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    Pokemon Cake

    Happy 2019! One of my goals for 2019 is to do a complete revamp of the design of this website. This might be a bit ambitious in the midst of graduate school and other personal goals, but I’m going to try! Once this is done, I’d really love to get back into posting more recipes as well as more science content. Wish me luck! To start off the year, I got to celebrate the birthdays of my two adorable nephews Mokshay and Jeeva. Mokshay turned 7 and Jeeva turned 5 in January and they both wanted to celebrate with a Pokemon themed party. Of course, I had to come up…

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    Poop-Emoji Cake

    Normally, Poop and Cake should never be in the same sentence, but when your 6 year old nephew has an emoji birthday and requests a poop-emoji cake, that is just what you make. I wanted to create something easy for kids to eat, but that clearly fit the emoji-theme. The poop emoji cake is made of chocolate cupcakes frosted as one large cake. The eyes and mouth are made from airhead candies flattened and cut to size. The swirl at the top makes it feel like the cartoon-poop on every iphone keyboard. The smaller emoji cupcakes are mini-vanilla cupcakes covered in fondant. The googley eyes are ready-made and available at…

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    Egg-less Pumpkin Spice Cookies

    It’s Autumn in most of the world, which means it is basically summer in San Francisco. The warm weather definitely doesn’t stop me from enjoying all my favorite fall flavors, especially pumpkin. I’ve made the **easiest** version of pumpkin spice cookies before and shared them here. This recipe involves a few more ingredients (no boxed help), but results in super soft, chewy cookies that are perfect for fall. Ingredients 1/4 C brown sugar (I prefer dark) 1/2 C white cane sugar (plus 1 T extra) 1/2 C unsalted butter 1/2 C pumpkin puree (My favorite is Libby’s) 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 1/5 C flour (all-purpose) 1/2 tsp salt…

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    Sweet Potato, Spinach, & Ricotta Tart

    You really can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes. They are packed with vitamin A, delicious in flavor, and super versatile. This tart combines sweet potato, spinach, and a few other ingredients you probably have at home! Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pasty (I used store bought) 1 sweet potato 2 C raw spinach 6 oz skim ricotta 1 clove garlic, minced 3 t salt 1 T olive oil 2 T pesto¬†(or store bought) 1 T red chili flake Recipe: Preheat the oven to 325 Peel and slice your sweet potato into 1/8 inch rounds. Toss in olive oil. Arrange puff pasty in a pie tie and trim edges. Piece the center…

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    Vegetarian Pad Thai Zoodles

    Zoodles, where were you for the first 27 years of my life? I got a spiralizer (zoodler, as I say) about 2 years ago and it has been such a great addition to my life. Zoodles are a great way to make a healthy, vegetarian dinner thats guilt-free and delightful. This recipe is a basic vegetarian pad thai zoodle, that is quick to whip up for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini 2 eggs 1 t milk (unsweetened almond or soy is okay too!) 1 t sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 t minced ginger 1/2 red bell pepper chopped 1/2 red onion chopped 1/2 lime juiced 1…

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    Baked Sweet Potato Chips

    Sweet potato fries are SO delicious, but the restaurant ones we all love and adore are just packed with oil and salt and things we probably don’t want to eat regularly. Baking sweet potato chips (chips, like american chips, not fries) at home is a great way to enjoy the sweet and crispy taste of sweet potatoes without the guilt. They’re great by themselves or to dip and only require a few easy steps.   Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled 1 T olive oil 1 tsp (garlic) salt- regular salt if you prefer 1 tsp cayenne Recipe: Use a mandolin slicer to cut thin, even pieces of sweet potato.…

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    Cinco de Matto Taco Cake!

    My best friend-in-law (my best friend’s fiance) Matt is born on cinco de mayo! This means that every year on the 5th of May, we have two amazing excuses to celebrate. This year we went to a concert for his birthday, but I wanted to make him a themed taco cake to celebrate while we got ready. All of the taco ingredients are sweet, but meant to look like the real thing. Ingredients: Vanilla cake Chocolate frosting Vanilla frosting Chocolate chips yellow/green food coloring Sweetened coconut Red starburst Here are some pictures of the assembly: The “shell” is half of the 9 inch cake stuck to the tray with chocolate…

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    Orange-Vanilla Monkey Bread

    I am an avid food network viewer, have been for my entire life, and yet for some reason I often don’t make the recipes I watch on TV. Last week I saw a recipe on The Pioneer Woman that I could not resist. I made a few small changes and decreased the size for a brunch this weekend before the SF Women’s March. Super easy, delicious, and fun to make! Ingredients: 1 can biscuits 1 orange 6 T unsalted¬†butter 1/2 C white sugar 1/2 C brown sugar 1 T vanilla 1 T cinnamon Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Cut each biscuit into sixths; the smaller the bites, the…

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    Vegan Ginger Ramen

    It has been really really cold for December in California. Yes, yes, I hear your sighs and eyerolls my east coast friends, but 45 degrees F and rain in San Francisco feels like stay-inside-and-hide weather. I’ve been making some soups to help with the cold weather and the crazy colds that seem to be going around. There are a decent number of ingredients, but honestly, this soup is really easy to follow. Try it and stay warm out there friends!! Ingredients 14 ounces firm tofu 10 shitake mushrooms 1 onion diced 3 cloves garlic minced 3 inches ginger cubed 2 carrots, peeled and sliced lime 2 green onions vegan fresh…

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    Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    What do you do when there is a rain delay during Game 7 of the World Series? You bake cookies of course. Okay, maybe this isn’t what everyones first instinct is, but it definitely was mine last night. I actually came across this recipe when I was in college and then remembered it because it appeared in one of my facebook memories from more than 5 years ago. Made me think it was time to bring this one back for fall. This recipe is SO easy it hardly constitutes baking. I honestly could make these with my 4 year old nephew as long as I operated the oven. I totally…

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