A Gal & Her Galette

For my entire life I’ve been a chocolate cake kind of person; however, the recent Instagram frenzy over rustic pies, known as galettes, piqued my interest in experimenting with baking something of the fruit-filled variety.

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After scoring the internet for a recipe that would result in the perfect crust, flakey, toothy but not too buttery, I settled on a wholewheat crust from Food52, one of my most favorite online hot spots for the epicurious. Their recipe contains apple cider vinegar which actually pairs nicely with the creaminess from the butter and results in a hearty crust that could be used for sweet OR savory pies.

The recipe from Food52 calls for plums, but I opted for their furry friend, the peach. It happened to be the end of stone fruit season, and I was determined to make the most of it.  I made the treck to the west side with a single thought in my mind, I must pick up the last of the peach harvest at the Logan Square Farmers Market. My mission was a success! In no time I was happily arranging peaches to my heart’s content.

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Because the peach galette was such a hit, I ended up making a savory pie with the same crust recipe and filling it with heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, goat cheese and prusciutto. And, by the grace of some higher power, both times I used this crust recipe I experienced very little spilling out of ingredients and splooging over the edges. Can I get an amen?

Check out the recipe here and make your own galette.

Go Nuts for Christmas

The holiday season can get a little nutty with the retelling of embarrassing stories, last minute manic shopping and the 24-7 sugar high, which is why, this year, I decided to do my out of town family a favor by loading them up with lots of treats full of ingredients to fuel them through this crazy time. What’s the secret ingredient? Nuts, and lots of them!

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Let me preface this by saying that just because these cookies are healthy is not a reason to discount their tastiness. Through extensive research, and some prior experimentation, I gathered a collection of yummy and nourishing cookies to share with friends and family.

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The Cheeseball Situation

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Have you ever been to a party where said cheese ball was promised, only to be met with disappointment and deflated expectations? You know what kind of ball I’m talking about. It’s florescent orange and speckled with questionable red flecks and symbolic slivered almonds. Ya, I’m not so convinced either. Enter the cheese ball situation…

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Fall Treats

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The recent dip in temperature can only mean one thing: PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.  I will admit, I’m not the first person to order a pumpkin spice latte (or even the last), but I am a huge advocate of any sort of pumpkin baked good. And what better to celebrate the season than freshly baked fall inspired cookies? If you’re the sharing type, your roommates are guaranteed to love you for this treat!

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Hot Cross Buns: A Lesson in Bread Baking

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Bread baking is something I have always wanted to try my hand at. The problem is, I am by no means a master pastry chef. Think of me of more as a follow the directions and throw it in the bowl food enthusiast. Baking, on the other hand, requires a lot more skill than just following and throwing. Needless to say, I was daunted.

The weeks leading up to Easter, my Instagram and YouTube feeds were jammed with a wealth of variations on hot cross buns. I remember one Easter when I was a kid my mom bought hot cross buns for our brunch. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. The two meek streaks of icing and chunks of candied fruit did not live up to the splendor that my mom had described the buns to be. However, this year’s inundation of recipes for these traditional Easter rolls had me, the daunted bread maker, intrigued.

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Have your Breakfast, and Drink it Too

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Most mornings I want to get out the door as soon as possible. This means taking my breakfast on the road, or train tracks shall I say. I can’t remember the last time I skipped breakfast, but I do know hanger was definitely involved! To keep hanger at bay, I always make sure to have quick and easy meals that will keep me full and my claws in check. However, the frigid winter made it difficult to grab something quick like a smoothie, but now that the weather is beginning to warm up (hopefully, maybe??) I am reaching for smoothies almost every morning.

Sometimes I even make a little extra and pack it for a fast snack later in the day!

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Dessert for Breakfast

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Beets seem to be taking center stage as of late, but let us not forget about the almighty chia seed! The poppy-seed like granules are always making their way into my food. It’s hard not to include them in recipes when every time I open my pantry, I am stared down by a Costco sized bag of them.

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