Archive for the ‘Cooking Light’ Category
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Beautiful buttery-golden pound cake, faintly flavored with vanilla and almond, is the perfect summer dessert.
It’s simple and pretty, not to mention it’s a fantastic vessel for topping with some of summer’s beautiful bounty: fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or cherries. (more…)
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
We all know not to go grocery shopping hungry. Why do I try to defy the laws of nature and not heed this rule?
A while ago I was shopping on an empty stomach, foolishly thinking I was immune to impulse buys. I was zipping around the store, only grabbing items on my list. I guess I got a little too cocky. (more…)
Monday, June 24th, 2013
I have an aunt who absolutely goes nuts if you use her toothpaste and don’t roll the tube up from the bottom.
And my mom – she’s like the princess in the children’s story The Princess and the Pea when it comes to a grain of salt or sugar on her kitchen floor. She sweeps her kitchen religiously three times a day and loses it if she steps on a single grain. I have no idea how she feels them, lol.
One of my best friends will only drink coffee in a lidded reusable plastic cup, even at home. No idea what’s up with that.
I have my fair share of pet peeves/quirks too. (more…)
Monday, June 10th, 2013
As I type this post, even with the aroma of cinnamon bread swirling around me, my mind is completely somewhere else.
I’m thinking about hiking, beautiful mountain views, and pristine forests. Swimming and biking. Quaint little towns and cozy cafés. Buying fresh food every day and cooking it that night in the country kitchen of the luxury, fully-renovated 1800’s farmhouse where we’re staying in the Adirondacks this week. (My kitchen at home is anything but luxurious, so that might be what I am most excited about!)
We are leaving tomorrow for a little mini vacation, and I’m thrilled. It’s been far too long since I’ve been to the Adirondacks and Mike has never been, so we’re planning on making the most of it. (more…)
Friday, May 31st, 2013
I don’t really consider myself a clean freak, but I guess if the shoe fits. Or if she walks like a duck and talks like a duck…or in this case, if she feels the need to clean daily whether the apartment needs it or not…
Ok, I guess you can go ahead and call me a clean freak (my husband already does).
Which is why I’m appalled to say we had an ant issue not too long ago. (Ok, that’s a little dramatic. But I was at the very least surprised.) And to make matters worse, one day I heard one of our elderly lady neighbors yelling profanities out in the hallway; I ran out to see what was wrong (yup, some neighbors still do that, lol) and she was complaining about ants! (more…)
Monday, May 13th, 2013
I’m a big fan of bold flavors.
Garlic (although that’s not in this recipe).
Which means I have to carry around a travel-sized toothbrush and matching miniature tube of toothpaste. (Wait, what? You mean your purse isn’t likewise equipped?) (more…)
Monday, April 29th, 2013
Millet is one of those things that doesn’t get a lot of action on the dinner table; actually, it’s probably more likely to be found in your birdfeeder.
But (I’m going to try to convince you that) it’s a wonderful addition to mealtime too. (more…)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Time can be a funny thing.
Sometimes when life gets hectic I’ll be racing along, thinking I have just enough time to finish what I need to do, with tunnel vision for the task I’m working on. I settle into the mindset that I barely have a moment to spare, especially if it’s to take time to do something trivial like enjoy a cup of tea. (more…)
Friday, March 29th, 2013
If you’re a coffee drinker and you like creamer in your coffee, and maybe you’re looking for something a little healthier that your taste buds won’t know is healthier, you will love this.
Developing this recipe took some patience, probably more than you’d guess because the end result is so simple.
Because I wanted to keep my creamer vegan, I decided to use coconut milk instead of heavy cream for a rich texture and taste. The biggest issue was to come up with a creamer that didn’t leave your cup of hot coffee with a thin film of coconut oil on top (no one wants that). (more…)
Friday, March 15th, 2013
I’ve never had a real Shamrock Shake, and by “real” I mean one from McDonald’s. Even though my shake is a knock-off, I’m guessing it has more real ingredients than the McDonald’s version…
A lover of all things mint, I decided to re-do the Shamrock Shake into a breakfast-worthy meal that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day you want a sweet but healthy start. (more…)