Almond Pulp Chocolate Chip Bars

As we have embarked on a few new house projects, painting our rooms have been the easiest to tackle first.  Painting has really provided time for me to unwind while listenening to the podcasts that have been building up in my library. The most recent TED talk on the concept of originality really struck a chord.  They pose the question: when is copying flattery, when is it thievery and when is it sheer genius?  Just because we, as humans, tend to borrow, riff or sample ideas from others does not make us unoriginal- it actually makes us innovators.  It’s a novel concept since we (I) have grown up with the belief that the inherent nature of using someone else’s work is morally wrong.

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Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Chimichurri

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In elementary school, Tuesdays and Thursdays were THE best lunch days because I was able to indulge in fast food (just a little bit), Doritos and chocolate chip cookies instead of my usual boring PB&J with pretzels.  Food that I really didn’t eat too often at home.

We would line up by class to pick up our one Taco Bell taco or McDonald’s hamburger and had the option to purchase a bag of chips for $0.25 or a cookies for five cent a piece.  With only a quarter in my pocket, the big dilemma was choosing the bag of chips or five (whole) cookies.  Life decisions for a third-grader.  If I chose the chips, I had to do it quickly because the good ones like the Doritos, Lay’s or white cheddar popcorn were always sold out first, leaving only the Salt & Vinegar flavor.  Ew. No thank you.  It was the vinegar smell that completely turned me off and lingered in my nostrils if anyone even opened a bag.

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Asparagus Fried Rice

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Today will be short and sweet so let’s start by jumping into a big bowl of fried rice. This dish is (almost) always a win in my book, but when we can load it with veggies and control the ingredients- even better!  Every so often I make some version of this using what produce I can find in my crisper and this time it was a lonely bunch of asparagus.  And an orange (??) bell pepper, some carrots and kale- a yummy combo which also make quite the enticing color palette.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Peanut Butter Swirl

 

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I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. I will routinely purchase the over-priced pieces of dark chocolate at the checkout line because because I have always been a sucker for those little indulgent splurges.  And it is a splurge paying $1 for a quarter-ounce (??) piece of chocolate but since their sign actually says $0.99, clearly it’s high quality and must be a bargain.  At least that’s my thought process.  But really, (dark) chocolate in any form is a vice of mine.

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Mexican Chocolate Truffles {vegan}

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What can I say?  I’m in love with these little chocolate bites.

The unexpected flavor combination of cinnamon and spice is reminiscent of this avocado mousse I made way back in May.  A trend maybe?  Either way these are quick, easy and a perfect dessert.  Or snack.

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