Pear and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette (Grain Free)

Dessert, Food, Gluten Free, Recipes | November 21, 2016 | By

I might be the worst food blogger ever.

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OK, that’s dramatic. It has been three months since my last post though, which might be a new personal record of negligence (*sobs quietly into pillow*), but I’M BACK! It feels so good to be posting a recipe again after taking some time off to get settled into my new program. This first semester at Juilliard Historical Performance, aside from being completely surreal , has FLOWN by. Between performances, lessons, gigs, being a hashtagpracticehermit, academic courses, and life in general, I’ve been a busy bee. In the last few weeks alone, my HP friends and I have performed on the radio, played for a live-streamed master class, finished a series of concerts in Boston and NYC, and are now gearing up for our tour to Holland (!) in a few weeks. I can’t believe that, at least for now, this is the new normal. 

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Mini Apple Crisps (Vegan/GF)

sum•mer (n): the existential struggle between wanting to be in shape and wanting to shove ALL THE FOOD INTO YOUR FACE

You know the feeling. Summertime finally hits, and you’re ready to hit the beach and show off that bod you’ve been working on. But two weeks in, you’ve had a few too many margs and entirely too many s’mores and then you realize you haven’t even hit the vacation part of your summer vacation yet and you’re like “HOW DID THIS HAPPEN” and then you end up eating more s’mores and it’s all just kind of a mess. 

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I know this feeling well. A week ago, I got back from spending over two weeks in San Francisco (um, hi, TONS of amazing food) at the American Bach Soloists Academy. It was a wonderful experience, but I definitely ate WAY too much. As in, I literally ate ice cream every day. And I mean literally, literally.

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Easy Lemon Ricotta Crepes

I am, by all accounts, a savory brunch person.

Maybe someone can explain this phenomenon to me, because my sweet tooth is out of control, yet I very rarely order or make sweet brunch food. Maybe I avoid it subconsciously, because I know I’ll end up falling asleep right after I eat it (can someone say sugar crash?). Maybe it’s because I really appreciate a perfectly-cooked egg, especially when it’s oozing down a mountain of mashed avocado or smoked salmon and hollandaise. Or, maybe I just appreciate it when someone ELSE is responsible for perfectly cooking that egg for me. I don’t know.

Some days though, I do get a hankering for something sweet that only the french toasts, pancakes, oats, and pastries of the world can satisfy. And some days, I truly can’t make up my mind. For those days, the brunch solution is clear:

Crepes.

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Persimmon Upside-Down Yogurt Cheesecake

Dessert, Food, Recipes | November 15, 2015 | By

“I received free samples of siggi’s yogurt mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

We’re less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving, and each year, this season brings up a ton of family memories for me. For whatever reason, the thought of shoveling all manner of carbs into my face whilst making dinner-table-inappropriate jokes with my cousins at the kids table (which I know I’m going to be at for ~10 more years at least, and am totally fine with) just screams NOSTALGIA… Ya know? It’s a natural human instinct. But for me, these memories can come flooding in at LITERALLY any given moment once November hits. Take for example, the other day, while I was buying a bag of persimmons.

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When I was a kid and I used to go over to my grandparents’ house, my grandma and I would draw pictures together. One day we were drawing various fruits and veggies, putting faces on them, and giving them names. All the usual suspects were there: Broccoli Rob (GET IT?!), Tommy Tomato, Apple Anne, etc. But then I said to my grandma, “What about PERSIMMON PATRICK?” She looked at me surprised and slightly impressed, like, do you actually even know what a persimmon IS, seven-year-old Sarah? No, Grandma. No I did not. 

In fact, I didn’t know what a persimmon was until college. I found one in the grocery store and tried it thinking it was going to be like a tomato. I was so deliciously, delightfully, beautifully wrong – persimmons are sweet, juicy, and just taste like autumn. Sorry that’s not more eloquent. 

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Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cookies with Maple Icing (Vegan)

I’m REAALLLYY excited this week, people. Why? Because one of my FAVORITE people is moving back to New York City!! I’ve known my friend Neil for almost a decade (what), so he is an incredibly important person in my life. 

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Neil is the friend who gives me the BEST advice that I usually choose not to take – but it’s cool, because I know he doesn’t take mine either.

Neil is also the friend who traveled 2 hours to Philly in freezing rain one time to hear me play a recital. He later got stranded with my parents in Trenton. Never complained. Seriously, not even in TRENTON. 

Neil participates in my ridiculousness, calls me on my crap, and attempts to help me understand men (key word being “attempts”). Honestly, this kid is awesomesauce. AND NOW HE’S GONNA LIVE HERE.

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And so, in honor of Neil moving here, I made cookies. You see, I LIKE cookies, but Neil LOOOVES cookies. Neil loves cookies more than anyone I know. He actually said to me today that once he moves here, he’d like to start guest-writing on my blog. His column, as he put it, would be called “Uncle Neil’s Cookie Corner.” LOL. I think it’s hilarious and fantastic and I’m actively considering it. Please weigh in. 

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