Cheesy Cauliflower & Kale Baked Rigatoni with Sage Breadcrumbs


This creamy cheesy cauliflower and kale baked rigatoni is like grown up mac and cheese that even the kids will like. A brown butter roux with minced shallots and two cheeses gets tossed with caramelized cauliflower, kale, and sage. The whole thing gets baked with more cheese for a crispy topping then served with a sprinkling sage breadcrumbs.

Cheesy Cauliflower and Kale Baked Rigatoni

Dinners have been sore spot for us lately. Between an increasingly picky toddler and my own pregnancy aversions, nausea, and exhaustion, it’s been a struggle to cook balanced meals that are filling and still nutritious. Coming up with main course dishes we all like, that incorporate vegetables and make killer leftovers is a lifesaver right now. I’ll be honest, making meals with leftovers is not one of my strengths. So, today I’m partnering with Roth Cheese to challenge myself to share a dish that is just that: cheesy cauliflower and kale baked rigatoni.

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Almond Dutch Baby with Honeyed Kumquats


This cinnamon spiced almond dutch baby is a light and puffy oven pancake topped with powdered sugar, sweet tart honeyed kumquats, and a dollop of vanilla bean crème fraîche. Plus some baking news!

Gluten-Free Almond Dutch Baby with Honeyed Kumquats and Vanilla Creme Fraiche

For the past five months, I’ve been working on a different version of this dutch baby recipe from a few years back, if you catch my drift. This time I’m swapping out the chestnut flour for almond flour and topping it with spring kumquats from my parents’ tree. For now we’ve got a gluten-free almond dutch baby with honeyed kumquats (ahem, baby oranges) and vanilla crème fraîche, but come late July, we’re expecting a second real real baby! New ingredients means this time around we’ve got a #cheesebabyboy baking, who seems to crave cheese and milk in utero equally as much as his older sister #cheesebabygirl did.

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Chocolate Matcha Cream Tarts


These mini chocolate matcha cream tarts have a matcha pudding filling inside a rich dark gluten-free cocoa almond cookie crust with a layer of bittersweet chocolate shell between and pillows of vanilla whipped cream on top!

Chocolate Matcha Cream Tarts

I’m bringing you these chocolate matcha cream tarts as a second Matcha March recipe, this time in collaboration with Rodelle. Keeping with chocolate + matcha theme of last week’s mint chocolate mousse with toasted matcha meringue, these little tarts are pure green matcha magic in a delicate deep dark chocolate cookie shell. Lucas declared this recipe a top contender for best desserts I’ve ever made (this coming from a guy who didn’t really like sweets when I met him!).

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Mint Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Matcha Meringue


Layers of pillowy mint chocolate mousse, crunchy salted almonds and chocolate chunks, and a smooth toasted matcha meringue. Dessert heaven. A simple-to-make, but impressive and luxurious dessert slightly adapted from Pretty Simple Cooking.

Mint Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Matcha Meringue

With this mint chocolate mousse with toasted matcha meringue, I’m kicking of Matcha March 2018 – aka the month where I post (mostly) all matcha recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also mostly my birthday. Matcha is one of my top favorite flavors of all time so it gets a special feature for my birthday. If you’re new here, check out my Ultimate Guide to Matcha to learn everything you need to know about buying, drinking, and cooking with matcha. Today’s recipe is a pretty simple dessert very slightly adapted from the new cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking by my friends Sonja & Alex Overhiser, the duo behind the blog A Couple CooksAlso, it’s Alex’s birthday today, so heyyy double birthday dessert! Happy birthday! Let’s play with fire.

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Gluten-Free Teff Chocolate Chip Date Cookies


Soft and chewy gluten-free teff chocolate chip date cookies with chopped dates, melty chocolate chunks, roasted almonds, and a lightly crisp edge. Here for all your midnight chocolate chip cookie cravings.

Gluten-Free Teff Date Cookies

These were meant to be a bonus Valentine’s Day recipe – “date cookies,” get it? But I was hit with back to back sinus infections that wiped me out. I’m on the mend now and my oven is bursting with cookies. There’s no time limit on cookies for me though. I’m always down for a freshly baked cookie, especially these gluten-free teff chocolate chip date cookies with just the right balance of roasted almonds and chocolate chunks.

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Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Rose Buttercream


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


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


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


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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