Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Special thanks to Yahoo! for sponsoring this post! Happy December! Today is the day The Einkorn Cookbook officially releases, so if you haven't ordered your copy yet, now would be a great time to do so---go ahead, I'll wait---and once you've got a copy in your hands this winter season, why not cuddle up with it alongside a glass of homemade hot chocolate? It's a myth that making homemade hot chocolate has to take longer and/or be more involved than making the packaged kind that comes in a box. Have you believed this? Don't. To put together your own, real-foods, deliciously rich and creamy hot chocolate, here are the pantry staples that you need: milk (raw milk or coconut milk are our favorites), cocoa powder and a sweetener (honey or maple syrup work great). You mix the three of them together, proportions according to your tastes, and have a hot, chocolatey beverage ready in 10 minutes or less. In today's version, I added a bit of cayenne pepper and a dash of salt, but those … [Read more...]

Strawberry (Basil) Jam + Strawberry Jam Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Last week, my friend Christina and I went strawberry picking. I like Christina. Christina is sharp and funny and unassuming enough to regularly surprise you as you get to know her over time. She's one of the maybe three friends I've ever had who is a twin. I've always wished I were a twin. People sometimes mistook my brother and me for twins (do you see it?) but, as his knee-jerk reaction has always been sheer and absolute horror when these assumptions have been made, I think it's safe to say I'm the only one flattered there. I met Christina's twin, Nicole, a few months ago over tacos at a table barely as wide as a paperback book; I liked her, too. … [Read more...]

Guest Post at G0lubka: Garlic Onion Vegetable Dip

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Hi, gang. Today's post is something of a bonus for the week because it's actually a guest post published over at the ever beautiful, truly inspiring g0lubka blog. While they're in the midst of editing an upcoming cookbook (set to publish in 2014!), Anya's been gathering a series of guest posts from fellow bloggers for her site. The first, published last week, featured truly stunning lemon tarts from another talent you may recognize, the lovely Laura of The First Mess, and it had us salivating. Anyway, we're so honored to post at g0lubka because it is a site defined by beauty, whole foods and a wonderful perspective that embraces the idea of trying new foods and knowing when to be flexible. In our post today, we're sharing a super simple garlic onion veggie dip, which was truly Tim's brainchild. The base isn't sour cream or yogurt, but, are you ready for this, cashews---and, trust me when I tell you, it's good enough to eat with a spoon! Read the post and check out the recipe over … [Read more...]

Megan Fleiner’s 5-Ingredient Thai Curry in a Hurry

I should start off by telling you my blog friend Megan doesn't call this recipe curry in a hurry. Curry in a hurry is what I call it---because, my friends, this is a curry that can be on the table in 10 to 15 minutes flat. If the rice and vegetables are cooked ahead of time, or, at least, cooked while you're off doing something else, dinner prep is barely dinner prep. Dinner prep is as mindless as reheating leftovers or buying one of those ready-made things you dump into a pan on the stove. Dinner prep takes less time than it takes to go pick up takeout, watch an entire sitcom or, you know, blowdry my thick head of hair (which is why I rarely do). … [Read more...]

Coconut Milk Mexican Flan (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I go to used bookstores for the same reason I look into windows when we're driving down residential streets at night: I like to imagine the people inside. The same way I fix my gaze on the warm glow of a table illuminated by candlelight or the man who's sitting in his recliner all alone, I pick up a hardcover, tracing over the handwriting, wondering about the person who underlined that passage or the reader who signed her name in this front flap. This might be what I love about the first-edition copy of The Art of Mexican Cooking, written by Jan Aaron and Georgine Sachs Salom, that I found at McKay Used Book Store Friday Night. Published in 1965, this beauty has all the earmarks of another era, one in which American women still wore skirts and aprons to make dinner and in which Mexican food (along with other ethnic cuisines) was just beginning to enter the conversation. There are hand-drawn illustrations at the division pages, created by artist Dierdre Stanforth, the same … [Read more...]

Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry

I realize two days before Thanksgiving is not exactly the ideal time to post a Thai chicken recipe, not when the majority of cooking America is, at this very moment, abuzz with turkey, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. But, forgive me, I have this habit of assuming all of you out there aren't so different from me, and so I figure maybe you're also two days away from attending a delicious Thanksgiving meal in another state, one that's so completely out of your hands, you already know all that will be expected of you is to show up, maybe chop a vegetable or two. In that case, finding another Thanksgiving recipe is not the pressing issue on your mind, but, what to make for dinner tonight, the night before you fly home, is---and so here's something easy and quick. The truth is, even if I were in charge of the meal on Thursday, that would only mean remaking a dozen or so of the same dishes my family eats every year: turkey and potatoes and green beans, maybe a gelatin … [Read more...]