• Healthy
  • Rustic Caprese Salad

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    Ah, summer has arrived and with it innumerable possibilities for summer salads. I’m drawn to them for several reasons. First, I spent winter and spring inhaling chips and pizza, all the while resolving to get that coveted “summer bod” by the beginning of June. Well my friends, that moment has come and gone, but I maintained […]

  • Sweets
  • Fancy S’mores

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    Please sir may I have S’more? I’m seriously getting that printed on a shirt. I crack myself up with those dad jokes… When I received a box of MAST brothers chocolate last week I immediately knew I wanted to make s’mores. Actually, I knew I wanted to dive in and try each enticing flavor from […]

  • Drinks
  • Basil Nectarine Whiskey Smash(ed)

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    This drink is not kidding. It’s bold. It’s strong. It was needed at the end of this week. It was also simple—if you have some good quality whiskey, you’re almost there. Traditionally a whiskey smash is mint, lemon, and sugar muddled to death—followed by whiskey and ice. As usual I went a different route with […]

  • Sides
  • Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa

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    With temperatures on the rise and summer solstice only weeks away it’s time for everyone to commence with copious amounts of grilling. Everyone, that is, except yours truly. My only real complaint about moving to The Valley (other than the heat) is the fact that I don’t have access to a grill at my new place. Insert […]

  • Breakfast
  • Quick & Easy Chicken Mole Chilaquiles

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    As much as I love making meals completely from scratch, testing my culinary aptitude, and experimenting with my own unique interpretations of a dish—sometimes I just want to…eat. Sometimes I’m beyond ok with using short-cut ingredients to make a delicious meal in a matter of minutes. We’ve all been there; life seeps in and makes […]

  • Drinks
  • Loquat Mule

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    The loquat, an intriguing specimen of a fruit. Small, fuzzy, full of glossy dark seeds. They take a bit of work to consume. Rinse very well, remove the skin (if you want to), remove the seeds, and the reward is sweet. To me it’s a delightful fusion of a peach and some citrusy notes. Very […]

  • Sweets
  • Chewy Coconut, Ginger, & Thai Basil Cookies

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    We all have moments in our life where we find it necessary to summon great courage. Usually these moments occur when we face some seemingly insurmountable task or when faced with something that terrifies us. I often am surprised with myself when one of these moments arises. I’m tougher than I give myself credit for. […]