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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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

date11.27.17

Soft and pillowy gluten-free snickerdoodles. With a slightly crisp cinnamon-sugar coating and the classic cracked tops, these make the perfect cookie to dress up any holiday cookie plate.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

What was your favorite cookie growing up? In truth I liked all cookies (unless they had sweetened shredded coconut in them, in which case, get out of here). But my one true love was snickerdoodles. I don’t recall ever making them at home, so every time I ate a snickerdoodle it felt like a rare treat. That soft pillowy cookie enveloped in a cinnamon-sugar coating is pure bliss. I’ve been honing my gluten-free snickerdoodle recipe since last January and now that cookie season is in full force again, I’m finally sharing the recipe.

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Beet Cashew Hummus with Garlic Tahini Yogurt Swirl

date11.13.17

This vibrantly hot pink beet cashew hummus is the perfect make-ahead appetizer. Swirl in some garlic tahini yogurt and sprinkle with roasted almond za’atar and it’s all dressed up and ready to party!

Beet Cashew Hummus with Garlic Yogurt Tahini Swirl

It’s no secret that an invitation to dinner at our house comes with the expectation that food will be served an hour later than you arrive. I always intend on getting food on the table quickly, but between over ambitious cooking plans and a toddler rubbing sticky fingerprints on every surface of my kitchen, it just doesn’t happen. This is why I always need to prepare appetizers in advance to have on hand for grazing. And I want those appetizers to taste and look just as impressive as the rest of the meal, especially over the holidays. This beet cashew hummus with garlic tahini yogurt swirl is just that.

This recipe is the second post in a partnership series with OXO – first we made roasted potato pizza. In addition to a few of the OXO kitchen gadgets I already use frequently in my kitchen, they sent me a set of their smart seal glass round containers which inspired this make-ahead appetizer.

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Vanilla Bean Pear Persimmon Pie

date11.06.17

This vanilla bean pear persimmon pie deserves a feature on your holiday dessert table. Warm spiced pear and persimmon slices flecked with vanilla bean nestled into a buttery flakey vanilla gluten-free pie crust – in collaboration with Rodelle. Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Vanilla Bean Pear Persimmon Pie

I’m in charge of pie at Thanksgiving. This year I’m mixing up the dessert table with an extra-flakey gluten-free double-crusted pie. We’ll be serving scoops of vanilla ice cream over this vanilla bean pear persimmon pie.

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