Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

11 Jan
Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

Rows of chocolate- just what I love!

These are soooo awesome! They are moist, fluffy, and light at the same time- quite amazing. And very easy to make. I watched the movie No Reservations in the background (really fun movie complete with an awesome Italian soundtrack that’s perfect for when you’re in the kitchen) and whipped these up in a snap.

Thank you Kim for the recipe! You now have two pingbacks from me. 🙂 I will no longer have to resort to boxed baking mixes when I am craving a good ol’ chocolate cupcake.

So, my friends, give these LOW FAT cupcakes a shot- you will not regret it! Continue reading

What are you baking this weekend?

10 Jan
Carrot pineapple muffins

Carrot pineapple muffins

Happy Friday! (Just about…) Another week comes to a close. How is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I think I’ve been doing a decent job. I went to the gym twice this week and didn’t stuff my face with sweets…score! Also, work has been pretty productive and I’ve been able to get in some reading before I go to sleep. And finally the big one: I’m trying to get into medical school this Fall. Yes, it’s the first time I’ve said this on my blog! But we’re pretty well-acquainted now and I thought it was time to tell you about my biggest resolution for the year, and for my life! I have some interviews coming up, and I’m getting ready. Fingers crossed! Continue reading

Sweet Potato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

7 Jan

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If this sounds delectable then you are right, it is exactly that. I like to spend some time on the weekends perusing other people’s blogs, hopeful that I will be inspired or maybe find a new favorite recipe. I found this one on a blog called Naturally Ella. Maybe you have seen this blog before, it is pretty darn awesome and I’m sure to visit it again. This dish is a low fat mac and cheese that Erin from Naturally Ella created, and it has a nice helping of sweet potato in it. Can you believe that I’ve never cooked with sweet potato before? Well, it’s true, this was a first. Continue reading

Indian Porridge- “Dalia”

3 Jan
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Delicious bowl of dalia

My life has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks, as I expect all of yours have been during the holiday season! A lot of it was excellent fun, which I am very thankful for, and yet yesterday was somewhat of a slow start to the New Year as I rested at home due to what I presume is a viral infection. It has progressed somewhat and I woke up today with a terrible headache. I still have horrible memories of my last illness in November, when I got body aches/chills and felt so miserable that I could barely get out of bed. It’s not so bad this time. I think I bolstered my immune system with Vitamin C/herbal supplements and fresh fruit packed with antioxidants, such as pomegranate. I’m not completely out of the woods yet, and I’m back at work, but I’ll try to sleep early tonight and get some rest.  Continue reading

Indian-style Mashed Potatoes

25 Dec
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Steak and potatoes

Christmas day is coming to an end here in wet, rainy California. The rain stopped for a brief period of time, during which I quickly laced up my running shoes and threw on a jacket, but as soon as I opened the front door, it started again. I grabbed my umbrella and went for a walk anyway. After being cooped up all day inside, I needed some fresh air! Twenty minutes later, I had to admit defeat and make my way home- my shoes were soaked and getting to the point where I could feel the water squishing around in them. (Note to self: need to buy rainboots when they go on sale next year!) Continue reading

Christmas Sugar Cookies

24 Dec
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Iced with buttercream and whipped cream frosting- yum!

Christmas sugar cookies have been on my to-do list since who knows when, and yesterday, my friend Michelle and I churned out a bunch of these from scratch! It was tons of fun, although we were both scared when the recipe called for 2.5 sticks of butter. I guess it comes with the territory of making traditional, holiday season cookies! The recipe came from Joy of Cooking- one of the best cookbooks out there, honestly. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cookies

23 Dec
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A hefty plateful, with many more on the side

Peanut butter cookie time! (Yes, I have that “peanut  butter jelly time” song stuck in my head…) 

I absolutely had to make these cookies yesterday, because I had been watching the Food Network for two hours. I looked around the house for some sweet treats, but found nothing. Cookies don’t survive very long in our house (if we even buy them, that is).  So, it was up to me to make up for the dearth of baked goods… Continue reading

‘Tis the season for kickin’ back!

21 Dec

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It’s winter break time! I am thrilled to have a break from regular day-to-day life and work for the next 4 days.  Free time for myself, and quality time to be spent with family and friends. Woo hoo! That photo taken above is not recent (yes, I live in California, but we are not THAT spoiled in December)- it’s from my summer camping trip to Point Reyes National Seashore. I feel happy whenever I look at this photo, it’s me celebrating after a 5 mile hike (with another 5 to go on the way back). Ah god, it’s so beautiful there. We ate lunch on top of that cliff, my heart almost stopped as I cautiously peeked over the edge. I’m a little scared of heights. Continue reading

Run, run, run!

8 Dec
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Swapped out boring old laces for hot pink ones!

Today was a good workout day for me. I think I was especially motivated by the bag of goodies I received in the mail from my New York blogger friend, Megan at runlikeagrl. I donated to a brilliant fundraiser she put on to raise money for Staten Island residents who were hit hard by recent the hurricane Sandy- she raised $900! And I was lucky enough to receive a prize in return, what a sweet gesture from Megan. 🙂 Continue reading

Lemon-Orange Muffins

25 Nov

A really quick post about muffins…  These ones were amazing! Light, fluffy, and tender. I made them this past Thanksgiving and everyone loved them. They are very simple both in terms of preparation and taste. The hardest part is perhaps zesting the orange and lemons. There is not much going on in terms of fat either. You could even cut the oil down to 1 tablespoon and it would be fine.

Here is the recipe below… I skipped the candied zest part for ease of preparation, and anyway I’m not a big fan of that stuff. This is from Cooking Light Way to Bake, a book that has proved to be useful for making quick and healthy baked goods.

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Give it a shot and let me know what you think 🙂  I really enjoyed eating these over Thanksgiving. I also made two sheets of Jello and served that as dessert with whipped cream. Did you know they came out with a new Mango flavored jello? It’s pretty awesome.