Chai Spiced Trail Mix Granola

Almost a year ago, my partner and I left our very good jobs, sold our fantastic urban condo, and happily got rid of all our suffocating “stuff”. We took off on a journey we’d fondly end up calling our “midlife gap year”. This granola became a constant companion on our journey. Outfitted with an SUV,…

Coconut Chai-Chia Chip Cookies

I threw this recipe together on a whim during a recent Denver snow day—the cozy kind of snow day, where your company says you can work from home. My goal was to see if a whole wheat flour cookie could be almost as good as an all-purpose flour cookie. I’m also new to coconut sugar…

Sesame Oolong Crusted Chicken

You know you are loved when friends and family ship you thoughtful gifts of food. The most special of these are the fresh-from-the source foods that those who love you know you’ll appreciate. My grandma used to ship us her homemade strawberry freezer jam, my aunt would send us boxes full of pickled bologna (a…

Chai Infused Coquito

If you’ve never tried coquito—a Puerto Rican version of eggnog made with coconut milk—you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico visiting my brother and sister and their families. One of my favorite things about going down there this time of year is that everyone is pulling out…

Matcha Coconut Chip Cookies

On a typical spring Colorado day in March last weekend, as 12 inches of snow fell on our condo deck, I couldn’t help but want to bake. So I attempted my friend Carrie’s “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  But with a few tweaks: I used Matcha green tea instead of cinnamon, shredded coconut instead of…

Raspberry-Cacao Frozen Yogurt and Coconut Tuiles

This is a super-easy cacao-infused frozen yogurt recipe paired with a not-too-complicated coconut tuile in which to serve the frozen treat. Don’t skip the tuiles! They’re not that hard to make, and when you master them, they’ll likely end up being a go-to recipe for any gathering where you truly want to impress with your…

Matcha Macaroon Trees

Thank you, Martha Stewart, for the inspiration for these deliciously easy holiday cookies. I’ve actually never been a huge Martha Stewart fan. I’ve always thought of her recipes like her craft projects—major endeavors that need a weekend-long commitment and then never turn out quite like the picture. But I’m changing my tune after browsing the…