fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce

fresh pasta + a quick tomato sauce | the thoughtful plateThe first time I ever made fresh pasta, several years ago now, was a disaster. It began with a wooden rolling pin and ended in noodles that were way too thick, clung to each other while cooking, and never un-clung. I had read somewhere that making pasta with a rolling pin was possible, and I’m sure it is, but it did not work for me that time. Continue reading

pretzel cinnamon rolls

pretzel cinnamon rolls | the thoughtful plateRemember a handful of days ago when I said it was too cold to photograph anything? Well, nothing changed since then. Except that I took a small break from my non-stop ice cream making (three flavors in three days, anyone?) and made cinnamon rolls from the Top With Cinnamon cookbook over the weekend. Continue reading

hazelnut butter meringues

hazelnut butter meringues | the thoughtful plateIt’s been too cold to photograph anything to share on here lately, and I’m not just saying that. I would seriously get frostbite, and that fact can be corroborated by the national weather service, or whoever it is that gets to state “truth” about the weather.

So today is the perfect day to share a recipe that I made a few weeks ago but never posted! These cute little things are from this month’s issue of Bon Appetit magazine, and when I came across them on the first read-through, I ran to the freezer to see if I still had some hazelnuts on hand. I had the exact amount called for, and if that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is. Continue reading

21 + red wine chocolate cake with whipped mascarpone

IMG_9725Today is the first day of a new calendar year, and also the first day of my 21st year on this earth. I have never posted about my birthday in the past couple years of blogging, but 21 is kind of a big deal, I suppose, so I figured I should start now. Continue reading

cream scones

cream scones | the thoughtful plateToday we had friends from home visit (!!) and I made scones. So I’m popping in on this fine Saturday to share the recipe. Also, I just really wanted to post these photos because, see that serving board? My brother made that for me for Christmas! Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it.

I had so much fun arranging a bunch of mini scones on it and setting it out next to the coffee cups and little plates and forks. Continue reading

salad with apples and almonds

IMG_9222It occurred to me that a brief perusal of this blog would lead you to believe that I basically only ever eat sweet things and carb-y things. I mean, 1/5 of the first page of recent posts fits into either or both of those categories.

Simply- that is not all I eat. In reality, I practically eat my weight in salad each week, and then I eat my weight again in miscellaneous fruits and vegetables at breakfast and dinner. I eat a lot of tacos too, but that’s irrelevant for our purposes today. Continue reading

bourbon pecan pie

bourbon pecan pie | the thoughtful plateThis year has gone by SO incredibly fast. Does anyone else find it hard to believe that Thursday is Thanksgiving?

Just this morning I pulled out an index card and wrote MY THANKSGIVING CONTRIBUTIONS over a list of the things I’m in charge of this year. Brussels Sprouts Salad, for one. Pumpkin Pie for the traditionalists. And this- Bourbon Pecan Pie. It’s been the star of the Thanksgiving dessert show for three years running, and I’m pretty sure there would be an uprising if I didn’t make it. Continue reading

chocolate banana nut muffins

chocolate banana nut muffins | the thoughtful plateMy mood can be adversely affected by the weather this time of year. Today though, I’m actually excited that it’s in the 50s and raining. This is the winter weather I’m used to! Yay!

But really, there’s a lot to love about this time of year. Continue reading

winter squash butter crêpes

 It’s like, really cold outside right now.

So cold that I had to wear socks with my Birkenstocks three days in a row.

So cold that I’m legitimately scared to Google the 10-day forecast.

So cold that when I went outside to shoot the photos you are currently looking at, my fingers went numb, my camera lens frosted over, and the caramel hardened on the plate. It’s all so wrong.

I racked my brain and came up with five positives in the midst of this gloominess:

Positive 01 / Socks and Birkenstocks can actually be fun.
Positive 02 / Coffee is good and coffee is hot.
Positive 03 / Dad makes really great fires.
Positive 04 / There’s no shame in leaving the oven on forever (read: bake your heart out).
Positive 05 / I don’t have to worry that ice cream will melt on the way home from the store. Continue reading