Girl Versus Dough

blackberry lacto-fermented lemonade {giveaway}

blackberry lacto-fermented lemonade

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Do not be afeared by the name of this recipe. Do not, also, be afeared when I tell you that this drink tastes like blackberry lemonade with a yogurt-y tang.

Do trust when I tell you that this drink is, in fact, super duper delicious and if you stick with me here, I have a fun lil’ giveaway that will give you access to said deliciousness and other deliciousnesses, as well.

But let’s back up a bit. My dear gal pal Julia from The Roasted Root (P.S. you should go to there and be ready to drool your face off) wrote a cookbook — but not just any cookbook. She wrote about those fancy probiotic drinks like kombucha, kefir, ginger beer and of course, lacto-fermented lemonade that you can make AT HOME. From scratch. My mind nearly exploded from all the talent that went into creating this book. But I kept my cool because, hello, blackberry lemonade was to be made.

If you flip through the pages of the book, you will find easy lessons on how to make your own ginger beer, or yogurt, or this lacto-fermented lemonade which, according to Julia, is chockfull of good-for-you probiotics. And I really do mean easy. For lacto-fermented lemonade, all it takes is some fresh lemon juice, water, sugar and whey (which is basically that watery liquid that forms on top of yogurt), a couple days’ patience and you’re golden.

But we go even further here and add a fresh blackberry pulp and oh my lans, I am not lying when I tell you I drink this beverage at least thrice a day, it’s so tasty. It’s almost gone and that gives me the sads.

whole wheat baguettes

whole wheat baguettes

If you’ve ever wanted whole wheat baguettes in your life, I am here for you! This easy recipe makes four loaves of healthier fresh-baked bread in French baguette form. It has all of the flavor and texture of a classic baguette with the nutritional benefits of whole wheat flour.

Mastering the art of making baguettes at home, in my experience, is really no art form at all — it’s actually very similar to making a sandwich bread or a free-form loaf, but instead you shape the dough into a torpedo. And somehow it tastes just that much better that way.

And making whole wheat baguettes at home, in my experience, is very similar to baking regular baguettes — but with whole wheat flour.

one pot pasta with tomatoes + basil {giveaway}

pasta with tomatoes and basil in a bowl

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We’ve got a one-pot winner of a dinner over here. Just an FYI.

These past couple of weeks have been kinda sorta insanely busy, to say the least. And it’s in these moments — when I’m so frazzled that I forget to brush my teeth or take off my slippers before leaving the house, yeeaahhh — that simple, easy-to-throw-together meals restore my sanity. Because 1) they’re food, and I like to eat and 2) I don’t have to think about dinner as another to-do on my list. Just put it in a pot/oven/microwave, let it cook, done and done. Time to fill my tummy.

Of course, oftentimes this means dinner comes from a thin box tucked in the back of the freezer containing a frozen disc of something that starts with a “p” and ends in “izza,” or from a box that’s been tucked away in the pantry for a year containing uncooked noodles and a powdery substance they call cheese… or a burrito. From Chipotle. With a generous heap of guac, thankyouverymuch.

And then there’s this one-pot pasta thing which, until recently, was only a good idea I’d heard about or saw pinned a bazillion times on Pinterest. Now, this one-pot pasta thing? It’s a great idea that I’ve (finally) put on our dinner table. And I have a feeling it’ll be back again and again when I need something healthy/my sanity to stay intact.

garlicky kale with fire-roasted tomatoes + cheesy brown rice farina “grits”

garlicky kale and grits

Note: Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind words and enthusiasm about my eCookbook news! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to respond to everyone individually but know that each and every comment means the world to me. If you haven’t joined the Facebook team yet, you still can!

Oof, that title is a mouthful.

And the recipe is, too. A delicious, delicious mouthful.

First things first: Have you ever tried farina? I grew up with the wheat cereal version from the blue and white box with the boy on the front who’s SUPER happy to be eating a bowl of it — which I assume can only be true if he added about a half-cup of sugar and a few dashes of cinnamon on top, as I did. It was the only way that stuff would taste good and not anything remotely like slop.

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t quite aware of its versatility as a youth or I got really, really overloaded on all the sugar (nahhhh, that can’t be it), but I haven’t had a bowl of farina in many moons. That is, until I was introduced to brown rice farina. And everything changed.

a super special announcement

Happy Valentine’s Day, friendlies! I hope today is filled with all the love and chocolate truffles.

I’m not here to tell you what to make or eat today, though. No, I already gave you a strong suggestion yesterday in the form of ice cream, and earlier this week in the form of doughnuts. Today I’m here to tell you about something else.

Something involving lots of tasty tastiness.

Something that has to do with bread.

And maybe some sugar (but also salt, for my savory-loving folks).

And lots of fun and easy baking.

Any ideas?

Gosh, the suspense is almost TOO MUCH. It makes me want another doughnut.

dark chocolate pistachio ice cream with candied bacon bits #GalentinesDayParty

dark chocolate pistachio ice cream

Much as I love my husband and our date nights, many of my favorite Valentine’s Days have been hanging out with the lady peeps instead of the gentlefolk — probably in pajamas with a chick flick and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s on the side (the only boys allowed).

This year, though, is going to be the best of them. And that’s all thanks to Galentine’s Day.

Oh, you’ve never heard of Galentine’s Day? It comes from one of my all-time favorite characters on television, and that is Miss Leslie Knope. Each year on February 13, Leslie and her gal pals get together and have a grand ole time over yummy food. Ergo, if Leslie were a real person, she’d be my BFF. She and I do share a serious love for waffles, after all. Kindred spirits.

So in celebration of all things love, food and friends, a group of blogger friends and I have come together for an online Galentine’s Day party. And let me tell you — if this party was happening in real life (which my tummy and I so, so wish it was), it would be the most delicious of parties in all the land.