First day of Spring. St Paddy’s Day. SXSW. March Madness.
…and for the math nerd in me, Pi Day.
Longtime readers know I celebrate each year. Always with pie, usually shaped into Pi.
I do have a pie coming up for you all, and it is good.
In the meantime, to kick off the month I have a Pie Collection for Pi Day – sweet, savory, pie bites and pizza pies included.
I think I need to make these Spicy Potato Lentil Pies this weekend…
If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to see the whole collection.
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Some of you know I have a massive cookbook collection. I like to sit and read them like novels. I curl up on the couch with the dachshunds, a cup of green tea, and some dedicated time to savor a book – from beginning to end. I look at the photos and recipe choices on the first pass through, then go back and read more thoroughly the recipes that caught my eye.
…like just about every recipe in Angela’s brand new The Oh She Glows Cookbook.
Angela was one of the first blogs I read, years ago. I had a twitter account before I had a blog, and got to know her as an Oh She Glows reader and through tweets. Her blog recipes were among my favorites, as they are not only creative, but always foolproof and delicious. Angela definitely makes plant based and vegan an incredibly flavorful experience.
From the book, the first recipe I made was [click to continue…]
My first #ElleAPalooza recipe was a beautifully flavored gazpacho from a beautifully spirited Elle. My favorite recipe of hers.
Now I bring the comfort.
While I want to keep a positive and happy tone to my celebrating Elle this weekend, it is a somber and sad time. Recalling a life gone too soon is heartbreaking, especially when it was one that was joyous and happy and outspoken and caring.
Time for the comfort.
Elle knew comfort food.
This recipe is easy, quick, and can be customized to your flavor preferences. Melty cheese and flaky puff pastry surround my favorite Italian flavors.
I kept mine vegan, but followed Elle’s Supremely Tasty Puff Pastry Pizza Tart recipe for the most part. No meat (I did procure some vegan pepperoni but decided against it last minute), vegan cheese, piles of sauteed mushrooms, flavorful roasted red pepper and a huge bunch of fragrant fresh basil.
Comfort food at it’s best – and we can all use that today.
Thinking of you, Elle.
For those of you who polish up your DIY skills to make handmade gifts during the holidays, I have one for all the four legged friends in your life. Even if you have zero DIY skills – these are easy easy easy to make. A doggie cookie, if you will, with only five ingredients. Mint and banana – fresh breath and my dogs favorite snack? The dachshunds in this house are crazy for these.
Please come visit me at Attune today, where I share this easy recipe!
…there is also the cutest photo of Basil and Rosemary over there…
Minty Banana Dog Treats
I was having such fun baking from Natalie Slater’s Bake and Destroy cookbook, today I am sharing a brownie recipe from Natalie’s archives – can you tell why I chose this one? Anything that includes habanero, I am on board!
From Natalie’s sinstruction* below, you can use store-bought habanero oil. Because I have to be as complicated as possible, I made my own. My fingers burned for days. Totally worth it. These decadent brownies [click to continue…]
I have a couple early food memories around squash.
One is Grandpa Z’s zucchini. He would grow them bigger than our dachshund.
He would slice them into half-inch rounds, batter and fry them. Oooh mama, those were some good eatin’. Summertime at the grandparents house was fun and tasty.
I can still see Grandpa Z holding up one of his big zucchini, huge grin on his face.
The second memory is my mom’s favorite way to prepare squash – split in half, scoop out the innards, bake with a [click to continue…]