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I2 Tofurkey and Giving Thanks

I2 Tofurkey and Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday was full of food and lazing around as is required, but also provided ample opportunity to reflect on what is wonderful and awesome in our lives. For me, that’s easy: I am healthy and pretty good looking (especially with my new short hair cut!), smart (enough to be doing well in med … Continue reading

Tiramisu Cheesecake Cupcakes!

Tiramisu Cheesecake Cupcakes!

I don’t actually have time for a post right now about my life (everything is wonderful, wedding is in 4 weeks, marathon was a success, I have an amazing temporary job, we’re moving to a great apartment soon, my new baby sister is perfect, I have some VERY exciting med school news, etc etc), but … Continue reading

Marathon Training Begins!

Marathon Training Begins!

Well, I did my first workout session for the April marathon. This picture is me running the Boston Marathon in 2010 and yes, I tweeted the run. Today’s workout was…unpleasant. I ran three miles at a little slower than my goal pace of 9 minutes/mile. I also did some basic weights, too, and sit-ups. It … Continue reading

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

This post is a few weeks late, but here it is! My ADD brain eventually gets things finished (sometimes)…anyway, here it is! Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake So it’s finals week around here and while I don’t have any (heh heh), I decided to make a little study treat for C and my mom. C’s absolute … Continue reading

Dutch Baby for my Baby

So today I wanted pancakes, but C was not really feeling it. I think he was still in the mood for some delicious quiche I had made the day before (I’ll post that recipe another time). So he found a compromise: a dutch baby, a kind of thick, custard eggy pancake that would satisfy us … Continue reading

Apples and Beninese Pie a l’Afrique

Apples and Beninese Pie a l’Afrique

Apples and Beninese If there’s one thing I learned in Benin (and really, there are hundreds of lessons I’ve learned here), it’s that the best baking really does not come from a box. If you want truly awesome sweets, it’s gotta be from scratch. It’s just so much fun to tweak recipes to find what … Continue reading

Homemade Margaritas and Goodbye Nati!

Well, I can’t sleep for some reason, so I decided to post my recipe and pics from our awesome impromptu homemade margarita party in Nati last weekend. The recipe is surprisingly simple (although we added a little twist!). Enjoy! Ingredients: Homemade Nati ‘Ritas -15 tiny limes, or like 6 huge Americanized ones -1 cup water … Continue reading

Wedding Planning and Birthday Cake

So it’s officially my birthday! I can’t believe I’m 24 years old. I seriously feel like I turned 14 just a few birthdays ago. Where has the time gone? This year I made a cake. And although it’s only been the 20th for a few hours I’ve managed to eat most of the cake already…but … Continue reading

Homemade Street Food and Another Invite

Here in Benin the most common form of easily accessible and cheap food is found on the streets, sold by mamas off the tops of their heads or in covered pots and pans. Common finds are rice, beans, fried plantains or other fried balls made with bean, wheat, or corn flour, wagasi (homemade cheese), eggs, … Continue reading