Saturday, June 29, 2013

Summer Scape Pesto

One of my favorite things about summer is the easy access to fresh, local produce at farmers' markets nearby. This Summer Scape Pesto is one of the spoils of my most recent visit!

From my apartment, I can fairly quickly get to three great markets on three different days of the week, which is great because then I don't have to plan my week in advance! In the last couple of weeks, I've been to the Coply Square Market, where I picked up some small potted herbs and the best strawberries ever, and the Davis Square Market, where I picked up a half pound of garlic scapes.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mint Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding in Mason Jars

I've been waiting impatiently for this — the recipe that will get me to stop what I'm doing, get up and replicate it immediately. I bought a pint of strawberries at the farmers' market yesterday hoping to incorporate them into a fresh berry tart or something, but gave up when I couldn't stop eating them by the handful. Word to the wise – fresh, seasonal strawberries are divine!

I decided to keep enjoying my strawberries by the handful and look instead to find something that may compliment their sweet perfection. When I stumbled upon this Smooth Mocha Chia Seed Pudding at A Dash of Compassion, I thought, "Yep, I'm doing that. Right now." 

In true Young Idealistic Fashion, what started as an attempt to replicate quickly developed into a somewhat frantic and overly excited improvisation session. Or pure creative genius. Let's call it that!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Homemade Giggles (like Snickers, but Funnier)

Since I started baking, I’m always seeking out bigger and crazier ways to challenge myself in the kitchen. I’ve participated in both an online and in-person competitions, gone a little topping crazy and stacked cookies on frosting on cupcakes to create the ultimate snickerdoodle experience, and I’ve taken my fear of homemade candy on full force to make a batch of caramels that I’ve since remade several times. 

When the light bulb suddenly went off and I realized I could make my own favorite candy bars from scratch (hello peanut butter cups and Snickers) I jumped on it the first chance I had — right now!