Olive and Pearl's

Strawberry Banana Corn Muffins

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Life has been hectic and stressful lately. The usual modern complaints – too much to do, not enough time. I will spare you all the details. But I have noticed that the busier I get, the more I want to bake. It is not just wanting to bake, the line of thinking goes something like this: I should quit my job, move to Northern California (well, more Northern than I already am) and buy a small cottage where I will bake muffins, scones, and cobblers with fruit from my trees…read more

Olive’s Scones

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    My puppy knows when I’m about to make these scones. During the summer after college when I moved back home, Monkey and I spent every crisp San Francisco morning together in my parent’s kitchen. I had a long list of dog-eared (pun) recipes to try after 4 years of campus life. Despite the length of this list, or booklet, as it is more aptly described, this recipe was a weekly staple. On these mornings, Monkey would split his time between lapping up whatever I had whisked onto the…read more

Sweet Potato Swiss Chard Tortilla

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If you’re like my sister and I, which I hope a few of you out there are, questions such as, “what happens if I accidentally eat that bay leaf?” and “what is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?” keep you wide awake at night. The latter of the two has been at the forefront of my list of food-related inquiries as of late. On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, aka Mecca, we were in search of a certain tubular vegetable. Yams were everywhere in sight, but…read more

Preventative Bircher Oatmeal

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Bircher Oatmeal, or as the Pinterest community has dubbed it, Overnight Oats, is one of the best things you can feed your bod at the start of a busy day. Prepared the night before, it combines the satiating ingredients of fibrous oats,  chia seeds, milk, and whatever else you wish to add. This recipe is impossible to get bored of (click that link above and pour through the hundreds of shared photos). This is preventative medicine on a few levels – healthy, but preventative in the sense that two minutes…read more

Poppy and Sesame Seed Flourless Cake

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So much of what my sister and I love about baking is it’s requirement of attention. The scanning of an ingredient list, the leveling of a tablespoon, the slow folding of egg whites and almond flour; each ritualistic step has it’s own moment and significance. It is a type of meditation that yields so much more than the meal itself. Time spent following a recipe is one of the rare times in your day when step-by-step instructions are provided for you. If implemented with the deserved amount of consideration, your…read more

Almond Orange Passover Cake

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My mother in law is an incredible cook. She raised three boys (oy!), was an actress, now a psychologist. And incredible cook. And I have yet to see her cook from a recipe. Over the holidays, I left one day to run a few errands, came home and saw this gorgeous cake waiting on the kitchen counter, all a glisten with the scent of warm, syrupy oranges unraveling in every room. When we sliced it up after dinner, the room softened into a silence, as everyone’s facial expression moved towards…read more

Oatmeal-and-Then-Some Breakfast Pie

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When we were kids, our parents used to put dollar bills under our breakfast bowls on the mornings when Dad was serving oatmeal. Our dear folks had to resort to bribery to make us eat the stuff. Those singles must have completely clouded my memory as to what it was about oats that had us so opposed as they are now an integral part of our pantry. Since then, we have properly learned to appreciate and revere our oats. Oatmeal is one of the single best foods that you can…read more