Date Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

date hot cocoa

Ok, ok. I hear what you’re thinking. “Date…salted caramel…almond milk…hot cocoa… Hey wait a sec, what are you tryina pull here?” That’s right…it’s “healthy” hot cocoa. I really don’t like applying the word “healthy” to food. People are healthy. Food helps us be that way…along with exercise, sleep, genetics, environment and a bunch of other factors. […]

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

peaches and cream smoothie1

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  It’s sad to think that summer is gone. It’s my favorite season–I love the heat, the sunshine, any excuse to hang out outside. Apparently we’re in for a toasty fall as well, but it won’t be quite the same. So I’m keeping summer alive while I can. I’ve […]

How to Make a Good Smoothie + A Recipe for a Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie

how to make a really good smoothie

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  The summer that Paul first moved to Cincinnati, we started making lots of smoothies. I don’t know why, but it became a nightly ritual from July through September. I started buying up the discounted brown bananas every time I went to the grocery store and keeping a stash […]

Kiwi Oatmeal

I have gone most of my adult life thus far thinking that I did not like kiwi. I don’t know if I had a bad experience as a kid or what, but for many years I avoided kiwi at all costs. However, in the spirit of trying new things (or re-trying old ones), when I […]

Easiest Stovetop Oatmeal (+Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal)

banana peanut butter oatmeal

If you cook oatmeal on the stove regularly, I’m sure you’re familiar with the standard instructions: Boil water or milk, add oats, and cook and stir until they reach the consistency you like. Then immediately throw your pot in the sink and fill it with water to loosen the crusty bits that are liable to […]

Chicken and Potato Curry

chicken crry with rice

This recipe is based on one for butter chicken (unfortunately the page was down the last time I checked, so the link may not work) that I’ve adapted slightly. The original is delicious, but this version came about on a Tuesday night before our Wednesday CSA delivery when I still needed to use up a handful […]

Fall Spice Latte

fall spice latte

This post contains an affiliate link. Learn more.  If you have been following the blog for a while or flipped back through the archives, you may have noticed my affinity for a certain round, orange fall vegetable. From this you may also have inferred that I’m one of those people who enjoy a certain oft-maligned seasonal […]

Red Lentil Curry

This vegetarian dish is warm and flavorful, no meat required.

One of the most unique wedding gifts that Paul and I received was a custom box of spices from his coworkers. (Thanks Kate and Ted!) The box came from Penzey’s Spices and was filled with glass bottles of thyme, smoked paprika, vanilla extract and other spices with cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and whole nutmeg nestled […]

Peach-Blueberry Overnight Oats

Peach-blueberry overnight oats--making the best of summer fruits!

Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods, and I eat it for breakfast almost every day. In my breakfast rotation, there are two seasons of oatmeal: hot and cold. Right now, in the heat of July, I’m all about enjoying oats cold. That might mean mixing up big batch of meusli to eat all week, […]

Sugar Cookies

Just in time for the holidays, a classic sugar cookie recipe with super-easy icing.

This post is a real classic–it’s the cookie recipe my family has used for Christmas cookies every year for as long as I can remember! They’re the quintessential sugar cookie, with a light, slightly crunchy homemade icing to top it all off. Feel free to add other decorations–sprinkles, red hots, etc.–while the icing is still […]