Small Batch Cheesecake with Elderflower Peaches {gluten-free}

Sometimes you just need a classic cheesecake. This small batch cheesecake with elderflower peaches comes together in a snap and makes an easy, elegant summertime dessert. Adapted from Sweet and Simple: Dessert for Two by Christina Lane.

Small Batch Cheesecake with Elderflower Peaches

“Can I send you my next book – the one with all the gluten, dairy, and sugar?” Christina messaged me earlier this year. My response was a resounding yes! Even though I go easy on the gluten, I’m an equal opportunity cookbook collector and get most of my inspiration from traditional baking. Plus I’ve been a huge Dessert for Two fan for about as long as I’ve been blogging, both for Christina’s tantalizing food photos and her genius methods for scaling down batch sizes of baked goods, which is no easy feat.

Small Batch Cheesecake with Elderflower Peaches

Christina’s latest oeuvre did not disappoint.

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Vegan Salted Caramel & Chocolate Swirl Popsicles {refined sugar-free}

Creamy chocolate and date chia pudding and an easy coconut caramel sauce make the most lusciously healthy Vegan Salted Caramel & Chocolate Swirl Popsicles free of dairy and refined sugar. Adapted from Glow Pops by Liz Moody.

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I just got back from teaching a food styling and photography workshop in Sebastopol with Sarah, Gerry, Carla, and 12 fun and talented attendees (more on that soon!) I wish we’d had batches upon batches of these popsicles because it was HOT. Scratch that. I wish Liz had been there churning out all of the delicious popsicles from her beautiful new book Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. We would have been set for every meal of the day.

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Honey & Hearth Cocktail {bourbon, yellow chartreuse, ginger, lemon}

A bourbon cocktail that gin drinkers will love, too, the Honey & Hearth Cocktail is bright, herbaceous, and boozy with notes of smoke and spice. Adapted with permission from The Daisy in New York City. 

Honey & Hearth Cocktail {bourbon, yellow chartreuse, ginger, lemon}

This morning I woke up from an anxiety dream in which I was in a New York City elevator trying to get to the 45th floor, but because it was such a tall building, instead of the regular buttons going up to 100+, it only had buttons from 1-9 that you had to push in sequence. I was trapped in the elevator going up and down, up and down, until a kind soul entered and showed me the way out. Was this dream a metaphor for my life? Perhaps. It wasn’t until I shot (and drank too many of) these cocktails this afternoon that I remembered getting trapped in the confusing elevator at the New York Times building when I visited last month during a two-week trip to the East Coast. It probably didn’t help that I’d drunk a few delicious cocktails the night before at The Daisy. Turns out NYC is a good town for cocktails; elevator systems, not so much.

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Jasmine Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs & Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

Jasmine ice cream gets a floral green tea infusion, a dusting of crunchy cacao nibs, and a crisp chocolate magic shell topping for ice cream ecstacy. From Kale and Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table by Lily Diamond.

Jasmine Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs & Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

When I lived in Bologna during college, I was surprised – nay, shocked – to learn that the gelato shops (i.e. the single greatest reason to live in Italy) closed down during the winter months. In California and in my mouth, it’s ALWAYS ice cream season. Which is fortunate because I’m obsessed with this ice cream, which comes from Lily’s beautiful new book Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table, and I plan to eat it all year round.

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Roasted Beet & Carrot Lentil Salad with Feta, Yogurt & Dill

Warm lentils and roasted spring vegetables get a tangy boost from herbaceous yogurt sauce, briny feta, and crunchy almonds in this protein-rich roasted beet & carrot lentil salad. Adapted from Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons.

Roasted Beet & Carrot Lentil Salad with Feta, Yogurt & Dill

We’re just back from a 2-week romp on the East Coast (more on that later!) But today I’m excited to share this roasted beet & carrot lentil salad from Andrea Beamis‘s beautiful new cookbook Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons.

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Hibiscus Berry Smoothie Bowls {gluten-free, vegan}

These creamy hibiscus berry smoothie bowls taste like soft serve ice cream kissed with tart hibiscus and floral honey. They’re packed with nutrients from hempseed, chia seed, oats, and cashew butter to keep you going long after breakfast. 

Hibiscus Berry Smoothie Bowls

Happy Earth Day! Jay and I are headed to Washington DC next week to join the climate march, and we’ll be there in spirit with our Science Marching brethren today. Speaking of activism, I’m extra excited to share today’s post for two reasons. First, we’ve been eating these smoothie bowls for breakfast every day for the last month – that’s way longer than I like to withhold favorite recipes from you! And second, I’m sharing photos from my happy place: Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais, home to Muir Woods National Monument, where Jay and I have been hiking every other weekend this year. A bunch of Mother Earth-loving bloggers have banded together in celebration of our national parks and Earth Day thanks to Eva and Sasha; you’ll find links to loads of national park love at the end of this one. And what better way to fuel up for a day in nature than with a nutrient-packed hibiscus berry smoothie bowl?

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