Garlicky Whipped Feta Dip

Whipped Feta Dip topped with spices and olive oil

Two ingredients and you’re good to go with this garlicky whipped feta dip. The flavor is addictive. Plus, it comes together very quickly and easily. My niece Victoria announced recently that we have 12 Sundays left until Christmas. Her friend Hannah said so. Since then, we’ve dropped to 11 Sundays left ‘til Christmas. I’ve always…

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Za’atar Swirl Bread

Two loaves of twisted bread on a sheet pan

 Za’atar Swirl Bread showcases the fabulous flavor of za’atar in a delicate bread enriched with eggs and olive oil. The method to the glorious twisted loaves is straightforward and very doable! Dan, upon tasting za’atar swirl bread: This bread has it ALL. (chews a big bite) This bread has flavor. I can taste the za’atar.…

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Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma

Roasted cauliflower on a sheet pan with foil

Shawarma is traditionally spit-grilled chicken or meat with succulent spices. Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma marries the same flavors that make classic chicken shawarma so delicious, in a gluten-free, vegan recipe. The other day at a football tailgater at Michigan State, I met a kid of Dan’s cousin who found out not long ago that he has…

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Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese buttercream in a pan

The olive oil supports the warm flavors of this moist, luscious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. There is yogurt in the mix as well, for added tenderness. I was surprised a few months ago when we turned on The Great British Baking Show, my brother, who hadn’t seen the show before, really got into…

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Quinoa Protein Salad

Quinoa Protein Salad in a Deruta serving dish

Quinoa Protein Salad packs a great protein punch, tastes incredibly good, and keeps hunger at bay for hours, and it’s vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free (though some findings indicate quinoa may not work for celiacs). I was in the airport in Chicago recently, and felt like I’d stepped out of a time warp from somewhere far,…

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Za’atar Roasted Carrots

Za'atar roasted carrots with labneh on a blue floral platter

Za’atar Roasted Carrots are a simple way to give roasted carrots a boost of exciting flavor with za’atar spice, the Lebanese spice blend of wild thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. Dust carrots with za’tar both before and after roasting. Perhaps like you, I do a good bit of cooking for a crowd. Even if it’s…

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Red Beet Hummus

Red beet hummus with beets and sesame seeds in a bowl

Red beet hummus is both a beautiful and super delicious way to add color and even more nutrients to our daily hummus fix, which is vegan and gluten-free. Make roasted beets or use canned (or even pickled) beets to make it fast and easy. We’re hitting the height of fall color here in Michigan. The…

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White Beans with Za’atar Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Oil

White beans with za'atar roasted tomatoes and olive oil, in a vintage blue pasta bowl

There is so much to love about velvety, protein-packed white beans–especially white beans with za’atar roasted tomatoes and olive oil, an ultra-flavorful combination that will keep you satisfied, healthy, and happy! Vegetarian and gluten-free (and vegan if you leave out the parmesan cheese). When I daydream of cozy evenings with my sissie on Seminary Avenue…

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Blondie Bars with Caramel

Blondie bars with orange blossom caramel

This favorite recipe for blondie bars with caramel originates with Claire Ptak’s The Violet Bakery Cookbook. I’ve added orange blossom water, which is such a good friend of caramel, and tahini, a good friend of most everything! These bars will become your go-to for picnics, potlucks, and parties of any kind… Couple of months ago,…

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Chocolate Tahini Breakfast Rolls

Chocolate Tahini Breakfast Rolls in a beautiful white baking dish

Chocolate tahini breakfast rolls are like the rich, gorgeous cousin of a cinnamon roll. Butter enriches both the chocolately filling and the soft, pull-apartable dough. Yes, you can make these ahead and refrigerate the dough before the second rise, then bake them off like a champ morning of.  It makes sense, I think, to rate…

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