Marbled Orange Espresso Cupcakes

These marbled cupcakes are sure to impress -- no mixer required! Make the separate orange and espresso batters then swirl in the cupcake tins to create the gorgeous marbled effect. Top with the orange espresso buttercream for the perfect treat for the adventurous dessert fanatic in your life -- or you know, just to have around as a quick snack!

Ultimate Banana Bread

This recipe is an adaptation of the Banana Loaf recipe in Mary Berry's Baking Bible. I've made a few minor adjustments, converting the self-raising flour to accommodate all-purpose flour instead. I've yet to come across self-raising flour on the supermarket shelves, and this bread comes out as cakey and light by making your own. You'll…

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Pumpkin season is well upon us. Take a break from pumpkin pie with this savory, creamy and a little spicy Pumpkin Curry Soup! This dish was inspired by one of my favorite Thai dishes, Pumpkin Curry, which uses a Kabocha Squash in a smooth and spicy curry. Here, I've borrowed the flavor profile and used…

On-The-Fly Fruit Crumble

Crumble vs. Cobbler. The main difference: Cobbler uses a pie crust or dropped biscuit dough on top of the fruit, while crumbles use a streusel topping, typically some combination of oats, flour, butter and sugar. Now you know! This On-The-Fly Fruit Crumble is my go-to when I need dessert STAT. If using berries, you can…

Sweet Peach Cake

It's peak peach season! Optimal time to make this ultra-moist sweet peach cake. Ripe fresh peaches are quickly blanched, skinned, then sautéed in brown butter and sugar. A whole peach is chopped and folded into the batter, for double peach delight! There's a secret ingredient in this cake. Don't be afraid! I discovered a traditional…

Steamed Whole Artichokes

Artichokes! With this easy-to-follow steam and spices recipe for preparing artichokes, I hope you'll reconsider these hearty flowers not as intimidating to cook, but as an accessible side dish for any entree. I may be biased -- I grew up eating artichokes -- but I consider artichokes one of the tastiest vegetables. Of course, the…

Kale & Chickpea Pasta

Light and refreshing, Chickpea & Kale Pasta contains no dairy OR tomato sauce (only a dab or two of tomato paste). Olive oil and seasonings allow the pan-fried chickpeas and kale to shine in this dish. Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) contain a plethora of nutritional benefits, including protein, fiber, Vitamin K, calcium and iron.…

Ricotta Vegetable Quiche

It's the weekend. You are busy doing laundry, cleaning the house and laying on the couch catching up on Netflix (the most important chore of all). You want to serve up a show-stopping breakfast with minimal effort. Never fear: the Ricotta Vegetable Quiche is here! This recipe was born from a tub of ricotta cheese…