smoky shakshuka with feta

If you had asked me a few years ago if I like shakshuka, I would have given you an ambivalent, “not-that-into-it” answer. But then I went camping with some friends and my friend Erika brought a skillet of shakshuka to heat over the fire for dinner. We tore a loaf of fresh bread into chunks […]

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autumn sangria

For those of you who feel a pang of sadness with the realization that summer is over, let this beverage help you transition into the fall season. The rest of us count down the days until we can go apple picking and finally start wearing our favorite sweaters again. In my world, the seasons are best […]

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pumpkin spice syrup

I know I’m living out a cliché by posting a recipe for pumpkin spice syrup, but hey, some things are popular because they are delicious and deserving of attention. I know all the coffee lovers out there (including myself) are thinking of this as coffee flavoring, which is absolutely the most popular use case. But […]

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chocolate peanut butter tart

Not that I need an excuse to make this tart, but our family has had several reasons to celebrate recently, all of which called for a special dessert. Both Patrick and Adeline just had birthdays, and the blog turns 4 years old tomorrow! Our celebrating has looked differently this year (ahem, COVID) and record setting […]

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pineapple coconut mojitos

We’ve reached that point in the summer when I brazenly curse the hot days and 90 degree afternoons in our kitchen (yes, 90 degrees, inside), but at the same time I’m celebrating our need for popsicles and cooling afternoon cocktails. About this time last year we were saying “cheers” with The Adeline champagne cocktail (in […]

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acai bowls

It’s mid-July and finally warm enough in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy acai bowls. I experimented with this recipe about six months ago, and why on earth I decided to make frozen snacks in the dead of winter I’ll never know. Maybe it’s because I had warmer climates on the mind. Nevertheless, I was able […]

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sweet potato fries

I struggled for a few attempts at getting these fries the way I wanted – crispy, not soggy and sad. I wanted to be able to hold a fry upright and not have it bend over in the middle. I tried multiple types of orange fleshed sweet potatoes, multiple baking methods, and different methods of […]

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Smoky spiced ketchup

BBQ season is here, but before you reach for that bottle of Heinz to add to your burger or hot dog let me offer this alternative, homemade ketchup. And to those who want to call me a condiment snob, hear me out; most things are better homemade and ketchup is no exception. Smoky flavors and […]

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strawberry parfait with toasted oat crumble and vanilla CRÈME anglaise

As a child I thought that desserts which contained fruit were a sneaky tactic of adults to get their children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, I grew up (as one does), and now love strawberries in any course of a meal. It felt like an obvious choice to use strawberries here, especially being […]

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