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Coffee Cardamom Cupcakes with Coffee Italian Buttercream

Not much of a cupcake gal, but birthday weeks are the exception! The past week happens to hold the birthdays of 3 of my favorite people in the world! My two best friends and my not-so-secretly favorite aunt. And, while I prefer not to age, today is actually my birthday – although I may or may not have celebrated the same year of birthday more than once. 😉 I ascribe to the theory that if I can still pass as 24, then why not remain 24 until that’s no longer the case? Since I still get carded everywhere I go, I’m thanking my lucky-genetic-stars and thinking that “24” is still…

Mini Coconut Lime Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

Ok, non-vegan dairy eating friends, its truth time.  When you hear someone say the words “vegan cheesecake” does it kill some small part deep inside of you?  I’m with you all the way, people. Cheese simply isn’t vegan.  Therefore, neither is a proper cheesecake.  In fact, I fancy myself a bit of a cheesecake connoisseur.  And a dairy based cheese – whether its cream cheese, mascarpone, ricotta, etc. – is pretty much THE key component in a cheesecake.  Amiright?   So, what am I even doing posting a vegan cheesecake recipe?!  Bear with me… I’m not going vegan or raw or paleo or whatever other trendy fad diets are out there.…

Salmon Poke Bowls

I told the husband I was eating raw salmon for dinner.  He asked me if I was a grizzly bear.    Not one of my finest moments.  To be fair, I should have elaborated a bit more.  I reminded him that sushi is raw.  He conceded. Who else is allll about poke bowls for a healthy, quick dinner???  So easy, tasty, and healthy! Haven’t had poke?  If you are a fan of sushi, you will love it.  Just think of Poke as sushi’s deconstructed cousin.  Rather than in roll form, poke is typically served in a bowl or salad form. I flavor my poke with a mixture of soy, rice…

Simple Salmon Tacos

A super delicious, healthy, fast, and easy dinner… Who’s in? That’s what I thought. 😉 Why is it that the most simple, easy meals are so darn satisfying? We DEVOURED these! I’m craving them again just looking at the pictures and thinking about how dang good these were. To the same point, I can’t remember how many times lately, I have looked across the table and asked why I ever bother with big, time intensive meals? Our favorite things always end up being something like tacos made from leftover baked salmon. Maria, more time does not always mean tastier. Deep down, I know this to be true. But my brain…

Apple Cardamom Cake

Maybe it’s the Washingtonian in me… but apple desserts are my favorite. To me, there is nothing more classic. Apples and cinnamon may be the most famous combo, but as my taste buds have matured, apples and cardamom are quickly growing on me. It’s a more subdued and aromatic flavor combination. If you ask me, its the perfect balance of flavor for a cake. Yogurt and olive oil keep this cake light, yet flavorful. Vanilla bean, cardamom, and rum give the cake lovely aromatic flavors without overpowering the taste of the apples. And because I leave the peels on the apples in this cake which helps them retain their shape.…
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