Olive and Pearl's

Salty Sweet Almond and Pistachio Cookies

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I was walking through a specialty food store with my dad quite some years ago when we first tried these cookies. It was at a time when I was still trying to figure out exactly what I was allergic to and feeling pretty crappy most of the time. When I finally did come to terms with the fact that I would no longer be able to eat ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or big chunks of french bread with cambozola cheese, I didn’t feel much excitement as I roamed the…read more

Baked Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

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I wasn’t sure what to call these, so I shall explain. I began with the thought that I would make some peanut butter brownies. Wait no, thick dense brownies with melted chocolate and a peanut butter layer on top. Oh, and then a hard chocolate shell on top of that. Man. There will be three large hungry men staying in our apartment this weekend and in celebration of my roommate’s birthday, I wanted to make sure the festivities had an accompanying birthday dessert. Cake can be a bit boring and…read more

Salted Caramel Squares

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When I was a little chap, I was pretty good at eating all of the healthful meals that our mother put on our plates. She knew the importance of those greens. However, as soon as her back was turned, I would swallow a drumstick sundae cone whole. I had recurring dreams that it was Easter and I had in my possession a football field-sized pastel pink basket full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. I always woke up sorely disappointed. I was a fiend and I had a problem. Thankfully I…read more

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

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Pearlie and I share the same birthday. We are five years apart and in a few days we will be celebrating our 25th and 30th years together, as we have promised always to do. Unless of course, one of us is in jail – something my mom just told me I said when I was about 8 years old. Luckily, neither of us have been to jail yet. When we were much younger and living under the same roof, our parents used to throw these amazing backyard parties with taco…read more

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes – and a Celebration

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“I closed the deal,” she said. “I negotiated the terms on my own”, she said. And I wouldn’t expect anything less of her. My best friend is one of the most inspiring creatures that could ever grace you with her presence. She has a huge, unwavering capacity for acceptance and understanding. She recognizes the subtle undertones in the emotions and mannerisms of those dear to her and never shies away from offering her heart, ears, and full attention. She is also wickedly bright and sharp and understands how to utilize…read more

Chocolate and Banana Almond Butter Cups

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Nuts and chocolate do something to me. And, as evidenced by how long these vegan and gluten-free almond butter cups stick around, they do something to my roommates too. I just spent the last week in Nicaragua’s Maderas Village amongst some of the most wonderful food, people, and weather I’ve ever encountered. We stayed up late every night, exchanging stories and admiration for one another.  We swam in the ocean with phosphorescent water creatures, rode horses on the beach at sunset, and spent an entire day on a catamaran that…read more

Homemade Nut Butter and Some Family Time

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

These last few weeks here have been filled with change. A great kind of change, but something to adjust to nonetheless. Pearly has transitioned to a new law firm and I, Olive, have moved in with our beloved cousin and her boyfriend to a new apartment in Hollywood. The last few years of my life have been a nonstop whirlwind. Plane rides, new cities, new friends, old friends, and constant adjustment. I became very good at living alone, eating alone, and keeping all of my belongings minimal and packed in…read more

Stone Fruit Clafouti

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

One of the ways I mark life is by travel, and one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to eat (and drink) my way through a new city. Being gluten-free and dairy-free makes such adventuring a bit of a struggle at times and makes me lustful after things I can’t eat. So when I return home, I try to remake the most memorable dishes. Clafouti is traditionally made with cream and white flour. With a few allergy-adjusted tweaks, we have made it heaps healthier and (we think)…read more

Honey Almond Sesame Cookies

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Uncategorized

Throughout human history, there has been some bizarre forms of currency. Salt, jewelry, snakes, potatoes – all have been used in lieu of cash. In the Middle Ages in Russia, squirrel parts were used as a form of currency. Their pelts, claws, and snouts all served a purpose in trade. Less harmful to those poor squirrels, the history of cowry shells and their monetary value can be traced through Chinese culture as far back as 16th century BC. In our family, currently, we have reverted back to those simpler times…read more

Coconut, Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake

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Dessert during a holiday dinner is always bit of a fuss around our house. It begins with a debate; my mother representing the butter, flour and chocolate-filled minority and my sister and I on the plant-based, coconut oil-defending side. Our parents, though supportive of our nutritional needs, yearn for the days when a Trader Joe’s frozen chocolate cake was the go-to for celebratory desserts. Not a thing against good ol’ TJ’s but, I’d like to think we can do better. I will admit that some quinoa flour-based cakes have gone…read more