{Vegan} Thai Sweet Potato Soup

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Fall is always a welcome reset from the rush of summer and the beginning of the school year. The concept of autumn resolutions has always resonated more than the traditional new year’s ones: brew some darjeeling, scribble in your journal, call your mother, take stock. Meditate, ruminate, discern what’s on the horizon and how you are going to keep all the plates spinning for another year. Or perhaps figure out which ones you should let go. Continue reading…

Pomegranate, Tangerine, and Champagne Jellies

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Happy autumnal equinox! Miraculously, both the calendar and the thermometer agree that it’s fall in Savannah. Usually we wait until mid-October before it’s safe to shut off the air conditioning, but having not worn my favorite sweatshirt since April, I’m thrilled for an excuse to zip it up and happily hover over the stove making soup. Two weeks ago, that was unthinkable, but this week I’m bidding summer farewell. To hell with popsicles and tomatoes and trips to the beach–fall cooking is where it’s at.

Autumn’s arrival means it’s time to think about holiday plans for those of us who will be traveling. (If talk of the holidays freaks you out, I’m sorry, but it’s true: they’re coming.) I long for the day when we get to host at our place, or at least live in the same time zone as our nearest and dearest. However, that’s not in the cards for at least two more years, so after a few harrowing hours comparing airline prices, flight times, layover durations, and frequent flyer eligibility, I’m happy to say we have tickets home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Now that the travel arrangements are taken care of, I’m faced with a bigger question: what to cook? Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free} Pomegranate Muffins

 

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Have you ever baked with pomegranates? Until this week, me neither. I’m happy to report it’s not as weird as it sounds.

Pomegranates debuted last week at  the grocery store in, of all places, the scratch and dent produce bins. I scour these tubs of blemished produce in red mesh bags every week, looking to score a few honeycrisp apples or three bell peppers for a dollar. Since I discovered the discount section, we’ve been eating a ton of produce. It’s appealing both for the thrill of the hunt and the simple pleasure of knowing that something didn’t go to waste.  Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free + Egg-Free} Herbed Cheddar and Oat Scones

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Talking about the fair a few weeks ago got me thinking about scones. Not just any scones: fair scones. I never actually bought scones at the fair, mind you, because we had the recipe and made them at home (no small feat before the days of copycat recipes on Pinterest!). Like pancakes, though, my trusty scone recipe did not make the transition to gluten-free. I’ve always had trouble getting gluten-free scones and biscuits to rise, especially using whole grains, and the scone recipe called for shortening, which meant not only flat rocks, but flavorless, white ones at that. Bummer. No scones for me. 

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{Almost Raw} Cookie Dough Bites

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Do you need some energy today?

Whether you’re chasing kids, catching up on assignments for class, or sweating under a looming deadline, at work, I bet you do. And if you’re one of those virtuous humans who sweats it out at the gym? These cookie dough bites are definitely for you.

Keep it on the down low, but I’ve sort of started running this summer. I wouldn’t identify as a capital-R Runner yet, but I’m secretly working on it…

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{Gluten Free} Creamy Pasta with Ham and Peas

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As you can perhaps tell, I haven’t cooked much lately. Or, to rephrase, I’ve been cooking and eating just fine, but haven’t photographed or written about any of it. Call it midsummer food doldrums, I suppose.

There have been raw cookie dough truffles, greens with bacon and balsamic, shepherd’s pie, collard wraps with millet and hummus, pasta with ham and peas, and lots and lots of scrambled egg tacos. If you’re clamoring for any recipes, speak up in the comments! I need a kick in the pants to get things posted.

Most of all, though, I’ve been focusing on the non-food-related details of life this summer.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Also Dairy-Free!}

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After growing up in the northwest with a large garden, I still haven’t gotten used to summers without a glut of zucchini to find uses for. If you’ve ever tried growing zucchini, you know exactly what I mean: even two plants can leave you floundering in squash for a good portion of the summer.

Our garden always had at least eight zucchini plants–one fateful year, that number jumped to eleven! I’d say there’s a good reason for growing so many zucchini, but what it really boils down to is this: the plants came in an 8-pack. My mother, ever frugal, was unable to just put six of them in the compost heap to fend for themselves, so into the soil they went. I inherited her pro-life tendencies when it comes to plants, though mercifully have learned to give extras away rather than burden myself with squashageddon.

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