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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 […]

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 […]

Truth Cake

One of my closest and longest friends visited us this weekend, and we talked about believing that if you have a passion for something, you are meant to relish in it and use it to bring joy to other people, so that you have a sort of responsibility to live your dreams. That’s where my […]

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Ice Cream

For scarce have I tasted thy odorous steam, When quick from thy clime, soothing warmths round me stream, Attentive my thoughts rise and flow light as air, Awaking my senses and soothing my care. Ideas that but late moved so dull and depressed, Behold, they come smiling in rich garments dressed! Some genius awakes me, […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf with Coconut Oil

The island of my kitchen is a mountain of name-change papers, cookbooks, recipe clippings, a “fruit bowl” holding dried peppers and papery onion skins, a nearly empty wine bottle, banana loaf crumbs, a planner open to last week, a Guggenheim-shaped mug containing an inch of tepid coffee. Don’t let me get started on the living […]

Blackberry Pretzel Cheesecake Ice Cream

What is it with Americans and raspberry sauce? Even today, when I think of a berry sauce, I imagine it curtained over a previously frozen cheesecake slice with a mushy graham cracker crust and a glossy bloom of canned whipped cream. “Cheesecake” is one thing, but “Raspberry Cheesecake” gets restaurant-goers acting like they’re in the […]

Pappardelle with Meat Sauce

I have been trying to write about pasta for a week. I sent off a column about it, but the need to express my passion wasn’t exhausted. I wrote 1,300 words about my complicated relationship to travel (a.k.a., eating pasta abroad). I keep telling stories, framing, trying to find an angle that helps me explain […]

Lavender Lemon Pound Cake (Tea Time)

The first time I read Jane Austen I was 16 or 17, probably a late start compared to most fanatics. I had gone through some life-consuming family turmoil for the first half of my teens and stopped reading as voraciously as I had earlier in life. I missed a stretch of formative years in fiction, […]

Malted Chocolate Pudding Parfaits with Pretzel Crunch

Resist the urge to add crunch, my husband is saying to me. I mean, please, love, don’t add crunchies to all my food. I’ve just served him a last bowl of that blood orange sherbet from last week, and without thinking, topped it with a crumbled up waffle cone. Oops. It’s hard for me to […]

Very Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies (GF!!)

In the words of my old roommate, Hoy hoy! (It’s like “hello,” but more…jolly.) I’m writing this post from the midst of a storm of activity. We’re unveiling an updated menu at the shack tomorrow (gulp! today?!), so that means painting signs, updating the computer system, training people on the new stuff, etc. Plus, Shorty […]