Pumpkin Granola with Pecans and Cranberries

Pumpkin Granola is perfect as a breakfast or snack! It’s full of healthy ingredients with fall flavors we all crave, as well as a hint of sweetness from maple syrup. I’ve been on a granola kick recently. I found one that I’m obsessed with (I discuss it in my crispy baked tofu post). Once I start repeatedly purchasing a product I know I can easily prepare myself, it’s time to reevaluate. I have several granola recipes on the blog already, such

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How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce is easy to make at home! You can use it to add flavor to a wide variety of desserts, such as cookies, or as a topping drizzled over ice cream. It also makes a great gift! I’ve loved salted caramel sauce for ages now (how could I not?), but I’ve been on a huge kick recently after having some amazing salted caramel ice cream during the final weeks of summer. I can’t get enough, and I want

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Crispy Baked Tofu with Broccoli

This Crispy Baked Tofu with Broccoli is a wonderful, vegetarian sheet pan meal that can easily be made vegan and gluten-free with a few basic modifications. Keep reading to get the recipe and learn more about my local delivery CSA, From The Farmer! I’ve written before that I love tofu and wish naysayers would give it a chance, so I’m hesitant to be redundant. However, I’m going to say it again because this is serious business! This crispy baked tofu

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Strawberry Granola Yogurt Popsicles

You’re going to love this recipe for Strawberry Granola Yogurt Popsicles. They’re an easy, healthy snack (or dessert) with only a few ingredients and just the right amount of sweetness. Simply blend, freeze and serve!  Sometimes the world throws unexpected curve balls at you. After initially planning to spend my summer revamping this site, I had to redirect my attention elsewhere. Between several trips out of town, an unexpected and amazing new freelance gig at The Washington Post (stay tuned

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What is Buttercream + Troubleshooting Tips

Are you wondering about the difference between American and meringue buttercreams? Want to learn about Swiss vs. Italian Meringue? I’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn how to bake buttercream as well as other basics! For many cake lovers, it’s truly all about the frosting; it can make of break a dessert. A fluffy, delicate buttercream with just the right level of sweetness can take a spectacular cake to the next level, or it can elevate even the most

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Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups are wonderful for a quick breakfast or midday snack. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully so that you can easily store leftovers.  This might sound strange, but sometimes I forget to eat on workdays. It’s one of those odd things that happens when you’re home alone all day. I get no cues from coworkers microwaving their Lean Cuisine or asking who else wants to go in on an order from the local deli. This doesn’t happen

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How To Make Perfect Hummus: Everything You Need To Know

This is an incredibly smooth, creamy hummus recipe that can be prepared using either chickpeas or white beans! Homemade hummus is one of my absolute favorite snacks. It’s fantastic with toasted pita or vegetables, and I love using it as a sandwich condiment. For years I thought I wasn’t a fan; it turns out I actually don’t care for store brands (which I find to have an unusual aftertaste). These days I always have fresh hummus in the fridge. After

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My Favorite Guacamole + How To Keep It Fresh

Learn how to make perfect guacamole that will stay fresh and bright green for days! Guacamole is one of my absolute favorite snacks.  For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to get back to basics. I’m always hesitant… does the internet really need another guacamole recipe? Of course not. However, while this site is full of more unique recipe combinations I’ve pulled together over the years, I’d like to widen my selection of kitchen staples as well as basic tutorials and guides.

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Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins

Brown Butter Banana Bread Muffins are a perfectly portioned treat that will turn heads at breakfast or brunch!  Years ago, back when I was still working as a network administrator, I had a friend who began freelancing full time. She started showing up late to get togethers or canceling at the last minute, and was always so stressed out. All she could talk about was work. One day, she said something that has haunted me ever since: “If I’m not working, I’m not

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Asparagus Egg Tart

This asparagus egg tart comes together quickly with only 5 simple ingredients, and is perfect for spring and summer gatherings! A simple puff pastry tart is one of my favorite ways to highlight ingredients. The subtle buttery flavor and pleasant flaky texture of puff is a great way to showcase vegetables, fruits, and cheeses as well as heartier ingredients like eggs and meats. Best of all: it’s widely available, easy to work with, and bakes up in a hot second.

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