Girl Versus Dough

chickpea saute with greek yogurt

Chickpea Saute

This week has been an exercise in limitations.

After one too many recipe failures, unnecessary messes (both literally and figuratively), moments of stretching myself thin and subsequently a few too many sessions of eating my feelings, I decided to take a break for a day or two before venturing back into the kitchen. Plus, it was just a good excuse to get Chipotle for dinner.

When I was ready to return, I didn’t do so with some lofty, challenging dish, but instead with a simple and quick one that had been nudging at me ever since I first saw it in the cookbook, Plenty. It was the perfect dish to welcome me back — easy, filling and kind to my belly. And with the way things have been lately, we could all use a little more kindness.

strawberry almond bread

Strawberry Almond Bread

As a full-time food blogger, I get asked a lot about what recipes are my favorite to make. I must admit I cringe at this question because for one, it’s like choosing a favorite child, and two, oftentimes I’m embarrassed to share my true answers.

Because when it comes to dinner, the answer is bean and cheese enchiladas — sometimes, I confess, made in the microwave. And when it comes to dessert, the answer is plain old chocolate chip cookies — which I don’t even have a recipe for on this very website (and I even wax poetic about my love for cookies on my about page). And when it comes to bread, I didn’t even have an answer. What kind of bread baking blogger doesn’t have an answer for her favorite bread recipe?

The shame. Oh, the shame.

And then one day, one glorious day, this little strawberry almond loaf decided to make itself known in my life. And now, ladies and gentlefolk, I finally have an answer to that question — and it’s one I am not ashamed to give.

perfect pairings — dark chocolate crepes + liberte strawberry yogurt

Dark Chocolate Crepes

Obviously this post is just another excuse for me to eat dessert for breakfast.

Because I mean, when you think of yogurt, you think of breakfast. When you think of strawberries, you think of chocolate-covered strawberries. So when you think of strawberry yogurt, you think of dark chocolate-covered strawberry crepes. At least, that’s where my mind goes.

And I am not in the least bit sorry about it.

southern sally lunn

Southern Sally Lunn

Oh my, this bread. This Sally Lunn bread.

Who is Sally Lunn, anyway? Who is this woman deemed worthy of having a loaf named after her? Whoever she is or was, I want to thank her. I want to give her a big ol’ bear hug and tell her that this bread, this bread they named after her, it’s ridiculous. In the best possible way.

cherry sake cocktails

Cherry Sake Cocktails

I’m going to let it be spring. Even if it’s still blustery and snowing outside; even if the clouds are persistent; even if I can’t see the buds on the trees yet or my sandals are still collecting dust.

I’m just going to sit here and drink my cocktail and let it be spring.

I’m going to let it be the weekend. Even if I have a to-do list a million miles long; even if I won’t be able to sleep in; even if I can’t laze around and watch new episodes of “Mad Men.”

I’m just going to sit here and drink my cocktail and let it be the weekend.

key lime doughnuts

Key Lime Doughnuts

Well, it happened.

I officially have a new favorite doughnut.

I didn’t think this was possible, you see. For years, my heart and my taste buds were torn between the chocolate glazed cake doughnut and the strawberry-frosted yeast doughnut (with sprinkles, of course). Sometimes, even the Boston cream doughnut would wedge itself in there, as well. And then there was the time I made doughnuts with peaches and coconut and white chocolate and I thought, for surely, there can be no tastier doughnut.

And then I made these key lime doughnuts. Life = changed forever.

Of course, this isn’t bad news by any means: especially because these doughnuts take less than a half-hour to make. And if you head over to the lovely Meagan’s blog, A Zesty Bite, where I’m guest posting about these doughnuts, you’ll be able to see for yourself just why, exactly, you need to have them in your life ASAP. Just be prepared to oust whatever doughnut currently wins your heart. Sorry I’m not sorry, strawberry doughnut.