Olive and Pearl's

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

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

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