Okra Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know you’re looking at that heading and thinking “oh, no she didn’t!”  But I’d like to counter that with “oh, yes I did!”  See?! Holy unconventional use of vegetables, Batman!  Okra in cookies?  Madness!  Delicious madness! I was actually trying to figure out how to use the last of this round of okra in … Continue reading

Homemade Nutella on a fresh peach scone

It’s no secret that my favorite food is Nutella.  My death row meal would be a jar of Nutella, a box of Nilla Wafers, and enough Diet Coke to kill me before the firing squad did the job.  I’ve always wanted to make my own Nutella and I finally got around to it.  Why, oh … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Beet Brownies

Beets have a dirty little secret.  Shhh….they’re great with chocolate!  When you get in a beet rut and you’ve exhausted all the roasting/boiling/broiling options, then it’s time to grind them up and make some brownies.  When you serve these tasty treats, nobody’s going to say “ewwww, you put beets in my brownies!”  Instead you’ll get … Continue reading

Strawberry Mint Conserve

Mint.  Man, is this stuff hard.  I’m making headway through my bunch from last week’s box.  Today I made strawberry mint conserve, inspired by the strawberry conserve recipe included in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine.  The original recipe can be found here, but I made enough changes that I feel I’ve come up with my … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Squash Bread

Once again I insist on turning my fabulously healthy, farm fresh, local organic vegetables into something baked and sugary.  But ohhhhhh, is this bread good.  It’s more like cake than bread, really.  I wouldn’t think twice about slapping some cream cheese icing on this stuff and calling it dessert, but it could just as easily … Continue reading

Mint: How do I use it up?

We get a lot of fresh mint in our CSA during the summer months. It smells heavenly. It’s hard to use up. More than I care to admit goes black in my fridge. This year I’m trying to use it more creatively. For several years I’ve made a simple strawberry salad thusly: 2 Cups sliced … Continue reading

Fall Cooking

I love me some fall and winter recipes. The CSA has started supplying us with a lot of winter squash, sweet potatoes, and now we’re getting into greens season. Here are a few of my latest favorite recipes: Five Spice Sweet Potato Pie I’ve had issues with lighter pies and quiches being runny, but this … Continue reading

Food, glorious food

I’m happy to report that the long cooking drought is over. We even made fish stew last night, and the lingering smell in the kitchen doesn’t make me ill! During the first oh, 13 weeks of pregnancy I cooked maybe once a week. And I had this bad habit of forgetting key ingredients like oil … Continue reading

1001 Uses for Squash

We’re drowning in squash. A few months ago we decided to get a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription. What this means is once I week I go pick up a big box of fresh veggies, and some fresh eggs. This has created all sorts of interesting culinary challenges. Mostly, how do two people eat several … Continue reading

Cookies Are My Heroine

This recipe has been dubbed “best ever” by my husband, who gets to eat Tiff’s Treats on a regular basis. I surprised him with a box of freshly baked cookies a couple weeks ago when he had to work late (I so rock). I love cookies. I love them in an indecent and dangerous way. … Continue reading