Tackling the Green Monster

I’ve spent my fair share of time browsing blogs from runners and health fanatics, and I have often come across writers swearing by their morning spinach smoothies. In theory, I loved the idea of a nutrient-packed easy breakfast to start my day. But even though every proponent of the smoothies swore they didn’t actually taste like spinach, I was skeptical. Then I talked to my friend Jess, who assured me the shakes were delicious. She pointed me in the direction of a basic recipe, and I decided to take the plunge. After my experience with the juice cleanse, I was pretty certain I’d hate the spinach. But even if I ended up hating it, I’d only be out a few dollars for the ingredients.  Continue reading

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Potlucky Brunch: Spinach Gruyere Strata Recipe

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, but this is a good one to keep on file. Trying to plan a summer potlucky gathering was proving a challenge with my busy summer schedule. But I was anxious to have the gang over at the new place, so I decided a brunch event would be a good placeholder until the next potlucky dinner event.  Continue reading

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Dried Pineapple Flowers: Recipe & Tutorial

I made these beautiful pina colada cupcakes for a Tiki-themed cocktail party hosted by Jen and Jon, of the Hungry Runner and Home Speakeasy. The cupcakes tasted great and were super moist. They had a little bit of booze in them, to fit with the theme. I went with a very light whipped cream cheese frosting, and sprinkled them with some Hibiscus sugar I purchased in St. Martin. The dried pineapple flowers were really the stars of these cupcakes, and were so simple to make. These cupcakes definitely scream warm weather and would be the perfect addition to any Spring or Summer party menu.  Continue reading

Avocado Spinach Quinoa Salad

We’ve been having some amazing early spring weather here in Philly. So to celebrate the first day of Spring, Matt and I decided to have a picnic dinner over in Schuylkill River Park. Unable to keep things simple, I planned an elaborate menu that I was working on almost til the sun went down. Luckily we were able to get over to the park just before sunset and had a lovely dinner. This quinoa salad was definitely one of the standout dishes of the meal. It was simple to make and super healthy.  Continue reading

Irish Potatoes

I have a very distinct memory of being in elementary school during our homeroom St. Patrick’s Day party, and someone handing me something they called an “Irish Potato.” Being a fan of potatoes, I happily popped it in my mouth, only to find it was really just a glob of cream cheese and coconut, two ingredients I despised at that point in my life. I made it a point to avoid the candy potato impostors after that. But this year, when it was suggested I make some Irish Potatoes as a St. Patrick’s Day treat, I figured I’d give them another chance. Even though my tastes have matured, the Irish Potatoes didn’t do it for me. I prefer my cream cheese frosting to be on top of a cupcake. But if you are looking to make some for your holiday festivities, here is a super easy recipe.  Continue reading

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I bring you Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes. These cupcakes are extremely moist and rich, and came out almost fudge-like. The flavor of the whiskey in the actual cupcake isn’t super strong, but I topped these with a chocolate sour cream frosting and a Jameson glaze, and they were the perfect St. Patty’s Day treat. Recipe below!

Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes (Modified from Annie’s Eats): 

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp whiskey
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs Continue reading