Ratatouille-ish

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I’ve been meaning to use butter beans in a recipe — I was reading about how they cook well, and they seem like an awesome, heartier substitute for grains in a meal. I was perusing Ottolenghi’s Plenty (definitely worth a look if you haven’t checked it out) and decided I wanted to make the butternut squash ratatouille — but without the zucchini and eggplant, because I don’t love how mushy they often get. (And yes, I realize those are the two ingredients that really “make” it ratatouille. Oh well.) So, I thought I’d sub in white beans and make the meal more winter-y. And it was such a great choice! Continue reading

Easy As (Chocolate) Pie

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I was lucky enough to get a PieBox for Christmas (thanks, Ma!), so when my friend had people over for dinner, I wanted to give my PieBox a try. I’ve never actually made pie, so I was looking for a simple recipe. Continue reading

Blackberry Doughnut Bars

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In the past few years, doughnuts have become the new cupcakes. Between the rise of the cronut and the many hipster doughnut shops that have established themselves in NYC (I’m partial to Dough, Dun-Well, and Peter Pan), it’s safe to say the wild world of doughnuts is here to stay. Continue reading

Miso-Creamed Kale (And Winter Food)

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So much for New Year’s resolutions, huh? Anyway, I hope you all are surviving these freezing temperatures and snow.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve found myself craving more miso-flavored items as the winter drags on. I bought some miso paste for the first time in the fall, and it’s amazing how much I’ve been using it — definitely worth the purchase (I went with shiro miso after reading up on the different varieties). Continue reading

Croutons: Not Just For Salad

IMG_7365Though it took me about 20 years to warm up to the idea of salad, I have always loved croutons. I used to pick them off my mom’s salads and dip them in a bit of dressing. The weird thing is that now I love salad, but I really don’t like croutons mixed in — I eat them separately. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Back (With Peanut Butter Cookies)

IMG_7332Happy New Year everyone! I have grossly neglected this blog, but it’s my new year’s resolution to get back into the swing of blogging more often. Hopefully this will be more successful than my previous resolutions, although I really can’t see how it could go worse. Continue reading

S’mores Ice Cream

IMG_7302There are a ton of great ways to make a s’mores version of ice cream: vanilla ice cream squished between two graham crackers, dipped in chocolate; vanilla ice cream with swirls of chocolate, graham cracker, and mini marshmallows; the list goes on. You really can’t go wrong with any combination of chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow. Continue reading

French Toast (is Easy)

53bc239371670821278b461aFrench toast is ridiculously easy to make. And I would like to state for the record here that no one bothered to tell me this. To be fair, though, I’ve never been a huge French toast fan — I seem to be one of the only humans who isn’t in love with maple syrup, so that ingredient had sort of kept me away from the toast for a while. But I do like maple syrup in small doses, and I’m sure I will be using the stuff more now that I know how quickly I can whip up some French toast. Continue reading

Unglamorous Meals

IMG_2230I wish I could say that all of my meals look like the ones you see on this blog — all smoky mac and cheese and pretty Pop-tarts –but that would be a lie. Though I do pride myself on being a decent and somewhat adventurous cook, sometimes I either don’t have the money for lots of particular ingredients or the time/willingness to go to the grocery store. And it’s the meals that I make in these moments that I want to discuss in this post. Continue reading

Blackberry Ice Cream

IMG_7280I’ll never understand the weather anymore. While winter took its time hanging around, summer cut spring short and brought on the heat and humidity pretty quickly. The upside to the temperature rise was that it offered a great excuse to make some ice cream (not that I ever need a reason or an excuse). I went with a blackberry ice cream, even though blackberries aren’t in season — they should be ready next month or so. I’ll definitely be making some more of this with fresh blackberries then, because this recipe was really rich and creamy. Continue reading