Posts in summer
Whole Roasted Eggplant with Caramelized Onion + Tahini

A simple recipe that turns whole eggplants into dinner. There's a little bit of waiting time involved, but the actual work is minimal. Do give the onions plenty of time to caremlize over low heat - they should be totally soft and sweet by the time they are done, and tempting to eat by the spoonful. If your eggplants are very large, you can make this a dish for four, served alongside a simple green salad, but if they're on the smaller side, this recipe makes a nice meal for two. A generous shower of fresh herbs doesn't hurt, either.

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Freekeh with Grilled Zucchini + Ricotta

Once again, we're putting zucchini to good use in just about every meal. I often end up grating it into frittatas and breads, or shaving it with a mix of other vegetables. This recipe, though, leaves zucchini as the star of the show, giving it some char on the grill, piling it high over a bed of freekeh, and topping it with bright notes of herbs, seeds, and light ricotta. I think it's my favorite recipe yet... though it's still pretty early in the season. 

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Leek + Feta Quiche

Growing up, quiche featured weekly at the Haapaniemi household. It was mom's go-to for last-minute meals, as it could be as simple as frozen pastry, eggs, and milk, but could also serve as a base to bring together any hodgepodge of  leftovers - chicken and cheddar, rice and corn, ham and pea. No matter the combination, it was always delicious and satisfying meal.

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A Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I am not much of a baker. I prefer the capriciousness that cooking allows, the liberty to add things here and there as you feel. Yet there are some days (usually cold ones when I don't want to leave the house) when I want to do nothing but bake. Sometimes I bake a few little, simple things, and sometimes I take on a serious project. That's what happened with this recipe; a lazy Sunday morning with no plans in the diary, a chill in the air, and a friend's birthday the next day were the perfect conditions for me to attack a cake. 

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