Girl Versus Dough

salted caramel pear phyllo tart

salted caramel pear tart

Here’s what I want you to do: Drop everything Monday is asking for and make this tart. Seriously. It’ll change your day — nay, your week. Nay — your LIFE.

(OK that might be an exaggeration, but the point is it’s really tasty.)

Ever since I saw Deb’s gorgeous mosaic tart (ummm yes, “ever since” meaning like three years ago) I’ve been wanting to have a go at my own version. I’m generally more one for eating fussy, fancy desserts rather than making them — and as you can see by the rustic-ness of this tart, I need a lot of practice in the latter — but this one is worth every effort it takes to delicately arrange the thin pear slices in a circular design. And even that isn’t so hard.

Plus, in the end you get a stunning, caramel glazed tart with a sweet pear filling and a tender, flaky phyllo crust. It also happens to be super delicious, too.

fluffy coconut flour pancakes

stack of fluffy coconut flour pancakes with syrup and raspberries

These coconut flour pancakes are what breakfast dreams are made of. Just a few simple ingredients come together to make fluffy and tender gluten free pancakes perfect for any morning of the week.

IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL, Y’ALL. And I could not be more excited about it. The leaves, the crisp-cool air, the apple and pumpkin picking, the scarves and coats and sleepy weekend mornings in cozy sweaters and slippers… and these pancakes. So much yes.

To be honest, I’m not much of a pancake girl. I’ll almost always choose waffles over pancakes any day — unless they are these fluffy coconut flour pancakes. These pancakes might actually trump any waffles I’ve ever had (and even these pancakes, which have brie on them (!!)). So you know they’re good.

Even the little one likes munching on them, and I know this because while I was photographing these pancakes, she kept grabbing for the extras until I gave her one and she ran off with it. Then she proceeded to eat the whole thing — well, minus the crumbs that she scattered all over the living room. And the dining room. And the kitchen. Not cool, baby. Not cool.

twice baked sweet potatoes with bacon + chives

twice baked sweet potatoes

You guys, I’ve eaten so many sweet potatoes in the last few weeks that I might be turning orange. I know this happens with carrots. In fact my dad, when he was a youth, ate so many carrots every day for lunch that his skin did, in fact, generate an orange-y hue for a short time (or so my mother says, anyway). And now I fear the same fate for my own skin. And it’s not that self-tanning orange glow we’re going for — it’s like Violet Beauregarde, but as an orange instead of a blueberry.

Well just stop eating sweet potatoes, you say, and I laugh and laugh. I laugh because will you just look at these bacon, chive and sour cream stuffed sweet potatoes above? Topped with melty cheese and even more bacon?

Ah, yes. I see you’re laughing now, too. Soon you’ll also be worrying about orange skin.

40-minute honey wheat pretzel twists

honey wheat pretzel twists

Major health concerns aside, I’m fairly certain I would be happy to live on the following foods and beverages alone: Pretzels, ice cream and coffee. The pretzels take care of the salty cravings, while the ice cream takes care of the sweet. And I really don’t think I could make it long without coffee. Actually, YOU don’t want to see me make it long without coffee. It’s just not good for anyone.

These honey wheat pretzel twists, however, are not only good for everyone but they are both salty AND sweet. And they take only 40 minutes to make. So actually, I probably could just live on these pretzels alone.

Plus coffee.

four days in asheville


We spent four days there but it only took a few hours for us to fall for the place. Between the food, the gorgeous scenery, the eclectic people, the fresh mountain air and the Southern charm, we knew right away we picked the perfect place for our getaway.

Before we left, a lot of people asked us, “Why Asheville? What’s in Asheville?” At the time, we knew about the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the famous food and the breweries. But after having spent some actual time there, we now know there is all of that, sure, but also so much more.

So why Asheville? Because there are red brick walkways and cat-head sized biscuits. Because there are rolling green ridges and unique, hoppy brews. Because there are fried green tomatoes, warm goat cheese grits, patina-laced castles and pretty paintings. Because there are sprawling rose gardens and rows of vineyards. Because it’s a great place to go for a baby-free or family trip, for a weekend or a few days. And we already know we’ll be going back.

caribbean jerk chicken, bean + rice bowls

caribbean jerk chicken bowls

Wouldn’t it be super neat if you could eat a certain food and it would transport you to the place of its origin? Like if this Caribbean jerk chicken transported me right to a sunny Caribbean beach. That would be just super neat. Just so super duper neat. Just so very — but OH HAI REAL LIFE and your lack of sunny Caribbean beaches.

Real life may not be so super neat, but at least it still includes these tasty, filling and healthy chicken, bean and rice bowls. And I suppose that will suffice (for now).