Not-Too-Unhealthy Apple Pie

Dear Reader, Making healthy recipes can be more complicated than it sounds. For one, often such recipes require a handful of ingredients you may not have on hand, like arrowhead root, spelt, agave, or coconut sugar. Additionally, at times these recipes substitute natural ingredients, like cane sugar, for more questionable options like stevia, erythritol, or... Continue Reading →

“Blueberry Pancake” Breakfast Muffins

Dear Reader, Pancakes have never been my breakfast of choice, however, every once in a while, it’s nice to have something sweet in the morning. Recently, I stumbled upon a healthy donut recipe on ChocolateCoveredKatie.com. While I had high hopes for a light fluffy pastry, somehow, my modifications created a whole other baked good —... Continue Reading →

Easy Creamy Coconut Cake

Dear Reader, I’m not the most patient person and for this reason, when I bake, I like to keep things simple. So, when I come across recipes, I often make adjustments that will cut down on the number of ingredients or reduce the prep time. Recently, I came across a coconut cake recipe that looked... Continue Reading →

Better than from a Box

Dear Reader, Do your homemade cakes come straight from the box? If so, that’s perfectly fine! Who doesn’t love a good Pillsbury cake mix (Funfetti anyone??)? If you’d like to step up your baking game, but don’t have the time to bake a cake from scratch, do read on…. The best cakes are moooooooist cakes... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas — Lite

Dear Reader, Merry Christmas!! And what a Christmas it has turned out to be! Christmas time is the “most wonderful time of the year,” but does this sentiment ring true in 2020? I, like very many of you out there, was unable to have a family gathering this Christmas. Scrolling through Facebook, I see that... Continue Reading →

The Better Potato

Dear Reader, The sweet potato fry will always hold a special place in my heart. At some point during college, I became more interested in consuming “nutritious” foods. So, in a very unscientific way, I decided that some foods were “preferable” to others. For instance, during this period, I decided that almond butter was superior... Continue Reading →

The First Crepe is a Blob

Dear Reader, As a novice baker, I tend to bake within my comfort zone. So, instead of looking far and wide for new recipes, I take comfort in putting together sweet breads (more here), flatbread (more here), and sometimes even cakes (more here). All was well in my little kitchen, until, unexpectedly, my boyfriend put... Continue Reading →

Never Bake a Cake in a Hurry

Dear Reader, A friendly piece of advice — never bake a cake in a hurry. During the pandemic, I have gotten into the habit of cooking dinner once a week for my boyfriend and I and preparing a dessert. In a routine way, I set aside 90 minutes (give or take 15 mins) one evening... Continue Reading →

Sad Little Loaves

Dear Reader, I have come to the point in this pandemic when I seem to be baking for the sake of baking rather than baking because I actually want to bake or am craving something sweet. For example, this past week, I made two types of pumpkin bread and have barely eaten either. The first... Continue Reading →

The Science of Baking

Dear Reader, When you account for all of the physical and chemical reactions, baking really is a messy sort of science. For example, when you make a cake you must mix and combine the ingredients (a physical reaction, i.e. when molecules are rearranged) and then bake everything in the oven (a chemical reaction, i.e. the... Continue Reading →

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