Today’s recipe isn’t one I dreamt up, but it’s dreamy for sure. Amy Chaplin’s gorgeous book, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well, has been a favorite of mine for years now, and this recipe was one of the first ones I made from it. And now that we’re finally getting some real fall weather and I woke up to 40-degree temps outside, warm, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread just seems fitting.

The busier life has gotten, the more I’ve come to value meals that are 1) quick to prepare, 2) can be made in advance, or 3) can be taken on the go. These tasty Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Bars fit the bill! Think of them as handheld oatmeal – soft and chewy with juicy baked fruit. They taste the best warm from the oven, but they’re also delicious at room temperature and can be reheated in the oven or microwave if you prefer. 

Maybe peppercorns in ice cream sounds a little off-putting to you, but trust me: you need to give this a try. I first had this stunning combination of flavors at a gelato shop in Seattle, and at first bite, I knew I’d have to recreate it at home. The flecks of pink peppercorn speckled throughout added just the right amount of spicy zing to contrast with the ever-sweet strawberries. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and it’s already earned a spot in the regular rotation of frozen desserts around here. You may have the best luck buying pink peppercorns online as they’re sometimes tough to find in stores. I found some at a… View Post

I think I had my first fresh apricot in Italy, about 6 years ago. I bought a few at the Mercato Centrale in Florence, and I remember them being sweet, juicy, and delicious. Then again, I’m pretty certain that everything in Italy is delicious. The season for fresh apricots is short; they’re an early-summer treat that only come around once per year, and they’re totally worth celebrating. Right now, you can probably find them at your local grocery store nestled in with the season’s other stone fruits: peaches, plums, and nectarines.  Apricots ripen from the inside out, so you want to choose ones that are slightly firm to the touch. Fortunately, when it comes to… View Post

Happy Monday, everyone! Another weekend went by way too fast, but I hope you were able to enjoy it. Yesterday’s temperatures had me parked on my backyard patio for most of the afternoon, reading, snacking, and enjoying the sunshine. Such a welcomed day considering all the rain we’ve had these past few weeks. You’d better believe that one of these dreamy peach-rhubarb creamsicles was had, and I think they made the day even brighter.  If you make this recipe at home, share on Instagram and use #strongrootsnutrition so I can check it out! //Taylor