Tahini & Pomegranate Almond Cookies

Meet my new favorite Christmas cookie. Warmly spiced & dotted with pomegranate, these tahini almond cookies are perfect for the holidays.

I’m not sure why the heck it took me 7 years of blogging about natural foods (that’s 7 holiday seasons) to think of using pomegranates to decorate cookies. Of course, I’ve used them atop Christmas crostini and even holiday hummus, but come on Jeanine, it’s December and what we really need are cookies! These tahini almond cookies are such yummy little treats… they also happen to be vegan and gluten free. For this post, we’re partnering, once again, with POM Wonderful because if I haven’t stated it enough on this blog over the years – we think pomegranates ARE wonderful!…


Orange Zest Shortbread Cookies

Orange zest and juice give these classic shortbread cookies a little citrus flair. Enjoy them at the holidays or anytime you're craving a sweet treat.

Popping in here with one more holiday cookie post – how cute are these little stars?! I think they’re just so flipping adorable. I don’t do crafty baking very often, but I had so much fun making and decorating these orange shortbread cookies. These cookies are based on the lemon shortbread cookie recipe that I made early last year. Because that recipe is a fan favorite, I thought I’d do a more festive Christmas cookie cut into stars. Unlike last time, I decorated this version, topping them with orange zest and these cute Supernatural white sequin sprinkles. One thing I wanted…


Winter Fennel, Sage & Kale Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes, sage, and white wine are an A+ flavor combination in this kale pasta. You'll love this hearty, comforting, and easy dish!

Happy December! I have a confession to make. I’m really terrible at decorating for the holidays. Some years it happens, others it doesn’t… and then some years we end up with a Valentine’s Day tree because we lose track of time and the work of taking down decorations is far less fun than putting them up. So here’s my version of holiday greenery for you – it comes in the form of a kale pasta! It’s, of course, edible, and the clean up is minimal. 🙂 This kale pasta is full of all kinds of warming wintery goodness including a…


Citrus Poppyseed Lemon Cookies

These yummy lemon cookies have a delicious chewy middle, crisp edges, and a sweet citrus flavor. I love them with tea for an afternoon treat!

Say hello to my new favorite cookies. I know, you’re not surprised, because you know how much I love lemon. But these(!) lemon cookies have that bakery-perfect chewy middle with a lightly crisp edge and a perfect balance of light & bright citrus flavor. A real treat, especially now that we’re entering the holiday season, although I would happily take one of these lemon cookies any day of the year. This lemon cookie recipe comes from my friend Melissa Coleman’s book The Minimalist Kitchen. You may know of her blog, The Faux Martha. If you don’t, go check it out…


Creamy Celery Root Cauliflower Soup

This cozy, creamy celery root cauliflower soup is winter comfort food at its best! I like to make a big batch and freeze leftovers for busy weeknights.

Soup season continues! While I’ve made many creamy cauliflower soups before, this time, I have a special guest ingredient that I’ve yet to use here on the blog: celery root! I had never cooked with celery root prior to this fall, probably because I never saw it at the farmers markets in Austin. That’s been part of the fun of moving somewhere new – new city, new vegetables. Celery root has a wonderful, savory celery-like flavor and a creamy consistency when blended. For this soup, I combined it with roasted cauliflower, sautéed mushrooms, leeks, thyme, Dijon, and a pop of…

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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.