Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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For a baker, the annual Christmas cookie exchange is a highly anticipated event. Not only is it an excuse to whip out your mixer, it’s also the perfect occasion for trying out a new recipe. After all,  you’re guaranteed a large group of hungry test tasters! Since the Christmas season is typically filled with rich, supremely sweet desserts, I like to take a healthy twist on a classic cookie for my exchange contribution.

This year, oatmeal cookies made with applesauce do the trick! Continue reading

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes

Gluten-Free Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Happy Independence Day!  Nothing says July 4th quite like grilling.  But while grills are firing up all across the country, parts of the East Coast are taking a rain check due to some unfortunate wet weather.  Yet even when the grill plans fall through, there are still plenty ways to whip up some patriotic fare–like these red-and-white Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes! Continue reading

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Molasses CookiesRemember when the whisper snowfall used to stir up excitement?  When falling flurries brought a day free of school and full of wintery fun?  Snow was pure magic then.  But now, winter weather tends to bring more worry than wonderment.  Instead of sleds and snowmen, flurries bring traffic and stress.  One snow day suddenly becomes more than enough.

And just when you think the end is in sight, you hear that you better bundle up because a groundhog just declared 6 more weeks of this weather.

That’s when you bring out your best baking remedy: Pumpkin Molasses Cookies. Continue reading

Almond Blueberry Muffins

Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Muffins

All hail the autumn season!  Perhaps it’s my Seattleite nature that makes me crave the crisp outdoor air and snuggle-worthy weather.  Or maybe it’s my foodie personality that draws me to the season of apples and pumpkins and the greatest food holiday, Thanksgiving.  Whatever it may be, my soul always becomes infinitely happier when autumn rolls around.  But even in the midst of my favorite season, there are moments when I miss aspects of summer—like the perfect summer blueberry.  In moments like these, I’m happy I had the foresight to save some seasonal berries in the freezer.  Now the only question is, what type of blueberry delight do I make? Continue reading

Rhubarb and Lemon French Toast

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Lemon French Toast

Would a toast by any other name taste as sweet? French toast, much like French fries, is not really from France. Or as far as  historians can tell. The now famous concoction of egg- and milk-soaked bread has gone by many names throughout its history. In Spain, it is known as torriga; in Germany, arme ritter; and in England, Poor Knights of Windsor. Some have called it Spanish Bread; others, German Bread; and yes, even American Bread. It seems that every country wants to lay claim to the invention of this wonderful breakfast item. But where did the internationally-renowned dish actually originate? Continue reading

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