Happy Halloween!

What is better than a holiday dedicated to fun costumes and candy? Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I am determined to celebrate even though no one else does in Germany. A few days ago I carved pumpkins with some friends, and today I actually saw a carved pumpkin when I…

Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Marathon training is a great excuse to make pasta. I also really enjoy brown rice the night before long runs, but since I will be traveling to my marathon in November, I decided to eat at the pasta party the night before. I don’t know what they will have for sauce varieties, but I tomato…

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Speculoos Cookie Crust

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Perhaps it’s because I love an excuse to eat candy (although I always make sure to go for a long-ish run on Halloween), or because planning costumes is so much fun. Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters is always fun, too, and I’ve missed these things since…

The Ultimate Apple Pie

This is not a typical apple pie. Let me start by saying that apple pie is rarely bad. In fact, home-made, it’s one of the most satisfyingly simple desserts I can think of (apple crisp and chocolate chip cookies also top the list). My father makes one of the best apple pies I’ve ever had,…

Whole Grain Pumpkin Spice Bread

Tinkering with quick bread recipes is one of my favorite excuses to bake. Over the years, I have made dozens of ‘healthy’ pumpkin bread recipes, all with my own spin, but I’ve never bothered to write down the ingredients. This is a new version, inspired by this recipe at Bon Appetit, and I think it…

Single Serving Pumpkin Pancakes

Happy Friday! I’m so glad that its the end of the week. Its been a busy one, and nothing sounds better than sleeping in tomorrow morning. It was still dark when I woke up at a quarter to seven this morning. We set our clocks back this weekend in Germany, and on the one hand…

Carrot Coconut Soup

Its getting to be the time of year when cold, rainy, dark early morning runs become the norm. Yesterday I had to be at work early, and so I had to run before the sun was up in a 40 degree downpour…thankfully I was out for less than an hour, but in that time I…

Warm Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, and Feta

Salads made with hearty greens can stand up to a bit of heat. I love dinner salads that are warmer than room temperature, especially in the fall and winter. Greens like spinach and kale will hold their crunch when mixed with warm toppings, but make sure to let the mushroom/onion mixture cool a little bit…

Chewy Whole Grain Bagels

For some reason, I have been craving bagels lately. My pumpkin spice whole wheat bagels turned out well (after all, does pumpkin spice ever taste bad?), but they didn’t quite capture the soft chewiness of a real New York bagel. A little research turned up this recipe from Epicurious, which looked a little time consuming…

Molasses Pumpkin Cookie Sandwiches

Dessert is by far my favorite course to prepare. In the past, I have enjoyed constructing fancy cakes, but over the last few years my tastes have migrated towards simpler things- crisps, custards, home-made ice cream, and above all, cookies. Chocolate chip cookies have long been a favorite, closely followed by snickerdoodles, molasses cookies, and…