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Almond Peach Blueberry Crumble Slices

This easy Almond Peach Blueberry Crumble Slices recipe is perfect for summer entertaining. Make sure to wait to make this recipe until peaches are in peak season. This space often times gets marked as a 'health' blog or 'diet' space by marketers and other websites. I guess I get it - eating vegetarian and vegetable focused meals can be healthy but there is no[...]

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Fruit & Yogurt Granola Tarts + Vegetarian Heartland is out TODAY!

Fruit & Yogurt Granola Tarts recipe from Vegetarian Heartland Cookbook + an all vegetarian picnic spread worthy of any lazy afternoon! I just f'king can't believe it. There are not enough words in the world to describe what I'm feeling today. Today is the day that Vegetarian Heartland, my first cookbook, is finally out in the world! I still remember April 1[...]

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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie

This Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Protein Smoothie recipe is great as a filling breakfast or post workout drink. If you know me in person then you know that I'm a big day dreamer. Some of my day dreams have turned into reality (hellloooo book deal) and some of them are just crazy (helloo mansion on the ocean with an indoor / outdoor kitchen and 3,000 square fo[...]

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Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade

This Berries and Cream Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Marmalade is a gorgeous tiered cake perfect for making on rainy spring days. It's topped with fresh whipped cream and berries. Hey friends! I'm back this week with an extra big grin on my face! I am still on cloud nine over how amazing the response has been for the Vegetarian Heartland pre-order! After you'v[...]

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Matcha & Blood Orange Tiramisu Cups

These Matcha & Blood Orange Tiramisu Cups are an earthy and citrus twist on the classic! This dessert is layered with creamy matcha custard and orange soaked ladyfingers. St. Patrick's Day is next week and I have your green dessert (that doesn't revolve around green beer) all ready for you! Some people see holidays as an excuse to hang out with friends an[...]

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Blood Orange Sorbet with Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce

This Blood Orange Sorbet with Red Wine Hot Fudge Sauce recipe is perfect for Valentine's Day or to make after a romantic dinner at home. Let's talk about Valentine's Day! I'm obviously not the super cutesy, deck the house out in pink kind of person (as you can tell by my somewhat normal photos for this post). I do, despite not getting super into the spirit of[...]

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Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies

These Almond Toffee Shortbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to fill out your cookie tray! Made with a hefty helping of butter, almond meal, and chocolate drizzle, these cookie bars are irresistible. I'm in full-on unapologetic holiday mode. We put our beautiful tree up last weekend but it looks a bit lacking without any gifts under it. I poked[...]

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dessert: Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices

Skip the Thanksgiving pie this year and whip up this easy Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices studded with fresh cranberries and scented with amaretto liquor instead. This post is part six of a six part series on Hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving. Please visit post one for the full menu and tips a hosting your own meat-free holiday. And just like that, we[...]

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Persimmon Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting

These Persimmon Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting are a perfect fall treat infusion of my southern Indiana persimmon pulp and the chinese green tea super powder, Matcha. Last month around this time, my neighbor, Susie, and I took our boyfriends on what we said was going to be a 'quick stop on the way to get some pizza'. What we didn't tell them is that we had sig[...]

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Chocolate Sheet Cake With Berry Frosting

This Chocolate Sheet Cake With Berry Frosting is a simple and elegant sheet cake that is perfect for feeding a crowd at your next gathering or party. Hiiii! I'm back after a little summer break and it feels so good to be back. I know, I should have mentioned that I was going to go a little quiet for a few weeks but I figured that it was the end of summer and[...]

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Corn Mint Fritters with Lavender Peaches

These Corn Mint Fritters are a sweet twist on traditional corn fritters. It's a bright dessert bursting with summer produce. So my official book deadline to get everything in (photos, bio, etc) was July 1st. I waited until the very last week to schedule my author photo because I wanted to have long beach hair with a sun-kissed tan in it (or that is what I tol[...]

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Amaretto Cherry Shortbread Cookie Slices

These Amaretto Cherry Shortbread Cookie Slices are easy shortbread slice cookies studded with fresh cherries and scented with amaretto liquor. First off, I apologize for my absence last week. I had planned to post a recipe on Thursday but it felt so inappropriate with all the shootings last week here in America. I won't dive deep into it all but I hope you ar[...]

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Roasted Blueberry Lavender Popsicles

These healthy Roasted Blueberry Lavender Popsicles for #popsicleweek are sure to cool you down for a refreshing snack or even an on the go breakfast! First off, #POPSICLEWEEK! Did you plant lavender in your garden this year? I've got all the standards - tomatoes, jalapenos, basil, thyme, tarragon, chives, rosemary, mint, and...lavender. It's been so hot, h[...]

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Spicy Watermelon Soda [Vegan]

This homemade sweet and spicy watermelon soda is the perfect fizzy non-alcohol drink recipe to quench your thirst on a hot day. When anyone asked me where my favorite restaurant was when I was a kid, I always said The Root Beer Stand (our local drive-up diner). There was something about that drive-up experience that made me go crazy with excitement, like a do[...]

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Cocoa Ricotta Muffins With Chocolate Streusel

These Cocoa Ricotta Muffins With Chocolate Streusel are dense and fudgy. This recipe is easy to whip up and perfect for an on the go breakfast, served with afternoon tea, or enjoyed as dessert. I've been in full summer reading mode with my permanent evening perch on our porch with a cup of peppermint tea. I have a long list of titles I've written down from po[...]

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Pistachio Pound Cake with Strawberries in Lavender Sugar

This Pistachio Pound Cake with Strawberries in Lavender Sugar is the perfect simple, floral dessert to whip up as soon as the first berries of the season hit.  All I could think about when whipping up this cake was my favorite Beyoncé lyric I always jokingly yell at Wyatt when I'm feeling extra sassy, You wish I was your poundcake. To say I made this cake p[...]

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Hoosier Rum Raisin Sugar Cream Pie

I think my mother has always been in the midst of an identity crisis. She grew up on the south side of Chicago, but yet she decided to settle down and have a family in a small town in Indiana. She's often complains about the slow pace of life in Indiana: the lack of international cuisine, lack of nightlife entertainment, and the small town gossip. Growing up, wh[...]

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Plum Galette With Hazelnut Frangipane

First off, I'm sorry for posting book reviews two weeks in a row but I promise it's only because I've been hard at work getting some holiday recipes together for all of you; I will begin rolling those out over the next few weeks! Plus, this Plum Galette With Hazelnut Frangipane is A-MAZING so what am I even apologizing for? Can you believe it's already Novemb[...]

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Drownie (Brownie Affogato)

Hey Friends! I'm back after an unintentional two week hiatus! To be completely honest, I made these cherry fritters for you all a few weeks back but had trouble finding the light in our new house and wasn't happy with how the photos turned out (although the actual fritters were beyond amazing)! I'm still experimenting with the best spot for photos in our new hou[...]

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Whipped Cocoa Mascarpone & Fruit Crostinis

Okay, so I'm sorry for all the dessert posts lately (not really) but the fruit at my market this year has just been too amazing looking to pass up. Perhaps I'm still recovering from the winter drought of frozen blueberries and more...frozen blueberries but I just can't help myself when I pass all the bright and vibrant colors in the produce aisle. Wyatt and[...]

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Cocoa Biscuits With Cinnamon Nut Ice Cream

I've spent the last couple of years trying to get my biscuit game down as biscuits and gravy are one of Wyatt's favorite foods. I still remember the first time I made biscuits and gravy; it was Wyatt's first birthday that we were together for and I wanted to make him B&G that I could serve him in bed. I had never had B&G before since all the Midwest grav[...]

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Sugar High / 90’s Donut: Surge Soda (Lemon-Lime) Glazed Donuts With Pop Rock Sprinkles

Happy National Donut Day! These donuts are a tribute to my favorite past decade: the 1990's and this scene from Empire Records. Being a kid in the 90's, growing up watching my three older siblings and three older cousins (all of who lived with us when I was a kid) discover 90's music, fashion, and lifestyle while I was too young to immerse myself personally, mad[...]