FLOURLESS ORANGE GINGER SWEET POTATO MUFFINS

FLOURLESS ORANGE GINGER SWEET POTATO MUFFINS

Last week I tried this Siggi’s ginger orange yogurt and totally fell in love. The flavor combination made me inspired to try and bake something with a similar profile. I’ve been meaning to bake up some fall-flavored muffins but wasn’t so into the typical pumpkin. Then AHA- these sweet potato muffins with orange and ginger came into my brain! I also wanted to bake something flourless and with less sugar as soon the cookie monster and I will be going sugar-free.

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VEGAN APPLE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

VEGAN APPLE THUMBPRINT COOKIES

I feel like with apples there are two associations. One, the famous maxim, "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away." Secondly, apples somehow equate to back-to-school. Although I've graduated university, this week I completed my first week of graduate school. Woo-hoo! It's kinda crazy to think I am balancing a job, graduate school, homework, cooking, and everything else I do. But I'm doing it. 

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MOCHA ALMOND CINNAMON ROLLS

MOCHA ALMOND CINNAMON ROLLS

  Last week my cookie monster was sad, so I tried making cinnamon rolls. They came out ok, but in my book were an epic fail. The dough wouldn’t rise and the bottom was slightly crusty from baking in a pool of butter. I was then determined to make kick-ass cinnamon rolls for some baking redemption.

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CINNAMON TAHINI CHOCOLATE BABKA

CINNAMON TAHINI CHOCOLATE BABKA

  As I do everyday, I was scrolling through the numerous food blogs I follow to keep up on the latest food trends, seasonal recipes, and some interesting creations. I came upon a Food52 recipe for babka, and I was instantly drawn in. Babka reminds me so much of my childhood. Every Friday night and Saturday day when celebrating the Sabbath we would have babka as a treat.

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHUNK AND "BACON" COOKIES

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHUNK AND "BACON" COOKIES

Almost a year ago I found a recipe for vegan bacon or to be correct- Coconut bacon. I knew I had to use this to make some creative vegan recipe, but only time would tell. Fast-forward to this summer and the point where my blog is blooming and I am working to really grow an audience. With a new job, and new taste testers, I thought creating vegan bacon and chocolate chips cookies would be a fun treat to bring to the office. 

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BELGIUM CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

BELGIUM CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

I’m finally back from my adventure in Europe with loads of recipe inspirations. My Europe trip, as I feel all proper ones should, started with a mess of confusion. I thought after our first stop in Amsterdam, I messed up with the train and hostel booking, leaving my friend and I stranded for one night in Belgium.

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VEGAN FLUFFER-NUTTER BROWNIES

VEGAN FLUFFER-NUTTER BROWNIES

It has certainly been a busy few weeks. The big move to NYC is finally over, all my clothing is put away, and my mixer has found its home. Originally I wanted to share my Cookie Dough Fudge recipe this week, but my fudge recipe just doesn’t look so nice on camera. I also should probably stop making fudge when it’s warm out, which seems to be a reoccurring pattern every spring and summer.

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PISTACHIO, WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

PISTACHIO, WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

I can’t say I am happier that this week is over. It was one of those weeks were it seemed everything went wrong. My dog kept eating my one plant that I have managed to keep alive for more than a month (uch), I watched parking authority give me a ticket as I was one minute over the meter (double uch), and I scrambled to finally finish my thesis (triple uch). Let’s just say many happy hours were attended this week. But on a brighter note, I am officially moving to NYC and I submitted my thesis. Yay’s all around!

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DRUNKEN WHOLE WHEAT CINNAMON RAISIN BAGELS

DRUNKEN WHOLE WHEAT CINNAMON RAISIN BAGELS

With the spring comes many holidays, such as Passover. Wheat being a no-no, one must intake the most wheat he can before being prohibited from eating the holy grain. (Hence long lines at any good bagel institution- but don’t skip the lox!) Okay, I’ll set aside the drama (even though some do really feel this way), but for real who doesn’t want to eat a homemade bagel? I figured it would be a nice treat before eating Matzah while celebrating Passover.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE GLAZED MATCHA CAKE

WHITE CHOCOLATE GLAZED MATCHA CAKE

I guess I could say this recipe, due to its green color could be my post St. Patty’s day treat, but it is also the start of spring. Nothing says the beginning of the blooming months like green- it’s a natural association. (Pun intended.) Although if your me, you associate spring with runny eyes, the inability to ever wear make-up or contacts, and constant red eye. I have terrible allergies and dread the spring months with their high pollen counts even if it means warm weather and wearing flip-flops.

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5 GRAIN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BARS

5 GRAIN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BARS

Once again I got sidetracked and drawn in by fun groceries. I thought it would be nice to change up my morning oatmeal with the Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain hot cereal. NO. Just no. The flavor was fine, but my preferences of consistency were just not met. I was then distraught of how I would use the rest of these oats, because forcing them down in the morning was just not going to happen.

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KAHLUA FROSTED MOCHA CUPCAKES

KAHLUA FROSTED MOCHA CUPCAKES

  Confession- I am a total coffee addict. While currently trying to limit my daily caffeine intake to one cup, I would happily drink three cups of coffee. My recent kitchen addition of a coffee grinder only heightened my morning cup o’joe. I mean who doesn’t love watching milk (in my case almond milk) create those beautiful coffee swirls, especially in freshly ground and brewed coffee? But then there’s also iced coffee, with coffee ice cubes, sweet milk, and maybe a homemade flavored simple syrup.

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COOKIE BUTTER SWIRL BANANA BREAD

COOKIE BUTTER SWIRL BANANA BREAD

I suppose it’s a little short on time to call this my Valentine’s Day themed recipe, but hey the day is about love, and I love bananas and cookie butter- so it counts in my book. After a friend requested some banana bread and having bought some cookie butter and needing to make some concoction with it- I decided banana bread was the way to go. But speaking on the topic of Valentine’s Day, I’ve had my hiccups of attempting to celebrate this Hallmark holiday

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NUTELLA HALVA BROWNIE BITES

NUTELLA HALVA BROWNIE BITES

It seems this week these brownie bites were the best thing to happen to me. The week started off promising- no class, no work, and all the time to grocery shop, cook and bake. Slowly I realized this was not the case. Stuck in traffic multiple times from all the doctors appointments I had this week, the disappointment of going to the ONE Trader Joes’ that doesn’t sell wine, breaking nail polish and glass all over my kitchen floor, and having my dog throw up all in one day told me immediately that this was just not my week

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

Cookies and the holidays seem to be synonymous. But regardless of cookie swap traditions, stress and baking go hand in hand for me. During finals weeks I seem to be constantly baking or binge watching TV--all things besides actually studying for my exams.

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CHOCOLATE AND POTATO CHIP DOUGHNUTS

CHOCOLATE AND POTATO CHIP DOUGHNUTS

I have to say I always have loved Chanukah. The holiday brings about the excitement of lights (even the Christmas ones!) and the house smelling of frying latkes. One of my fondest memories of the holiday is when my mother gave me a blue tracksuit. I think I was so excited and thought it was absolutely the coolest thing. I’m glad to say that I no longer sport tracksuits, but I have replaced them with leggings.

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VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Pumpkin and Thanksgiving seem to be synonyms with one another when thinking about turkey day as well as the fall season. When considering what I am thankful for this year, I’d like to start with being thankful for completing graduate school applications and once again having the time to bake. Of course I am always thankful for my family, health, and sometimes my boyfriend, but I think there are greater things to really be thankful for. 

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JUMBO VEGAN APPLE STREUSEL MUFFINS

JUMBO VEGAN APPLE STREUSEL MUFFINS

A few weeks ago I went apple picking- a seeming tradition for when the leaves begin to turn colors and the weather becomes crisp. But when I say apple picking, I mean going to the farm, buying a bag of apples, and spending more time looking at the wines the farm also produces. Of course picking up a bag of apples means making delectable apple dishes such as apple walnut pancakes or recipe crafting with vegan apple muffins. Going apple picking or apples in general always reminds me of a story my dad once told me.

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HONEY APPLE WALNUT CAKE

HONEY APPLE WALNUT CAKE

After taking a short hiatus from baking due to a vacation before the stressful school year, I wanted to start off the school year with a fall inspired recipe. In addition to the leaves changing colors, apple picking becomes the hot fall activity. With the fall also comes the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Every year my mom makes a honey cake, but this year I wanted to revamp it and give it the banana spin.

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APRICOT AND PISTACHIO GALETTE

APRICOT AND PISTACHIO GALETTE

In the last homestretch of summer when work dwindles down, everyone tries to get the most out of the remaining weeks before the weather turns crisp once again. As my summer job ends and I have the time to enjoy the rest of summer, I thought making an apricot galette was the perfect thing. My summer has been entertaining, busy, stressful, and of course filled with fun. Working as a research assistant at a school with children has been constantly entertaining. 

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