Stovetop Pots De Crème with Olive Oil and Flaky Salt

These stovetop pots de crème are the easiest dinner party (or anytime!) dessert and they get a savory-sweet vibe from peppery olive oil and crunches of flaky salt. 

Stovetop Pots De Crème with Olive Oil and Flaky Salt

Pots de crème were one of the first restaurant desserts I learned how to make at my first job as a pantry cook one summer during high school. Chef Serge taught me how to temper hot cream into egg yolks and sugar, cook it to a custard, add in a mess of chocolate, and bake the puddings in a water bath until barely set. Pots de crème were a staple of restaurants, along with crème brûlee, tiramisù, panna cotta, and cheesecake for their ability to be made ahead, kept chilled for up to several days, and served up with little fanfare, leaving the pantry free to prepare more complicated salads and cold appetizers to order. This restaurant was no different.

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Fall Brown Rice Veggie Bowls with Crispy Tofu, Roasted Squash, and Miso Butter

These ultra-nourishing brown rice veggie bowls get loads of fall flavor from roasted delicata squash, zippy kale salad, crispy marinated tofu, and a pour of creamy miso butter. Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free. 

Fall Brown Rice Veggie Bowls with Crispy Tofu, Roasted Squash, and Miso Butter

One of my favorite spots in San Francisco to grab a meal or share a pot of tea is Samovar Tea Lounge. Since they first opened over a decade ago, I’ve pretty much ordered the same thing: the Japanese tea service. It comes with a pot of toasty gen mai cha tea and a “roll your own maki bowl” of brown rice, kale salad, seasonal veggies, nori strips, and your choice of protein – marinated tofu, hot smoked salmon, or duck.

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Miso Butter

Roasted delicata squash rings get drizzled in miso butter sharpened with fresh ginger and lemon and a shower of scallions and spicy togarashi. Turn leftovers into fall brown rice veggie bowls with crispy tofu.  

Roasted Delicata Squash with Miso Butter

Last month, my cousin and her family came down from Humboldt bearing pounds and pounds of homegrown winter squash from their small farm. There were curvaceous butternuts, dainty delicatas, mammoth spaghetti squash, rotund kuri squash, and one gourd-like specimen that looked like a butternut with a go go gadget neck curling around itself.

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Maple Pumpkin Pudding Chômeur {gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free option}

This gooey pumpkin pudding chômeur (aka pumpkin pudding cake or self-saucing pudding) tastes like warm pumpkin pie smothered in butterscotch, only far simpler. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and optionally dairy-free too.

Gluten-Free Maple Pumpkin Pudding Chômeur

This dessert goes by many names: Pudding cake. Baked pudding. Self saucing pudding. Chômeur. Call it what you like; around here, we call it “best dessert ever” and “dessert that we most likely want to eat any given night of the week.” It’s so quick and easy that we often do.

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Buckwheat Apple Galette with Maple Walnut Frangipane {gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

This gluten-free buckwheat apple galette epitomizes fall baking with the warm flavors of maple syrup and maple sugar meeting tart apple slices and toasty buckwheat. Free of refined sugar. This post was created in collaboration with Coombs Family Farms.

Buckwheat Apple Galette with Maple Walnut Frangipane {gluten-free, refined sugar-free}

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because PIE. This year the holiday is extra special to me because I get to see what you’re all cooking up from Alternative Baker, which has been out in the world for a little over a year. Few things make me happier than seeing your #AlternativeBakerBook creations on Instagram and answering questions about recipes, so please keep them coming! Extra kudos if you’ve made my gluten-free, whole-grain pie dough, which requires a few different flours and a bit of technique to make, but yields a light, flaky, shatteringly crisp crust that rivals wheat dough. It’s the recipe that prompted me to write an entire book about seasonal desserts made with flavorful flours. In other words, I was ins-PIE-ered.

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Golden Vegetable Chickpea Minestrone with Lemon Parsley Oil

A medley of fall vegetables, loads of parmesan, and bright lemon parsley oil make this cozy golden vegetable chickpea minestrone sing. This post was created in collaboration with La Brea Bakery.

Golden Vegetable Chickpea Minestrone with Lemon Parsley Oil

In many ways, I have La Brea Bakery to thank for the existence of this site. 8 years ago, I was deep in a sourdough phase after inheriting some starter from a friend who got a jar off of Craig’s List (gotta love San Francisco!) Breads from the La Brea Bakery was my bible, and I blithely baked my way through loaf after loaf. If you’ve ever baked sourdough, you know the guilt of having to discard precious starter in order to feed your baby. I hated wasting all that lovely organic wheat flour, so I would try to find ways of using it in non-bread recipes: pancakes, waffles, flatbreads, and crackers.

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