Category Archives: Entertaining

On Hiatus | Lemon + Orange Blossom Olive Oil Cake

  I’m in the final stretch now.  My feet are kicked up far more than they are on the ground and my favorite pastime is lying partially reclined watching my (almost full-term) baby boy roll and wiggle around happily under my shirt  — especially after a sweet treat like this one. Yes, it’s fair to...

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White Chocolate-Cardamom Bar with Coconut + Limequat Zest

  I’ve taken a little time off recently.  Sometimes my days feel full of tasks that I’m able to do mindlessly, but rarely take inventory of how they’re actually working for me.  Social media is a good example.  While I’ve met some really amazing people and made connections I wouldn’t have access to otherwise, I...

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A Time to Thrive :: Noodles with Crab + Citrus-Chili Oil

rice noodles with crab + citrus-chili oil.final

  A friend recently reminded me that happy people are often grateful, while ungrateful people tend to look at life from a “glass half empty” perspective.  I’m guilty of both.  Sometimes I believe the realist in me needs to see life for its misgivings — that this somehow helps anticipate the bumpy road ahead, work...

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The 7 Days of Gifts :: Chèvre + Herbes de Provence

  Day 7: If you only have a few minutes, but want to make a big impression, this is a beautiful and foolproof method of making a log of fresh chèvre really sing.  Herbes de Provence is typically made with a dried mixture of savory, fennel, basil, thyme and lavender flowers, creating a magical pairing...

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The 7 Days of Gifts :: Blue Cheese, Lavender + Rosemary-Stuffed Medjool Dates

  Day 5: The perfect gift for the wine and cheese lover on your list, these little seasonal gems are simply pitted and filled with a luscious mixture of award-winning Point Reyes Original Blue, dried local rosemary and a pinch of dried lavender buds.  Tied together with some freshly cracked black pepper, this is always...

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