Roasted cauliflower with chimmichuri, tahini, ponegranate, and pine nuts

This barely counts as a recipe. It’s THAT easy. It’s a re-creation of a dish my sister and I had at Sesamo in Barcelona. It’s insanely flavorul: crunchy, creamy, and tangy all at the same time. The tahini and chimmichuri play perfectly off each other. The tahini brings richness, the chimmichuri brings tartness and heat,…

Spring panzanella with lemon-pesto dressing

Confession: I’m a vegetarian and I don’t love salads. It’s all those pesky greens getting in the way: spinach, arugula, romaine…they just get soggy and sad. But not this salad. This salad features bread as the superstar. Instead of the traditional tomato-basil pairing in panzanella, this version has crispy spring veggies and a zesty lemon-pesto…

Carrot cake bars with cream cheese swirl

A carrot cake and a cheesecake walk into a bar… Okay silly jokes aside, that’s exactly what this bar is. If you like carrot cake and you like cheesecake and you really like handheld desserts that let you eat and walk at the same time, you’ll enjoy this recipe. It’s basically a blondie recipe with…

Vegan chai spice gingerbread stout cake

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. In my early 20s, I would have spent the morning bar hopping on Polk St with my friends. Now, at the end of my 20s, I’d rather spend the day baking, reading, and enjoying this rainy weather. Is this what it means to be an adult? I was looking for…

Fresh berry pop tarts

I used to love pop tarts as a kid. Ah those innocent days where we consumed high fructose corn syrup and food coloring on the regular. The funny thing is, I had a pop tart a few years ago and I thought it tasted like cardboard. Very sugary cardboard. But then I had brunch at…

Baked vegetables in white sauce

This is one of my nostalgia foods. I used to love when my mom made this for us growing up. On weeks when San Francisco temperatures actually dip into the forties, I crave this. It has the creamy comfort of mac and cheese but with veggies instead of pasta. The recipe calls for a basic…

Chloe’s Vegan Holiday Spice Creme Brulee

My sister turned vegan a couple months ago, so this holiday season was the perfect time to try some new dairy-free desserts. I’ve been a fan of vegan chef and businesswoman Chloe Coscarelli since she first won Cupcake Wars. This is a slight adaptation of her Holiday Spice Creme Brulee. Creme brulee is a creamy…

Peach blackberry galette with cardamom pistachio streusel

It’s the last few days of summer, and I just had to find a way to use some of my favorite summer produce: stone fruit and berries.  This is a great dessert to throw together when you have last minute company coming over. I love galettes because they look fancier than they actually are. Readymade…

Eggless cheesecake stuffed pumpkin bread

It’s halfway through September and I couldn’t be happier. I love fall. I love pumpkin. And I love that it’s prime baking season.  I grew up in a household without eggs, which always made baking a bit tricky. Whenever I had to make brownies for a class project or fundraiser, I’d go make them my…

Green bean, tomato, and feta salad with walnuts 

There’s just something about eating seasonal that makes me feel good.  In California, you can get most produce year round, but I like the idea of eating local fruits and veggies at their peak.  I was reading a list of seasonal produce for August, saw green beans on that list, and started to crave them. …

5 minute gazpacho 

I got back from an epic trip to Barcelona and Portugal last week and I’m already experiencing withdrawals. The architecture, the petiscos, the pastries…more about that soon. Luckily, this humble yet flavorful soup helps me pretend I’m still there. It comes together in minutes, and is perfect for hot summer nights when I want to…

Modern Istanbul Eats with Feastly

My friend and colleague Priya invited me to check out this awesome vegetarian Turkish lunch she found on Feastly. Feastly connects talented local chefs and home. cooks with diners looking for an intimate, off the beaten path dining experience. This lunch was a modern interpretation of Turkish cuisine, prepared by the lovely Laura and Sayat…