Popeye Muffins

DSCN2292I have three things to say about these crazy delicious green muffins.

First,  if there is a way I can put more vegetables in my food, I will do it. I know people who are anti-hiding vegetable – but not me. I’m always trying to find a way to get more veggies in my diet. I like green smoothies and these zucchini chocolate chip cookies from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and I like today’s muffins. When I saw a picture called “spinach Popeye muffins” on Pinterest, I knew it was something I had to try. I mean, make me strong like Popeye and they taste good? Yes please. Try not to be put off by the green muffins. They are fun looking and taste like banana bread.  Continue reading

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Reese’s Pieces Cookies

DSCN1503I’m moving to London later today. Officially and for real. The last week or so has been really busy and fun as I said goodbye and prepared for this move. Let me tell you about my last few days and then at the end I’ll give you a cookie recipe.

My 29th  birthday was a little over a week ago! I went to New York to have a last hurrah. I actually hadn’t been to New York since my graduation, and I was excited to go back and see the city one more time. On Friday (the 20th) I went to Staten Island and stayed with my friend Inga (who also has the same birthday as me). It was so great to catch up with her. She and I were roommates years ago when we studied abroad in Rome. Visiting her, I got to see her new house, meet her  beautiful daughter, and celebrate our birthdays. We had sushi and cake and it was wonderful. Continue reading

Banoffee Pie

Photo from Bullycomics

Photo from Bullycomics

Have you ever seen Love Actually? I have. Many times.

Do you know that scene when Juliet (Kiera Knightley) goes to Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) apartment? She goes there looking to see if he has good video footage of her wedding. When Mark opens the door, she offers him banoffee pie. “What the heck is that?” I’ve thought to myself. So I googled it, and I immediately wanted to have some. And simple as that, I decided to make this pie for myself.

Banoffee pie is banana and toffee pie. Get it? Banana+toffee=banoffe. Doesn’t that sound delicious!?! I really liked this pie. The texture is creamy and silky. It’s cool, delicious, and both indulgent and refreshing. Continue reading

Pretzel Crunch

This recipe comes from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook by Christina Tosi. Like every recipe I’ve tried from this book it’s got something complicated or unusual about it – but yet it’s always really delicious so I keep taking on the challenges. And so with that, we begin pretzel recipe #2 for pretzel week.

Think of this recipe as something to add to your football snack spread. You’re going to shovel handfuls of this like you might for popcorn or Chex Mix. What’s we will be doing with this recipe is coating and baking-on delicious ingredients on to crushed pretzels. It’s salty, crunch, sweet, and buttery. Really buttery. Uncomfortably butter. So buttery that you shouldn’t think about how much butter is in the recipe. But it’s the holidays, so everything has butter. Why fight it? Continue reading

Apple Pie with a Crumb Crust

Authentic pie my mom made

Authentic pie my mom made

This apple pie is my favorite dish during the holidays. I will eat this pie for dessert, breakfast the next day, and then again for lunch if there’s any left. I want to make sure I get as much of it as possible so that when the slices run out, I have no regrets. I am jealously possessive of this pie in a way that goes against the holiday spirit.

When I was a kid, my mom would make an apple pie for me and a pumpkin pie for my brother. Dessert time would come around and she would ask, “what do you want?” Sometimes, Eric said apple and I would boil with rage. That was my pie and he was doing this on purpose to infuriate me because he knew I wasn’t going to eat his pumpkin pie. I have no evidence to prove this is true, but it’s how I felt at the time. Continue reading

Brown Sugar Spice Cookies

photo 4It’s October! And I know it’s too early to go crazy over Halloween, but I can’t help myself. October means that I can put up my holiday decorations without feeling like it’s too early.

love holiday decorations. From October to February you can be sure there is some sort of decoration in our apartment.  Holiday decorations make me feel happy and festive. Why treat holidays like any other day when there’s the opportunity to make things look colorful and special?I have things to hang on the door, towels to go in the bathroom, centerpieces for the kitchen table and much much more. And of course, I also have things for baking (Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter cookie cutters). A few weeks ago I added to the collection while I was shopping with two college friends. I found a four-pack container of Halloween sprinkles. Continue reading

Popcorn Cookies

cookie viewFriends, let me be honest with you. This recipe is surprisingly delicious, and I’ve been holding on to it for months. Now, you might be saying, “popcorn cookie? that sounds ridiculous why would I want that!” But you do! So I’m sorry I’ve been holding out because you’re gonna like this recipe.

I got this recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I’m a big fan of hers, but when I saw this recipe I was skeptical. But I had to know what it would taste like. And it’s amazingly good. Salt, sweet, crunchy, buttery – WHAT COULD BE BETTER?! I shouldn’t have been skeptical, Smitten Kitchen came through and this recipe is lovely. I’ve brought it to two workplaces and the cookies always get devoured. It’s a yummy surprise cookie and you should make it and wow people in your life. Continue reading