Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies

I didn’t know blondies existed until I was in ninth grade. A girl brought a huge tray of what looked like cookie bars to play practice and gave everyone a piece. After all, nothing brings people together like free food. “Want a blondie?” a friend offered me. I asked what those were, and she replied,…

Veggie Fritters

“You would make a good motivational speaker,” a friend once said to me. I was in the middle of giving her advice, which meant I had many made dumb analogies and tripped over my words. Motivational speaking is a cool idea, but I explained to her that no one would pay to hear me speak….

Mini Pink Lemonade Muffins

Pink lemonade does not make much sense at all. It makes us wonder: What is the pink in usually yellow lemonade? Some people assume it is from added strawberry or cranberry juice. Today, that may be true, but the origin of pink lemonade is a lot shadier. Josh Chetwynd, the author of How the Hot Dog…

Protein Granola Balls

Many adults like to think themselves young at heart, but some are young in appearance as well. I happen to fall into the latter category. Here’s a rule to live by: Never assume age. Whether you guess too young or too old, it can be offensive. Too many times I met someone new and they…

Easy Chocolate Drops

Life is about finding balance: healthy eating and sweet indulgences, work and play, dark and light, fire and water, yin and yang, and socializing and solitude. Therefore, last week’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes must be countered with today’s chocolate recipe. Me: Did you know that chocolate is actually healthy? People: Really? That’s awesome! (Proceeds to eat…

Maple Spiced Nuts

Bring out the fingerless gloves and throw some pumpkin spice in the air, because autumn is here! For those with their glass of apple cider half-empty, they see the days getting shorter, the plants dying, bipolar weather, dry skin, catching colds, and they complain about people who won’t shut up about fall, while they themselves…

Frozen Banana Popsicles

Take note of the title of this recipe: Popsicles, not ices. This is how I understand it: The ice lollies on sticks are called ‘Popsicles’ and the ones in a tube are ‘freezies.’ In Brooklyn, however, both seem to be under the broad term ‘ices.’ I understand the name, ice pops, ices, but I still…

Maple Nut Granola Bars

It’s time for real talk. The Maple Nut Granola article touched upon the issue of procrastination and displayed an example how it works. If you haven’t read that yet, do that now, or after, or never. Seriously, just do whatever you want.  Let’s be clear about one thing: I am not a true-blue procrastinator. I…

Maple Nut Granola

Today, we are going to discuss procrastination and how to overcome it. However, first I must warn everyone in my house not to disturb me while I write about this important topic. …Alright, they have been warned. Next, I should set my status on all my social media accounts to ‘busy – do not disturb!’…

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…

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…

Heavenly Carob Brownies

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then won’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.   There is no wonder chocolate is the number one food craved by women all around the world. Researchers have found that eating this godly food releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones. That is why stress and emotional…