French Bread Pizza

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Yum… bread. And cheese. My two favorite things smooshed together. This french bread pizza is the absolute easiest thing. I made it over the summer when I realized I had a pack of pizza sauce, but wasn’t really feeling like normal pizza. Kyle and I loved it (I judge how much Kyle likes something by how much he eats – he ate almost a whole half). I have a Halloween potluck coming up and I’m debating between bringing something like this or cupcakes…

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Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

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Hello my lovely friends! I know this recipe might sound odd, but I’m begging you – give it a shot. It’s cheap, easy, and much healthier than regular brownies. With no flour, they are extremely fudgey and it’s difficult to eat just one.

It’s the start of a new school year for me. In between preparing lesson plans, attending meetings, and getting ready for my own classes; I attended a potluck on Friday to welcome the new Anthropology graduate students. I brought these black bean brownies and received around 10 compliments (no lies) and they were gone within 15 minutes (again, no lies). Perhaps these flew off the plate so quickly because anthropologists are known to be adventurous and willing to try new dishes. However, I encourage you to put these together and take them to a potluck – I bet you can get a few people to eat them without noticing anything odd before you tell everyone that black beans are in the batter.

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Margherita Pizza

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I’m alive! I’m alive! Yes, if you can believe it – I’m still cooking! I’ve been living with  my boyfriend Kyle this summer and we don’t have internet at his place (we’re cheap and we decided it would force us to read more). So, blogging and other internet things have gone downhill!

Summer has been going lovely, but I don’t understand how it’s already August. It’s gone too quickly! Although when Iook back, I do realize I’ve done a ton (see https://dirtanddesserts.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/summer-update/ for a reminder). This week was fairly relaxed, going out with friends, working, studying Spanish, and reading in free time. I went home recently and my mom gave me some fresh produce from her garden, which included tomatoes and basil. Inspired by the simplicity of fresh produce, Kyle and I made an easy pizza. (Plus – I had been missing Italy, so this was almost as good!)

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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I was so excited when I saw this cauliflower in my vegetable bin. I had bought it for Kyle and I to eat over the weekend, but had completely forgot about it! On Monday when I opened up the fridge, wondering what I was going to eat this week I found my beautiful, lovely cauliflower! Who knew vegetables would one day make me so excited?

I had tried a recipe like this before and didn’t love it. There was too much breading and sauce. However, after playing around with it, I think I’ve found the perfect combination. As someone who loves wings, but tries to eat healthy, this stuff is delicious! Continue reading

Cheddar and Chive Beer Bread

Is there anything better than cheese and bread? No. There is not. Besides, perhaps, chocolate.

Is there anything better than cheese and bread? No. There is not. Besides, perhaps, chocolate.

I’m awake early. Earlier than I’m usually awake on the weekends. I adore sleep. I wish I could be one of those people who thinks “you can sleep when you’re dead!” and fight to stay awake each moment. But… I’m not. I love snuggling up in my blanket and reading a good book until I pass out. I actually just finished my “for fun” book (which I only allow myself to read before bed) and I wasn’t too impressed. May write a post about it once I collect my thoughts, or you may have to live in suspense forever.

Anyway. Bread. Yes, we were talking about bread, weren’t we? Whenever people ask me, “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?” I usually answer bread. or cheese. or créme brûlée. Bread is perfect in its simplest form (no.. not white sliced bread from the grocery store) or more complex. My ma made this while I was home over break and I probably ate half of the loaf. The recipe is incredibly easy (for some reason, having to let bread rise intimidates me) and doesn’t require any special supplies. If you’re a new bread maker and are slightly intimidated (like me) you should give it a try.  Continue reading

Avocado Macaroni and Cheese

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Well… I did it! I survived my first semester of graduate school. Although I cried and stressed, I made it. And overall, I really did enjoy my first semester. It’s hard moving to a new place and trying out something completely new, but I managed and met some great people along the way, explored a funky town, started two new jobs, and learned a crap ton.  (Plus – brag, brag – I managed to get all A’s in my courses this semester. Which was not the easiest task for me.) Continue reading