Jacqui and Shira’s Epic Baked Apples

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IMG_0325-0.JPG A few weekends ago I went away with some friends. We just traveled a few hours from the city and rented a house for the weekend (I’m going through an Airbnb obsession right now). My favorite thing to do on a weekend away, which should come as no surprise, is to cook big fun meals and get everyone involved. All my friends were on board, but this group came with lots of baggage. I’m dairy-free, someone else is gluten-free, and someone else is vegetarian. Oof! Daunting, right? It’s a good thing we’re up for a challenge.

Gluten-free desserts are often a hit-or-miss game for me. I have a few go-to recipes (see chewy chocolate brownie cookies), but baked apples might be my favorite. These babies are so much better than what probably comes to mind when I say “baked apples.” My friends in college would sometimes make these for us on long nights of baking. They are cored, plugged with peanut butter, stuffed with oats and chocolate chips, and plugged back up with more peanut butter. Pro tip: they make an excellent breakfast. They are so easy and SO good. Thank you Jacqui and Shira for this deeeelish recipe! The only negative is that they take about an hour to bake and the smell can really try my patience. By the time they were done in the oven during our girls weekend, almost everyone was asleep! We ended up with baked apples for breakfast and no regrets. Continue reading

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Challah Waffles

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Today is a good day. There was a blizzard here in New York so the world is covered in a beautiful white blanket. And my office is closed! I get to spend a wonderful day on the couch with my roommates, cooking, eating, and watching TV. At some point I’ll probably venture out. If I had snowpants I would already have made a snow angel. It’s times like these I miss having a yard. Regardless of whether or not I go outside, there will definitely be hot chocolate.

I’ve been thinking of making yeast waffles for a while now. When we got out of work early yesterday, I decided last night was the perfect time to prepare them. I knew they’d make the best snow day breakfast. You let the dough rise in the fridge overnight and in the morning you get doughy, bready waffles. One of my favorite bloggers, Molly Yeh of mynameisyeh.com, has a recipe for yeast waffles that I instantly needed to try. They aren’t any regular yeast waffles, these babies are CHALLAH WAFFLES! Yes, you heard me. The recipe for the dough is similar to challah dough, and you knead in pearl sugar before throwing them on the waffle iron.

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The snowy world outside my apartment window.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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I’ve been thinking about these muffins all week, but two things were stopping me from making them: I didn’t have lemons and I didn’t have poppy seeds. I finally got to the supermarket yesterday, and here we are. Saturday morning muffins!

I have a particular fondness for lemon poppy seed muffins. I remember in middle school I used to get them all the time at the coffee shop in town while I waited for my hebrew school carpool. The coffee shop used to get some of their baked goods from a nondairy bakery, which was great for me. I’ve never tried making them myself before, but today seemed like a great day to try! Continue reading

Tortilla Espanola

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ImageTortilla Espanola is an egg and potato dish similar to a fritata but a little more technically complicated. I first tried it on a trip to Spain one summer, made by my friend’s Spanish grandmother. Yaya’s tortilla was incredible, I think I need 50 more years to perfect it like she has. I’ve made it five or six times, and I can assure you it gets easier with practice.

The most complicated part is the flip. Once the bottom of the pan has cooked and browned, you have to flip the entire contents of the pan over. In Spain, this dish is so ubiquitous that they have a special plate for tortilla flipping! I usually use a cutting board. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Scones – The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser

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Last Sunday, we celebrated the bachelorette party of a friend who is getting married in a week. It was a bachelorette brunch that required the perfect breakfast sweet. What could be better than scones?

These are my favorite recipe to have in my back pocket at all times. By back pocket, in this modern world, I mean saved as a draft in my email. Scones are always a hit wherever I bring them. They seem so much fancier than chocolate chip cookies, when really they take just as little work. Delve into this easy recipe and enjoy!  Yum! Continue reading

Shakshuka

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Merry Christmas!  Like any good Jewish girl on Christmas, my plans today include Asian food and a movie (Wolf of Wall Street, hi Leo!).  Last night, though, with little to do and a big appetite, I decided it would be the perfect time to christen my new cast iron skillet.  I have a few more things a-brewing, including soup and short ribs, but for now all you get are these eggs.

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