Za’atar Maanakish

I love the taste of za’atar! It is earthy, tangy, and nutty with a hint of citrus. I wanted to make some homemade za’atar flatbread or maanakish, a Lebanese dish. Activate the yeast by adding 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 teaspoon dry yeast. Mix well and let it sit for…

Tomato, Zucchini, and Caramelized Onion Galette

This summer we had tons of tomatoes and we started not to know what to do with them. I decided to make an easy Tomato, Zucchini and Onion Galette. Galettes are very versatile, and you can substitute other vegetables and cheese to this dish. Begin by frosting the prepackaged puff pastry according to instructions on…

Banana Peel Bacon

In an effort to reduce food waste, I decided to try out a recipe that I thought was pretty weird. Normally you don’t eat banana peels and they mostly end up in the compost but this recipe uses the peels to make vegan bacon! Begin by peeling the bananas leaving long strips. Using a spoon,…

Pumpkin Pie Puree

Fresh pumpkin pie puree is better than canned. It is a lot easier than you think and you can use the puree for a ton of different applications. I love having extra puree on hand to make things like cakes and pasta sauce. Start by getting a pumpkin. Look for pumpkins that are meant for…

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

I never get rid of pumpkin seeds after making pumpkin puree or when carving a pumpkin. They are just so tasty when roasted. It makes a perfect snack. After collecting the seeds, clean the seeds thoroughly to remove the slimy coating and any leftover stringy innards. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix seeds with olive oil….

Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry season is almost over. During this season the berries are sweet and delicious. Of course sometimes you get too many and they start getting wrinkly and squishy. This makes them perfect for making fresh blueberry sauce for pancakes or crepes. First start with 2-3 cups of blueberries. Add a tablespoon of honey. Pour enough…

Almond Puff Pastries

My aunt usually gets us these almond paste pastries called Copenhagens. We loved them a lot and wanted to find a recipe that was similar but we couldn’t. I cheated a little because a true Copenhagen has a yeast based pastry and isn’t as flaky as puff pastry. Try this out and let me know…

Smash Cake

We celebrated my son’s first birthday with a smash cake. Of course with anything I give him, I try to make it healthier by making at home. Here is a recipe that I tried out. Start by beating 4 egg whites (room temperature) with 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and…

Pineapple Turnovers

I often want an easy breakfast for those weekends when you are too lazy to make breakfast. This recipe hits all those check boxes. I had some leftover pineapple jam when I made Pineapple Tarts so I made some turnovers with it. You can use other jams as well or even some apple pie filling….

Tofu Nuggets

Lately I have been following a lot of vegetarian/vegan youtubers. This recipe was really interesting as you had to freeze tofu and defrost it to get it to a texture that resembles meat. Because tofu comes sealed it is safe to freeze, defrost and freeze again. To get the peel apart texture of vegan meat,…