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Rediscovering The Joy of Cooking That Diet Culture Took Away

Some of my deepest and most detailed memories of my mother and grandmothers are rooted in the smells that floated through the air from the kitchen. I come from a line of women who know how to cook; and well. In recent years, my innate ability to improvise in the kitchen has really flourished. But when I first started cooking for myself, it wasn’t this way. At 19 I lived in my first apartment, and…

Chocolate Chip Marbled Banana Bread

When it comes to cooking, I feel like I have a really good handle on things. I can improvise with ingredients or measurements and usually find success. Baking, however, is a completely different beast. I have a truly difficult time with creating baked goods from scratch without a recipe. This is partly because I just don’t experiment enough. If I continued to try and try again at a recipe, I am sure I would finally…

Sweet Potato Nests – & the Importance of Breakfast

Breakfast may very well be my favorite meal of the day. This is one part due to loving eggs so much, and one part due to loving the feeling of fueling up for the day. I feel like the meal I fill myself with in the morning sets the tone for how energetic I will or will not feel for the rest of the day. I’ve only skipped breakfast a handful of times in my…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Waffles

Guys. If you’re looking for a breakfast recipe that could basically double as a dessert, look no further. These waffles are all you need. I had a few bananas on their way to being brown and thought, “Why not experiment with a new recipe?” rather than just making a batch of standard banana bread. We just recently purchased a mini waffle iron, so waffles seemed like the obvious answer. We went out for a little…

Lemon Garlic Hummus

I could easily take down a whole container of good hummus in a sitting if given the opportunity. I’ll also admit that store bought hummus can be one of those “forget you have it in the fridge” kind of items. The best flavors or brands often have the shortest shelf life and the highest price and it feels so terrible when you have to toss any un-used expired leftovers. In efforts to waste less and…

5-Minute Kale Pesto

One of my goals this year is to certainly reduce food waste at home. I do a pretty good job at finishing produce before it goes bad, but occasionally there is a small amount leftover. This recipe was inspired by the 2 leaves of kale and small bag of cilantro leftover from last weeks greens. I have tried making kale pesto one other time, but I didn’t have quite enough olive oil left in my…