Blackberry Fig Sage Popsicles


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


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


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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Mexican Street Corn Grilled Polenta Bites


Mexican Street Corn Grilled Polenta Bites

Last Saturday was one long celebration of Lucas’s birthday (though his actual birthday is today!). We meant to get up early to spend the full day at food festivals, but in true Sarah-Lucas form, we slept in (shocker). We’re the kind of people who set three alarms – 7:00, 7:12, 7:20. And still press snooze. (Also, who are we kidding? The first alarm is definitely after 8am *cough9amcough*). We moseyed our way to Bite, where we met up with Carla to stuff our faces with food from some of the best chefs in the country doing awesome things like 3D printing sugar cubes and making tacos on solar-powered stoves.

These Mexican street corn grilled polenta bites are a riff on those tacos. Only they can be eaten in one bite – all the more perfect for your summer cookout. Plus, I teamed up with Pacific Foods to use their new organic polenta line, making this appetizer come together in a jiffy. Cute factor + easy prep? Win-win.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Crispy Shallots & Tarragon-Basil Infused Olive Oil


Roasted Beet Salad with Tarragon-Basil Infused Olive Oil

I need to learn to reign in my inner cat lady around non-cat people (Mental note – why am I hanging out with non-cat people?). When people pull out their phones to show off their kids, I match photo-for-photo of my cats. This is how I weed people out. Then I inevitably show up to dinner wearing a cat t-shirt and people wonder if all I do all day is play with cats (they’d be correct).

Amanda from Heartbeet Kitchen is not one of those people. She flew across the country last month for a California visit and the first stop on her list? Cat Town Cafe – where she let me buy said cat t-shirt.

Then back to my house to play with more cats while making this beet salad with herb-infused olive oil.

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Sesame Ginger Miso Cucumber Salad


Sesame Ginger Miso Cucumber Salad

Remember that time we ate salad and I promised you more salads this year? Yeah, me neither. We’ve had five desserts since the last time we chomped down a salad together, but since every good summer BBQ should be made up of equal parts vegetables and ice cream, I’m sharing this super simple sesame ginger miso cucumber salad as we head into cook-out season.

(And if you haven’t figured out which flavors of ice cream you’re making for the weekend shindig, might I recommend coconut vanilla bean, chamomile honeycomb, or strawberry chocolate chip? Probably you’ll need all three.)

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Hibiscus Ginger Ice Cream Float – A Trio of Floats Collaboration


Hibiscus Ginger Ice Cream Floats

Hibiscus Ginger Ice Cream Floats

Summer is finally barreling in – and by barreling I mean, it’s peaking near 70°F here, which means as long as the sun is out I only need a light cardigan. Like I said: barreling.

Meanwhile, we just bought an outdoor space heater for our back porch so we can actually have barbecues this summer without freezing our bums off. Come on over and we’ll watch the sunset as we sip frothy hibiscus ginger ice cream floats on my back porch. Move over lemonade, ice cream floats are the official drink of summer 2015.

Because I just said so.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chestnut Waffles with Balsamic Roasted Berries


Chocolate Chestnut Waffles with Balsamic Roasted Berries

It’s a short week – celebrate with chocolate chestnut waffles! Then make them again for Waffle Wednesday (totally a thing). And then Thursday because it’s almost the weekend. Whatever the day, I’m sure you can find a reason for chocolate waffles.

Before we go any further, important things first: I got my lollipop! The Grad division office had a sign up that read, “Don’t worry, we’ll NEVER discontinue the lollipops!” It seems I wasn’t the only one who asked with a quivering lip. This time my mom got to come with, so it felt much more eventful – only then I faced the dilemma about whether to eat the lollipop or save it as a keepsake (hoarder, much?). My mom apparently read my inner struggle and detoured us to See’s to pick up a box of lollipops – “for eating,” she said.

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