Challah Bread

This weekend I made Challah bread.
Challah reminds me a lot of Italian sweet bread, a bread that Italians (at least in my family) have at Easter time. It can have raisins or other dried fruit in it. It’s wonderful freshly cut, or toasted. My mother makes two loaves, one with raisins and another plain.
Back to the Challah.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter, if you’re not allergic, is pretty amazing and I love how versatile it is. It can be decadent or  wholesome; chunky or smooth; a snack or a meal. Not to mention it’s inexpensive, something you can even make yourself, and pairs well with chocolate, banana, fruit…the list goes on.

I’m looking for an everyday peanut butter cookie. One that’s wholesomely decadent. One that doesn’t call for white flour and lots of butter, white sugar and brown sugar.

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Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet Cream Cheese Frosting

Make. This. Cake. Now.

No seriously, go make this cake. I promise you won’t regret it. No matter what kind of day you have, you will have this cake to come home to and that is special.

As soon as I spotted this recipe I knew I had to make this cake and Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse to create this hot magenta frosting.  This cake is moist (ahhhh I hate that word), delicious and so flavorful. It’s so much more than chocolate cake. If you love beets or hate beets, you can’t taste them in this cake.

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Three Flour Bread

Generally, if I don’t make bread then I don’t eat bread. I haven’t made bread since late-December. That must be some kind of record. I love bread. I was raised in a carb-loving, yeast-craving family. Breakfast doesn’t feel complete without some type of flour-based treat. Nothing eases me more than a lightly toasted piece of buttered homemade bread with a cup of tea. That was my RX when I first landed in Ireland- experiencing the meaning of homesick for the first time in my 19-year old life.

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies (healthy style)

Today I was determined. Determined to make it to the AM spin class. I left on time. I got there on time. My determination paid off. Until, that is, I discovered I had arrived an hour late and the class was ending. I couldn’t walk out. I walked in and geared up my bike with such confidence and determination.  Instead of walking out, I decided to stay and spin on my own. I’ve never done this and at the start I thought I would never again, but by the end I was glad I made the mistake. I challenged myself and worked up a sweat. Feeling good, I went home and baked these cookies.

These cookies are packed with flavor. Banana, cinnamon, and chocolate. While in most cases it’s an oxy-moron, these cookies are healthy. Crazy-sauce! These cookies have no dairy, sugar (except for the chocolate chunks), or flour. How could they be good? They are good. Maybe it’s because they are guiltless, or maybe it’s because the cinnamon, chocolate and banana work so well together.

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Oatmeal Chocolate-Chunk Buckwheat Cookies

One day I’m writing about a detox and the next cookies. Welcome to my world! I missed spending time with butter, sugar and vanilla, not to mention a Pandora playlist of my choosing. So, in preparation for Sunday’s series two premier of Downton Abby I spent some quality time with the aforementioned ingredients and made some special cookies.

These cookies are good, like really, really good.

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