Jazzed-up Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

  I love tomato bruschetta.   Maybe even more than chocolate.   Vine ripe tomatoes + fresh basil + lots and lots of garlic = heaven on a toasty cloud of bruschetta bliss. Mm...Mmm...mmmm....   And it just so happens that I am a tomato bruschetta expert. It's a serious profession. Pleased to meet you.   Tomato bruschetta has been one of my favorite foods for as long as I can remember. Living off a college kid's budget, studying in Rome … [Read more...]

Strawberry Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream and Sweet Strawberry Sauce

Happy Monday everyone! I am in a super extra happy mood today for 3 fabulous reasons! 1. I started drinking caffeine again. This is maybe the only reason I am happy at 6:00 am. 2. I leave for New York City in 6 days! 6 DAYS! I can almost taste the bagels...hear Daniel Radcliffe prancing around Broadway... And the main reason.... 3. I am guest posting over on Carol's fabulous blog, Ditch the Wheat! If you haven't checked her out already... DO IT. She is the queen of low carb and gluten-free. … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

 So today's post is extra special - like deserving of glitter, a gold star, and maybe even a firework kind of special... I hosted my very first dinner party ever yesterday! I am so excited that Foodbuzz.com liked my proposal for an Earth Day themed, earth-friendly, vegetarian (mostly vegan!) dinner party, because it gave me an amazing excuse to invite over my closest friends to be with the people I love the most - doing the thing I love the most...cooking! I loved having an Earth … [Read more...]

Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff's butter and buttermilk... but first... Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below? If you're a little confused its probably because you're used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!! I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday … [Read more...]

Vegan & GF Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It's Monday everyone...uh oh... And it's not just any Monday. Its Daylight Savings Monday. Its when whatever powers at be decided that getting up early wasn't nearly a big enough struggle and that we should now set our clocks an hour back so that we no longer wake up to sunshine and birds chirping, but pitch black and crickets. And the moon. I go to the bed with the moon. I do not wake up with the moon. But I guess now we get dinner's with sunsets and evening commutes with sunshine so I … [Read more...]

Gooey Rocky Road Bars

Ok....so these brownies are ugly. Like really ugly. But I don't judge you when you're having a bad hair day? Or when you only have two finger nails still painted pink because you were too lazy to scrub off the rest.. Or when you wore that awful sparkly headband last weekend. Ok okkkkkk so maybe that was me last week. But whatever, stop staring.... ! We all have those days. Some more than others.... So these are not the Heidi Klum of brownies, but what they lack in looks they make up for in … [Read more...]