Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Today is a jam packed post my friends. There’s a delicious recipe for cheesy vegetarian lasagna, an introduction to My Happy Plates, and a giveaway for two lucky people! Seriously, get excited.

I have lived under the assumption that lasagna was a scary labor intensive meal that couldn’t be made on a weeknight. My Happy Plates showed me that I was wrong because in about an hour and smidge, Ryan and I had a yummy dinner. Basically, I mixed a few things in two bowls, layered everything on top of each other, popped it in the oven, and then sat down and watched baseball. That sounds like an ideal way to make dinner after work, right? Now that kind of night can be yours too.  (more…)

Jack Daniel’s Glazed Carrots

Jack Daniels Glazed Carrots

I’ve been really enjoying spring. The nice weather, baseball – what’s not to like?! I also love spring because it means that soon the farmer’s markets will be back and there will be a bigger variety of fresh produce. Yes, it’s the modern age and I can get whatever I wanted, whenever I want, shipped from who knows where – but a tomato in winter tastes like nothing. I am thankful for spring! And partially it’s because I’m in a vegetable rut. All I ever make is roasted broccoli and spring is reminding me to think of something new, different, and perhaps more colorful. Enter: Jack Daniel’s glazed carrots.  (more…)

Banana Caramel Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Caramel Cupcake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

I don’t understand people who say they aren’t into sweets. How could that possibly be?! I have a massive sweet tooth and I always want dessert. Like, I’ll have a chocolate croissant for breakfast, then come lunch time I’ll totally want a cookie, and then after dinner wouldn’t some ice cream be nice?! I don’t (often) let myself do that, but I’m always on the hunt for sweets.

So, in my never ending quest for amazing and delicious sweets I made this cupcake recipe. This cupcake recipe is a delicious mouthful with a crazy mouthful of a name: banana caramel cupcakes with chocolate and peanut butter frosting. You might be thinking, “Mariel, that’s a lot going on in one cake.” You’re right. It is. But it’s also a glorious fusion of two classic combinations.
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Orange Flavored Lollipops

Homemade Orange Lollipops

Darling friends, I made orange flavored lollipops! Yes, I could get lollipops for free from the bank. Yes, I could buy a giant bag from CVS for $2. But where is the fun in that?! Part of the joy of getting into the kitchen is that there’s opportunity for curiosity, for trying new things, and for making stuff for myself. I love making things that I usually only buy. And, beyond that there’s there’s just the awesome magic of food science that transforms regular ingredients into treats for my sweet tooth.  (more…)

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

When you were a kid did you learn to play the recorder in music class? And then, did you learn to play a very breathy and staccato version of the song “Hot Cross Buns”? I certainly did, and I feel like a lot of other children across America did too.  And that was my only interaction with hot cross buns until last year when Ryan and I were in Wales and we went crazy buying pastries. This year, I tried to step it up a notch and make my own hot cross buns.  (more…)

Soft Boiled Eggs with Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Soft Boiled Eggs with Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Ok, true life confession – it took me until I was thirty to have a soft boiled egg. I have no idea why it took me so long because I love dipping bread into runny egg yolks. What have I been doing all my life?! But I got into the idea recently after having a grilled cheese with a poached egg on top at Bidwell in Union Market. It was delicious – buttery, cheesy, and gooey. But I felt like I’d rather have my egg on the side so that the sandwich bread would stay crisp. And that gave me the idea for soft boiled eggs with grilled cheese soldiers (dipping sticks). (more…)

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the first things I made in my new kitchen was chocolate chip cookies. What makes a new place feel (and smell) more like a home than homemade chocolate chip cookies? Answer, not a whole lot. But I didn’t make just any chocolate chip cookies, I made the New York Times chocolate chip cookies. It’s an adaptation of the chocolate chip cookies recipe used by pastry chef Jacques Torres. Spoiler alert: this recipe is a little more elaborate than your usual chocolate chip cookie, and totally worth trying.  (more…)

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Ok here it is, the last recipe I made in my London kitchen. And it’s a very British dish: beans on toast. Here’s my sweeping generalization: British people love beans and they love toast. (I mean who doesn’t, but still it’s a stronger love in the UK).

Anyway, before moving to London I didn’t know about beans on toast. But now that I know about it, I can’t forget because it’s delicious ya’ll. Beans on toast might be to British people what peanut butter and jelly can be to Americans. It’s easy, inexpensive, quick food that hits the spot when you’re feeling lazy, tired, and can’t be bothered to cook.  (more…)

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

Let me be honest with you for a minute, I’ve been a terrible blogger recently. I’ve hardly posted in the New Year!  Now, I could say the reason I’ve been bad about posting is because of the move. Had to pack, clean, fly, unpack, and then for awhile didn’t have internet or anything in my kitchen. So those are excuses, but the real reason is that I’ve spent the last couple weeks playing with my friends. In London I had lots of dinners, drinks, game nights, walks in the park, and blow outs with my friends, And then back in DC I’ve had lunches, and shopping trips, and take out with my friends here. In short, I’ve been having a lot of fun and not really cooking.  (more…)

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