Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup (105 g) light brown sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup pure canned pumpkin 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt generous…

Vegan Chocolate Pie

Good Morning! When I first developed this experimental recipe, I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and of course, I chose the perfect opportunity when there were guests coming over for this past Memorial Day weekend. Despite my doubts about a “healthified” dessert & a disheartening loss for OKC, victory may not have been sweet…

Simple Seafood Stew

Recipe: Homemade shrimp stock: 1 lb. raw shrimp shells, including heads 1 medium onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, crushed whole 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped into large pieces 2 dried bay leaves 3 sprigs fresh thyme 10 cups water 1/2 fresh lemon, halved 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns Simple seafood stew: 1 lb. raw shrimp…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 1 3/4 c (230 g) all-purpose flour 3/4 c (67.5 g) old-fashioned rolled oats 1 tsp. (2 g) baking soda 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) coarse salt 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated white sugar 3/4 cup (155 g) light brown sugar 2 large…

Banana Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe: Dough: 3 1/2 cups (455 g) all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) sea salt heaping 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup half and half, lukewarm 3 tablespoons (40 g) unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons (17 g) dry active yeast 1/4 cup (50 g) + 2 tablespoons (30 g) white granulated sugar, divided 1 large…

Swedish Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy

Recipe: 1/3 cup finely minced yellow onion 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 1/4 cup milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 3/4 lb. lean ground pork 3/4 lb. lean ground chicken breast 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme salt and pepper, to taste Gravy 2 tablespoons (26 g) butter 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2…

Raw Granola Bars (No Bake)

Sorry for the MIA but life has finally decided to simmer down (no pun intended!) so let’s just get straight into the recipe! Recipe: 1/2 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped 1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower kernels 1 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1 1/4 cups dried figs…

Black Forest Cake – Holly & Jolly (but not Boozy)

Happy post-Thanksgiving ya’ll! Who doesn’t love this time of year where everyone is joining in on the gluttony of the holidays? To guild the lily & since we’re full steam ahead towards Christmas now, this black forest cake must be on the to-do list. I made it for this year’s Thanksgiving feast (sorry pumpkin pie!)…

Kale Caesar Salad- Too Much of a Good Thing?

Who isn’t a kale lover nowadays? Granted it’s not my favorite by a long stretch, it can be quite delectable if it’s dressed up. Kind of like finding that perfect accessory to pair with that dress. One of my favorite ways is in this Caesar salad. For this recipe, I opted for the whole egg yolk…

One Pot Penne Pasta – Lazy Day Dinner

Between midterms, finals, work, and some holiday shopping, a quick go-to dinner can be a game changer that doesn’t have to mean frozen packages of who-knows-what. I usually opt for a low and slow meat sauce to simmer, but this recipe can truly be done in 30 minutes or less considering the fact that the pasta is…

Wonton Dumpling Noodle Soup – Hearty & Soulful

Almost every Chinese restaurant in the States has wonton soup on its menu, and they can vary from flavor, texture, quality, or all of the above. Because it’s so common, I rarely decide to go through the process at home, but it can really be fun if you let it. Have a partner (of all…