Olive and Pearl's

Cocoa Monkey Granola Bars

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This recipe reminds me of my silly riotous stupid adorable puppy. My parents have claimed that since they “raised” him while I was off at school and traveling and figuring out my life, that he is now theirs. I say the paperwork states otherwise. His name is Monkey, he’s a puggle and he’ll turn 5 years old on November 20th. He was a cyclone of teeth and tail and anxiety for the first 8 months that we had him but since he hit one years old, he’s been the sweetest,…read more

Sneaky Greens Week – Power Pancake

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We’re calling this sucker sneaky. Not menacing bandit-creeping-through-your-window-in-the-dead-of-night sneaky, but one-and-only-sister-surprising-you-with-a-huge-birthday-party-of-all-of-your-favorite-people-and-face-painting-and-miniature-horses sneaky. The good kind. Any extra kale that creeps in throughout the day is always a good thing. If you can recall back to our Summer Smoothie post, kale is a superfood. The kind of food that helps to prevent disease. The kind of food that might inspire Shakespeare to pen a few verses (had he eaten some of it and survived up to our foodie-freak modern day). It contains heaps of antioxidants, vitamin K, fiber, iron, and calcium….read more

Honey Almond Sesame Cookies

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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

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

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