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. High-quality dark chocolate is actually beneficial to one’s health. It is rich in antioxidants, improves cognitive…

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…

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

For some reason, childhood foods always come in pairs: Mac and cheese Fish sticks and chips Pizza and fries Salsa and nachos Ice cream and sprinkles Ketchup and fries Carrots and celery I was kidding about the last two. Those snacks were always eaten last, if at all. In any case, there are more examples of…

Cranberry Oat Morning Muffins

Mornings are hard. Even as a natural early bird, I still suffer from morning syndrome from time to time. It always starts off the worst way possible: with a near heart attack. Imagine you are dreaming about something wonderful, like a summer beach. The sky is blue (if you dream in color) and the wind…