Category Archives: Recipes

French Fries are Delicious

But I should be eating these instead.

crispy sunchokes

parsnip sticks with harissa & cayenne

sweet potato fries with sriracha & creme fraiche

Want to make all of them.  CruncySpicySwag.

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Brown Sugar Brown Butter Cookies = Love

Sometimes you get invited to a last minute event – be it a dinner party, birthday party, et cetera – and want to bring a little something something as a
“Hello, I love you.”

While wine is absolutely lovely, (and believe me, I love a bottle of wine when throwing a dinner party) I think it’s sweet to bring something homemade.
But, when you’ve been invited to a last minute get-together, that can prove to be just a little bit difficult.

Do not despair – there is a solution!
They’re called brown sugar brown butter cookies.
Um, yum.

browning some butter

They take a couple of hours of chill time (1 hour of butter chill, 1 hour of dough chill) but you can get primp and prepare in between the chillage.  Which is exactly what I do.  Beautiful.

cookies in a mason jar

Just add a mason jar and some ribbon and you’ve got a prezzie!

bow time

The Cookbook Shelf – I Need More!

Chefs talking about their cookbooks collections?  How am I just finding out about this??!!??

This is so exciting.  I love cookbooks.  I think my head just exploded.
It’s only the third installment (over the course of four months) but seeeeriously, c’mon guys, I need more.

Queue The Cookbook Collection from Eater.

image courtesy of eater

Per Sara Moulton:
“If a cookbook doesn’t have 200 recipes, it’s not a serious cookbook.”
I mean, I couldn’t agree more, but does it have to be serious to be enjoyable?

Golly Gee Willikers this is an exciting discovery.

My First Pie!

So I baked my first pie the other night.  Can you believe it?
I’ve never made a pie.  Until now!

It’s probably because I loathe fruit pies.  I just can’t.  The crust, for sure, delicious. The cooked fruit inside of the pie… ugh.  Makes my skin crawl.

But then just the other day I got a recipe for a fruitless pie, a Sweet Tea pie (haha sweetie pie), in my inbox from the glorious Tasting Table.  That signaled that it was time to dive into pie-making territory.

a prettier pie than mine

The pie is absurdly delicious.  Absurdly absurd.  But jeeezus it wasn’t pretty,
so I used the image from Tasting Table to hide my ugly pie shame.

And just because I can’t make a pretty pie, it doesn’t mean that
yours won’t be absolutely gorgeous.

But First, Coffee

Lazy Sundays are delightful (not that this Sunday has been particularly lazy) but I’ve gotten a pretty nice Sunday rhythm going for myself.

I wake up and go to yoga, then on my way home swing by the farmer’s market for some produce and then about 1/2 of the time I’ll also treat myself to a delicious wild Alaskan salmon sandwich from the SF Grill’s booth.  Today was ridiculously cold so the lovely Frenchman who always wears the most awesomest stunna shades in the world let me stand by the grill and warm my hands thankyouthankyou Frenchie.Anyway, as per usual I digress. Usually by about 3 pm on Sunday I get a little shaky and a little tired and realize whoops this little panda hasn’t had any caffeine today so I whip up some sort of delicious coffee treat – the kind you only make when you have a little extra time on your hands.

Sometimes it’s just a regular latte (I really need a frother those things a killer) but today oh man I went a little cray cray and made myself a little mocha and it went a little something like this:


1. brew a cup of coffee (i use this, an x-mas gift from little teebs last year)
2. warm up 1/3 cup milk
3. combine warm milk with 1 tbsp hot chocolate power
(tcho drinking chocolate is my favorite, it’s just absurd it’s so delicious – i used to like scharffen berger but then hershey’s bought it and now it blows)
4.  pour your piping hot coffee into your chocolate drink mixture
make sure to pet your kitty a little during this process, she has a tendency to get a little jealous when you’re paying attention to anything but her
5. take a little sip of your delicious drink and BAM taste a little piece
of heaven in your mouth

Oh and, you might notice to the right of my coffee concoction a little spray bottle and let me tell you that stuff is my favorite.  It’s the Durance en Provence
Brume d’Oreiller (pillow perfume) in Tisane du Soir (evening herbal tea) that I bought in Paris years ago.  If I’m having some trouble going to sleep, or am just feeling the need for a little something special, I give my pillows a little spritz and off I float into dreamland.


My need to bake has finally returned and last night manifested itself into a smorgasbord of deliciousness with not just one, but two complimentary creations.

Pomelo-Lemon Curd and (my favorite) Scones!

little miss muppet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey

It all started when I happened upon the most gorgeous pomelos and grapefruit at the Farmer’s Market this weekend (flowers – remember?!) and just couldn’t resist buying them even though I had no freaking clue what I was going
to do with them, although the thought of a grapefruit/avocado salad totally made my mouth tingle.

Then my lovely friend Krista posted on Instagram pictures of her Grapefruit curd and of course I just had to get the recipe, so she looped in the delightful Sarah who shared that she got the recipe from none other then Smitten Kitchen, which, as you all should know by now is my favorite cooking blog
in the whole entire world

This is the original recipe – I went ahead and combined the juice (and zest) of one gigantic pomelo and one fairly substantial lemon and used 1/2 cup of that juice mixture (and all of the zest from both!) in the recipe.

Pretty effing delicious.  Should I make this again I’ll probably use a litttttttttttle less sugar since pomelos are so naturally sweet.


Then I baked these little suckers, also from Smitten Kitchen minus currants (didn’t think they’d compliment the curd so much) and substituting 2% milk, then piled on my ooey gooey mess for a tangytartysweetkickintheface of flavor.


Pappardelle with Tomato-Almond Pesto = Godsend

First off, why is it August but the air smells like Christmas?

Second off, holy crap this pasta is incredible!  And yes, I know technically it calls for linguine but I really wanted to use pappardelle, I just couldn’t help myself. Pappardelle is so much better than linguine.

So much better I italicized so.  I bet you it would be even more so much better if I used fresh pasta next time.  Falletti’s you’ll be hearing from me soon.

Seriously, what’s not to love.  Tomatoes + basil + garlic + olive oil?  And the almonds… well… those almonds give it an insane texture.  There I go with the italicizing again.

Color is a little weird though, def didn’t turn out like Deb’s.  I think I over-blended.

Oh. My. God.

I’m an over-blender.

How will I ever succeed in life?