Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas, Feta, & Pomegranate

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It’s that time again: the February blahs. In part, I blame mine on too many potatoes and too much soup.

Now don’t misunderstand: comfort food has its place, and root vegetables and slowly braised cuts of meat are definitely good candidates if your cockles need warming. But still, I can’t help but crave freshness this time of year. After days surrounded by artificially warm, mercilessly stale air, I need a little flavor, a little greenery.

Not out-of-season spinach, though, or sad February tomatoes. Aside from citrus and pomegranates, the flat, bland produce of midwinter seems almost lab-created. Artificially perfect yet fundamentally lacking, like red valentine roses bred without scent or thorn.

 

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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Honey, Apple, & Oat Muffins

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Reading Ashley’s post today over at Not Without Salt, I breathed a little sigh of relief. Oh. It’s not just me. Other bloggers are taking some time off, too.

Granted, I do not have a gorgeous newborn book demanding every waking moment, but I understand the sentiment. In the thick of things I never fully realized it, but the last few months have been hard. Not for a specific, simply defined reason, but instead a long, toiling slog that saps your reserves and keeps you from rest. Continue reading…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Wasabi

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 The weekend before Christmas, I had an unexplained hankering to go to the farmers’ market. Stupidly, especially considering we were flying out in less than 48 hours for a nine-day trip, I bought some potatoes and a few beautiful heads of broccoli.

Of course, by the night before our departure, we had eaten exactly none of the spuds or the broccoli. The potatoes would keep, but I couldn’t bear the thought of coming home to withered yellow broccoli. I knotted up its plastic bag and flung it in the freezer, crossing fingers that it would still be edible upon our return. Continue reading…

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Thai Pesto

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As far as I can tell, I have had exactly two really unique recipes in the history of this blog. And were they smash hits? Not exactly. You’ve got to do something borderline inedible to stump the internet. And when you do hit on an original concept, there’s only a small group of people who are truly interested in frozen, vodka-spiked gazpacho on a stick.

I’ve found that successful food blogging is a balance, somehow satisfying a handful of interests. There’s timeliness (i.e. this should be a kale smoothie recipe), trend-awareness (and should be salted, somehow), and knowing what readers want in a recipe (5 ingredients, 30 minutes) or even in a blog post, for that matter (250 words, professional-grade photos). What I actually want to post about seems almost irrelevant.

Guys, blogging is hard. All I wanna do is tell you about this pesto.

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{Gluten-Free + Vegan} Holiday Newtons

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The last two three weeks, the stars have aligned against my putting up a post here. Despite being awfully busy, I’ve been maddeningly unproductive.

We spent a week at home for Thanksgiving, which I was of course excited about until we actually arrived. Then I wanted to go home. (Ain’t family great?) I can’t even think about going back for Christmas, and yet it’s happening.

On the flight home, a woman knocked my camera case out of the overhead bin while rummaging for a water bottle. It landed with a gut-wrenching thud in the aisle. It seemed fine, but I didn’t have time to check it properly because I walked straight off a red-eye flight into the insanity that is exam season. Continue reading…

{Vegan} Wild Rice Salad with Lentils, Apple, & Kale

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It’s early, but…happy Thanksgiving, friends! It’s probably heresy, but instead of a salted-caramel-pumpkin-spice-cranberry-apple-pie or whatever seasonally appropriate thing I’m supposed to be posting today, I’ve got a kale salad for you. Yup. Kale and wild rice, to be exact. 

If you’re dying for something modestly loaded with sugar for the upcoming feast, the Recipes section has you covered. I’d suggest pumpkin coffee cake with apples & cranberries, pumpkin muffins, apple and cheddar galettes, and pomegranate, tangerine, & champagne jellies, for starters. Maybe a biscuit-topped cobbler?

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{Gluten-Free} Apple and Cheddar Galettes

 

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Apples and cheese are my favorite snack. I slice and core an apple before work, give it a quick soak in some lemon- or vinegar-spiked water to prevent browning, and take the slices with me in a reusable sandwich bag. (The one with apples on it, of course.)

Like everything else I eat, it is apparently cause for a bit of a stir in the office.

“Apples and cheese?” our custodian said incredulously when he poked his head in my office one day. And then, concerned, “You pregnant?”

Uhh…no. That would be a definite no.

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{Vegan} Curried Chickin Salad

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Being in your mid-twenties is such an awkward time. A horrified friend summed it up nicely: “I’m holding someone’s baby in like the last 30 photos on my Facebook!” Yep. Everyone is pregnant or wearing a small person. I can’t suppress an exasperated sigh anymore every time someone asks, “So when are you guys going to start having kids?”

Obviously, baby showers are my new jam. I’m kind of nervous about going to these things, as if pregnancy is contagious. Fortunately, I like to make finger sandwiches and sew miniature quilts, so it’s not all bad as long as there are no cheesy party games.

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{Gluten-Free} Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Apples & Cranberries

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I bought cranberries this weekend with the intention of making some iteration of a cranberry-orange pound cake, but woke up with something different on the brain: apple cake.

Okay, I can just make that Autumn Apple Cake that’s already up on the blog, I reasoned sleepily, shuffling toward the computer in J’s bathrobe. But when I pulled up the recipe, streusel topping came to mind. Karina makes a great pecan streusel topping, maybe I’ll add some of that. And the cranberries, of course. Oh! We don’t have sour cream. But there’s canned pumpkin, maybe that would be a good substitute?

And so, in the slanted sunlight of an autumn morning, the “all the fall things” cake came to be: a gluten-free pumpkin coffee cake with apples, cranberries, and pecan streusel.

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