Category: Bite-Sized

Visual Diary: Baja California Eats

I am pretty sure my parents live closer to Mexico than LA, so it seemed reasonable that after 13 years of living in San Diego, they decided to go on a weekend trip to Baja California. This was my parent’s second time driving there and my first time joining them. We left San Diego around noon, drove through Tijuana, then…

Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake

I’ve made this Bon Appetit flourless chocolate recipe four times in the past three weeks. It’s light and fluffy (thanks to the whipped egg whites), but also decadent. The original recipe includes a glaze, which I’ve never made although I’m sure it would be delicious as well. My favorite part of this cake is that is saves INSANELY WELL and…

Chicken Soup for the Soul

I remember those Chicken Soup for the Soul books I used to see all the time when at bookstores or the library. I looked at the covers again and they seem very 90’s and early 2000’s to me, which is probably around the last time I picked one up. In case you haven’t heard of them, the general idea of…

Your Next Summer Dinner Staple

Last week, I had the freshest, most flavorful lunch that also involved enough bread and protein to keep me full all day: a banh mi. Then I watched an intriguing instastory where Sara Forte made a veg version involving avocado (!). And suddenly, I couldn’t stop thinking about making my own. Luckily for me, the New York Times, Food &…

How College Changed the Food I Eat

  Before college, I ate mostly Chinese food that my mom cooked (and still wish I could eat that everyday). I also had a great love for pita bread from a Persian/Mediterranean store by my house and Souplantation. When I got to college, I thought about the amazing classes that would take, the friends I would make, and the places…

The Easiest Bread (But Not the Quickest)

I love love love baking bread! And while I normally stick to a classic rosemary focaccia recipe, this weekend I decided to branch out and try my hand at “no knead” bread: it takes foreeeeever to rise but the bread pretty much makes itself as long as you plan ahead. I followed this recipe on Pinch of Yum, which promises…

How to Wing It: Cooking Black-Eyed Peas

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, the black-eyed pea. Actually a bean, these guys are packed with protein and fiber, as well as magnesium, iron, and calcium, and they taste awesome. I’m not trying to Columbus black-eyed peas: to people in the south and African American communities across the country these legumes are old news. But I know…

Brownies à la Katherine Hepburn

Do you find yourself cycling through brownie recipe after brownie recipe? Have you been thinking of exclusively making cupcakes instead? Or maybe you’re thinking of becoming vegan? Before you do any of the above, please try out this brownie recipe.   I love these brownies because they are fudgy and warm. The crust is chewy. They melt in your mouth.…

Satisfy Your Inner Bunny With This Carrot Cake

Though Easter wasn’t my original inspiration, it is a wonderful excuse indulge in this carrot cake. Everyone is so thoughtful about making Santa cookies, but who ever leaves a piece of cake for the Easter Bunny?! Mhmm. That’s what I thought. The first time I made this cake was for Bianca’s birthday, during the semester Abbey went hopping down to…

Birthday Pie

My boyfriend is one of those strange creatures who doesn’t like cake. It’s not even a feeling of dislike, more of vague indifference. Which is not exactly what you look for as a reaction to a birthday baked good. So, mud pie (what’s not to like- chocolate? coffee ice cream??) came on my radar three years ago, back in the college…