Author Archives: Randle

Peanut Butter Cookies

Goodbye, CrandleCakes!

Remember Bye Bye Birdie? I’m singing that song in my head right now. “We love you CrandleCakes, oh yes we do-o, we love you Crandlecakes, and we’ll be tru-ue.” It’s true, CrandleCakes is coming to a close. I’ll leave the recipes up for a while at least, but I will now be posting at my […]

Garlicky Cauliflower & Japanese Turnip Soup {vegan}

If the spirit of the holidays is to relax, rejuvenate, shut your laptop, reconnect with what’s really important, and get back to the basics – family, friends, togetherness – then all of that is reversed when applied to holiday eating. When it comes to your stomach, the holidays are a marathon. How much can I […]

Gingerbread Granola {vegan}

I know it’s not January yet, but I’m all set with resolutions. I have only one, and it sounds almost too simple: Use all the things in my pantry. I see how privileged that sounds. And that’s exactly why I want to work on it. I realized when I got home from the grocery store […]

Banana Cupcake Shake {vegan}

This weekend, one of my brothers was visiting, and I was making sugar cookies (his favorite). He sat in the bar chair on the other side of the kitchen island, and I was barely visible through a cloud of flour and sugar that made the air around me taste sweet. In that almost loud silence […]

Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Chickpeas {vegan}

Sometimes when my husband gets home from work, he cracks open a beer, kicks off his shoes, and opens up a container of…wait for it…cottage cheese. Don’t worry, there isn’t cottage cheese in this soup. I only bring it up because I think it’s interesting to notice the little things people eat when no one […]

Mini Gingerbread Loaves {vegan}

You know at the end of Thanksgiving, when your fridge is full of last little bits of things and your pantry is packed with tiny McCormick spice containers that you hold onto, knowing in your heart of hearts that the last bit of pumpkin purée will go fuzzy in the refrigerator door and the pumpkin […]

10 Steps to the Perfect Last-Minute Thanksgiving (Free shopping list download!)

Did you put it off? I know I did. I have a plan for the Thanksgiving menu, but in case you don’t, here’s a last-minute plan. Print out the shopping list, head to the store (and wear football pads, like my friend suggested, and probably carry mace), and R-E-L-A-X. Download: Thanksgiving Shopping List Download: Thanksgiving […]

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Pecans {vegan}

Do you look forward to Thanksgiving or dread it? I’m not talking about Thanksgiving on an ethical level. That’s a whole different blog. I just mean the idea of your family cozying up for three days of rehashing childhood arguments drinking cider and catching up. I think the answer to this question entirely depends on […]

Mediterranean Dinner Party Guide

The first time I was in charge of making a holiday meal, I had no business doing it. I was 21 (mayyybe 22), and I was dating my (now) husband. We used to go to his grandparents’ house for long lunches on the weekends, and we were scheduled to do the same thing on Christmas […]

Giant Oatmeal Cookies (vegan)

Do you ever feel like you are kinda failing as a human? I’ve always been one of those people who gets labeled as an overachiever or perfectionist, and it’s true, I’m a little preoccupied with winning, and the only competition is myself. But lately, either because I’m piling on more and more responsibilities or because […]