Week 29: Moosewood Cookbook Walnut Date Cake

I’ve made the comment time and time again, I come from a primarily female family who not only appreciates good eating, but loves, and quite possibly lives for, the careful preparation and serving to loved ones and friends alike.

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Last week, when I made a trip to my neighborhood library, I stopped  by the shelf containing all of the cookbooks. I say shelf, but it’s more like a sanctuary. Running my fingers along the cellophane spines, my eyes stopped on the Moosewood Cookbook.

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Week 21: Rhubarb, Candied-Hazelnut and Buckwheat Cake

I’ve mentioned or alluded to my favorite cake of the project so far several times. Very early on, week 8, I made the most divine plum pistachio and lemon cake from what’s become one of my favorite food blogs, The Brick Kitchen. I loved this cake so much, I’ve made my own adaptations and continued the unconventional trend of topping my cakes with fruit rather than frosting.

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This week’s cake gave week 8 a run for it’s money. Ok, ok week 8 still might be my favorite but this week’s rhubarb, candied-hazelnut and buckwheat cake was so so good.

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Week 13: My Recipe for Coconut-Banana Cake

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Anyone who’s anyone that shops at Trader Joe’s knows their bananas are the best deal in town. At 19 cents a pop they’re hard to beat. Throw them in you smoothies, pack them as a mid-afternoon snack, sprinkle them over a little peanut butter toast–you can’t go wrong. However, you can go wrong when you leave them on your counter uneaten all week. And since you’re anyone who’s anyone, you know that Trader Joe’s produce isn’t one to wait around for you to eat it. Don’t even get me started on how fast their conventional sweet potatoes last!

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Week 9: Tahini-Date Cake

Sometimes we crave things that comfort us. Whether it’s places, food, activities or people, there are certain rituals we lean on to guide our feet back to earth when deep breaths aren’t enough.

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After watching the Oscar nominated documentary shorts, i.e. an emotionally draining evening, and allowing other anxiety inducing thoughts to enter my mind, I found myself scrambling for the rituals that balance me and put my mind at ease. It’s no surprise that baking cake is on the top of that list.

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Week 8: Plum, Pistachio & Lemon Cake

This weekend the air in Chicago turned sweet. Stepping outside on Friday afternoon, I took my first few breaths of the unseasonable weather, mildly unsure if the warmth I was feeling was true. After my second breath, I was convinced, spring is definitely coming.

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It’s interesting how as the seasons change our tastes begin to turn as well. We trade in cozy sweaters for swingy sun dresses and prefer morning runs over Netflix marathons. As the winter grays fade way to blue afternoons and pink sunsets, we start to crave foods that match our vernal surroundings–brighter, fresher, lighter.

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Week 6: The Hemsley Sisters’ Carrot Cake

Currently I am obsessing over the latest cookbook from the Hemsley sisters, Good + Simple.  The book is full of recipes that source natural ingredients, think cannelloni beans in cake and butternut squash soup steaming with freshly grated ginger. I knew I wanted to incorporate one of their cakes into the challenge, and when I saw that last week celebrated National Carrot Cake Day, I knew exactly what to bake for week 6.

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