Recipes

ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH PEPITA PESTO

Roasted vegetables could be a meal in itself for me. The sugars caramelize, the texture becomes tender, the flavors intensify and deepen – it’s perfect. A huge part of cooking is finding balance in flavors, and sometimes that means adding a pop of contrast. With these round, deep flavors, a punctuation of brightness is a welcome addition. Pumpkin seed pesto is a slight twist […]
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MARY-GARITA

Want the brunch refreshment of a bloody mary with the laid back afternoon vibes of a margarita? You’re in luck then, because I give you, the Marygarita.  Bloody Maria’s are no new thing, but I love the sweet / tart lime punch in a margarita especially with tequila, so I took my favorite aspects of each drink and combined them […]
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COCONUT MILK SHRIMP RISOTTO WITH KALE PESTO

Before Eat, Pray, Love, there was Now, Voyager: the ultimate “finding yourself” story starring the never boring Bette Davis.  The title of the film (or rather, the book the film is based on) is from Walt Whitman’s The Untold Want: The untold want by life and land ne’er granted, Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find. It’s puzzling […]
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GREEN THAI WRAPS

Thai cuisine has that enviably sexy blend of spicy, sweet, and tart all at once, plus a little umami just to keep it interesting.  The flavors are never muddled, always vibrant and purposeful.  What a lovely palette to choose from! For these wraps, I kept it simple.  You can add anything you like to it, practically, and if you don’t […]
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STRAWBERRY ROSE SMOOTHIE

Remember how milk always came in three flavors? Plain, chocolate, and strawberry? Well, this is inspired by that adorably sweet pink drink that was one of my favorites growing up. As an adult, I’m trying not to indulge in my childhood love of sugar + dye, so here is a healthy option, loaded with fresh strawberries, immune boosting raw honey, […]
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THREE INGREDIENT PARTY SNACKS

To me, the holidays are when I get to dust off my cocktail dress, slip on my party shoes, and hover around the buffet double fisting snacks. I love snacks. I also hate snacks, because I eat so many of them thoughtlessly, only to struggle into my same cocktail dress the following weekend, the the zipper jamming on my holly […]
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MISH MISH COCKTAIL

I’ve picked up quite a few phrases from my best girlfriend Christie, but “mish mish” has to be my favorite.  First off, it is just so fun to say.  Secondly, it’s a term of endearment for cats, similar in the way we would say “here kitty, kitty.”  And thirdly, it means apricot.  Is there anything more darling than calling neighborhood […]
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ALBONDIGAS SOUP

Albondigas is my favorite Spanish word to say: al-BOHN-dee-gahs! Say it with meaning! It means meatballs. Less fun to say in English, definitely.  When I was last in Mexico, I had the pleasure of enjoying albondigas con salsa roja, or meatballs with red sauce. The red sauce was a mysterious mix of chiles and tomato, and the meatballs were small, […]
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CHRISTMAS MORNING CROISSANTS

Why are these called Christmas Morning Croissants, you might wonder?  Because if you’re a normal person with a job, Christmas morning is the only time you can make these time intensive treats.  Are they difficult to make? No. Actually, they’re nowhere near as scary as they seem. But they do require a lot of down time, which means the work […]
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MY COOKIE SWAP

Every year I host a ladies only (mostly) cookie swap. Or at least, no husbands/boyfriends allowed cookie swap. If someone brings a husband or boyfriend, they’re banished to “husband island,” aka Craig’s TV room where him and my brother watch Parks and Rec reruns.  I love the cookie swap. It’s simple. I make hot chocolate and marshmallows, and a plate […]
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