Bucking Tradition: Sunbutter Buckeyes

If you don’t know what a buckeye is, you’re probably not from Ohio. Buckeye trees are found throughout the Midwest, but Ohio appropriated the buckeye tree as its own and The Ohio State University claims the buckeye as its mascot. We refer to its seeds as “buckeyes.” When they drop from the tree, they have…

Making Memories: Maple Rhubarb Tarts

One of the things I love about food is that it has the power to take us to times and places that might otherwise be forgotten.  It’s an all-sensory experience. You see its shapes and shades, feel its textures, hear its crunch and sizzle, smell the warm aromas and, of course, taste its layers of…

Conquering Quinoa: Fried Rice-Style Quinoa

 I’m a better baker than cook, but when I do cook, I try to make good food that’s good for me. That was actually the reason I started cooking in my 20s — I lived in New York City and I was surrounded by awesome food all the time, but I was spending most of…

Autumn Indulgence: Pumpkin Babka

Fall in Northern California… is not quite fall. In San Francisco, there are no leaves crunching under foot and the temperature is more or less the same on October 15th as it is on July 15th. In the Midwest it’s an all-sensory experience that makes death pretty appealing: you can see the leaves transforming from…

Love for Labneh

My new obsession is Labneh. It’s lebanese yogurt — I’ve actually never had it in a restaurant in Chicago let alone in Lebanon so I don’t know exactly what it’s supposed to be like, so I don’t know if my end-product is quite right or not — but I use it as a dip or…