raspberry ricotta cake

raspberry ricotta cake | the thoughtful plateHappy second-day-of-March! We’re starting this month with cake. A beautiful, fruit-studded, everyday cake. Continue reading

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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

mushroom + green bean omelet

IMG_7750These mornings here in Berkeley with one of my best friends are my favorite. Late nights are followed up with slow but efficient mornings. Coffee and devotions, breakfast and newspapers, and then we’re all off to different places. I love walking and cycling everywhere, but for such active days, a decent breakfast is essential. Continue reading

cherry limeade

cherry limeade | the thoughtful plateThe afternoon mood just naturally lends itself to sipping on something. In the winter, hot chocolate, cinnamon coffee, or hot tea do nicely. In the warmer months however, it needs to be something bright to (hopefully) match the sky. Continue reading

cherry pie bars

IMG_4533-6I have two different approaches when it comes to composing blog posts.

Sometimes, I write the body text first. Words come, I type them, and it feels really good. When that happens, all that’s left are the parts that come easiest to me: recipe + photos. Blogging is fun when this happens.

Other times, I write the recipe first. Then I go fiddle with the photo editing. All the while, my mind is turning. Words, where are you?? Continue reading

broccoli cream pesto pasta

broccoli cream pesto pasta | the thoughtful plateSaturday was another rare dinner for one night. My family went to a rodeo, but I decided I’d rather stay in and make this pasta. I’d been itching for a chance to photograph it, and the opportunity presented itself.

In the kitchen, I opened up Pandora on my phone and turned on one of my jazz stations. (This is always a given when I’m cooking alone.) Lovely sounds floated off the top of the refrigerator while I boiled pasta and sautéed onions and garlic and broccoli. Oh, the smell. Continue reading

quick iced coffee + raw sugar simple syrup

 Happy Saturday! I’m popping in with a super quick post about my iced coffee method before I head into the kitchen to make some ice cream :)

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Too often iced coffee ends up tasting old and flat. I haven’t studied the science behind this; I just know that I like my coffee (hot or iced) to taste fresh. (I got this from my dad.)

I’ve tried the cold brew method once before, but it takes soooooo long. And when I decide I want iced coffee, I usually would prefer to be drinking it within ten minutes and not the next afternoon. Continue reading

cocoa coffee crumbs, for ice cream

 I know this doesn’t look like much- at all. At first glance it’s just multiple shades of brown in a bowl. Eaten with a spoon. Big deal. Continue reading

single lady molten chocolate cake

IMG_6980As a long-time reader of Joy the Baker, I marched myself into Barnes & Noble and left with her cookbook the week it was released. I waited to even open it until I got home later that afternoon; I wanted to devote my full attention to a read-through, and locate some post-it notes :)

The first recipe I tried from the book was for browned butter chocolate chip cookies. Those quickly became our favorite. I also made the chocolate malted bread pudding… SO good. Oh my word. Continue reading