Drizzled Pumpkin Cookies

I am a self-proclaimed introvert. That means most people who know me personally heard me explain the following: I get my energy from solitude, as opposed to social interaction. Being around crowds for extended periods of time exert my energy. I prefer small groups and one-on-one interactions. As a general rule, I am more bored…

Almond Overnight Oats (Dairy-Free)

I’ve seen Overnight Oats trending on other food blogs and wondered why oats soaked into mush is a popular recipe. What’s the appeal? Yet, of course, a whole bunch of people on the Internet cannot possibly be wrong. Usually when you hear the words ‘trend’ and ‘in-style,’ you think of fashion. Stripes are in, 5-inch…

Peanut Butternut Soup

Recently, a friend was looking through my blog and commented, “You must really like peanut butter.” “Yup,” I replied. “How’d you guess?” “You have a lot of recipes with it.” “Yes, I do. In fact, the very first recipe I posted was with peanut butter,” I say as I recall several others including the Chunky…

Spicy Burrito Bowl

When you order a burrito at your local fast food chain, you are well-aware that you are blowing off your diet. I’m not saying that is a bad thing; maybe it’s your birthday or any happy occasion, or you’ve had a really stressful week and in the mood for Mexican comfort food. I’m all for…

Baked “Breaded” Cauliflower

Birthdays are like wineglasses. They both give people positive assumptions. Allow me to explain: Have you ever drank soda out of a wine glass? It tastes better than in a can or cup. There’s something about fingering the stem and sipping delicately as if you are at some extravagant affair, even if you may be…

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Sometimes to eat healthily, you have to become a detective. Food nowadays is processed to the point that G-d only knows what’s in them. The further down the ingredient list you go, the harder it becomes to pronounce the words: Soy lecithin, calcium peroxide, sodium stearoyl lactylate, azodicarbonamide, potassium bromate, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides… Is this a bakery…

Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

Biscotti and coffee are the adult version of cookies and milk. I write that sentence. Pause. Go downstairs. Brew a coffee. Take a biscotti. Walk back upstairs. Sit back by my desk. Play epic music. Slowly dip the biscotti into the coffee. Take a bite. Sigh. Dip it again. Conclude that this combination is not…

Cinnamon Shakshuka

The first time I ordered shakshuka, I had no idea what I would be served. ‘Shakshuka’ ambiguously means ‘mixture’ or ‘to shake’ in Arabic, but I am not fluent in Arabic, and my friend wouldn’t tell me anything more than, “Just order it; it’s good.” The waitress was of the same opinion, so I took…

Butternut Squash Poutine

“You’re from Canada? Do you live in an igloo? And see penguins?” “Yeah. I ride my pet polar bear to school every day.” I replied to my new camp friend. “Really?” She said, eyes wide. “No… Do you seriously think we live in igloos? Those are Eskimos in Alaska, Americans, by the way. Plus penguins don’t live…

Vegetarian Crock Pot Pea Soup

They say traveling is stressful. I disagree. I think airports are stressful. Sitting on a plane, trying to get comfortable, eating bland food, and finding ways to entertain yourself won’t induce anxiety (unless you are claustrophobic.) It’s the airports with their austere atmosphere, grim-faced personnel, and unintelligible voice over the loudspeaker. Here are the 12…

Carob Almond Loaf

I must be honest here. You all know I am a baker and cook, and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I told you this in the About the Palate section because I wasn’t sure if anyone would figure it if I didn’t explicitly say it… On that note, I must explain my…

Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry

There are three main reasons people travel: To see new sights To meet new people To taste new food *Note: I am using the word ‘travel,’ not ‘vacation,’ which is need to escape your current situation for a period of time. Vacation is about the escape. Travel is about the new. Since this is a…