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If you follow me on Instagram you probably know how much of a fangirl I am for baked tofu. Tofu is an under-appreciated chameleon of a food that’s borderline perfect and criminally misrepresented as bland, flavorless, and mushy (I HAVE SOME FEELINGS ON THE MATTER, OK?). People typically do a couple key things wrong when cooking tofu: they don’t get the tofu dry enough before attempting to cook it and they don’t get it crispy enough. Below are a few tips for making my favorite baked tofu that will definitely* change your mind about tofu.

*probably

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  1. Get it really dry. Conventional wisdom says that the best way to dry tofu is to press it with a bunch of heavy books and try to wring it out like a sponge. I actually prefer to slice extra-firm tofu into 1/2 inch slabs or small cubes and sprinkle with some salt then leave it out for 30-60 minutes. Air drying does most of the work. It’s important to slice it up because more surface area means it will dry faster.
  2. Whip up a dope marinade including acid, fat, and salt. For acid I use dijon mustard, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, kimchi + the accompanying liquid, or a combination. My favorite fats are olive oil, peanut butter, or sesame oil. For salt I use tamari or soy sauce, salt, or miso. Fresh herbs like rosemary usually work really well. I often add a bit of sugar (brown sugar, maple syrup, honey) to help the exterior caramelize. Depending on what ~flavor profile~ I’m going for, I tend to add minced garlic and ginger too.
  3. Make your oven really hot. I bake my tofu at 400* for a nice, crispy exterior.
  4. Don’t drown it in marinadeIt’s important that when you place the marinated tofu on a baking sheet it’s not bathing in marinade. If the marinade pools up the tofu will end up steaming and you’ll get a poached texture rather than a crispy one.
  5. If you opt to fry it, coat it in corn starch. A thin layer of corn starch helps the exterior crisp up to a perfect golden brown. I prefer this method for pan frying over oven-baking.

BONUS TIP: It tastes better if you leave it in a container overnight once it’s cooked. The flavor really sops in and it’s just 💯💯💯💯

Here’s my favorite go-to marinade. As I mentioned in tip #2, I vary this based off of what I have in my fridge/pantry and what I plan to serve it with. I make a lot of baked tofu sandwiches, serve it on rice, or pair it with roasted veggies.

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Damn Good Baked Tofu

  • block of extra firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

Slice the tofu into 8 even slices or small cubes. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 30-60 minutes, until dry to the touch. Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and place the tofu in the marinade. Marinade for at last 10 minutes and preheat the oven to 400*.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the marinated tofu over the sheet. Spoon excess marinade over the slices, but be careful that the marinade doesn’t pool too much. Bake at 400* for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove and set aside to cool. Serve over rice, in a sandwich, or with roasted vegetables.

 

And here are a few other (very) old posts about tofu:

Vegan Shakshuka

Rosemary-Balsamic Baked Tofu

Pineapple & Sweet Potato Curry

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Yesterday I shouted at our two year old. After he repeatedly banged his little sister’s cot with two wooden spoons he was pretending to be ski poles while I attempted to put her down for a nap, I told him he was old enough to know better, shut the door on him and promptly burst into tears. Granted he’ll turn three in February and part of him knew exactly what he was doing, but because he’s so much bigger than Joy I sometimes forget, he’s still so very little. ‘Be quiet’ is a command he can commit to obey for a few minutes max before an exciting distraction sets in and patience is crucial on both our parts if we’re going to survive. In my three short months of parenting two, I’ve discovered that frustration can be high on the list of emotions for all parties involved, but raised tempers rarely improve anything. Certainly not the likelihood of babies to nap. But blondies? I have scientific proof that blondies improve just about everything. 

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The blondies in question are made with both browned butter and peanut butter, giving them a doubly nutty note. Toasty, fudgy, crackly topped showstoppers with chunks of white chocolate and a beautiful caramel hue. Both the process of baking and the act of eating are therapeutic in their own ways and exactly what the doctor ordered after a frantic start to the morning. Whenever I tell Nino we’re cooking, whether it’s a specific recipe we’ve decided to bake or simply blending up a smoothie or cracking eggs at breakfast time, he races to the bathroom to grab his little steps so he can better see what is happening. He loves to help, if you accept a one step forwards, two steps back approach to ‘helping’ with ingredients disappearing either into his mouth or onto the floor, but the sheer joy on his face when we get together in the kitchen cancels out any extra work involved on my part. I love that he loves food as much as we do, both the preparation and the eating.

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I serve these blondies warm with scoops of chocolate ice cream, but they’re equally delicious just as they are. This recipe makes quite a few so I bake and freeze them in parcels of two – Luke likes to eat them straight from the freezer if that kind of thing floats your boat with emergency supplies left over for those mornings when parent life attempts to get the better of me. Less shouting, more blondies is my mantra for this week. Hope it’s a sweet one for you and yours.

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Double Nut Butter Blondies
 
Prep time
15 mins

Total time
15 mins

 

My dream blondie with a chewy edge, gooey middle and crackly crust. The combination of beurre noisette and peanut butter gives a beautiful nuttiness while chunks of white chocolate contrast with the gooey centre. So good.
Author: Kate Doran
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 16

Ingredients
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 125g peanut butter
  • 225g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch flaky sea salt
  • 100g white chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 C fan. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan until it begins to foam. Continue cooking, stirring regularly, until golden brown and starting to smell nutty – this is the milk solids toasting. Set aside to cool.
  3. Once cool, whisk in the peanut butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, then fold into the wet batter, followed by your chopped chocolate.
  5. Transfer to the baking tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is crisp and golden and just beginning to crack. Allow to cool completely then slice into squares.
  6. Will keep in an airtight container for 3 – 4 days.

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Six months ago, we launched the Feedly Lab and invited 4,000 Feedly users to participate in the design and testing of the next generation of the Feedly mobile application. Today, we are excited to launch the result of that work. You can download the new app for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Here is a quick tour of the new design.

Faster and more intuitive design

We love the Web because it is an open and distributed network that offers everyone the freedom and control to publish and follow what matters to them. The essence of this new design is to give you even more control over the information you follow and consume in your Feedly and make that experience more productive.

Both on iOS and Android, we adopted more modern UI practices that make the experience feel lighter and easier to read. We also added more layout and density options so that user can pick the reading experience that best fits their preferences.

Powerful mark as read and save gestures

We learned from the Lab that marking as read and saving for later are key parts of our users’ workflows so we added some gestures to make those actions easier and faster to perform.

You can swipe left or right to trigger mark as read and save actions. You can long press to trigger a contextual menu which offers you even more actions and shortcuts.

In the global settings, you will also find an option to automatically mark stories as read as you scroll through your feeds.

Night Mode

Some of you really love to read Feedly at night, or you prefer to read in night mode all day. In the new Feedly app, we polished Night Mode so that you can easily read in low-light environments.

New AI-driven discovery experience

We also love the web, because it has enabled a new generation of content creators like Ben Thompson, Bruce Schneier, Tina Eisenberg, Seth Godin, and Maria Popova. These independent thinkers continuously explore the edge of the known and share insightful and inspiring ideas with their communities.

Connecting people to the best sources for the topics that matter to them has been core to our mission since the very start of Feedly, but discovery is a hard problem. The web is organic, a reflection of the global community’s changing needs and priorities. There are millions of sources across thousands of topics, and we all have a different appetite when it comes to feeding our minds.

As part of this next generation Feedly mobile app, we are launching a new AI-driven discovery experience which puts the top 50 most interesting sources across 2,000 topics at your fingertips.

Power Search

Power Search allows you to quickly find specific articles in your Feedly. This powerful search is one of the most-cited reasons for upgrading to Feedly Pro in user surveys. We are excited to bring Power Search to mobile.

Notes and highlights

The new notes and highlights tools make it easy to annotate articles with your insights, save them for reference, or share them with your colleagues, friends, and followers.

Feedly Teams

Feedly Teams allows you to make your industry research, competitive watch, and content curation a more fun and collaborative experience. With the new Feedly mobile app, you can now access all your team feeds, team boards, newsletters, and shared annotations on your phone and tablet.

There are more than 7,000 teams relying on Feedly for their research and curation. We hope that the new mobile offering will inspire more users to take advantage of the free Feedly Team 30-day trial.

New Pocket integration

If you are a Pocket user, you can connect Feedly to Pocket and replace Read Later with Pocket across the user experience.

New Codebase

We have entirely re-implemented the application on a new technology stack.  With a new, modern foundation in place, we are able to iterate faster. For those who are curious, the new app is built using Streets microservices, React for the UI components, and some native extensions when needed.

Built collaboratively with 4,000 Feedly users

We really enjoyed building the new Feedly in close collaboration with 4,000 Feedly users who volunteered time, expertise, and energy. Your ideas, feedback, and bug reports were critical to the success of the redesign. You’ve helped make Feedly better for everyone.

We are going to double down on this more collaborative and transparent dev process. You can join the Dev Team and Lab community on Slack and you can view the roadmap and upvote features on Trello.

Finally, if for some reason you prefer the old design, you can look for “Feedly Classic” in the App Store or Google Play.

Happy reading!

Edwin, Petr, and Emily

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Hi friends!

He’s here! Please welcome baby Nolan.

Born just one day past his due date last week, he entered the world much more quickly than his brother and sister did 🙂

mom and new baby

My water broke at home at 6am…a nice clear sign it was time to go to the hospital, which I was grateful for because we’d already been to labor and delivery triage twice over the past few weeks based on my contractions and were sent home both times. This time I was admitted to the hospital around 7am. I was 4cm dilated and my water was clearly broken.

At 9:45 I got my epidural. An hour later I was 6cm but the epidural wasn’t working (I had the same problem when Squish was born). I got a redose, which helped and by 11:15 I was 10cm and ready.

I adore my OB and she made a special trip to the hospital to deliver this baby (she also delivered my other two). I pushed thru 4 contractions and Baby Nolan was born at 11:43am.

He was my smallest baby – 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 inches long. We spent 2 nights in the hospital and then headed home to embrace our new crazy! The big kids love baby Nolan so much already, although both are sick so we’re trying to get them to keep their distance for now.

Big thanks to my parents and my in-laws for helping with the big kids while we were gone….and feeling very grateful that hubby gets 2 weeks of paternity leave. That coupled with some holiday days off means he’ll pretty much be home through new years which will be such a big help.

Stay tuned for more and be sure to follow my on Instagram stories for daily sneak peeks into our new life!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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Every year since as far back as I can remember, my family’s had the tradition of making at least twelve—and usually more—different types of holiday cookies as soon as December comes around. We enjoy the cookies all month long, then bake even more on Christmas Eve to take to the annual neighborhood holiday party.

If your kitchen transforms into a cookie factory for the holidays like mine does, or if you’re simply looking for a good excuse to turn on your oven and stay out of the cold, here are 15 of my most popular cookie recipes that would be perfect for any Christmas or holiday cookie tray.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

vegan peanut butter cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Vegan Chocolate Macaroons Recipe

Mocha Macaroons

 

smores cookie

Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

 

 

fb pillow cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Pillow Cookies

 

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

 

healthy tagalongs vegan

Healthy Girl Scout Cookies

 

Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto Cookies

 

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

The Best Vegan Coconut Cookies

Macaroons – Coconut Cookies

 

 

peanut butter chocolate cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pixie Cookies

 

healthy oreos recipe

Healthy Oreos

 

emoji cookies

Healthy Cookies Recipes  (50 Recipes, including these Emoji Sugar Cookies)

 

chocolate chip breakfast cookie

Breakfast Cookies

 

 

Chocolate Chip Makeout Pie

Deep Dish Cookie Pie

The most popular cookie recipe on my blog is technically not even a cookie recipe at all! But it’s so wildly good that you might want to just skip the cookie tray altogether and make one of these epic cookie pies instead 😉


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