Yes, I’m a huge Pat Benatar fan. I’m also a big fan of crispy dark chocolate cookies, especially when they’re filled with amazing things like almond butter or ice cream. These shortbread cookies are excellent on their own with a cup of tea or coffee, and even more fun dressed up as sandwich cookies.
I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge last weekend and decided I wanted to do something a little different with it. As you probably know, I love turmeric for its anti-inflammatory benefits and bright yellow color, so I decided to included that in the mix. I knew I couldn’t just toss the florets with dry spices because they don’t really coat evenly and you’d end up with a bitter mouthful of turmeric, so my cauliflower definitely needed a nice yogurt coating first.
After many false starts, Spring is finally here! Two of my favorite spring ingredients are rhubarb and strawberries, and of course they’re a classic pairing. Rhubarb is too tart on its own, and strawberries lend the stalks just enough natural sweetness to balance it out in the loveliest way possible.
I’ve been having a love affair lately. No, you don’t need to tell my husband! It’s with beer and don’t worry, it’s in healthy and moderate amounts. I am still a wine lover, but I’m really enjoying the depth and complexity of beer. Plus, there are some cool stores in my Brooklyn neighborhood that let you buy a 6-pack with an assortment of varieties, so I get to try a bunch of new things. And a bottle of beer is much less of an investment than a bottle of wine.
It’s National Pancake Day on March 8th! OK, so maybe it’s a made up holiday meant to pump up sales for IHOP, but still it’s a wonderful day to enjoy those fluffy, sweet cakes.
Looking for something pretty and springy to serve for your St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or Passover celebration? My Matcha Panna Cotta from Eating in Color (page 146) is the total package. It has a gorgeous pastel green color with a nice reddish-pink contrast from the raspberry-chia pudding on the bottom.
Potato chips are back on the menu! These are lighter than most store-bought varieties because we oven-bake them. Smoked paprika makes them even more flavorful.
I’m a sucker for good granola. But so much of the stuff you find at the market is either loaded up with extra oil and sugar or is incredibly expensive. While making granola is slightly time-consuming, it is really easy. And this recipe yields a hearty amount, so you’ll be able to enjoy it for several breakfasts. It also makes a welcome housewarming gift.
We’re really into avocados at my house. Between me, my husband, and my son, Leo, we eat several each week. They usually get diced and tossed into salads and tacos, or smeared onto bread, but it wasn’t until recently that we started to drink them. An avocado might not seem like a go-to smoothie component, but when it’s blended with ingredients that are sweet, it provides body and richness. With its super-high potassium content, it’s just the right thing, along with banana, to enjoy after a tough workout. If you want to make this a vegan smoothie, just omit the yogurt, or use cultured coconut or almond milk.
If you ever need to sell your home, whip up a batch of these muffins before the open house. The scent of all the warm fall spices creates a cozy atmosphere that’s worth almost as much as a good home stager. Plus, these muffins are amazingly moist, with absolutely no oil or butter, making them even more magical.