Pumpkin Cookies

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and if you’re looking for an alternative to a time-consuming pie, I’ve loved these soft cookies! They are cakey and have a rich pumpkin flavor enhanced by all the warm spices. This recipe is adapted from George Duran’s and I love how easy they are to throw together. I also recommend portioning and freezing some of the cookie dough to bake later! For the cookies: 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup canned pumpkin  1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Apple Picking: What Do I Do Next?

Fall is here, surprisingly humid as well as being shockingly frigid. But, as always, autumn manifests in pumpkin spice, apple orchards, sweater weather, crunchy leaves and cider donuts. I’ve gotten to visit an apple orchard in the past few weeks, as I’m sure many of you have. I came back with a massive bag of mediocre Granny Smith apples, so I decided to provide some insight! For sweet apples: Eat them raw! Often sweeter and softer, these apples are great sliced up with peanut butter or eaten whole since they don’t hold their shape once cooked. I love spreading some

Incredibly Easy Artichoke Dip

There’s nothing I love more than a gooey, cheesy dish, but many take a long time to prepare or cook. Not this artichoke dip! It only has five ingredients and only requires about five minutes of work. The greek yogurt keeps it light and simple in comparison to most artichoke dips, which include lots of mayonnaise. If you have some spinach on hand, it would also be a great addition to the dip. This super easy recipe is perfect as an appetizer and perfect for sharing! INGREDIENTS  3 oz cream cheese 3 tbsp Greek yogurt  5 pre-cooked artichoke hearts 1

Spiced Zucchini Patties

Zucchini is an incredibly versatile food, but one of my favorite ways to cook it is as a patty. They are super soft on the inside but the golden brown shell adds an irresistible crunch. Thanks to the freshly ground spices in the recipe, the patties have a subtle warmth and depth of flavor. Greek yogurt is a perfect dipping sauce because its tang offers a fresh contrast to the rest of the dish.  INGREDIENTS 2 medium zucchini ⅓ onion 1 clove garlic 2 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp fenugreek seeds 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves

Perfect Stovetop Rice

Rice is a great base for countless dishes. It is great in curries, jambalaya or even as a side to a piece of fish or chicken. Recently, I have loved making rice bowls with marinated salmon topped off with seaweed, sesame seeds and other delicious garnishes. Making rice requires a different approach to making pasta, and if you don’t have a rice cooker it’s easy to end up with soggy grains. As long as you follow these steps, you will have the perfect serving of stovetop rice.  INGREDIENTS 1 cup rice 2 cups water ½ tsp salt PREPARATION Measure out

Spicy Eggplant

Often when I’m having a bland meal I crave a flavorful side dish. This eggplant has a medium heat content and some sweet and salty flavor. The dish has lots of room for improvisation. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, look up a substitute or leave it out. Before plating, taste the dish and determine if you need to add anything. If it is too concentrated, add a little bit of water. This simple dish is great as a side and perfect for leftovers you will look forward to!  INGREDIENTS 2 small eggplants Pinch of salt 3 tbsp

Three Cheese Ravioli Filling

Since I haven’t been able to go out and eat at my favorite Italian restaurants lately, I have had a craving for some good pasta. These homemade ravioli are infinitely better than any frozen ravioli you could buy at the store. Though it may seem daunting at first, it is not complicated at all. Use your favorite pasta dough recipe for the ravioli. I like the New York Times one. Serve with some sage brown butter and enjoy!  INGREDIENTS 15 oz container ricotta cheese 1 ¼ cup mozzarella ½ cup parmesan 1 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp ground aleppo

Quinoa Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. Substituting quinoa for rice makes for a lighter and healthier dish that can easily be prepared at home for dinner and eaten for lunch as leftovers the next day.  One of the advantages of any fried rice dish is the flexibility it gives you to play and experiment with many ingredients. I prefer to include the vegetables featured in this recipe, but you can use whatever is in your fridge. I’ve done it with zucchini and mushrooms before, and I especially love using leftover meat or chicken! This healthy fried rice

Simple Chicken

With the transition to distance learning, many of us have more time to cook meals. This is the first article in an Augur Bite series about easy, accessible cooking. While getting in the kitchen may seem daunting at first, we want to provide easy guides and staple recipes that are simple and easy to build on. Being able to cook chicken is a versatile and important skill. Once you’re comfortable cooking chicken breasts you’ll be able to master other proteins. I cook and eat this chicken often at my house and it’s a simple recipe that you can add to