coffee toffee ice cream

coffee toffee ice cream | the thoughtful plate Let’s not mention the little fact that it’s been, uh, exactly three weeks and two days since my last post, okay? Sorry guys! First I had that broken lens situation, and then I came home (!!!!!), and all of that adds up to no blog posts for you. (See here and here if you’re unfamiliar with how this has looked in the past.)

I’ll try to make up for it by sharing [what I think is some of] the best coffee ice cream ever. Continue reading

basil italian soda

basil italian soda | the thoughtful plateIt’s finally that time of year where I want to drink cold, bright, fizzy drinks in the afternoon (preferably outside, in the sun) instead of hot chocolate or coffee. Rejoice! :)

Watermelon lemonade will always be a favorite. Also cherry limeade. Iced coffee is great too, even if it isn’t fizzy. I’m looking forward to exploring even more fun flavors this spring/summer. Continue reading

hot chocolate for snowy days

hot chocolate | the thoughtful plateI don’t know if you’re aware of this, but a fairly decent portion of the US is covered in white right now. And white = snow = cold.

Enter: hot chocolate. While it can’t do anything about the snow, it certainly helps with the cold. Continue reading

ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter

ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter | the thoughtful plateAs far as I’m concerned, the only way to even think about serving crêpes to more people than just yourself is to make them well in advance. Follow this advice and you will enjoy a peaceful existence. Disregard it and suffer. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but seriously. Have you ever tried to make crêpes in real time? It’s stressful!

Here’s the proper approach: Continue reading

hazelnut butter meringues

hazelnut butter meringues | the thoughtful plateIt’s been too cold to photograph anything to share on here lately, and I’m not just saying that. I would seriously get frostbite, and that fact can be corroborated by the national weather service, or whoever it is that gets to state “truth” about the weather.

So today is the perfect day to share a recipe that I made a few weeks ago but never posted! These cute little things are from this month’s issue of Bon Appetit magazine, and when I came across them on the first read-through, I ran to the freezer to see if I still had some hazelnuts on hand. I had the exact amount called for, and if that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is. Continue reading

salad with apples and almonds

IMG_9222It occurred to me that a brief perusal of this blog would lead you to believe that I basically only ever eat sweet things and carb-y things. I mean, 1/5 of the first page of recent posts fits into either or both of those categories.

Simply- that is not all I eat. In reality, I practically eat my weight in salad each week, and then I eat my weight again in miscellaneous fruits and vegetables at breakfast and dinner. I eat a lot of tacos too, but that’s irrelevant for our purposes today. Continue reading

chocolate banana nut muffins

chocolate banana nut muffins | the thoughtful plateMy mood can be adversely affected by the weather this time of year. Today though, I’m actually excited that it’s in the 50s and raining. This is the winter weather I’m used to! Yay!

But really, there’s a lot to love about this time of year. Continue reading

winter squash butter crêpes

 It’s like, really cold outside right now.

So cold that I had to wear socks with my Birkenstocks three days in a row.

So cold that I’m legitimately scared to Google the 10-day forecast.

So cold that when I went outside to shoot the photos you are currently looking at, my fingers went numb, my camera lens frosted over, and the caramel hardened on the plate. It’s all so wrong.

I racked my brain and came up with five positives in the midst of this gloominess:

Positive 01 / Socks and Birkenstocks can actually be fun.
Positive 02 / Coffee is good and coffee is hot.
Positive 03 / Dad makes really great fires.
Positive 04 / There’s no shame in leaving the oven on forever (read: bake your heart out).
Positive 05 / I don’t have to worry that ice cream will melt on the way home from the store. Continue reading

roasted squash seeds

IMG_7899Two Saturdays ago at the farmers’ market, Micah and I picked up a delicata squash, among other things. As I was preparing it to be roasted one night, I decided to set the seeds aside. I had just read an article on Food52 about things to do with them, and I hate throwing away edible food. Continue reading