How to Temper Chocolate (the no-frills microwave method)|

I’m going to be real here and tell you right off the bat that tempering chocolate is NOT my favorite thing to do. It’s sort of a fussy thing, and being the mess that I am, I also tend to get chocolate errrywhere when I do it. That being said, it’s something that I’m glad I […]


Almond Champagne Poached Pears with Almond Whipped Cream |

One of the things that I LOVE about what I do is that I’m constantly discovering new flavor combinations and exposing myself to new types of food. Pears have not even once made an appearance on the blog before – not because I’d never had a pear before obviously, but because I was never really that […]


Sesame Seed Tahini Granola

October 25, 2014
Sesame Seed Tahini Granola - A crunchy granola with tons of perfectly-sweet, sesame-studded clumps and clusters.

So there have been lots and lots of more “indulgent” recipes around here lately – not counting this amazing chocolate bark which feels indulgent but is actually on the healthier side – and I figured it was time for a guilt-free recipe – aka granola alllll the way. This is basically the type of thing I […]

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Easy Fall Chocolate Bark with NatureBox

October 23, 2014
Easy Fall Chocolate Bark - a healthy, simple dessert for chocolate-lovers, loaded with classic fall flavors in every crunchy bite.  |

Truth: When I was putting this post together, I had a serious debate going on in my mind over whether chocolate bark should be categorized as a snack or not. I was *this* close to putting the recipe in the snack category, but then I decided that maybe some people don’t understand the concept of snacking chocolate like […]

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

October 21, 2014
Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars - pie crust gets swapped out for a moist, cake base and a irresistible crumble topping in this easy recipe.

These crumb bars are for all of you out there who don’t like pie crust — to which I say, you’re craaaazzzzy, but we can still be friends. :) Basically, imagine taking a cinnamon-spiced, brown sugar-infused whole wheat dough and a rich, nutty crumble topping smattered with graham cracker crumbs and dotted with pecan bits, […]

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Maple Date Scones

October 18, 2014
Maple Date Scones - buttery scones studded with sweet dates and laced with pure maple for so much flavor in every flaky bite. |

I own very, very few cookbooks (I can count 3 off the top of my head), which is sort of a weird thing. It’s not that I’m not into them, because I love flipping through them, looking at all the gorgeous photos, finding inspiration from some amazingly creative and talented people, and getting a sense of the unique […]

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Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread

October 15, 2014
Mixed Seeds Whole Wheat Bread  - use all your favorite seeds to make this hearty whole wheat loaf. |

We’re finally having a cool, cloudy day here in California which makes it seem like the perfect time to share a recipe for hearty homemade bread. This loaf seems especially appropriate – whole wheat, flecked with a mix of healthy seeds, and packed with flavor. It’s days like this that make me want to throw on […]

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Kitchen Reorganizing for POPtober + a Giveaway!

October 13, 2014
Inspiration for an Organized Kitchen/Pantry |

This is the day when I give you a *mini* behind-the-scenes look at my pantry and cover my face with my hands while I admit that it looks worse than I ever even realized. Except change that to the past tense because I officially have a (small) section of my pantry that’s super-organized and makes […]

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

October 11, 2014
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters - an indulgent dessert turned into a mini cheesecake shot.

How do you feel about the whole mini dessert thing? Because honestly, my typical answer is usually “no, no, no, no, NO”. I know they’re cute and all, but mini + dessert just doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. I like my desserts full-sized, thankyouverymuch. So obviously, I’m breaking my own rules here because these little […]

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 9, 2014
{The BEST} Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - a serious cookie lover's dream come true. |

Hellllooooo BEST COOKIES EVER. Actually there are wayyyy too many good cookies in the world to possibly choose a single best, but these are definitely up there on my top shelf. I love these Soft-Baked M&M cookies more than words can explain, and there are a few recipes I’ve yet to share that are every bit as […]

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