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Red & Black Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Black Bean Brownies

I’ve never thought of Valentine’s Day as a particularly romantic holiday. Thanks to TV and Archie comics, I knew that it was supposed to be, but that’s not ever how it’s seemed to me. I think it’s because we celebrated it as a family my whole life, even back when boys were gross.

Red Velvet Black Bean BrowniesRed Velvet Black Bean Brownies

It represented love for sure, we all loved each other and had a special dinner together that night (fondue, most likely) (have I mentioned how much my Mom ruled?) and my Stepdad would bring us all home chocolate and cinnamon hearts. So it has always meant love and chocolate, not too far off what Hallmark is telling us, but I kind of love it.


Massaman Thai Curry

I still don’t know how we got this lucky, but the first time I tried Massaman curry was in Thailand, on a beach, made especially for us by a Thai woman who was too modest to call herself a Chef but too passionate not to offer to cook for us once we started talking about food.

Plant-based Massaman Curry

We had been frequenting her tiny bar that had only three tables setup on the beach, every night around sunset. Slowly we got to know her and her husband and learned that they had just given up their restaurant in another part of the country and were running this tiny bar until they could figure out where to open up a new one.


Hearty Green Salad with Roots & Pickled Onions

Not that I’m here to tell you to eat salad in January. I really do prefer to look back fondly on a (somewhat) debaucherous December. I feel like that is what it is there for, and that soul food, laughter, togetherness and festivities all have their place in the grand scheme of things and are as good for us as salad, just on a different, sometimes harder to reach, level.

But sometimes your body will tell you exactly what it wants, and who would deny themselves an actual salad craving? Especially if you happen to be 37 weeks pregnant and your baby has been way too into French fries thus far. I nearly skipped (carefully on our iceberg-covered sidewalks) to the store to buy some leafy greens.


Broccoli Pesto (with Roasted Sunchokes)

Broccoli Pesto with Roasted Sunchokes

You guys are going to like this one. It’s pretty straightforward, super versatile, includes the easy to find and affordable cancer crusher, broccoli, tastes delicious (even if broccoli doesn’t get you excited) and you just buzz it all up in your food processor.

Broccoli Pesto with Roasted Sunchokes

It’s broccoli pesto, and it will add green life to all things. I was originally inspired by a rapini pesto that (famous Chef) April Bloomfield rolled up into buns. Like cinnamon buns but with rapini pesto instead of the cinnamon/sugar, can you picture it? I think it was on Mind of a Chef, (or maybe Chef’s Table? Something Netflix-y. I should really remember this). Regardless, doesn’t that sound good? It sure looked good.