If you ask me what my favorite TV show is, I tend to draw a blank. And then I’m like, “oh DUH – Gilmore Girls.” (If you’re new to Earth and aren’t aware of this show, it’s about a young single mother who got pregnant at 16 and her daughter, who is about 16 when the show starts. There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics but it’s also a sweet portrait of a small town and the characters who live there.) Why do I forget that it’s my favorite show? This might sound strange, but to me it’s not so much “just a TV show,” but a part of who I am. I’ve watched it more than any other television show or movie; I’ve seen the original series at least eleven complete times. It’s moved beyond being “just a TV show” and become mingled with my life and my own memories. [Read more…]
This is one of those special blog posts where I get to tell you about a talented blog friend of mine AND a beautiful book they’ve created. If you’re not familiar with Lindsey of the blog Dolly and Oatmeal, then you need to pause right here and go check out her site immediately. She has been a major inspiration to me, both with her inventive recipes and her gorgeous photography. (Seriously – her photos are so beautiful I can hardly stand it.) I was lucky enough to meet her a few years ago at a random blogger picnic in NYC. She brought a fattoush-style salad that I still think about, and she was quiet and soft-spoken, but so kind. Her little dog is also a delight. She has continued to be a supportive blog friend as I’ve worked to figure out this weird world we’re a part of. [Read more…]
There have been a ton of blogger cookbooks coming out lately (like this one, this one and this one), which makes me extremely happy. I’ve got another one to share with you today by Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen. Hers was one of the first blogs I loved and one of many that inspired me to start my own. Her first book, Pancakes, is one of my absolute favorites and it’s what I always turn to when I’m in the mood for pancakes. The blueberry ricotta ones in there are to die for (just ask my mother-in-law Norrie; she’ll tell you ALL about them), and every other recipe I’ve tried in there has turned out super well. Her new book, The Year of Cozy, invites you into a year of her life with recipes, craft projects and general life ideas. There’s also a handful of photos of her adorable corgi, Amelia, who just so happens to be one of my favorite dogs of the internet. [Read more…]
Happy Mother’s Day! This might seem odd, but today’s ice cream wish list is in honor of my mom. That lady loves ice cream. When I was growing up, a lot of my friends would get really excited about ice cream, and I was always so “whatever” about it. That’s because in our house, ice cream was not for special occasions – it was part of our nightly routine. We would all gather in the evening before bed for a television show or two (Boy Meets World or Frasier, etc. when I was younger, and The Daily Show when I was in high school), and we would eat a bowl of ice cream. That was just the way it was. We always had multiple cartons of it in the freezer. When it was on sale, my parents would buy TEN gallons, and that would maybe last us about two weeks? Even now with my parents’ smaller household, there’s still always at least 3 or 4 gallons in the freezer. We were known as the house that always had ice cream. (Maybe this is why our house was always the central meeting place for me and my friends …) [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m getting into a whiskey/bourbon craze. I’ve noticed a lot of people around me getting into that scene lately as well, so maybe we’re all just conforming to a bigger trend? I actually heard an interesting story on NPR recently about how women are the future of whiskey. Historically considered a “man’s drink,” whiskey is becoming more and more popular with the female crowd, and whiskey producers are paying attention. Personally, I think I can attribute much of my coming around to whiskey to the artisanal cocktail scene. (I prefer to get used to a new spirit as it mingles with other tasty items in a fancy beverage.) To celebrate my newfound love, I’ve rounded up the whiskey and bourbon-focused recipes I’ve been eyeing on the internet. This wish list of mine is so true to life – I clearly love the sweets and cocktails more than real food. Also, you can totally tell which other bloggers are deep into the bourbon by their repeat appearances on here. (I’m looking at you, Minimalist Baker, Chasing Delicious and How Sweet It Is.) So let’s talk whiskey and bourbon recipes and get all boozed up together: [Read more…]
It’s time for another wish list! It’s been a while since the last one. These days I’m craving s’mores. A lot of people consider s’mores to be a summer thing, but I associate them more with autumn weather. They are perfect for those first cooler evenings, where it’s cold enough to be cozy in a sweatshirt AND next to a campfire. The smell of the toasting marshmallow is so inviting, but you can also smell the fallen leaves in the damp grass and the smoke of the fire. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? While I do love s’mores (and they are one of the only places where I truly enjoy marshmallows, thoroughly toasted of course), I do hate the sticky fingers that are an inevitable result of eating one. That’s why some of these other s’more recipes that can be eaten with a fork intrigue me. Here’s what I’ve been eyeing from around the web: [Read more…]
Mint will always be a flavor that I associate with pleasant memories of both of my grandmothers. My strongest association comes from drinking “Plantation Mint” tea with my mom’s mom. Grandmom drank that tea the way other people guzzle coffee. She would make us a pot in her fancy tiered teapot (a gift from her wedding), and we would eat way too many carbs, usually in the form of Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread or jelly krimpets. She also kept peppermint hard candies in her pockets and on her coffee table at all times. (I wonder where I got my sweet tooth or my love for all things doughy?) As for my dad’s mom, “Mom Mom,” I remember her always having spearmint gumdrops in a glass candy dish in the living room, and her house had the best spearmint-flavored toothpaste. From time to time I will taste some toothpaste that reminds me of it, and I am right back in her bathroom, a 6-year old girl getting ready for bed before sleeping over at her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Both of them have been gone for years now, and I miss them terribly – so I am thankful for mint and its powers to send me on a trip down memory lane.
These days mint is one of my favorite things to grow in our rooftop garden throughout the summer (partially because it is a wild beast of a plant and hard to kill). My favorite routine on a weekend morning is to slip out the back door to the garden, snip off a bunch of mint leaves, and bring them back inside to brew in a cup with some plain green tea. Sometimes I add a little bit of honey to it. I prefer sweeter mints like mojito mint or spearmint as opposed to peppermint. This year for the garden I chose chocolate mint (how could I not?) and pineapple mint (both pictured above in my illustration, chocolate on the left and pineapple on the right). The recipes below will surely give my mint plants a workout this summer: [Read more…]
I tend to be an obsessive person. This blog is a perfect example of that. (I am so obsessed with food and cooking that I want to talk to the Internet about it occasionally? At least I’m not alone in this problem.) Don’t even get me started on what a hot mess I was in college when I decided to get obsessed with Lady Gaga and Glee at the same time. Friends shouldn’t let friends experience that … at least not without support. Anyway, these Things I’m Loving posts are a way for me to share with you all of the random things I might be currently obsessing over. Enjoy! [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.
I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.