Blueberry Walnut Banana Bread

I was a blueberry FIEND when I was younger. It wasn’t uncommon for little 10-year-old Kellyn to down a pint or two in one sitting and I was constantly wondering why they were sold in those little plastic containers instead of barrels. My love of blueberries has certainly not diminished with age, but my portions…

Peanut Yam Soup

I have never been a big soup person. I get that they can be healthy and light and refreshing and whatnot, but in my experience they are rarely satiating and are a major spill hazard. I can even count  how many outfits I have ruined with soup droplets. Overall, the effort is not worth the…

Spicy Parmesan Focaccia Rolls

Some people will tell you that a loaf should be made with only three ingredients: flour, water, and yeast. However, I’m sure that even the most stubborn bread purists will change their tune after having one of these pillowy, flavor-packed rolls. I’ll admit that it’s difficult to improve this classic carb, but adding a layer of…

Peach and Blueberry Crisp

One of the best things about summer is the seemingly endless array of fruits and vegetables. Living in Minnesota, there is an immense difference between winter and summer offerings, so I try to make the most of this brief┬ábounty by incorporating as many seasonal ingredients into my recipes as possible. One of my newfound favorite…

Freeform Mushroom Tart

There are two types of people in this world: mushroom lovers and mushroom haters. In fact, I don’t think there is another food (except maybe pineapple pizza) that divides people so. However, this mushroom tart recipe managed to engender support from both my brother – who previously denounced mushrooms as gross, rubbery, and unfit for…

Irish Brown Bread

Cooking is kind of a thing in my family. Any time we’re together it gets a little bit hectic in the kitchen-everyone scurrying around making their signature dishes. There are certain things that are implied, that people know they are expected to make, bring, and share. Molasses cookies, orzo salad, and, one of my personal…

Asian Peanut Noodles

As you can probably tell, I’m an avid consumer of pasta. It’s a great way to experiment with new flavors, and that’s exactly what I did today. I’m not particularly proficient in the technicalities of Asian cuisine, but I can generally throw a few oriental ingredients together to form something moderately tasty. I’m sure it’s…

Ricotta and Vegetable Stuffed Shells

I LOVE pasta. It’s one of my absolute favorite ingredients to work with simply because of its versatility. There are so many possibilities: lasagna, pasta salad, spaghetti…the list goes on for ages. However, despite the never ending options, it can be easy to get stuck in a noodles and red sauce rut. Whenever this happens…

Butter Almond Cake

I may be the only one, but there are certain people that I can think of no other way to describe than cute. You look at them, and you just want to pinch their cheeks and talk to them like they’re a newborn puppy. They have little things that they do, maybe without even realizing…

Seared Root Vegetable Stew

I’m not often a fan of stews or soups, really any liquid that’s meant to be a meal. However, this dish has enough hearty vegetables and flavors, that I think it acts as more of a flavor bath for the meal than anything else. I can’t decide if flavor bath sounds appetizing or repulsive, so…

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Oh yes, it’s that time if year again. The smell of holly, spruce and gingerbread fills the air…but what do you look forward to most? Be honest. It’s Christmas dinner of course! Oddly enough, I as a vegetarian, have a very opinionated perspective on meats served on their respective holidays. Turkey is for thanksgiving, and…

I Think I’m In Love

I’m laughing. You thought I was going to write some deep inspirational crap about a boy. No, no, no. This is a food blog people, get your heads out of the gutter. I’m about to talk to you about something far better: macaroni and cheese. I’ve always loved tomatoes and cheese together. When I was…