As I said a few weeks ago, I’m a dietary traveler. I enjoy dabbling in all different dietary lands and bringing some of their magic into my own culinary bag of tricks….
Kabocha squash isn’t just for the dinner table. The nutty sweetness is perfect for adding to baked goods, which also gives your treats a nutritional boost. The possibilities seem endless for what you could add kabocha to in a sweet treat. Whatever baked goodness you can add pumpkin to, try swapping it out for kabocha….
Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving and slathering with marshmallows or butter. Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins that reduce stress, boost immunity, help prevent heart attacks, and that make your skin look great. They’re also on the Clean Fifteen list, meaning that the non-organic version of sweet potatoes aren’t loaded with pesticides and you can save some cash at the grocery store….
Surprise! Vegetables aren’t just for dinner! The beet is a great root vegetable to use in sweet applications as well. I usually pair it with chocolate when I’m baking….
A few weeks ago, I made a cake for N’s mom’s birthday. I had been waiting to make this cake for her for a while, since the flavors were right up her alley. Before I went to the market, I reviewed the recipe to see what ingredients I was missing.
As my eyes scanned down the list, my heart skipped a beat. “1 cup buttermilk.” Crap.
For those of you who bake a lot, you understand my pain. For those of you who don’t, I’ll break it down. Don’t get me wrong, buttermilk is delicious. It adds a creaminess and lightness to baked goods that I love. But here’s the problem: Buttermilk is only sold in two quantities. 1 quart and half a gallon. So, whenever you need only 1 cup of buttermilk, you’re forced to buy another three cups that you don’t need.
This leads to throwing away curdled, long forgot buttermilk after a few weeks, or, like me, you begin to scour your cookbooks, Pinterest, and the internet for ways to use up your buttermilk.
My go-to buttermilk recipe is banana bread, but I decided to go with some breakfast muffins I could grab on the way out the door to work. They’ve got oats in them too for some extra heft and longer satiety.