Easy Sourdough Bread!

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Four slices of airy sourdough displayed on a white plastic cutting board with a serrated knife sitting in front.

 

Alright everyone, the moment you have all been waiting for (maybe). I’m finally releasing my Sourdough recipe into the universe! My apologies for taking so long, but I wanted to make sure I had it perfected before I passed it along.

Everybody's Favorite Granola!

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A bowl of pecan/craisin granola in a white bowl with a spoon sits in front of three Mason jars of granola on a white granite counter top. Behind it is a vase filled with yellow, pink and purple flowers and a shell turquoise tile backsplash.

 

The past few weeks have been A LOT in America, and it would be foolish not to acknowledge that fact. It seems silly to be writing about granola with everything that’s going on in the world right now. It just seems out of place. I don’t know how many of you actually read these posts, or if you just scroll down to the recipe. I suppose it doesn’t really matter because I started this blog as an extension of my love for cooking and baking.  It’s my escape. In a world where (pre-Covid) we were rushing from place to place, I always found that I could ground myself while cooking a meal. So that is exactly what I hope this can be for you today. Take this time (if you choose to make the granola) as a breath of fresh air. Mental health is important and it is okay to step away for a few minutes. Take some time for yourself today. That being said, I hope you are doing alright, and even if you’re not, I hope you’re always consciously choosing to be kind.

Back to School: Pencil Pretzels

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A notebook with bright pink and orange post-it notes, topped with a school lunch apple. A chocolate covered pencil pretzel sits on top of the notebook, with two others to the right.

 

Wow time flies in quarantine! My apologies for not posting the past two weeks but I have been busy! Which is a nice contrast to the beginning of this pandemic. Many of you know that I got accepted into the Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as an acting apprentice for the 2020/2021 season. We have been working on some fun projects and one of them actually goes LIVE TODAY (Sept. 17th)!

Fermentation Frenzy: Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Kimchi

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I love experimenting with food, and not just your usual stuff. I like to venture off the beaten path. My gateway into experimenting with “weird foods” at home was Kombucha. More recently I even taught myself how to bake sourdough, when yeast was hard to come by at the grocery store. My latest venture? Kimchi.

I love when making food overlaps with science. You may not think about this much but, all cooking/baking is like an experiment. Why do you think bakers are so precise in their measurements? Because the wrong amount of one ingredient can make a big difference. You’ll be relieved to hear that, unlike some baked goods, this kimchi recipe is pretty fool proof.

 

Jars of kimchi on a granite background.

Have you heard, it’s Tomato Season!?

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If you have a vegetable garden or you’ve been to your local market lately, then you’re probably aware that tomatoes are at their peak right now. Which is precisely why I figured today is the perfect day to share my beloved Bruschetta recipe with you all!

 

Tomato Bruschetta in an antique glass bowl

Vegan Peanut Butter, Brownie, Banana Ice Cream - Oh my!

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As promised, here is this week's second recipe/video tutorial!

Vegan Peanut Butter, Brownie, Banana Ice Cream

 

It is only fitting that it goes together with my Vegan Zucchini Brownies that I posted earlier this week. So, if you made some already - and were able to hold off from eating them all - you can finish 'em off with this recipe!

You Won't Believe it's A Vegan Zucchini Brownie

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I apologize for no video last week, but this week you’re getting two! And they go together, so try and save some brownies…hint, hint. I didn’t get a video together last Thursday because I was busy starting my first week as an Acting Apprentice with the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company. No, I am not moving to Louisville (right now anyways), we’re going online and you can read more about it here, now back to food!

I know what you’re all thinking, “Lauren you’re not vegan”. You would in fact be correct. However, I have a few friends that are that follow this blog. I also run my bakery, Peace of Cake and like to have options for my customers. I also think it’s fun to experiment with vegan baking/cooking. It is an exciting challenge for me to try and make it taste “normal”. Also, many people often have excess zucchini in their gardens around this time of the year so I thought, why not?

 

Vegan zucchini brownie surrounded by chocolate chips, a platter of more brownies sits behind it as well as a spatula to it's right.