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Category: Leah Cooks

Leah Cooks the Best Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction

David turned Still Younger Than I Am last month, and he requested strawberry shortcake for dessert, but not actually a cake, but maybe cupcakes, or something like cupcakes, he said. He’s so lucky I can speak David. I went with strawberry shortcake cupcakes, which was the best decision I’ve made in a really long time, and–if you make these for yourself, which you should, right now–you’ll see what what I mean. I have absolutely no good pictures of these cupcakes because I didn’t think about it until the nighttime, and our kitchen has terrible light. If I were smart, I’d have waited till daylight to grab a photo of one of them for you, but, um, my supply had greatly dwindled by then. It had dwindled into my stomach, if you know what I mean. These cupcakes are delicious, so ignore the picture and just trust me. I found the recipe on the site of a blog I really like, Sally’s Baking Addiction (anything I’ve ever made of Sally’s is guaranteed no-fail. It’s ridiculous in all the…

“Wine Country” Spinach Salad with Wild Rice Grape Pilaf and Halloumi

Here’s a lunch recipe for you if, like me, you are are a delightful weirdo who enjoys Food in Bowls. I’m the only person in my family who likes food this way: eaten from a big vessel, all piled together, like a salad but more interesting than a salad, and with the freshest ingredients you can find. Meals like this often take more time to put together than your usual PB&J, but I’ve found that doubling the recipe works well if you store the base ingredients (in this case, the dressed rice pilaf) in a separate container than the toppings (here, the spinach salad as well as the cheese) in the fridge. I suggest doubling because a lunch like this make you never want to slap some peanut butter on a slice of tired bread ever again. Just trust me. I bought food blogger Allison Day’s cookbook Whole Bowls after I saw it pop up in my Instagram feed, and it quickly became my favorite cookbook purchase last year by far: all of the recipes are vegetarian, and each bowl–as the name of her book suggests–is…

Healthy-ish Pumpkin Muffins

My girls take a snack to school every day, and it’s turned into a struggle. If they had their druthers, they’d happily eat nothing but yogurt-in-a-tube or Swedish fish every day of their lives, but, unfortunately for them, they don’t have their druthers. They have mine. (And at this point I don’t even know what a druther is. But let’s carry on.) They’ll take fruit to school, but only if they don’t have to bite into it (“We don’t have time for all that!” they wail). They’ll ask for a bag of Doritos, and I just laugh and laugh (“But [insert classmate’s name here] [and here] [and here] always gets to pack Doritos! Why can’t we?” they weep). And then finally I give up and throw some pretzels at them and tell them if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it, but that’s a waste of food and sorry, no, I don’t think your teachers would really appreciate if I…