French onion soup is a tough soup to alter. Making it vegetarian is hard, and making it vegan is even tougher. The traditional soup uses lots of butter and beef stock, creating a depth that is hard to recreate for those diets. Luckily, the world has coffee! Using one of my favorite brands (Philz Coffee, […]
One of my favorite parts about recipe developing is the chance to use ingredients in unexpected ways (or to use unexpected ingredients). Okay, okay… I really like putting myself through the Quickfire challenge, à la Top Chef. So when I hung out with my eco-hero Ed Begley, Jr. and discovered he had a natural soda […]
You may or may not know, but I am working on a new cookbook. One that involves cooking with coffee. Well, I’ve been testing out this Quinoa & Coffee Chili recipe for a while now and one can only eat so much chili, ya know? So I had to do something else with it. Skillet […]
While the flavors required to make an amazing chili are complex, the recipe itself only has one simple rule. If you don’t cry while making it or sweat while eating it, you’re doing it wrong! This quinoa and coffee chili does both. Oh, and you’ll be surprised to find out that it is vegan. Ingredients […]
I doubt there is anything more elegant than a poached pear. I just love them because, well, most fruit-based desserts are more everything else other than fruit, such as pies or cobbler (not that I don’t indulge in all that butter and sugar). But poached pears are about pears, plain and simple. I poached these […]
What if you never had to buy salad fixings again. You’ll get pretty darn close using this healthy recipe. Made using fresh organic vegetables, these ingredients can easily regrow themselves with no degree from Hogwarts required. It’s that simple! Ingredients 1 head of romain lettuce, chopped 1 celery ribs, sliced 1 green onion, sliced with […]
I am always baffled by dressing recipes that used dried ingredients. It seems to me, the whole point of making your own dressing is for, well… freshness. This Greek yogurt ranch dressing is just that! The yogurt brings a certain life to traditional ranch dressing. Plus this stuff has no MSG like the store-bought kind. […]
I wanted to create a churro that had a wee bit more to offer. Not only does this churro come with fresh pumpkin but it is also vegan. It’s so flavorful and amazing, it needed more than just sugar and cinnamon. So I covered mine in warm bourbon caramel. Yum!
I was talking with my good friend Ariel over at Whole Foods about New Year’s Eve, and how much fun it would be to toast with a champagne popsicle to ring in the new year. What a swell idea! I been wanting to put a boozy spin on my now famous Pomegranate & Limeade Popsicle, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Homemade fortune cookies are an excellent way to personalize any party, holiday or otherwise. Get creative, and give your guests a (mis)fortune they’ll never forget!
It might be cold outside but f*ck, this tasty beverage tastes like spring in a cup. It’s bright, tangy, sweet and crisp. It’s so damn sunny, you’ll need a speedo!
Stuffing is probably my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Well, that and mashed potatoes. Oh, and pumpkin pie! Whatever… you get my drift. Well, here is a fun twist on traditional stuffing. This recipe not only adds some flare to the classic Thanksgiving side, they make it easy to eat ‘em on the go.
This particular recipe was created for the holiday season. At home at either the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table, this orange soda is swimming with warm cinnamon, clove and allspice. A few black peppercorns tie it all together. There’s a good chance you’ll be drinking it all year long!
Mashed potatoes are the epitome of comfort food. Seriously. Any time I see pillowy potatoes with a pat of melting butter, I just want to motorboat them!
I am quite in love with shrubs. And this Cranberry & Sage Shrub will be served at Thanksgiving! And Christmas…possibly July.
This festive white sangria just screams Christmas. Candied rosemary, blanched cranberries and crisp white wine make all that family time just a little bit more bearable.
My goal for this recipe was two-fold. Make gingerbread men a wee bit less crunchy and to make them a smidge healthier. Sweet potato seemed like the perfect choice because, well, sweet potatoes are amazeballs. Also, if you’ve had candied sweet potatoes during the holidays… you know just how well they go with ginger.
I’ve been wanting to cook with matcha green tea for quite some time but I could never make up my mind on what to make. I love the flavor of it but I really wanted to show off the color too. Sure, I could use it to make anything green…but I wanted something unique. And look how beautiful these powdery little delights are.
I love s’mores. It’s probably the only reason I go camping. That melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow all surrounded by a crunchy graham cracker…okay, now I am drooling!
My absolute favorite is hot apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese over it. If you’ve never had it…it’s the f*cking bomb! So when Whole Foods asked me to do an apple recipe, this was my first thought. But I wanted to take it out of the dessert realm and apples and cheese are so pedestrian; I wanted something new!