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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cousins’ Weekend in San Francisco

Hi y’all! This new year has been busier and better than ever. Recently my cousins from the East Coast (no longer called my-husband’s-cousins!) came to visit for an awesome, extended weekend. We explored everything from Land’s End, Sonoma County, and Muir Woods together – most of which was new to Hoyd and me, too. I loved hugging them, spending time with them, and catching up with them in the midst of this newly comforting San Francisco space.

Golden Gate Bridge

As vino lovers, we definitely had to make the trip up north to California wine country. We meandered up to Sonoma and explored Unti, Medlock Ames, and Windgap wineries. I highly recommend each place if you’re ever in the area! The wine tasted delicious, the autumn-like weather stayed gorgeous (especially compared to New York’s below-freezing temps), and the landscapes seemed surreal.

Unti Winery in Sonoma County

Unti Winery in Sonoma County

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Garlicky Miso Cauliflower for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

garlicky miso cauliflower

I used to despise cauliflower. While my nine-year-old self was wearing neon colors and pigtails, this bland plant was hogging the dinner plate and killing my vibe. Cauliflower was mushy, beige, and downright gross (this coming from a kid who loved veggies and begged for seconds on salad).

Garlicky Miso Cauliflower

A couple decades later, I’ve come to terms with this winter-ridden ‘flower. Notably, I’ve mastered the art of marinating, and now I race my husband to the last piece of roasted veggies. The secret is in the sauce, and this marinade in particular is ridiculously simple yet flavorful. The dark red miso slams the umami gong and also adds a savory saltiness; meanwhile the mustard and honey provide tang, and the garlic and coriander offer herbaceous backup.

Garlicky Miso Cauliflower

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving – Sweet Links

Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Here are some awesome links that I’ve been loving:

  1. Reading about sisters, desert food, and happenin’s
  2. Geeking out over this and crying over this (don’t judge!)
  3. Cracking up at #GrapeGate
  4. Admiring #FeministHackerBarbie
  5. Drooling over Persimmon Bread (and Tembleque?)

Besides soaking up news and ideas, I’ve been while cracking up new recipes. Keep you posted for some tasty, holiday ideas! :)

xox

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Classic Minestrone Soup with Carrot-Top Pesto

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Classic Minestrone Soup with Carrot-Top Pesto – Italy at Home

The whole milestone of marriage has been a blessing. Not only did I marry my best friend, but I did it in the company of everyone I love most in this world. It felt amazing to have all our family and friends there supporting us. That said – I have no pictures to show for it! Our photographer Robert did an amazing job, and you can bet I’ll share the goodness when he sends the photos our way. (Here’s a sneak peek!)

I did take mountains of pictures of the honeymoon. Something about not stressing out of whether the ceremony goes smoothly gave me a whole lotta free creative energy to snap pics, ha. Let’s just say I went photo-happy. If you’re not an Italia-phile, feel free to skip to the recipe goodness at the bottom. Otherwise, join me for the ride!

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