Author Archives: Randle

Sun-Dried Tomato & Cauliflower Fusilli {Vegan}

So you know how when someone puts this on Pinterest, “This is the BEST recipe for vegan meatballs,” and your first response is a stifled gag, your second is “Oh gross, soy,” and your third is, “Okay, that might taste okay, but only because people leading a vegan lifestyle have forgotten what meat and cheese […]

Baklava (vegan and delicious)

It’s worth the wait. They always say it’s sweeter when you’re ready – premature indulgence is a disappointment. I’m here to tell you that when it comes to baklava, all of that is true. Even vegan baklava (don’t go! it’s good!). Ah baklava, that crispy, sweet, salty dessert. Thousands of hair-thin layers of phyllo dough […]

Maple Millet Puffy Crunch Cereal

I might have a problem. A cereal problem. In high school, after the tea and buttered bread phase, which was weird enough, I entered the cereal phase. The cereal phase knew no reason. Let me set the scene. There’s a cold, sweaty smell in the air, and the hum of thousands of fluorescent lights makes […]

Pimm’s Cup Slushies (and a romantic weekend almost gone wrong)

This is a love story. A real one. Not the kind about radishes or kale or olive oil (although I think I could write those too). This is the story of a very dorky girl and a very nervous boy who managed – against all odds! – to end up together in Waco, TX, slinging […]

3-Ingredient Summer Tomato Sauce

“That does look decadent, like you could make it into a sorbet,” my friend Sarah said. She was referring to the bowl basin of frothy tomato juice on the countertop. Sarah and her husband were in town for a wedding and were staying with us. On Friday when she wandered into the kitchen before a […]

Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

It is time for a cake. Funny isn’t it? That cake day also happens to be Monday? What a coincidence. I had tomato sauce to talk about, but cake (as cake does) pushed itself to the front of my mind and refused to make room for anything else. Besides, I thought it a good time […]

Coconut Ginger Chowder

With a greased bar towel I gripped a tiny soup pot in one hand and a kitchen spoon in the other. My hiking sneakers were ill-adapted for the kitchen, and I slipped on the tiles, maneuvering across the pass-through and ducking beneath another cook’s arms. Elbowing my way down the line, I found the lime-fish […]

Radishes and Butter: Back from Paris

The French are onto something. At home in Texas, even for a food blogger like me, food and eating and dining can come with a dose of anxiety. We’re all familiar with it. Restaurant menus advertise “lite” choices and lattés can be “skinny.” Eating a bagel for breakfast incurs twelve hours of carb guilt and […]

Beet Salad with Fennel, Parmesan, and Egg + My Writing Process Blog Tour

In January I went to a food blog conference in Birmingham. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was kind of going to see how much I wanted to dedicate myself to CrandleCakes. Like I imagine any “industry” conference can be, there was a lot of really useful information and discussion, some idol worshipping […]

Italian White Bean Hummus

Sometimes on my husband’s day “off” from the restaurant, we go out to eat together. Now, Waco isn’t known for its plethora of dining options, at least not for a vegetable-eating, bread-avoiding type like me, so there aren’t that many places to choose from. Still, it takes us ages to decide where to go. I […]