Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea

date08.19.15

Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea

Many thanks to CogWorks for sponsoring Snixy Kitchen this month! CogWorks mixes art with engineering in making unique wooden serve boards – anything from classic black walnut to cat engraved

Remember when I made that desperate plea for coworkers? Between all of my epic naps, I’ve been begging for friends to come over to force me to cook (somewhat unsuccessfully). With my energy coming back this week, I swindled Todd into agreeing to a work date where I promised to trade off playing with his 1-year old daughter Fiona while we both made and shot our respective drinks – this Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea for me.

Basically I invited myself over before he realized what was happening.

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins {gluten-free}

date08.17.15

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

Is anyone else dreaming about jet-setting off to Hawaii right about now? These coconut chocolate chunk banana macadamia nut muffins are like a trip to Hawaii all rolled into one fluffy morsel. (Say that title ten times fast). They’re filled with melty pockets of Aloha’s superfood dark chocolate and studded with dry roasted macadamia nuts straight from a Hawaiian farm.

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Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines + Bonus Baking Sneak Peek

date08.12.15

Chestnut Dutch Baby with Caramelized Nectarines

You might have noticed I’ve been popping by here somewhat sporadically the past couple of months. I’ve been busy working on some behind-the-scenes baking that’s sucking all the energy out of me. Quite literally, actually. Before I tell you about this puffy golden chestnut dutch baby pancake, I’m excited to finally be able to share a sneak peek of what I’ve been baking up.

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Rosemary Peach Hand Pies with White Chocolate Mascarpone {gluten-free}

date07.30.15

Rosemary Peach Hand Pies with White Chocolate Mascarpone

You know what I like about these Rosemary Peach Hand Pies? They have cheese in them. Okay okay, they also have the summer’s juiciest peaches and plenty of butter. Triple win.

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Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

date07.28.15

Seeded Cheddar Brazilian Cheese Bread

Do you love cheese as much as I do? Did you wake up at 3am to make nachos the other night too? No? Just me then? Hm. Anytime you want to stop by at 3am to wake me up for a nacho-fest, I’m totally in. I know I’m supposed to be all hyped up on summer’s stone fruit and berries (which I am), but guys – I’m going through cheese right now like it’s going out of season.

The test batch of these cheddar Brazilian cheese bread balls disappeared in one evening. So did the second batch the very next night. I’ve made them three times now and they never last more than a few hours. Any excuse to eat more cheese.

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Blackberry Fig Sage Popsicles

date07.15.15

Blackberry Fig Sage Popsicles

Holy popsicle week! If there’s one thing that can pull me out of hibernation it’s the promise of popsicles. Especially if you’re talking about these blackberry fig sage popsicles.

This summer has been unbearably warm and muggy in our house. When we first toured this house in the wintertime before we moved in, I remember thinking how it soaked in all the warmth and felt so cozy. A big bonus for March. But right now it’s July and it’s still doing that. I don’t want to feel cozy in July – I want to stick my head in the freezer and live there all month.

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Vegan Blackberry Basil Ice Cream + KitchenAid Giveaway

date06.29.15

Vegan Blackberry Basil Ice Cream-

The thing about living only a short drive from your parents is that when it’s time for a visit, you can just throw your whole closet & kitchen into the car and go. Yeah, I said kitchen. Since I got a KitchenAid stand mixer long before my mom upgraded her 70’s-era JCPenny stand mixer (from their wedding), I’d go so far as to pack up my KitchenAid stand mixer along with about 10 different flours for all our holiday baking (also – how else could we make blackberry basil ice cream?).

But really – is it any different than my brother bringing home his skis and boots? My hobbies require proper equipment.

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Gluten-Free Apricot Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuits

date06.25.15

Apricot Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuits

One of the best parts about visiting my parents during the summer is the box of stone fruit they send as a parting gift. In June we get apricots and plums and by July they’re overflowing with peaches. Last year I turned the loot into an apricot galette and this year I’ve baked them up into this apricot cobbler with sweet buttermilk biscuits. This definitely won’t be the last cobbler of the season.

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