Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

I don't often call recipes perfect, but these oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy, and warmly spiced - everything a good oatmeal raisin cookie should be.

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to share these oatmeal cookies with you today because they truly are the best. A few weeks ago, I got an intense craving for a good oatmeal raisin cookie. I ran to the kitchen and hastily threw together ingredients that I happened to have on hand and, without really measuring, I made some ok oat-ball kind of cookies. They halfway hit the spot, but my craving continued. So when I flipped through Sarah Copeland’s beautiful new book Every Day is Saturday, her oatmeal cookie recipe grabbed my attention. Sarah writes, “there are three kinds of…

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Sesame Soba Noodles

Never cooked soba noodles? Follow the tips in this post to make a foolproof soba noodle salad that's loaded with veggies and great for weekday lunches!

Happy Monday! If you’re like me and you had a weekend full french toast, cake, and pancakes, then you’ve come to the right place! Today I have a fresh, delicious bowl of soba noodles to help start the week off in a healthy direction. The best thing about this bowl is that it’s super simple to make, yet has great zippy flavor. There’s a light sesame-ginger dressing that perfectly coats the soba noodles. On top of that, I chose to mix in a group of vibrant spring veggies, but keep reading for a few other suggestions to customize your noodle…

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Classic French Toast

Custardy, lightly sweet, and golden brown, this French toast recipe is the perfect weekend brunch. Learn how to make French toast with my easy tips!

When I go out to brunch, the French toast on the menu always tempts me. What could be more crave-worthy than thick slices of bread marinated in a warmly spiced custard and topped with fresh fruit? I know from experience, though, that eating super-sweet, indulgent French toast at a restaurant is a recipe for a post-brunch food coma. My solution? Making this recipe at home! I prefer a lighter version, with good bread, eggs, almond milk instead of heavy cream, warming spices, fresh fruit, and pure maple syrup. It’s fresh and every bit as delicious as what I might find…

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Best Guacamole

You'll LOVE this easy guacamole recipe! With just 6 simple ingredients you'll have creamy, zesty, spicy guacamole in no time - pass the chips!

Everyone loves guacamole, right? I mean, what’s not to love? It’s creamy, tangy, salty, and addictively delicious. Well, fun fact – my husband Jack, of all people, does not like guacamole! Rather, he used to not like it until he started eating this guacamole. Everyone has their own guac preferences, but the key to this recipe (that’s even Jack approved) is that it’s somewhat chunky so that you can taste the texture in the avocado without it being all mushy. The Best Guacamole Recipe (so easy!) Perfect guacamole doesn’t have to come from a restaurant! It’s ridiculously easy to make…

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Coconut Cream

Rich & fluffy, coconut cream is my go-to substitute for dairy whipped cream. Use this easy coconut whipped cream recipe to top your favorite treats!

Whipped coconut cream is my go-to substitute for regular whipped cream. It’s light, it’s fluffy, and it’s naturally dairy-free making it the perfect topping for cakes, pies, crumbles, or any dessert that would benefit from a dollop of whipped cream. What is coconut cream? In most grocery stores, you’ll find 3 canned coconut products: light coconut milk, full-fat coconut milk, and coconut cream. Coconut and water are the primary ingredients in all three, but they each have different concentrations of coconut. Canned coconut cream has the highest coconut percentage, meaning that it also has the highest fat content and the…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.