Peach Upside-Down Cake

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Oh, July. You were my busiest, most gratifying month yet. Let’s recap:

By day, I dominated a park, leading and teaching a group of young kids at a summer day camp. By night, I played student taking an MCAT prep course and a hospice volunteer training class. On weekends, I caught up with mis amigos, diddle-daddling through the streets of Seattle. Oh, July.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Millet and Chocolate Chips

This recipe adventure is actually an older one from the fall (hense the pumpkin, although who would really turn that down just because it’s summer?). I remember the day well: it began with an uncomfortably early rugby game, full of tight shorts, sweat and bruises the size of your mom (the sidelines are a tough place); then, I spent a few hours trying to coax my pilot light into wondrous flames (for, approximately, the eighth time); later, when I was filled with a need to recover from this strenuous day, I threw together these spectacular little hot cakes (correction, muffins) and shared them with fellow Writing Center nerd-friends over a semi-clean game of Scrabble.

Don’t feel bad if your life is less invigorating; mine is not meant to be a commonly traveled road. Pumpkin muffins, however, are on the path for all!

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

40 days and 40 nights. “Cheese? Never heard of it. Eggs? What the eff are those? They come out of what?”

This has been my mindset for the past month and a half-ish. Well, in addition to: “I’ll just eat some chocolate”. There have been highs and lows of this vegan endeavor (an example of the latter being water and cereal…I ate every bite). But the pinnacle would undoubtedly be these Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. That’s right, those words are capitalized. In fact, it’s Dr. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Ph.D. on dates.

Gets that milk every time.

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Pumpkin Cream Puffs

It’s fall. It’s time to bundle up in scarves and wool coats, study for midterms, drink hot beverages of all sorts, and eat pumpkin things! Especially in the form of pumpkin cream puffs. Maybe with a pumpkin spice latte in a pumpkin-colored mug while carving pumpkins. Pumpkin overload? There’s no such thing.


Bette Jane came home last weekend and we went on a baking/cooking frenzy, taking over my mom’s kitchen. We wanted to do something fall-ish, and she had bought Costco cans of pumpkin a few weeks back. But what to do with them? There are so many recipes for pie, cookies, and quick breads, but we wanted to do something a little bit more interesting. Plus, we have about a gazillion (Actually, we only have six.) cookie recipes  already and I would feel bad posting another one.

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