Date & Oatmeal Spice Cookies

I’m a sucker for modifying recipes. It’s both a bad habit and an adventure. I suppose I get easily tired of consistency and predictability? A trait I find ironic, considering my need for structure… Anyway, these cookies came from modifying an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe from the back of my Kroger Oatmeal Box. But so […]

Healthier Orange Chicken & Rice

Ever since moving to Los Angeles I’ve loved the fact that we live in an area of town where there are so many Asian restaurant options. Vietnamese Pho, Korean BBQ, Japanese, Philippino … so genuine and delicious! It has caused my and hubby’s restaurant-budget to increase a bit – but man, is it worth it! […]

How to Bake Part 3: Substitutions

All right, so we’ve talked about ingredients in Part 1 and Proper Measuring Techniques in Part 2. Now let’s talk about substitutions that work… PART THREE: SUBSTITUTIONS What’s the point of substituting in recipes anyway? Well, what if you’re vegan and a recipe calls for eggs? What if you have celiac disease and a recipe […]

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Autumn has been upon us for a month now… Yet Los Angeles does not feel a bit like crisp, crunchy leaves or pumpkin spice lattes… Just the other day Cobalt and I visited the beach to enjoy the sunny blue skies and cool breezes. I doubt anyone out East where we moved from is doing that […]

How to Bake Part 2: Measuring

In Part 1 we talked about ingredients in baking and how they chemically impact food’s texture, flavor and appearance. Today we’re going to talk about measuring and why we should care about it so much. PART TWO: MEASURING I bet you didn’t think there was a technique to measuring ingredients into to a bowl when […]

How to Bake, Part 1: Ingredients

  Did you know that baking is chemistry? So — because baking is chemistry, it’s very important that you always, always follow the recipe. I’m really talking to myself here because I’d rather read a recipe over once and throw it out the window. But every time that happens, my cookies never turn out how […]