African Peanut Stew

African Peanut Stew (A Seat at the Table)

I think this is the first time I’ve cooked collard greens before.  They work wonderfully in this African Peanut Stew; they hold up well, add a subtle earthiness, and a great texture to this creamy stew.  Collard greens tend to be inexpensive compared to other greens, but kale, swiss chard, or other greens would workRead more

Peanut Butter Apple Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Apple Baked Oatmeal slice (A Seat at the Table)

Are you a breakfast person?  I’m one of those people that has to have breakfast.  Within an hour of being up I’m ravenous.  So I’m definitely a fan of breakfasts that just require a quick turn in the microwave.  Baked oatmeal is perfect for that; it’s easily made ahead and is perfect reheated on busyRead more

Thai Cabbage Salad

Thai Cabbage Salad (A Seat at the Table)

This was a big hit at last month’s Carroll Cafe.  I even had people coming back for seconds.   So I’m apparently not the only one that loves Thai food.  And while this might not be a traditional dish, it is packed with flavor, texture and crunch.  Cabbage is great for mixing up the usualRead more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait (A Seat at the Table)

This was one of the most popular desserts at Carroll Cafe last weekend.  I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, so this was right up my alley.  Then add in salty, crunchy pretzels and you’ve got a decadent, perfect dessert.  It’s creamy and smooth, sweet and tangy, crunchy and salty. I made chocolate puddingRead more

Tofu Veggie Bowls with Peanut Sauce

This is rapidly becoming a favorite meal.  It’s based off of these tofu lettuce wraps, but combined in a bowl for a more filling/less fussy dinner.  I made it twice in a week, it’s that good.  It’s super flavorful and customizable to what you have on hand.  And while I know that tofu isn’t everyone’sRead more

Monster Cookies (gluten-free)

These cookies are full of all the tasty things a cookie monster loves, they’ve got peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&Ms, toffee and oats.  And they just happen to be gluten-free.  I don’t normally look for gluten-free recipes, but for last month’s Carroll Cafe, I thought it might be nice to have one gluten-free option.  TheseRead more

Salted Nut Chews (a.k.a. Lauren’s Christmas Cookies)

This is another recipe from my grandma.  These were the cookies I always requested for Christmas, they totally taste like the holidays to me.  I haven’t had these cookies in quite a few years, and so it was totally nostalgic having these again.  These are super sweet and decadent and totally addictive.  They’re an awesomeRead more