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White Peach Crumble

When I buy fresh fruit, I almost always just eat it out of hand. I absolute love fruit desserts, but sometimes I just can’t help but think that I’m missing out when I’m not eating them plain. After all, fresh, ripe fruit has a texture and flavor that is unmatched by cooked fruit. This is why I sometimes like to buy fruit in bulk. There ... Read More »

Blueberry Dumplings

Since I mentioned that I bought a huge box of blueberries yesterday, I thought I’d let you know what I did with it. First of all, I ate a lot of the berries out of hand, munching on them throughout the weekend. They went surprisingly quickly. Second of all, I made dessert. Tempted though I was to make muffins, I wanted to do something that ... Read More »

Light and Crispy Waffles

I woke up with a craving for Belgian waffles. It probably had to do with the fact that they were giving away free samples yesterday when I was shopping at Costco. Granted, their waffles were served with “pancake syrup” (which is really just flavored corn syrup) instead of maple, but they were very tasty. Crispy, crunchy and light. My first thought was to use a ... Read More »

Classic Jelly Roll

There are many, many bad recipes for jelly rolls out there. This is surprising because it is an incredibly simple thing to make. A jelly roll, also known as a swiss roll, is a large, thin rectangle of sponge cake that is spread with jam and rolled up. It is traditionally served with only a dusting of powdered sugar, but some variations – noteably the ... Read More »

Banana Buttermilk Ice Cream

I have a feeling that I am going to be making a lot of ice cream/sorbet/frozen yogurt this summer. For the past five weeks or so, it has regularly been over 100F in my neighborhood. Granted – that’s not completely unusual for the summers out here, but it’s still pretty hot. I don’t mind the heat, though, and I certainly don’t mind more opportunities to ... Read More »

Making a “Magic Loaf”: Vegan Meatloaf

I really like Jennifer’s site Vegan Lunch Box, which hopefully you have all seen before via the link in my sidebar. Jennifer blogs what she packs for her son’s lunch everyday, dealing with the changing and occasionally idiosyncratic tastes of kids as well as the fact that they’re vegan and the other kids at school aren’t. To make sure her little “schmoo” isn’t left out, ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Maple Muffins

While I usually opt for sweet, fruit-laden muffins, sometimes it is nice to have something plainer and more versatile available. Case in point are these muffins. They are healthy – low in fat and full of good things like yogurt and whole wheat flour – and they taste good. They are fairly plain, with a subtle sweetness, and can act as a stand-in for a ... Read More »

Melt-in-your-Mouth Shortbread

There is something so delicious about shortbread, beyond just the flavor. I think it’s the simplicity that makes it so appealing, that a few basic, simple ingredients can come together into an amazing product. And that description is not over-the-top if you have had good shortbread. I am of the opinion that everyone should know how to make shortbread. It is incredibly easy and you ... Read More »

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