Sweet Potato Teff Muffins

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Teff Muffins | Gluten Free + Dairy Free

These big, soft, moist muffins are made with roasted sweet potato puree, spiked with cinnamon you can actually taste (and smell!), covered with crunchy maple syrup candied pecans, and made with 100% teff flour, a super nutritious little grain. I don’t know the shelf-life of these muffins because I got a text the day after I made them saying “P.S. …

Cashew Cheesecake

Blackberry Cashew “Cheesecake” | Vegan + Gluten Free

From top to bottom, we’ve got a tart, jammy blackberry layer, a cashew cream layer, and a rich, dense brownie bottom layer. 100% vegan and almost raw. The only cooking we’re going to do is quick-jam some frozen blackberries, but first, two things. One is that these are really great frozen for a bit, then topped with jam, and the …

Taro Soup 芋头汤

Taro Soup | 芋头汤 | Yu Tou Tang

Creamy, chunky taro makes one of my favorite wintertime soups, and with just 2 ingredients, plus some herbs, it’s hard to believe such a simple, vegetarian, and fat free soup could taste so rich, almost meaty… Is that weird to say coming from a vegetarian?? It’s all due to the taro root. If you think it’s like a potato, forget …

Cacao Banana Buckwheat Snack Cake

Cacao Banana & Buckwheat Snack Cake | Gluten Free

When I asked for cocoa the first time I was in the Dominican Republic back in March, I got a blank stare. Store clerks just shook their heads. What the heck, I thought, I know they have it. Chocolate, vanilla, and rum were abundant here. “Ahhhhh! CaCAO,” someone finally said. It looked like cocoa powder to me and it was cheaper …

Roasted Chestnuts

Sugar Roasted Chestnuts | 糖炒栗子 | Tang Chao Li Zi

When I went white water rafting a few weeks ago, my friend Kumi and I discovered a chestnut tree by the dock. We went nuts collecting them. Chestnuts come in prickly round shells with porcupine spines. My job was to stomp on them with my hiking boots to break them open and squeeze the chestnuts out while Kumi loaded up …