Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

We are about to depart on a road trip! The Zeichner-Moon family (plus Henry and Gabriel, honorary Zeichners) is heading to Vermont for the week early tomorrow morning. I wanted to make some healthy, wholesome, and filling muffins for the long car ride, as well as to eat once we arrive in Vermont. Sarah and I were Skyping today, she in Chicago and myself in Bethesda. We decided to turn our Skype date into a Skype-baking date, so we simultaneously baked amazing treats. It took a while to decide what to make, because browsing through a plethora of vegan, healthy, and dessert food blogs turned out to be a very distracting (and mouth-watering!) task. Sarah decided to make oatmeal muffin tops (and I’ll let her share the dirty details of her recipe 😉 and I decided to make Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.

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Double Chocolate Macarons

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As Passover starts tonight, I wanted to make a fun Kosher for Passover dessert that does not include any fake “Passover” substitutions.

A traditional dessert for Passover, the macaroon, is a dense drop-cookie made from shredded dried coconut. However, this French-style macaron is light and airy (largely from a beaten egg white base), but full of flavor. The egg white base creates a meringue, and is combined with almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder. Macarons are often sandwiched with ganache, frosting or jam. I sandwiched them with melted and tempered bittersweet chocolate, so they hardened to be decadent sandwich cookies with a smooth and rich chocolate filling. Continue reading

The Truth Behind Kale

I don’t think I can get through an entire day without eating kale. Seriously. I am addicted. Sarah and I love kale so much that for Hanukkah, our mom, Rachel, gave us matching shirts that read, “EAT MORE KALE.” Even though we get the occasional stares and the even more occasional, “But I don’t even LIKE kale!!!” we cannot help our love for this delicious, nutritious, and versatile super food.

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Hamantaschen

This post falls during the Jewish holiday of Purim, a holiday marked by feasting and celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people, as told by the book of Esther. Hamantaschen are the quintessential Purim food, and their endless variations and combinations are insanely delicious. Hamantaschen are known for their triangular shape, referencing the hat of the villainous Haman, and symbolizing his defeat.

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Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The weather in Maryland has been unseasonably crazy lately, with weekly snowstorms blowing in and out. When the weather is cold and snowy outside, there is nothing better than making some fresh baked goods to pass the time. With another snowstorm brewing (and an excuse to bake!), I decided to delve into the world of desserts to find a perfect cupcake.

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Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This post combines two of my absolute favorite things: cookies and photography. I have been in photography classes for the past four years. My photography classes put an emphasis on black and white film photography, and we have our own wet darkroom and developing chemicals. I have recently been working on a cumulative photography assignment that is centered on food and the role that food plays in culture; I have been photographing the start-to-finish processes of cooking and baking, and also document restaurants, cafes, and farmers markets in the surrounding area. Continue reading