Simple, Healthy, Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I love bananas. I always try to keep a few on hand for my breakfast favorite, kale smoothies. If I wait a bit too long and they get overripe, I just use them for banana bread… Or freeze them for future banana bread! 😉 Here’s another recipe with a difficulty level similar to the NY Times’ Monday crossword – simple enough to finish with limited brainpower, while still giving a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

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Pear-Raspberry Tart and a goodbye to Everyday Food

This fall, I have been happily cooking through my latest copy of Everyday Food magazine — the latest, this delicious pear-raspberry tart.

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Coconut Milk, Granola, and Berry Parfait

An easy, non-dairy riff on the ol’ yogurt parfait. Except, in my opinion, even better! It is so simple that I debated not posting — but honestly, it’s so good it needs to be shared.

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Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

I remember the first time I had bread pudding. I was in college, a time where I was exposed to so many new things outside of my (wonderful!) sheltered small-town upbringing. Armed with a dessert coupon to an upscale local restaurant, I remember reading “bread pudding” on the menu and wrinkling my nose. What an odd thing to have for dessert! “No, it’s good!” my friend tried to convince me — and from that first creamy bite, I was hooked.

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Low-Sugar, Gluten-Free Black and White Cake

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been on a bit of a food journey the past few months. A stint at eating “South Beach” and fully eliminating all processed sugars led me to read up much more on a variety of eating styles, including Paleo/Caveman, low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free, raw food, and low-glycemic index. I have to say that I’ve learned a lot, and although I can’t say I will live this way 100%, I’ve been exposed to a lot of new ingredients and opinions, and it will have an influence on the way I cook.

All this diet tinkering combined with an exceptionally busy phase at school (although I’m coming to terms with the fact that, as a PhD student, “exceptionally busy” = “daily life”) means I didn’t have too many blog-worthy recipes over the past few months. Beyond eating a lot of simple salads, soups, and proteins, this cake recipe was one of the more interesting things I discovered along the way.

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Spiced Maple Vanilla Walnuts

By the time this is posted, I will be in San Diego to visit friends and get some studying done (seriously!). In preparation for this trip I realized I didn’t want to arrive empty-handed, but my small graduate school budget didn’t allow for very extravagant gifts. So I planned some food-related treats to make and, the night before my flight, I put together some baked goods, treats, and an econometrics problem set. Two of those were much more delicious than the other… Two of those also made a lot more sense than the other… 😉

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