the basics you need to know about matcha! Everything including what matcha is, the health benefits, choosing quality matcha, preparing matcha, and recipes to cook with matcha.

The Ultimate Guide to Matcha

Raise your hand if you made some sort of “treat your body better” New Year’s resolution? If you did, good for you! And if you didn’t, me either. I was worried I’d just disappoint myself, but also I’m pretty happy with the balance of what I eat/drink. I don’t do well with restrictions either because the second I’m told I can’t have something, that’s all I think about and crave. Dinner guests who can’t eat cheese? All I want is mac and cheese. Though I guess maybe “continue practicing balance” is my resolution?

Whether you’re being intentional with goals or just working on being your best self, drinking daily matcha fits right into healthy ways to kick off the new year. So as my first post of 2018, I’m sharing this ultimate guide to matcha, complete with information from what is matcha, what are the health benefits of matcha, why I drink matcha, how to buy matcha, ways to prepare matcha, and recipes for cooking with matcha. My hope is that it inspires you to give matcha a solid try to see how it makes you feel and that you’ll have all the information you need to do so right here in this post.

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Jasmine Pudding with Honeyed Buckwheat

date12.31.17

Lusciously smooth jasmine pudding topped with a dollop of whipped cream and crunchy honeyed buckwheat. It tastes like a cup of jasmine milk tea with the subtle notes of jasmine pearls bursting through in a not-so-subtle way.

Jasmine Pudding with Honeyed Buckwheat

I had plans of getting this recipe up the day after Christmas. I also had planned for my kid to spend Christmas Eve with the extended family and open her gifts on Christmas morning, neither of which happened either. It all got wiped out with a nasty virus that we passed around the family with fevers, chills, coughs, and congestion for FIVE DAYS. The most miserable of us, though, was our almost two-year-old who just couldn’t understand why this was happening to her or why we were in prompt care on Christmas Eve instead of sitting on Santa’s lap as promised. Good thing she won’t remember this Christmas and its ensuing ear infection.

So it’s Saturday night and I’m finally sharing this jasmine pudding with honeyed buckwheat with you just in the nick of time for your NYE celebrations. It tastes just like jasmine milk tea and it’s the most comforting luscious dessert I can think of right now.

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Gluten-Free White Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies

date12.20.17

Buttery melt-in-your-mouth matcha shortbread cookies drizzled in a white chocolate garland. Just in time for the holidays, these festive cookies have a light snappy crumb and a deliciously nutty matcha flavor.

Gluten-Free Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Oh hi, how many cookies have you eaten so far this month? Whatever your number, I’ve surely got a few dozen on you, which means you definitely need to make these gluten-free matcha shortbread cookies this week to catch up. The dough is super simple to mix and they bake up snappy and crumbly, with a light crumb that melts in your mouth like butter.

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Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

date12.11.17

These cheese crostini with rosemary cranberry fig jam make wintry and festive easy appetizer for your holiday spread. Gluten-free baguette topped with melted Grand Cru, a homemade quick jam, and toasted walnuts. Plus a video on how to make it!

Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

Have you been to any holiday parties yet this year? Hosted one of your own? Like me, do you also feel like there’s something going on every day from now until the new year? My mom texted me what I wanted to make for Christmas dinner and I panicked because that’s still two weeks away. I told her to take last year’s menu and add these cheese crostini with rosemary cranberry fig jam. I recommend you do the same. And get extra Grand Cru cheese for snacking while you wrap presents.

These cheese crostini with cranberry fig jam are the second in a holiday video series in collaboration with Roth Cheese. First, we had cheesy pumpkin taquitos – a vegetarian main or side dish for your holiday spread. Now we’ve got your easy cheesy holiday appetizer covered too. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe and video! Both of these recipes use Roth’s Grand Cru, which I just found out is 50% off at Whole Foods this week as part of their 12 days of cheese sale so you better get there quickly. Stock up.

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Gluten-Free Cocoa Cranberry Crumble Bars

date12.04.17

Gooey vanilla cranberry jam layered between a rich cocoa cookie crust and pecan cocoa crumbles. These gluten-free cocoa cranberry crumble bars are the perfect wintry treat to serve up at holiday parties or deliver on platters to your neighbors – made in collaboration with Rodelle.

Gluten-Free Cocoa Cranberry Crumble Bars

These cocoa cranberry crumble bars officially marked the start of full-time holiday baking mode in our house. I delivered plates of these bars around the neighborhood last week. The holiday dessert platter is one of my fondest memories as a child – getting to taste all the treats our friends and neighbors were baking up was very exciting. It’s like ordering a cookie appetizer sampler! Now that it’s December, I’m basically baking all day, so my neighbors can expect a revolving door of treats from now until the New Year, starting with these cocoa cranberry crumble bars.

Except for that one neighbor who made the fatal mistake of turning down my cookie platter two years ago. They don’t get to try a single bar. (Who turns down a plate of holiday cookies?!)

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