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Monday, April 2, 2012

pb+j — revolutionary tastebud-dropper

  • 2 fresh slices of bread
  • 2 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of fruit jam — anything but grape

Okay, I’m embarrassed it’s taken me this long to post such an American classic. Who can resist the delightful sweetness of fresh jam (jelly is a misnomer) paired with salty peanut butter? And in a sandwich no less? (Put anything in a sandwich, and it just gets delicious.)

homemade plum jam (I kid you not — my sis and I have the poison ivy to prove it)

crunchy peanut butter

I unleash the secret recipe known to a privileged few, namely my younger cousin who refused to eat anything else until age 8. She also taught me the trick of sprinkling on a little cinnamon, but hey, don’t get crazy.


cauliflower whatcha-ma-callit

Monday, March 26, 2012

cauliflower gazpacho — springtime in new york

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 2 cups sprouts (I found some tasty-looking pea shoots)
  • 1/2 cup fresh vegetable juice
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of cayenne pepper

The only explanation for how breathtaking spring is here seems to be the contrast against the raging cold. Granted, we’re not in Chicago, but the winter was pretty biting, coming from 70° winters in Austin. (I kid you not, one time it hit a Texas high of 90°.) I was mightily grateful to experience a real winter, but even more ecstatic to have a fresh breath of spring.

fresh daffodils!

fresh dozens


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dark chocolate goodness.

Friday, March 23, 2012

dark chocolate covered kale chips — pretty sweet

  • 1 bunch — about 3 cups — crunchy kale
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower (or high heat) oil
  • 7 oz your favorite dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • *1/4 cup of raw almonds — optional

I know, it sounds crazy. What is my chocolate doing, drizzling over some greens? Clearly being mischievous. And honestly, when I first read this recipe, I thought the exact same thing.

But the flavors are perfect for each other! Rich, smooth chocolate over crispy strips of kale leaves. Simply decadent.


don't sneak too many of 'em.

Dinosaur Kale


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green eggs sans ham!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

green eggs sans ham — sister visit!

  • 5 scallions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp high-heat oil
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper

So this past weekend my sweet sister visited me here in New York!

Man, I missed her. Between catching up and hugging, we walked ourselves to death, laughed ridiculously, and ate ourselves silly. So this Saturday morning I wanted to show a lil’ appreciation and made some (impromptu) breakfast. Veggies and protein were definitely needed after devouring an assortment of pizza, noodles, and three, yep, three Pretzel Croissants. (I highly suggest camping out in front of Birdbath Bakery and inhaling one the minute they open tomorrow morning. Good stuff.)

jazz band we stumbled upon

chess in the park

fresh, orange ginger cannolis


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