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Desserts Instant Pot Recipes

Simple Instant Pot Caramel Flan

August 10, 2016

Do you ever find yourself craving flan at ten pm on a summer night after your kids have gone to bed, but the thought of stirring sugar on the stove to turn it to caramel, and then mixing, baking and chilling the custard, and not having the flan before midnight is a major deterrent? Well, the Instant Pot doesn’t slow down the chilling time, but it will put flan in your hands within an hour. And there’s nothing wrong with…

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Desserts Recipes Vegan

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My World

June 22, 2016

I love cookbooks, and this summer I’ve been cooking my way through a couple vegan cookbooks, whose authors are considered among the best recipe developers in the vegan world, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Why vegan, if I haven’t given up meat completely? I’ve gone through phases where I only ate vegetarian but at the moment I would consider myself a flexitarian, meaning I’m eating mostly vegetarian/vegan with one or two meals a week in the fish or…

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Desserts Recipes

Unity Cookies

June 15, 2016

It’s been a sad week for Orlando. It’s hard to know what to do without feeling helpless. I took the advice of the New York Times Cooking email this week to “just bake.” Sunday night I made s’mores cupcakes from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World cookbook. They were delicious but in my sadness I forgot to add soy milk until the end, so they looked like lumpy Hobbit treats after I baked them.  On Monday my daughter decided…

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Desserts Recipes

French Yogurt Pound Cake

May 12, 2016

One of the highlights of being pregnant was getting to eat a lot. Normally I wouldn’t have a dessert every day, but… well, let’s just say it wasn’t difficult to gain forty pounds. One of the desserts that I found myself making frequently was this yogurt pound cake, adapted very slightly from this recipe from Dorie Greenspan in the Washington Post. It can be whipped up in no time flat, and is very similar to this easy Moroccan pound cake…

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Desserts Recipes

Brigadeiros (Brazilian milk sweets)

October 21, 2015

Last year, my Brazilian friend Nathalia gave me an amazing candy. It was a bit like fudge, but creamier, more buttery, and less chocolate-y, coated with little chocolate sprinkles. They were breathtaking, and different. More recently, brigadeiros somehow re-entered my consciousness through the Internet, through articles referring to them and one of my favorite food bloggers reposting an older recipe on Facebook. But her recipe didn’t look exactly like the taste I’d remembered: it didn’t have chocolate in it, and…

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Desserts Recipes

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars

October 8, 2015

I’m not even going to pretend this recipe for brown sugar chocolate chip bars is healthy, but it is minimalist– these bars take less than twenty minutes to put together and pop in the oven. How long it takes you to eat them is another issue – I could barely make these last long enough to take a photo of them, and only this one sad bar was left. This is the kind of recipe where you’ll find yourself wanting…

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Breakfasts Desserts Recipes

Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

September 16, 2015

Hoping to make the back-to-school transition easier, I got a cookbook that helps you plan school lunches for the week for your child. The cookbook, More Real Lunches Real Easy, from the food blog 100 Days of Real Food, has a lot of great ideas in it, and I’m trying to follow the six week lunch plan, with varying degrees of success. I will write more about that after I make it through the six weeks. Many of the recipes…

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Desserts Recipes

Cooking with Vincent, Part II: Nutella Custard Tart

August 12, 2015

One of the many impressive dishes Vincent casually whipped together was a Nutella custard tart with bananas and peaches. Because when you have some pie crust left over from a roasted bell pepper and mushroom quiche, why not? Since he was often cooking about five things at once, it was difficult for me to measure exact quantities, yet I think I have enough visual information from this demonstration to recreate this somehow. First, preheat the oven to 375, and start…

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Desserts Recipes

Basil Limeade Popsicles

August 5, 2015

There’s an amazing food truck in Orlando called Peak Season Pops, and one of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to go to Leu Gardens on the free first Monday of every month, get one of their seasonal popsicles, and walk around looking at whatever is blooming. This week, the pink and white crepe myrtles are still in bloom. We got rained on, but we didn’t mind. One of my favorite popsicles that Peak Season Pops makes…

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Gluten Free)

July 29, 2015

The only science fair project I got really excited about in elementary school was a self-designed experiment to see what would happen if you baked cakes and left different ingredients out. (Other science experiments required more parental motivation – such as one that involved testing the wicking abilities of cotton vs. nylon socks). With the help of my mother (I was probably only nine or so), I made several versions of a basic yellow cake and was surprised that some…

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