This Extra-Easy Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips is the perfect treat for the beginning baker. Filled with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and ripe bananas, this recipe requires only one bowl and minimal brainpower to create. Sub in healthy extras such as walnuts, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds for an extra-healthy kick! (This post is sponsored by OXO. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.) #OXOBetter ##healthyishcookbook
There’s nothing more joyful to me than coming home to a deskful of sweet treats or baking supplies. When I went home last week to take care of family matters, I was anxious, nervous, and coming down with a cold from the hectic pace of things that have been happening around here lately. But while I won’t deny that it’s been a stressful past few months, things are finally looking a bit brighter, especially on the home front (fingers crossed)…which is why I’m back at baking and blogging! And today, I’m excited to share a new favorite discovery of mine with all of you.
When I returned from the Bay, I found two lovely, huge packages waiting for me on my desk. The first was an Australia Day care package from Marty, the incredible soul from Perch whom I had met at the Riverdance in Dublin (you can read about our first meeting here!). It containsed Tim Tams, an adorable kangaroo plush, Vegemite (still haven’t given this one another try…), a hilarious phrasebook of Aussie slang, a bunch of other quintessentially Australian snacks, and a full-sized Australianflag!The second was from the lovely folks at OXO who, to be frank, might very well be some of my favorite people in the world. As always, their box was filled with a bunch of high-quality baking items, including an optimized 360-degree air circulation cooling rack, a secure-grip-handle quality loaf pan, a stable oven thermometer, and a fancy magnetic set of measuring cups and spoons.… Read more
If you were standing in my apartment earlier this morning, that would have been the inarticulate sound from the kitchen.
Now before you panic (oh my god, there’s a MANDOLIN SLICER in her photos!!!), I can assure you that it wasn’t a scream of pain.
No, my friends–that was a shriek of pure joy issuing in glass-shattering pitch as I played with my newest kitchen toy. And I am so so so excited to share it with all of you today–can you tell?
OXO recently sent me another lovely bundle for my pasta-making lazy days: this Adjustable Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer, a Grape & Tomato Cutter, and a beautifully sturdy Rice & Grains Washing Colander with a draining spout near the top edge for easy pouring. Now as a gal who doesn’t often indulge in acquiring “kitchen gadgets” (okay, maybe the bread maker I got for Christmas is an exception. And the confectioner’s sugar dusting wand. And the Mickey Mouse ice cream scoop….oh fine, I love kitchen gadgets), the arrival of these wonderful toys via mail could only mean one thing: pasta play day!
By noontime, thinly sliced zucchini was sizzling on the stovetop and my pasta was happily draining al dente in its colander. With all of the craziness happening around here lately, it was a relief to just spend an hour in the kitchen cooking, slicing, photographing, and–best of all–eating a truly homecooked meal.
Even I was surprised at how fresh this whole meal tasted–with whole wheat pasta, lightly cooked zucchini, quartered cherry tomatoes, a dollop of marinara sauce, and a sprinkling of assorted cheeses, this pasta is giving me the physical, emotional, and mental fuel to get through the rest of this crazy day (I’m currently preparing a guest lecture for Tuesday’s English survey course and am slightly freaking out, but don’t mind me).… Read more
It’s that time of year again. OXO Cookies is supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and I get to share the deets with all of you!
If you haven’t heard about them already, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity under the laws of New Jersey. Every year, they host this amazing campaign to donate funds to researching kids’ cancer. (Read: donations are tax deductible and 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.)
So what does that have to do with these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes I’m sharing here today? I’m so glad you asked!
This month, OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign (up to their $100,000 commitment.) You can also look out for this sticker on their baking supplies, which means that they’ll be donating on your behalf when you buy labeled baking items:
When OXO sent me this cupcake supplies set to use, I was over the moon. Last year I made these cookies for OXO and this year I decided to stick with the peanut butter theme by creating these deliciously vegan chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. The cupcake base is vegan, but you’d never guess it–it’s my favorite chocolate cake recipe as well and involves literally throwing a bunch of ingredients all at once into a large mixing bowl! As for the frosting, you can’t really go wrong with PB&chocolate, can you?
No, I didn’t think so. Helloooo, best combo ever!
If you’re looking for a great way to do good this holiday season, I totally recommend stopping by the store and buying one or all of these handy cupcake tools that I used to bake these cupcakes. I can vouch for the quality of these items: I’ve been working with OXO for nearly two years now and it’s one of the few brands I’ll trust to turn out amazing baked goods every single time.… Read more
Today we’re going to play a game of Mind Meld. Question: “What three associations to mind when I say the word, “Oregon’?”
Got your answer ready? Good, let’s compare…
If you’d asked me this question 10 days ago, my answers would have been something like:
Oregon Trail. I mean, let’s be real here–who didn’t think of Oregon Trail lickety-split? Who among us can forget (am I dating myself?) that wonderfully pixelated covered wagon trundling along a two-dimensional river; your passengers dying of dysentery because you decided the “Rest for a while” option was for chumps; and the tiny box telling you that, congratulations, you shot 102938475 lbs of meat and probably sped up the extinction of wild buffalo species tenfold and oh yeah, you were able to carry back 2 lbs of it. Go you!
Monopoly: Okay, so I thought I was remembering correctly when I got up to write this but apparently I’m crazy (surprise), because the classic Monopoly board contains no such thing as an Oregon Street. I checked this picture and the only states in the orange section are New York and Tennessee Ave, so what I thought was a lifelong association between the state of Oregon and the color orange is a complete sham and probably just a result of the fact that both words begin with the letter ‘O.’
Quarters: Remember when they started minting those nifty quarters customized to each state? This one is Oregon’s and holy freakin’ bananas I think I just had an epiphany when I Google searched that.
But first, some photos of this amazing flourless peanut butter cookie dough–I’ll talk about it in a second…
Up until this moment, I never realized Crater Lake was on Oregon’s quarter. Do you all know what Crater Lake is? It’s this massively isolated lake in the middle of a c rater when a volcano blew up and collapsed in on itself thousands of years ago.… Read more