Category Archives: recipes

Cooking North African-Inspired Citrusy Sweets On The Queen Latifah Show

I first fell head over heels with rose water backpacking through Northern Africa. The delicate floral flavoring is used around the globe in many applications from Middle Eastern candies like Turkish delight and baklava to Southeast Asian sweets like bandung and Indian rice puddings. When used sparingly, it adds a subtle aromatic quality unlike any…

Bourbon banana bread and Old Fashioneds, a match made in heaven

I have a punishing sweet tooth, and last Thursday it was panging hard. As I sifted through what ingredients I had on hand, all I could think of were some frozen, overripe bananas. “Ah, yes,” I thought. “Banana bread! I can make a healthy version with some coconut oil or flax meal or something. And…

On the juice: My favorite flavor combos for juicing

Well, it’s official: I neglect my poor little blog. I went on and on about how energized and motivated I was after that juice cleanse, and I have yet to post some of my favorite combos. To my credit, I’ve been bonkers busy — a great thing for someone working in this god forsaken crumbling…

Recipe: Coconut rice pudding

There are times when I think I’d do quite well on Top Chef, simply for the fact that I’m a G when it comes to turning a seemingly empty pantry into treasure trove of edible goodness. Friday night was one of those moments. My sweet tooth was itching, bad. So I whipped up some Southeast…

Leftover solution: Turkey empanadas

This Thanksgiving, my lovely mom finally relinquished a little bit of control and let me do a little bit of the cooking. I took care of the turkey in an apple cider brine and made the traditional vat of gravy, as well as two pies: apple and pumpkin. To be honest, the pie baking bit didn’t…

Recipe: Baked butternut squash with brown butter

The other night I was making myself a simple seasonal dinner, and as I always do, I posted a note on my Facebook about how freaking amazing my apartment smelled. My friend Clemence from the Gourmandise Cooking School replied to my status, asking if she could borrow the recipe for today’s newsletter, which was awesome because it…

Recipe: Jazzy Sprouts’ souped up beans

Before my freelance days — aka “funemployment”– Friday evenings usually meant pushing through copy til around 8 or 9 p.m., then drinking copious amounts of booze in attempt to forget the drama of the newsroom. By the end of the week, I was usually too tired to grab drinks with friends, let alone go shopping….

Indian summer tartlettes

Recently, my friend and former culinary school compadre Felicia Friesema invited me over for some girl talk and a much needed catch up sesh. Fel is a a phenomenal cook (and rockin’ host), so she offered to prep the dinner. My mouth being quicker than my mind, I offered to bring dessert. In the past pastry…

Holiday cocktails: Seriously spiked cider

‘ I’ve always been the kind of cook that works with whimsy, unloading ingredients from my shelves and fridge and tossing them into a pot, allowing alchemy to create something delicious. My current tenure at culinary school is teaching me to veer from my impulsive ways, but on Friday I got back to my roots….