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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    For a spicy twist on a Thanksgiving classic, I’m adding Dean’s Sriracha Dip to my classic baked macaroni and cheese recipe. It adds just the right amount of creaminess with a little spice. It’s the kind of heat that makes you you want to keep eating it vs. burning your taste buds off. Feel […]

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    Thanksgiving can end up being a pretty heavy, food coma-inducing meal, so I like to balance it out with a little freshness. Instead of roasting my Brussels Sprouts this year, I kept them raw and crisp for this slaw with pumpkins seeds and pomegranate. The secret here is to shave the Brussels Sprouts […]

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With Thanksgiving coming up I should be blogging about pumpkin pies and turkey, but here I am sharing a salad recipe. It’s so silly of me, but this is one I shot/wrote a while back during the tail-end of kumquat season, saved a draft and never shared. Well, better late than never! This one is […]

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With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve started testing a few fall-inspired recipes for Thanksgiving. And since the weather is FINALLY offering a little reprieve, I’m cranking the oven up–way up–for this post! Since many of my friends are gluten-intolerant, I’m always researching gluten-free dishes that don’t compromise on flavor or texture. Pamela’s sent me their […]

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