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Of all the glorious corn-based creations on Earth, tamales—steamed cornmeal cakes filled with protein or vegetables—are my fave to eat. Though they take forever to make, you can whip up a few dozen of these at once, freeze them, then reheat as you want to eat them. Makes: 3 dozen tamales Total Time: 7 hours for pork, 3 hours for vegetarian You’ll need a slew of cornhusks, a steamer, and plenty of time. Buy the dry husks from a Mexican grocery store and soak them in warm water for at least an hour. (You can cut thin strips from them to use as ties later on. Read More
As if I don't consume enough caffeine in my daily routine, now I can have coffee in the shower too? (Can't resist. I'm such a sucker for the smell.) This tutorial is awesome because it shows you how to make your own version of a way more expensive, but still super effective and moisturizing, exfoliator. (The homemade one is one sixth of the brand name one!) This scrub combines coffee grounds, ground cardamom, brown sugar, and raw shea butter to energize your skin while keeping it hydrated. Read More
Although cereal isn't the healthiest of breakfast options, this recipe helps bring some nutrition to the table. (Literally! HA.) I knew I had to have these when I read that this chef was inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar, one of my many bakery obsessions and one that specializes in delectable cereal milk. When crushing up the cereal, I suggest pouring it into a Ziploc bag and just breaking it up with your hands. (Or, as the recipe says, you can try a food processor.) You can use any cereal you like, and you just need a few ingredients and a side of fruit to make it a hearty morning meal. Read More
Nothing says summer like homemade lavender ice cream! I saw this recipe and lost my ability to even. I remember once when I went to a lavender farm in the South and experienced uber-refreshing, homemade lavender lemonade. Sipping that stuff on a hot July day in a rocking chair on the front porch of the farmhouse seemed like a dream at the time. As it turns out, homemade lavender ice cream is an equally yummy treat to beat the heat. (I'm a poet and I didn't realize it!) Combine red and blue food dye to add a special splash of color to this cool dessert. Read More
With warmer weather comes a season of colorful, cool treats to make. It's still early on, so let's keep it simple. These "jigglers" (AKA itty-bitty gelatin desserts) only require three ingredients and three steps! I'm not usually one for "mini-desserts," but these guys are simultaneously scrumptious and adorable so I fell for 'em. Sweet, bite-sized, and easy to make, what more could you ask for in a spring recipe? What you’ll need:  12 oz gelatin, any 4 different flavors, divided1 cup boiling water, divided24 oz low-fat vanilla yogurt, divided What you’ll do: 1. Read More