Recipe: Rhubarb-Berry Crisp

This recipe combines rhubarb, raspberries, and blackberries with my family’s oatmeal topping and a hint of ginger. It’s a snap to throw together and perfect for those spooky proto-autumn PNW summer nights when the temperature drops and it actually rains.

Rainbow Roll Cake with Homemade Sprinkles

Somehow in a conversation about fairy bread last year, my now-partner confessed to me that they love sprinkles. Loves them. So, with a birthday coming up during Pride Month, what would be more festive that the loudest cake ever–complete with homemade sprinkles?

Whole-Wheat Blueberry-Lavender Muffins

It’s only now, right at the end of berry season here in the Pacific Northwest, that I’ve gotten this recipe to where I want it. For some reason, The Joy of Cooking‘s whole-wheat-muffin base recipe only called for 2 tablespoons of butter when the non-whole-wheat recipe calls for 4-8. Trust me, you need that “extra” butter….

Vegan Rhubarb-Raspberry Crostata

Updated 5-21-2015: new photos!   A few notes: Olive oil: not only is this recipe vegan, but you don’t have to worry about the butter in the crust getting too warm while rolling it out. (Seattle = no AC! It’s great until you try working with buttercream in the summer) One crust, rustic-style: way easier to…

Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins

For a fluffier version, see Version 2.0! It’s been a year since I repatriated, and I’m still having trouble with the groceries here. I’ll spare you the spiel so I don’t have to retitle this blog Vague Complaints of a Wandering Food Blogger,* but I’ve noticed that the herbs sold in the supermarket are much larger quantities than…

Honey Cream Scones with Nuts

I had extra cream from another recipe, so I decided to try a cream scone recipe. Cream scones use heavy cream in place of the egg and butter, which makes them light and airy–and there’s no need to deal with cutting flour into cold butter. Very easy. I photographed a batch I made with pecans,…

Uranus Planet Power, Make Up! (Sailor Moon Cake)

The 2014 Fandom Birthday Cake Season kicks off with a little something from Sailor Moon: This is the first of two requests I’ve gotten for Sailor Moon cakes this year, and because my friend is a member of the Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus Appreciation Club (as am I) I decided to do a cake version of her “lip…

Fresh Mango Salsa

A nice bright salsa to end the summer (never mind it’s been over for a month). This recipe is very simple, and I love the way the flavors and textures work together. I like to serve this with homemade tortillas (or rice or quinoa), avocados, and roasted kabocha tossed with cumin and cayenne.