True story: Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday; it’s all about food, friends and family. It’s a time to celebrate the people you’re thankful for and reflect on the things that bring joy to our lives. This year, I’m feeling extra grateful for my family—especially with Baby Owen in our lives now—and friends, […]

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  Just as I’m mourning the end of peach season, the scent of passion fruit perfumes the air. Ahh, yes. A delicious hug from nature. Here I go waxing poetic about fruit again. Sorry! At a Poketo cocktail making workshop a few summers back, I learned that cocktails need both sweet and sour elements to balance […]

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Owen’s Birth Story

Introducing Owen Astra Lee Batten. 6 pounds 8 ounces and 20.5 inches of pure love. Brock and I can’t believe he’s real. And he’s ours! And we get to keep him!! It’s been 6 8 12 16 weeks since I gave birth to Owen and I wanted to share his birth story while it’s still fresh(ish) in my […]

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Our Alaskan Elopement

I can’t believe it was just six months ago that Brock and I exchanged vows. After 12 years of calling him my boyfriend, best friend, soul mate, and #1 recipe tester, I’m happy to finally add husband to that extensive list. Most recently, we added baby daddy to that list too! (More on that coming […]

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Top 8 Kitchen Essentials

Like most cooking enthusiasts, I’ve accumulated quite the collection of kitchen gadgets. I have 2+ junk drawers of “stuff” that I don’t really use often, but can’t bear to part with quite yet. (Hey, I might make spaetzle next week or need to grind some sausage, but that’s for another post!) Since I’ve been nesting so hard, […]

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  Back in 2010, when I invested in spendy masticating juicer, I really wondered if it was a worthy investment. Would it pay for itself? Would I even use it or would it be relegated to the garage (aka the land where things go to be forgotten about FOREVER)? Well, I’m happy to report that […]

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Recipe: Pumpkin Beignets

I recently heard on a podcast that your tastebuds begin developing in utero, which is pretty crazy but explains a lot. My parents owned a doughnut shop when my mom was carrying me, which could WELL explain my penchant for fried dough, especially a perfect raised doughnut or apple fritter.  (Side note: my dad says apple […]

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    A well-cooked turkey makes the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. By well-cooked, I mean juicy, flavorful, moist (sorry!) with a nice crispy skin. To combat dryness, I’ve made a butter, Dean’s Ranch Dip, and herb compound to inject flavor into the breast and keep it succulent. You have to get it all under the […]

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Up until a few years ago, Brock didn’t eat eggs, which meant I didn’t cook a whole lot of eggs. Well now he’s seen the light and enjoys a runny yolk as much as I do (a lot!). I’m giving thanks for his food revelation with this recipe for deviled eggs as part of my […]

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I’m always bummed out that I don’t get to be with my family up north for Thanksgiving any more; it’s just too far to travel for the weekend, especially so close to Christmas. I know you hear me. A lot of my friends in LA are transplants too, so we end up doing a friendsgiving […]

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