Keara McGrawChicago, Illinois, US
Hi, I'm Keara!
...a Chicago-based illustrator whose love of storytelling just barely eclipses that of peanut butter.
Illustration is my library, and I love creating and archiving details through research and line work. Find more at www.kearamcgrawcreative.com.
Recipes By Keara McGraw
I'm in love with this granola recipe because it turns one's kitchen into a sweet, herb-y aroma heaven. Adding a bit of rosemary/sage to the recipe lineup gives this chunky treat a little flavor depth and works great as a topping on just about everything (smoothies, yogurt, ice-cream, crumble). As always, be generous with the salt ;-)
I can't even try and pretend I'm not obsessed with the buttery polenta pancakes recipe I posted awhile back. As the leaves fall and the weather turns brisk, a warm, hearty version is definitely a much needed treat. All my favorite fall flavors come together on top of creamy, buttery polenta for a most comforting meal. Even better, you'll have leftovers that act as the perfect add-ins for a variety of meals all week.
Sometimes, toast is all you need to get through the day. I've included three of my favorite ways to dress up toast (and an excessive amount of exclamation points) to show just how magical this tasty vessel for food-to-mouth is.
Everything I love about summer in a quick and easy breakfast. If you have the jam prepared beforehand, it's just a matter of slicing up some polenta and frying it in a pan. And, of course, slathering with (a dab?) of butter and a (healthy) dose of maple syrup. Topped with fresh strawberries and chia jam, it's as close to perfection as an early summer morning can get.
I recently has the pleasure of taking a holiday in Scotland and was lucky enough to tour a whiskey distillery and learn all about scotch. The most interesting part of the trip was being served whiskey porridge the next morning! I couldn't believe how the whiskey brought out the sweetness of the raisins and intensified the flavor. I'm absolutely hooked on this breakfast treat! Tip: start with a few splashes and add sweetener of choice to balance it out :)
The first time I made this tart, I was speechless. Then I freaked out. So simple, so decadent yet made with such nourishing ingredients - an array of expletives and praise were murmured under my breath as I gobbled up every last crumb. Hooray for pear + fig tarts!
Smells like home, tastes like fall. This muffin recipe is magical for many reasons: a golden/pumpkin-hued crust, moist/melt-in-your mouth interior and, as all things magical should include, a secret ingredient (in this case: THE MAGICAL CHICKPEA). Aromas of pumpkin pie spice stir up nostalgia of autumns past the minute these escape the oven. Even better? They're made for anyone to love - vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free. Hooray!