Chocolate "Resolution" Smoothie

This chocolate smoothie has become a go-to morning beverage for me. With sweet cherries, banana, and peanut butter, it tastes like dessert, but only contains ingredients that are super healthy! That’s a win-win in my book. Click on the link for the recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

What was your family’s go-to holiday recipe when you were a kid? For mine, it was these easy, 5-ingredient, no-bake chocolate peanut butter squares. Crunchy peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs meet melted chocolate in a classic but perfect combination. Not only are these squares a surefire hit at your next party, they are quite…

Celebrating One Year!

One year ago today, I nervously launched this blog with my post on Decadent Cookies & Cream Truffles. It was something I had been thinking about for years but never done. It was scary to take that leap – was I really going to share recipes and travel tips with the internet? What did I…

Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing (United States)

This stuffing is buttery and popping with herbs, mixing crunchy celery with soft chewy bread and sweet roasted squash. Since it’s vegetarian (or vegan!), it takes only 30 minutes to throw together. There have never been leftovers with this recipe, much to my dismay. A must-serve for your Thanksgiving table! My favorite holiday of the…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

Is it a cinnamon roll with an apple pie twist, or an apple pie in a bun? Either way, these baked gooey rolls smothered in a luscious cream cheese icing merge two of my favorite fall foods together for apple spice bliss that is perfect for your next fall brunch or a lazy rainy day…

Homemade Vegetable “Sushi” Bowl

I used to love sushi. From the moment I had my first bite, it was instantly one of my favorite foods. And when I became a vegetarian seven years ago, I found the switch relatively easy because I didn’t miss 99.9% of meat and fish dishes. But I missed sushi very, very much. This homemade…

Savory Paraguayan Pancake (Mbejú)

Fall is officially here. Does the cooler weather have you craving comfort food? Perhaps something cheesy and carby, or a break from all that pumpkin? If you’re in the mood for a new favorite comfort food, mbejú will surely hit the spot. When I packed for two years of Peace Corps Paraguay, I didn’t think…

Recipe Fails

Have you ever failed hard at a recipe? I have. In fact, the truth about cooking (life?) is that we all fail sometimes. You start out with a great recipe idea. Totally confident, you dive in headfirst, only to make something that’s…well, pretty horrible. I believe in celebrating failure. It is only through failure that…

Ethiopian Shiro Wat

Here are the top five reasons I love Ethiopia and find it one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Ethiopia is believed to be the origin of all humanity. Some of the oldest human skeletons and fossils, including the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy, have been discovered there. Ethiopia is also believed to be the…