Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins… or Cupcakes.

posted on September 12, 2014 by Laura 12 Comments

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Grey, fall days call for chocolate. Preferably dark chocolate.

The morning I baked these chocolate zucchini muffins, the kitchen was in a state of recipe-testing chaos. These were the first out of the oven, rising perfectly, and filling the room with the sweet aroma of cocoa. The dishwasher was already running. The sink sat filled with a collection of mixing bowls and measuring cups, spatulas, and baking pans, piled and teetering at mad-hatter’s angles, and threatening to collapse at any moment. In fact, I was running out of mixing bowls. The duplicates and triplicates that usually keep things smoothly on track were disappearing, and the reserves were in a sorry state.

A misty, cloudy grey sky peeked through the pines… and a batch of glazed apple cider doughnut muffins in the oven quietly erupted. As I extracted them, and stared at the sad lot before me, an imploded, mess of apple cinnamon goodness blurring the edges of the muffin tin, these zucchini muffins became cupcakes.

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Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

posted on September 5, 2014 by Laura 9 Comments

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce | Fork Knife Swoon

We inherited several tomato plants upon moving into our new house. The sprawling, sagging beauties, top-heavy under the weight of their fruit, have happily delivered a generous yield over the last few weeks, and I’ve been harvesting the delicious house-warming presents with abandon.

The collection of mystery varieties includes about half cherry tomatoes, and I’ve taken to calling the entire lot of them simply Parker tomatoes (after the previous owners/landlords). As the plants are still dotted with dozens of yellow flowers – i.e. future tomato babies – and given that it’s already September (!), I harvested the remaining ripe cherries to make a roasted tomato sauce, thus preserving some homegrown tomato goodness for the coming months.

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No Bake Chewy Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

posted on September 3, 2014 by Laura 15 Comments

No Bake Chewy Dark Chocolate Granola Bars | Fork Knife Swoon

Can you believe I’ve barely touched an eggplant or more than a few ears of corn in the kitchen this Summer? I picked up one giant zucchini at the farmers market last weekend, which is currently sitting rather impatiently on the counter, waiting for a yet-to-be-determined recipe to befall it. Berries and stone fruit, I took advantage of, but most of the season’s last, best offerings have been noticeably absent from my cooking repertoire (and these pages) lately.

The seasons are skipping ahead of my best intentions. The air crisper, cooler. PSL’s are back, earlier than ever, and I’m starting to think about weekend apple picking excursions up north.

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Summer Stone Fruit Sangria

posted on August 29, 2014 by Laura 8 Comments

Summer Stone Fruit Sangria | Fork Knife Swoon

Before we moved, I had a firmly rooted idea of what the Pacific Northwest landscape looked like. I imagined endless shades of grey, abutting murky greens and deep blues – a palette built from the emerald hues of pine forests and shadowy undergrowth, the steely blue water of the ocean and sound, under an invariably muted sky. Or maybe we just watched too many seasons of The Killing.

A temperate, altogether beautiful summer, full of bright days and mild evenings really hadn’t occurred to me. I think I truly expected the Seattle winter to greet us upon arrival, in August. Which sounds so silly to say. And while I know in a month or so that inevitable overcast climate will arrive, shrouding us in cloud-cover and rain for months and months, for the moment, I’m simply enjoying the sweet, simple heaven of these last summer days.

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