Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I distinctly remember carving pumpkins as a child: the smell of the wet newspaper protecting the kitchen table, the rawness of your skin after hours digging around the orange goop, the sweet yet mild odor, the anticipation of putting a candle in the finished product, and the saltiness of baked pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin, like bananaContinue reading “Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

Banana Bread Cookies

Banana bread is not easy to transport. Banana Bread Cookies are easy to transport. They also allow you to try your masterpiece without cutting off a chunk of the bread. With what seemed like a million overripe bananas in my kitchen, and an impending trip to Miami, I figured I would be resourceful by makingContinue reading “Banana Bread Cookies”

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Sea Salt

There is a photo of me at age six, sitting at the kitchen table with my fingers and face covered in chocolate brownie batter. I am also wearing blue fuzzy earmuffs, simply because I liked them. Or maybe I was wearing them so I wouldn’t be able to hear my father telling me to stopContinue reading “Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Sea Salt”

Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I shocked myself with these Pistachio White Chocolate Cookies. On a gorgeous late-August day, surrounded by good friends at a barbecue, these cookies went before my eyes. These treats have texture from the oatmeal, but also a tantalizing sweet-salty combination, which makes it hard to eat just one. In fear of sounding like I alwaysContinue reading “Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

A Food Tour of Portland

First stop? Vervacious. This adorable shop was created by a couple who spent their work sabbaticals sailing the world. They ended up quitting their day jobs in order to start a travel inspired food business. Try the Espresso Balsamic Drizzle and Sahara Harissa Rub. Adding a bit of Spicy Chili Finishing Salt to freshly cutContinue reading “A Food Tour of Portland”

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Cookies

Something is making me sneeze. Perhaps it is the┬ácolossal pollen eruption that took over my neighborhood: Or maybe it has to do with this new family member: Here’s another photo, because one is just not enough: One thing for sure is that these scrumptious things are so amazing that I would be willing to sneezeContinue reading “Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Cookies”

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

It’s starting to feel a bit like summer. And by this, I mean I am boggled down with projects, papers, exams, and stress. Summer is long walks in the woods with bug-spray amply applied, trips to Maine for fresh lobster, weekends spent on the beach, thunderstorms rattling the house, humidity blowing up my hair, breathingContinue reading “S’mores Rice Krispie Treats”

A Long Run, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Coming home from Mexico, with only four weeks until the Boston Marathon, I vowed to eat more protein, vegetables, and whole grains. I was doing a tremendous job, eating hard-boiled eggs, hummus, vegetable-filled sandwiches, and Greek yogurt. What loomed over my head all week was my 21 mile training run. I carbo-loaded on Thursday night,Continue reading “A Long Run, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars”

Lost Packages (and a Peanut Butter Granola Recipe)

When I was abroad in Australia, I was surprised to learn that most Aussie students did not know their mail man. They were startled that I knew my mailman on a first-name basis (shout out to Bob!), and that I would always say hello when I passed him delivering mail. I appreciate the hard workContinue reading “Lost Packages (and a Peanut Butter Granola Recipe)”

Christmas = Andes Chocolate Mints

Every Christmas, my late grandmother would bring over Andes Chocolate Mints. Similarly, every Easter she would have a stock of Russell Stover lemon squares, which from my google searches seem to no longer exist (hint to Russell Stover: if you bring these candies back to the market, I will buy every single box). Chocolate andContinue reading “Christmas = Andes Chocolate Mints”