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Spicy Garlicky Sesame Tofu (30 Minutes!)

Welcome to another minimal effort, BIG flavor dish! This quicker-than-takeout sesame tofu is baked to crispy perfection and coated in a drool-worthy, sweet + spicy + garlicky sauce. It might have you questioning whether you’ll ever be ordering takeout …

Spicy Garlicky Sesame Tofu (30 Minutes!)

Welcome to another minimal effort, BIG flavor dish! This quicker-than-takeout sesame tofu is baked to crispy perfection and coated in a drool-worthy, sweet + spicy + garlicky sauce. It might have you questioning whether you’ll ever be ordering takeout again!

Pair with rice and steamed veggies for a simple, 30-minute meal that’s vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Let’s make it!

Recipe Inspiration

This recipe is inspired by Sesame Chicken, which is commonly found in Chinese restaurants in the US and Canada (source).

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Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies offer classic shortbread flavor with dazzling jam centers. Using almond flour makes them gluten free and extra delicious! They’re tender and buttery with a…

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thumbprint cookies recipe

These thumbprint cookies offer classic shortbread flavor with dazzling jam centers. Using almond flour makes them gluten free and extra delicious! They’re tender and buttery with a pop of sweetness in the center. Make these irresistible cookies for any special occasion, or just because.

This thumbprint cookie recipe is honestly so easy to make. You don’t need a mixer. You don’t need to wait for perfectly softened butter. You don’t need to chill the dough before baking. The dough comes together so quickly and rolls so easily that this recipe would be a fun baking project with kids. If you don’t typically bake with almond flour, this recipe is absolutely worth buying the bag.

thumbprint cookies ingredients

Thumbprint cookies are particularly fun and versatile because you can change the flavor and the color of the centers by your choice of jam. These treats are perfect for the holidays, like Valentine’s Day (I suggest raspberry or strawberry filling), Easter (try several jams for a fun color mix), Independence Day (perhaps raspberry and blueberry), and Christmas (anything red).

For those with special diet considerations, I’ll point out that this recipe happens to be gluten free and egg free. You can make it dairy free and vegan by substituting coconut oil for the butter (see recipe notes). It’s also partially naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Of course, the recipe is not nut free due to the almond flour, but it might be just the cookie you’ve been searching for.

I’ve been perfecting this recipe over the past couple of months. I’m just so excited to share it with you! I hope it becomes a go-to recipe for you, too.

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Creamy Mayan Mocha (Caffeine-Free Option!)

Anyone else have an awkwardly long list of modifications when ordering drinks from coffee shops? Welcome to the club. Sometimes we spare ourselves the embarrassment and make them at home.
Inspired by the dangerously delicious Mayan Mocha from Picnik, t…

Creamy Mayan Mocha (Caffeine-Free Option!)

Anyone else have an awkwardly long list of modifications when ordering drinks from coffee shops? Welcome to the club. Sometimes we spare ourselves the embarrassment and make them at home.

Inspired by the dangerously delicious Mayan Mocha from Picnik, this creamy, dreamy drink is a little sweet, spicy, and chocolaty. It’s also dairy-free and can be made with dandelion root for a low-caffeine, coffee-free option. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Whiskey Sour

Have you tasted a great whiskey sour? One made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and quality whiskey? They’re bold yet balanced, with a lovely lemony flavor. Whiskey sours…

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whiskey sour recipe

Have you tasted a great whiskey sour? One made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and quality whiskey? They’re bold yet balanced, with a lovely lemony flavor.

Whiskey sours are one of my favorite drinks to order at swanky cocktail bars. If you have sworn off the whiskey sours of your college days, the ones made with cheap whiskey and fake sour mix, I assure you that legitimate whiskey sours are worth your while.

Whiskey sours are also fun to make at home. Serve them during the holidays, on game days, or for date nights in. If you have already enjoyed my Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour or New York Sour, I have no doubt you’ll love the original.

whiskey sour ingredients

To make a whiskey sour, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients—good whiskey, fresh lemons, a little sweetener, and an optional egg white. Fancy cocktail cherries, such as Luxardo, are a worthwhile investment and keep for quite a while in a dark cabinet.

Whether you like your whiskey sour with no foam, extra foam, up or on the rocks, you’ll find all the details you need to craft your ideal whiskey sour in the recipe below. Gather your ingredients and your cocktail shaker!

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Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. The addition of maple and pecan make this chocolate chip cookie extra special. You have to try them. The cookies are soft, chewy, buttery, and…

You can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. The addition of maple and pecan make this chocolate chip cookie extra special. You have to try them. The cookies are soft, chewy, buttery, and are slightly crisp around the edges. They have a nice maple flavor…

Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (Flourless!)

Our Chai-Spiced Nut Butter makes a great gift, but can we blame you if you decide to keep it all for yourself? No way. Especially now that cookies are on the table! And not just any cookies…Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies that come together in 1 bowl in ju…

Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (Flourless!)

Our Chai-Spiced Nut Butter makes a great gift, but can we blame you if you decide to keep it all for yourself? No way. Especially now that cookies are on the table! And not just any cookies…Chai-Spiced Oatmeal Cookies that come together in 1 bowl in just 25 minutes!

These chewy, flourless, spiced cookies are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, wholesome, and SO delicious!

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Roasted Acorn Squash

I love squash. Zucchini, delicata, butternut, spaghetti, and yellow squash, just to name a few. I also really enjoy acorn squash. It is the perfect fall vegetable. Acorn squash is sweet, nutty, and satisfying. My favorite way to cook it is in the oven….

I love squash. Zucchini, delicata, butternut, spaghetti, and yellow squash, just to name a few. I also really enjoy acorn squash. It is the perfect fall vegetable. Acorn squash is sweet, nutty, and satisfying. My favorite way to cook it is in the oven. Roasted acorn squash is the best and so easy to make.…

Epic Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Move over pumpkin pie, there’s a new favorite in town: sweet potato pie! Okay, maybe not so new, BUT new to some of us. And we’ve all decided this one might even replace pumpkin pie on our Thanksgiving tables (gasp!). It’s rich, creamy, fluffy, and per…

Epic Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Move over pumpkin pie, there’s a new favorite in town: sweet potato pie! Okay, maybe not so new, BUT new to some of us. And we’ve all decided this one might even replace pumpkin pie on our Thanksgiving tables (gasp!). It’s rich, creamy, fluffy, and perfectly sweet and spiced!

Bonus? It’s undetectably vegan, naturally sweetened, and (optionally) gluten-free! Just 9 ingredients stand in your way. Preheat your ovens, it’s pie time!

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Easy Vegan Creamed Corn

Before this recipe, the MB team was divided when it came to creamed corn. But things have changed. After making this version, it was unanimously decided that creamed corn deserves a spot at every holiday meal (and beyond)! 
This rich, creamy, ligh…

Easy Vegan Creamed Corn

Before this recipe, the MB team was divided when it came to creamed corn. But things have changed. After making this version, it was unanimously decided that creamed corn deserves a spot at every holiday meal (and beyond)! 

This rich, creamy, lightly sweetened version is perfectly seasoned and undetectably vegan. It’s an easy, comforting side with just 7 ingredients and 25 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Bourbon-Ginger Pecan Pie

I wasn’t planning on beginning this post for a pie recipe with anything other than a story about how much I liked it, encouraging you to make it. (Which I’ll get to later.) But after I had started writing it, several neighborhoods in Paris came under attack, including mine, and I put everything on hold. Cafés and restaurants that I knew, and areas that I frequent, were…

Pecan Pie with Bourbon and Ginger

I wasn’t planning on beginning this post for a pie recipe with anything other than a story about how much I liked it, encouraging you to make it. (Which I’ll get to later.) But after I had started writing it, several neighborhoods in Paris came under attack, including mine, and I put everything on hold.

Pecan Pie with Bourbon and Ginger

Cafés and restaurants that I knew, and areas that I frequent, were targets, as was the area around the theatre where my outdoor market is, which suffered the worst of it. Everyone I know is okay, but others were not so fortunate. It’s a crazy world we are living in and often we just see it on television and switch the channels to something more entertaining, so we don’t have to think about it. But when it happens right outside your door, or in a city that you love so much (whether you live there or are just an occasional visitor), you can’t avoid the shock and the grief. In addition to some introspection, my hope is that this will bring a conversation and dialogue that will somehow address why – and how – this happened, and where to go from here.

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