September 2012 Recipes


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It’s the end of the month and time to recap the noteworthy recipes and events from the month:

15 Un-Labor Day Recipes – Fast, easy, and unlaboring recipes

Mango Basil Personal Sized Tortilla Pieces

Fluffernutter Banana Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Marshmallows + Peanut Butter + Bananas are a win

Bananas Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Smoothie

Zucchini Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – The frosting alone makes me want to make more of this bread

Zucchini Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Coconut Milk Soup (vegan, GF) – 3 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes. My new favorite soup

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Coconut Milk Soup in blue bowls

Recipes and Flavors of Fall – 15 of my favorite fall recipes

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies – Dense, peanut butter-fudge-like in nature, and swirled with jelly. My new favorite way to eat PB & J

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies stacked

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – My first pumpkin recipe of the season and I had been formulating the recipe in my head for about two months. Thankfully it lived up to my expectations

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting sliced

Peanut Noodles with Mixed Vegetables and Peanut Sauce (vegan, GF) – Dinner’s ready in 5 minutes flat with this easy vegan meal. Plus everything tastes better when it’s drenched in easy homemade peanut sauce

Peanut Noodles with Mixed Vegetables and Peanut Sauce

35 National Peanut Day Recipes – 35 of my favorite peanut butter recipes. I actually have more but narrowed it down to my top 35. If you need peanut butter recipes, this is the post to bookmark

Ritz stuffed peanut butter cups

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – This is my favorite frosting or glaze of all time, ever, and I’ve made hundreds in my day. The cake’s not half bad either

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze

Cinnamon and Spice – 15 of my favorite recipes using cinnamon

Chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola (vegan, GF) – The second pumpkin recipe of the season and this granola is so easy. You’ll never have to buy overpriced, stale, storebought granola again

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola in glass cup

Vegetable Lasagna Casserole (vegan, GF) – A noodleless non-traditional lasagna that using grated carrots and zucchini to form one giant noodle-like pancake. Many people have written to say they’ve already made this and it was a big success

Vegetable Lasagna Casserole on green plates

Bananas Foster Shooters (vegan, GF) – I made these after a cake-tastrophe and they taste just like the beloved dessert. Rum optional but recommended

Bananas Foster Shooters in shot glasses

25 National White Chocolate Day Recipes – Bookmark this post if you like white chocolate because I shared my favorite 25 recipes

Baked Peach and Nectarine Donuts with White Chocolate Drizzle and Sprinkles

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + $200 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card Giveaway – A soft pumpkin cookie meets a chewy chocolate chip cookie. I made so many batches of these cookies to get them exactly the way I wanted them and love the final results

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies on pink plate

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, GF) – A decadent looking bar that takes less than 5 minutes to make, has no refined sugar, and could even be considered healthy

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks stacked

Carrot Pineapple Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – Carrot cake meets sweet pineapple-banana bread. The bread is loaded with so many great ingredients and it’s my favorite banana bread recipe, to date

Carrot Pineapple Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting sliced

Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters with Homemade Spicy Mustard (vegan, GF) – Baked not fried, which means you can have extra

Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters with Homemade Spicy Mustard


  I’m a contributing author in the new Trader Joe’s cookbook and it was released this month. I just got the actual hard-cover copy of the book in my hands Friday afternoon. It felt amazing seeing four of my recipes, and my own picture, staring back at me from the glossy pages of this gorgeous, creative, and fun book. There are almost 300 recipes, most of which are a snap to make, and even if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, that’s okay because you can substitute with ingredients from other grocery stores. Not just because I contributed to it, but I can already tell I’m going to get lots of use from this cookbook. My friend Marla did an amazing job as photographer and each recipe is accompanied with a photo.

Cooking with Trader Joe's Easy Lunch Boxes by Kelly Lester

I continued with Banana Bread Fest and posted four recipes this month that were either banana





Apple and Banana Bundt Cake slice on pink plate

I participated in a Virtual Baby Shower

Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate chunks

I stared a giveaway for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and a $200 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card and it’s the biggest giveaway I’ve ever hosted in three and a half years of blogging, and I’ve hosted nearly one giveaway per week, every week, over the years. This will be quite the nice little prize for someone.

What did you make or do in September that was memorable?

At the end of August I discussed my desire to post more classic style recipes. Less over the top Pinterest-style sugar bombs and crazy cockamamie ingredient combinations and just more classics or recipes that people will actually make. In general, I feel like it was a good month in that regard. I posted four banana bread or cake recipes, a classic Apple Bundt cake, vegan granola, and no-bake vegan bars with no refined sugar. Nothing that was over-the-top, and recipes that can be make over and over again and that are practical. Everyone loves granola and always has ripe bananas to use.

I also posted four savory recipes: red pepper and coconut milk soup, peanut noodles with peanut sauce, vegetable lasagna, and sweet potato-zucchini fritters. I also linked up some of my favorite savory recipes in the couple of roundup-style posts I did. I try to post one per week and it doesn’t always happen, but I try.

The reason I don’t post more is a that we eat a re-heated dinner that night. I make and photograph the food during the day and reheat it for dinner because there’s no way I could photograph our dinner at dinnertime. It’s just too chaotic and my family is too hungry and patience is not anyone’s virtue; plus the lighting is poor. Most savory food needs to be photographed hot and immediately after making it to look it’s best whereas desserts can be made any time, are always made ahead of time and at my leisure, and can also sit out without degrading. No-bake dessert bars don’t mind waiting, for a day or two sometimes. For all the savory-food bloggers, my hat is off to you. In the meantime, I try with one savory dish per week.

In life events, Skylar started first grade, we got back into the swing of a school schedule, including homework in both English and Spanish (it starts young), and she’s thriving and loving school.

Tell me about your month.

Previous Months:

January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012

Thanks for the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + $200 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card Giveaway entries

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  1. My month flew by! It was my first month back to work after a looooong, lovely summer break … but it wasn’t too bad at all.

  2. Hello friend, it’s been a while :)
    I missed seeing your beautiful pictures!! It’s nice that your blog is constantly evolving, I would like to do the same for my blog! :)
    Would love to try the zucchini bread… :P

  3. AMAZING month Averie!!!! Wow. The recipes of yours that stood out to me most were the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (my favorite!), the pumpkin granola (best pics), and the peanut noodles. :) All such gorgeous photos but the granola photos really stood out to me. I have trouble shooting granola! It’s so monotonous. But you nailed it! Those beautiful yellow and brown raisins really stand out!

    I don’t feature savory foods on my blog for 2 reasons: I have NOOOOOO confidence in my cooking AT ALL, and I’m not home during the day to make it and then have it for dinner later. Shooting desserts…you’re right on point here…. is much easier from a scheduling point of view. I made those milky way cookies one morning and shot them the next afternoon. You just have more leisure and leeway with the timing of photos. I love that! The classics… you go girl. Stick to it. The recipes are timeless and you’ll have readers who’ll come back endlessly. Much more quality you know? LOVED september Averie :)

    1. Thank you for this super sweet comment. I agree about the granola photos and the peanut noodles photos; I also thought in many ways the lasagna photos were pretty in a lighting kind of way and with the green plates but it’s just really, really hard to make a casserole look ‘pretty’. It’s easy to make anything dripping in chocolate look pretty good :)

      What you just said about savory cooking and working during the day – there is almost no way at 6-8pm after coming home and actually making the food that you’d have the energy to set up a photo shoot for it AND on top of that, waste.of.time b/c there’s no light! I’ve tried so many times. I just don’t know any way around it and have tried every kind of lighting known to man. You know full well there’s no sub for natural bright sunny skies!

      Thanks for all your sweet words on this post and this month!

  4. Love all of these recipes Averie!! So glad you were able to contribute to the Trader Joe’s book :) Have a great Sunday!

    1. As I was looking through the actual copy in my hands, I was just thinking…Marla outdid herself!!! Congrats!!

  5. Wow on September being over already, just wish the weather here felt a little more fall like! Such a great recipe round up, you had a very busy month! September was a little frustrating for me with crappy half marathon training from a never-ending cold and busy days at work, so I’m looking forward to more laid back fun in October.

  6. It was a good month, lots of banana goodness and an incredible giveaway. I hear you about the savory recipes and re-heated dinners!

  7. Impressed with all you cooked and baked during this hot month we are ending – big congrats on being in the Trader Joe’s cookbook!

    1. Thanks, Liz! Surprised we don’t bump into each other more often at that store :) No – instead it’s just literally running into each other in Ralph’s :)

    1. Hehe! Was just thinking it could be called “the September issue” – great minds think alike! ;)

      Averie- this is post is absolute sensory overload in the best way possible! The photos are beautiful. I can’t wait to try some of these!

    2. Eeek! Ive missed a few in my life. One time on a trip to Grand Cayman we decided to stay at an airport-area hotel so that we’d be close the airport and wouldnt have to deal with traffic in the a.m. Said hotel forget to give us our wakeup call and we never made the flight and had to wait 24 hrs to catch the next one!

  8. Ditto everything above! The recipes are classic, but still feel new, you know?

    This coming weekend is applefest here, and I think I have to make your apple banana cake. And I’m making the vegetable lasagna tomorrow to have for leftovers for the week. YUM.

  9. Entering the pie contest here in LA and acting in a short film were probably the most noteworthy September activities. I also started some new acting and improv classes which have been scary and hard(in good ways). This month felt really short but it seems like a lot happened!

    1. Sounds like the classes are challenging you, which is always a good thing to be taxed like that! (in a good way of course!)

  10. love the way your blog has evolved over this month especially. And it seriously seems like yesterday i was reading your august roundup. I love your tidbits about real life too :)

    1. I figure I may as well throw a few real life tidbits in and I am glad that you notice things evolving, that’s the plan :)

  11. I’ve had a good month–no catastrophes other than a clogged kitchen sink. My stepdaughter started college here in town and got her first tattoo! It’s on the bottom side of her wrist and goes up her forearm a little (and it looks good–suits her well). Just finished dinner and the sweet potato zucchini fritters were delicious. I made seven big ones for the 3 of us…and there is 1 left! I’ve tried several of your recipes this month as I look back–veg lasagna casserole, banana bread and the peanut noodles (which I’m making tomorrow to clean out the vegetable drawer). What can I say–they’ve all been great!

    1. I got more work done on my tattoo this month! I just didn’t blog about it! But here I am… :)

      And you make so much of my stuff and I appreciate it, seriously! Why else would I want to do this if no one made anything! I am so glad they were all hits! And glad you loved the fritters. I was a little worried about the ‘leaking’ with the egg/butter mixture or the water from the zucchini and hope I covered it well enough in the post and sounds like you had good results. That’s awesome :) And tomorrow peanut noodles. Yum!

  12. Been holding onto the Pumpkin Banana bread recipe to make for thanksgiving. The PBJ Blondies however were AWESOME!!!

  13. Very interesting about how you photograph savory food. When I post savory food I just photograph it at dinner time because I want to eat it at its peak. It seems no matter what time of day I photograph, I still have a lot to learn about picture taking.

  14. Averie–I really like the recent recipes that are a bit more classic, and that you’ve thrown in a few savory dishes (for those of us that are baking-challenged!). :) I love what you do!