tutuorial: diy tissue fringe garland.

fringe garland tutorial.

So you’d like to know how to make a fringe garland like the Wee One had at her third birthday? Of course you do; we can lie to ourselves and say that they’re just for kids, but deep down inside, we all want this garland for our own birthday parties. It’s Autumn (officially; I called it), which means the onslaught of all sorts of holidays, all of which you could use this garland for. Best part? Little to no actual talent required (are you allowed to operate scissors? you’re golden) and it comes together very easily. It’s inexpensive – or possibly free – provided you’re the type that scurries away unripped tissue from gifts every year because it looks to pretty to just toss away and that you are also in possession of basic craft supplies. I’m fairly certain there’s a strong correlation between those two things, anyway, so away we go: here’s how to make a fringe garland for parties. Continue reading →

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red pear + gorgonzola pizza with pomegranate vinaigrette-tossed arugula salad.

red pear, arugula, and gorgonzola pizza with pomegranate vinaigrette.

I realize Autumn doesn’t technically occur until later this month, but it’s September. To me, fall has arrived in a little bit of a way; not totally pumpkins yet, but apples and pears for sure. So too has Rosh Hashanah arrived, and in my attempt to learn more about Jewish food and holidays this year, I tried to do a few things for the celebration. Should a non-Jewish person ever try to craft new recipes for a people steeped in centuries of history and tradition? Probably not. So I’m learning, but there’s bound to be a few missteps. Continue reading →

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butternut squash + apple muffins with a cinnamon-vanilla doughnut glaze. also, writing is wonderful.

butternut + apple muffins with cinnamon vanilla glaze.

BIG NEWS, FRIENDS: I am now an esteemed journalist. Well, maybe not “esteemed” as of yet; basically, someone actually put my words in print and I didn’t even beg them to.

Just yesterday, the September issue of Feast Magazine hit the stands, and I am listed in it as a contributing writer. You saw me contribute to their online site a few months back, which was thrilling in and of itself, but being in the print edition is huge. And, best of all, I’m in it twice: once as part of a feature on kitchen gadgets alongside some of my favorite local bloggers, and again in my own column, which I’ll be writing every month. As you may guess, I’m writing this on a cloud floating high in the sky above my desk right now; I am elated.

So let’s talk about the articles, shall we?  Continue reading →

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spiced nectarine + red plum pie with a vodka crust.

spiced peach + red plum pie with a vodka crust.

Have you noticed I almost never do pie recipes? Do you know why? Pie fear; it’s as simple as that. I’m forever afraid of a flimsy, uncooked pie crust (or worse, a burned one), a soggy center, undercooked fruit, too much thickener, and so on. And I love a good pie. It’s a silly thing to be afraid of, so I thought I would work out my fears here for a little bit. Smart, considering it’s the end of summer, and I missed almost all opportunities in the summer fruit department.

Except, perhaps for this one: consider it my farewell to summer/transition to fall pie, because it uses some of my favorite mid- and late-summer fruits and pairs them with a hint of spice befitting of autumn’s fast approach. Continue reading →

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you’re invited: the wee one’s birthday, 2013.

you're invited: wee one's birthday 2013.

Obviously it’s taken way too long for me to get this post out. Seriously, it’s a birthday party. No recipe, no step-by-step instructions, no nothing; just cake and some tissue paper and a few games. I think I’ve been overthinking it because I’ve been looking at it as my first post back from hiatus, as if it needs to be some mega-incredible thing, and it doesn’t.

It’s a birthday. for a now three-year-old. And that’s pretty incredible all by itself, I think. Here’s what we did this year, and maybe this year more than ever, I wish all of you had been there. Why? We had games and a new swing set, and you all would have really enjoyed yourselves. Let’s get on with it, shall we? Continue reading →

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black plum mini-strudels.

black plum mini-strudels.

Somehow, with all the food and food learning this blog has produced, my favorite thing has been learning how to copycat things that one could normally buy at the store. It’s like a specialized hobby within the more general hobby of baking and cooking. Maybe it’s lazy, because I’m taking someone else’s idea and just trying to figure out the details, but the end result is the same: I get to make my favorite things at home, which means I get to eat them at the peak of freshness. Continue reading →

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summer things + a wee book review.

summer things.

This is not where we’re staying, by the way: I’m pretty sure some totally unsavory things go on at these beach shacks, but I’ve always liked the look of them. It’s random post time, people; a virtual postcard, if you will, to show you some of the things we’ve been doing. Continue reading →

mediterranean egg sandwich + slow-roasted tomatoes: a panera bread copycat.

copycat panera bread mediterranean egg sandwich.

Two recipes! I thought about throwing the slow roasted tomatoes into a separate post, but I didn’t want to drag things out too much; you already have a separate post for the ciabatta part of this anyway, if you’re interested in making it yourself.

I will not make you do that; this is more about the sandwich and the filling than it is the bread, so I’m not going to beat you over the head and tell you that you need to spend what basically amounts to a week (if you don’t have a sourdough starter already going) to make the bread part of this recipe. I spent too long during my Fear of Yeast years shying away from recipes involving bread-making. Do you have a favorite ciabatta? Great. go get some and I’m betting it will be perfectly lovely for this. Continue reading →

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sourdough ciabatta.

sourdough ciabatta.

There is something to be said for people who rush to your aid even though they have never met you in person. A few weeks back, I had been attempting (and failing, in various and really disgusting ways) to make a successful sourdough starter. By the second or third attempt, I was convinced the entire thing wasn’t for me. What was I doing wrong here? Bread starters are supposed to smell all luscious and warm hearthy; mine smelled like I poured beer over some yellow cake and abandoned it in the sink for a few weeks. I’m not going to lie; I may have cried a little bit. Because here I thought I had gotten over the yeast part of things (where nothing ever rose correctly), but now it seemed as though the universe was telling me that the gates were locked on anything sourdough-related.

But I love sourdough breads the best.

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fourth of july weekend 2013.

fourth of july burgers, 2013.

Hiiii! *waves furiously* Did the Fourth of July weekend whisk right past us or what? I would have written sooner, but I’ve been busy.

fourth of july 2013.

fourth of july 2013.

fourth of july 2013.

Sooooooo busy. Continue reading →

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