Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Floats {Vegan} + #bossbabefestMSP!

date08.24.16

Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Floats

This lavender earl gray blackberry ice cream float is my summer drink mascot. For starters, there’s ice cream involved (no brainer) and, even more importantly, it was inspired by the mocktail (or faux-tail?) bar that Sherrie set out for the #bossbabefestMSP retreat last month – complete with bitter black tea, infused simple syrups, fruity shrubs, and an unending supply of La Croix to make it sparkle. I’ll be sipping my float variation of the fruity bitter black tea soda for the rest of summer to incite perpetual déja vu of the most epic Minnesota weekend.

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Ricotta Tomato Tart with Gluten-free Cornmeal Crust & Arugula Walnut Pesto

date08.16.16

Ricotta Tomato Tart with Gluten-free Cornmeal Crust & Arugula Walnut Pesto

Does anyone else get severe produce anxiety? As much as I like the idea of a CSA, it hardcore stresses me out. Suddenly a crate full of arugula and what if I don’t have time to eat the arugula before the edges wilt and the whole bag gets slimy? What happens if the tomatoes turn to rotten mush before I can use them all?! That sheer panic at the sight of a huge box of my mom’s homegrown tomatoes led to this ricotta tomato tart.

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Eggplant and Zucchini Caponata with Burrata

date08.08.16

Eggplant and Zucchini Caponata with Burrata

I didn’t grow up in a house with an alarm system. On the contrary, we left windows open all night, doors unlocked, and our friends didn’t knock. But once you’ve had something stolen from you – like say, your wallet and social security card right out of your backpack your first week in a new city, followed by that person trying to assume your identity – you develop an irrational paranoia that someone is always trying to break into your house to rob you. I’m over here like, “Don’t leave the eggplant and zucchini caponata on the counter or someone might swipe it!” (Someone, in this case, = cats, probably).

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Peach Cobbler with Brown Butter Chestnut Biscuits {gluten-free}

date08.01.16

Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler Brown Butter Chestnut Biscuits

The day before we left for Minneapolis, my mom brought me a bag of peaches from her tree. I wish I could say this peach cobbler with brown butter chestnut biscuits was made from her peaches, but I’d be lying. I thought about saying it anyway – how would you ever know? – but then I remembered something: I’m a terrible liar.

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Hibiscus Lemonade Popsicles

date07.27.16

Hibiscus Lemonade Popsicles

After surviving a Minneapolis heat wave last week – humidity and all – I feel like the Bay Area is never allowed to complain about heat ever again (like that’s going to stop me…my face melted off into cobbler today). The Airbnb I booked for Lucas, Zoella, and my mom said it had “AC units and fans fans fans to keep it tolerable on the hottest of days.” Let it be known, the sweltering 97°F inside was anything but tolerable. Dear Airbnb host: popsicles might make it tolerable. Highly recommend these hibiscus lemonade popsicles, for example.

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Mint Jicama Cantaloupe Salad with Toasted Pepitas

date07.25.16

Mint Jicama Cantaloupe Salad with Toasted Pepitas

I’m chopping up this mint jicama cantaloupe salad while practicing my breathing. The world said goodbye to a magic maker last week – unexpectedly too early. Two, actually. Just two weeks ago, I woke up to a group message to the 2007 cast of The Ash Girl. It was our former director letting us know of the sudden passing of our Prince Rocky, who suffered a heart attack – “So sad. I’ll see you tomorrow at the service. Best to all ❤.”

These were his last words to us. Last weekend, by way of his own heart attack, Paul Backer joined Rocky wherever they are (acting silly somewhere, I’m sure). The world is less energetic, goofy, loving, and creative without these two souls. I found out about Paul’s passing as I was writing about my sleepwalking nightmare, which would have tickled him.

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Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

date07.18.16

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

Last night I did something dangerous. After I finished off the last of this vegan coconut black sesame ice cream with strawberry swirl as a night-cap. Long after we put Zoella down in her crib – where she instantly rolled onto her belly to drift off to sleep. After we too had snuggled in for the night with the cats.

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Pepita Financiers with Nectarines {gluten-free & nut-free}

date07.15.16

Pepita Financiers with Nectarines {gluten-free & nut-free}

I studied French for five years – from high school through college – but I still can’t say “financier” properly – 50% of the time it comes out with a harsh American R trailing behind. Fortunately these nut-free pepita financiers are much prettier and more delicate than the sound of their name rolling off my tongue.

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