I don't think these really need an introduction. They're the only cookie that Americans eat straight out of the freezer. And they're addicting AF.
It's been so long since I've had an actual Girl Scout cookie, that I'm not entirely sure what they taste like anymore. But I'm pretty sure that mine are better. Rationale below. Read More
This recipe makes crispy, peppery cookies, similar to Anna's Ginger Thins. As always, it's gluten-free, and I've also listed vegan options. Read More
Have you tried making your own chocolate syrup? If not, you really should. It's useful to have a bottle on hand when you want to whip up a quick glass of chocolate flavored almond milk, a mug of hot cocoa, or a yummy cocktail, with minimal hassle. Read More
Sweet, roasted acorn squash and honey. A tender, buttery crumb specked with toasted pecans. Topped with a spicy, crisp streusel, frangrant of freshly-grated nutmeg and ginger. Read More
This soup resembles a basic chowder--Rich and creamy in texture, yet it contains no milk or cream. In fact, the main ingredient, cauliflower, is virtually undetectable. The trick is roasting it in the oven and pureeing it with just enough potatoes to give it a silky-smooth mouth feel. The roasted garlic and saffron threads shine against an unassuming backdrop, while the white pepper gives it a spicy kick. Read More
For those who like cranberry "sauce" that they can cut with a knife, that has indentations on it from the can it came from, and that has the consistency of Jell-O, this recipe is not for you. However, if you like the idea of a relish that is more tart than sweet, that has pieces of whole fruit in it, reminding you that it came from the earth, this relish is worth the 30 minutes it takes to make. Read More
Pssst. This recipe is deceptively easy to conquer. If you can bake a plain vanilla cake, you can bake this, too. There are just a couple of unusual ingredients to buy: Matcha (green tea powder) and sweet rice (glutinous) flour. Both can be found in most Asian supermarkets. (Glutinous rice does NOT contain gluten, in case you were wondering.) Read More
Caution: This smokey, spicy soup may cause you to break a sweat!
Azuki are little red beans that are commonly used to make a sweet filling for Asian desserts. You can substitute with other beans, of course, but I love the combination of azuki, tomato and chipotle. The butternut squash gives the dish just a hint of sweetness and added texture--You could try using orange sweet potatoes for a similar effect. Read More
If you like crispy, crunchy cookies that were made for dunking in a tall glass of milk, these are it.
The oats and buckwheat flour give them a slightly earthy flavor, which balances out the sweetness of the chocolate chips. If you want to cut down on the sugar content or sweetness level, I suggest swapping half of the chocolate chips for something like toasted walnuts of pecans. Read More
Eggplants, with their purplish skin, are one of the top foods for invigorating blood and removing stasis. So if you're a women who tends to have delayed menses, or painful menses with dark blood and clots, this snack is a great one to have on hand. Read More
Healthy blood circulates freely through the vessels to nourish the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. It is neither too thick nor too thin in viscosity, neither too pale nor too dark in color.
Signs of blood stagnation include fixed, stabbing pain that is not relieved or worsens with pressure, dark, purplish menstrual blood which may have clots, purplish coloration or dark spots on the skin or tongue, and abnormal bleeding of dark blood. Read More
These mini muffins are light and fluffy, despite being packed with fresh fruit and whole grains. Mashed bananas provide most of sweetness and moisture, with very little added sugar, and reduced fat content. The cornmeal ads a tender crumb and beautiful golden color without too much density. Read More
Chicken soup is a well-known cold remedy around the world and across cultures. I made the this particular recipe more times than I can count this winter, and I do feel that helped me to fight off various bugs and reduced the intensity of symptoms when I was sick, thanks to the combination of immune-supporting botanicals. Read More
Good morning, sunshine!
These funky little quiches are great do-ahead breakfast item. They're portable, versatile, filling, and delicious. All you need is a muffin tin, a box grater, and a skillet.
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This soup is extremely simple to prepare, but delicious and nourishing. It can be served warm or cold, but I actually like it better chilled, on a hot day.
The horseradish cream is not optional--The soup would be very plain without it. It's basically a veganized version of sour cream that's sometimes served with meaty dishes, like prime rib. Read More
In Chinese herbal medicine, animal substances that contain gelatin are used to strengthen joints and aid in the repair process following illness or trauma. They're also used in anti-aging formulas. Read More
Pomegranate molasses is a thick, tangy syrup that's made by boiling pomegranate juice down until it reduces. It's a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisines, and it can be made on the stovetop at home, or bought in specialty ethnic markets. Read More
Leave it to an Americana to insert turkey and squash into an otherwise classic Italian recipe! In the Old World this dish uses pasta and beef, but even Italians are choosing to avoid one or both of them these days, for a number of health reasons. I tend to view recipes as flexible templates, and health is an excellent excuse to vary from tradition. Read More
I made this soup vegan and relatively light by using pureed cauliflower as the base. If you don't like cauliflower, don't worry--You won't taste it over the mushroom flavor. The addition of coconut milk is optional, but adds more creaminess. Read More
In the health foodie community, black bean brownies are nothing new. But the majority of folks will still raise an eyebrow when you tell them the secret ingredient in this dessert. In the West, we think of beans as being a strictly savory ingredient, but it's actually really common to find them in Asian desserts. Adzuki beans in particular (which I have also used in this recipe to great success) are naturally sweet and have a smooth, soft texture that lends well to ice cream, mochi, and cakes. Read More