Girl Versus Dough

vegan cherry-cranberry granola muffins

Vegan Cranberry Cherry Granola Muffins

Everything’s finally coming up spring around here, you guys! (Read: I’m totally ignoring the snow forecast for today.) We planted our first herb garden ever over the weekend and hung up string lights on the balcony. We had our first meal al fresco and the husband went for his first bike ride of the season (my bike is soon-to-be in transit from my parents’ house… I’ll see you soon, sweet friend!). My freckles are making a comeback. And I’m getting on a spring-induced health kick.

Don’t worry — I’m still planning a fair share of posts of the cheesy, sweet and all-around not-good-for-you-but-oh-so-tasty-for-you variety. But for now, can we talk about muffins? Specifically, healthy vegan muffins? With cranberries and cherries and granola inside them? K thanks. You won’t be sorry, I promise.

garlic + mushroom queso fundido

Queso Fundido

It’s official: I cannot be trusted around cheese.

It doesn’t matter, really, what kind of cheese it is — soft, hard, shredded, string, stinky, mild, sharp — it all comes into play. But if it’s warm and gooey and melty like what you see above, I’m especially unruly. Come within three feet of me and my queso fundido and I might have to fight you. Just saying. It’s a tough world out there, and this girl’s got to protect her cheese.

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.

dark chocolate crepes + liberté strawberry yogurt

dark chocolate crepes with strawberry yogurt

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 bread on cooling rack

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.