Best Pizza Crust

Have you been looking for the secret to the amazing pizza crust you enjoyed in Italy? 00 flour! Unlike American all-purpose flour, 00 flour is a very finely ground, low protein flour that creates a strong, chewy crust. This means that your crust will bubble beautifully in the oven, and will be strong enough support toppings when you…

Plum Thyme Pie with Rye-Butter Crust

This must be dessert week… Last weekend was a busy one for me, and it included lots of opportunities to bake. I made this pie for a bbq on Sunday, and it was fantastic! Last summer I made these blueberry basil hand pies, and the unique herbal fruit flavor hooked me. This plum pie has…

Olive Oil-Cacao Nib Gelato Sandwiches with Chocolate Rye Cookies

Rich, creamy, delicately flavored ice cream  sandwiched between chewy, chocolate-y cookies might just be the best thing that ever happened to dessert. In my not-so-humble opinion, home-made ice cream is the ultimate summer indulgence. There is something special about ultra creamy, perfectly soft ice cream, and the addition of olive oil really takes it over the…

Breakfast tip: blueberry peach pancakes

This is the summer brunch recipe you have been looking for. These light and fluffy whole grain pancakes are studded with sweet summer peaches and tart blueberries. Try topping them with salted butter and Vermont maple syrup! You can use your favorite pancake recipe here, and stir in one chopped peach and one cup of…

Black-bean Beet Burgers

Vibrantly pink, slightly sweet, and hearty, these are a great vegetarian option for your next BBQ. I have been on a veggie burger kick lately. I like to fill a whole grain wrap with lettuce and chopped veggies and then top it off with a veggie patty before rolling the whole thing up into a…

Healthy Homemade Cacao Bites

It’s finally Friday! I hope that you have had a good week. Mine was uneventful, but the weather has been fantastic in Salt Lake City, and I’m adjusting to running in the hot sun. This weekend we’re off  to Southern Utah to try out our fancy new tent and see how the puppy likes camping….

Whole Grain Quinoa Banana Blueberry Muffins

After a busy few weeks of conferences, travel, running, and work (dissertating), I finally found some time to bake last weekend. Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake, in part because they are so quick and easy, and in part because it is so easy to create delicious, HEALTHY recipes. These are based…

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Pecans

Strawberry rhubarb is just about the most stereotypical ‘springtime’ flavor. For the longest time I thought that I didn’t like strawberries and rhubarb combined. Perhaps because I have never been much of a pie fan, the combination just didn’t interest me. Then, a couple of years ago, I made a strawberry rhubarb crumble for my…

Crunchy Spring Salad from Bon Appetit

A hearty, healthy salad is one of the most satisfying warm-weather dinners. This salad is full of crisp lettuce, crunchy veggies and peanuts, and spicy Asian flavor. The combination of radishes, sugar snap peas, cucumbers and peanuts is just a little bit unique, and tastes incredibly fresh. I found this recipe on Bon Appetit and…

Quinoa Asparagus Pilaf with Avocado and Over Easy Eggs

This healthy quinoa pilaf tastes like spring. It is full of green flavor- asparagus, mint, and peas-and is a wonderful make-ahead lunch or accompaniment to grilled meat or chicken. I use this recipe from Bon Appetit. My only major modifications are to replace the vegetable stock with water and use olive oil instead of butter….