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beet parfait

parfait-in-front-of-lanternsIn French, the word “parfait” means perfect, and in both my adult life and childhood memories the name for this dish doesn’t seem too far off.

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stirring-beets-with-yogurt

Today was Mother’s Day in America, and it’s been a few years since I haven’t been able to celebrate that with my mother on this earth.  Each year gets easier, but of course, of course, the nostalgia slips in whether or not I want it to.  I didn’t even think I’d do a Mother’s Day post today, until my memories took me back to grocery shopping with my mom.

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quinoa ‘n cheese

I have really good news: I’m leaving for 2 weeks to Tokyo in a few days for a very very late honeymoon.  Years later, guess we’re both super procrastinators, match made in heaven.

So is this.  (Like that segueway?  Yeah you do.)  Quinoa and a creamy béchamel sauce — aka macaroni and cheese without the macaroni — is one of my go-to dishes when I want to make something that’s delicious, lighter than its traditional version, and kinda-surprising but not scary.  I mean, what’s not to love: it’s cheese sauce with quinoa.  Twice cooked.  That’s… that’s just nice.

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quinoa-n-cheese-inside-platedThe nutmeg in this really makes the dish to me: it adds a super comfort food sweetness that is hard to replace with other spices.  Of course real cheese does taste more “accurate” (and for those who love cheese, you get me when I say “better”) but it’s actually really good with a vegan cheese substitute if that’s your style, because the quinoa itself is already so moist this dish is naturally just gooey.  And crispy on top.  Oh my I just got hungry again. Read more

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tropical tangerine jam

When life gives you tangerines, well… I mean that’s not really so bitter as life giving you lemons, but when it’s this many tangerines, you’ve gotta do something with it!  So, you see, I’m now mother of a beautiful, ridiculously fertile tangerine tree in my backyard.  It’s boreth many fruit.

tangerines-in-bowltangerine-jam-platedAnd now I’m literally climbing in the tree every morning with an attempt to eat/do something with its really really sweet gifts and it’s just too much for me + my, like, 5 friends to eat raw.

OK, I have more than 5 friends, but we’re all super busy.  Apparently too busy to eat tangerines off of my tree every day.  So I wanted to find a way to preserve them, and this is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for a long time now!  Back-to-my-days-in-France long time! Read more

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gluten free & vegan OREOS

I’m on an oreo kick right now.  Perhaps it’s the heat and no air conditioning getting to my head, perhaps it’s the fact that these things are just… delicious.  I don’t know, but this recipe is on repeat (times repeat times repeat) in this household.  So much so that I have to share.  Now.  So I can make more to eat.

chocolate-batter-oreosgluten-free-oreosThe fun thing about making your own oreos is, well, I should say: here are the fun THINGS about making your own oreos: Read more

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goat’s milk butter chocolate chip buckwheat cookies

stacked-cookiesYou know, it’s been a while since I’ve given myself the time to really take my time making food and photos of it.  Between filming the weekly cooking show for the Tastemade Network and recording the EP (and now exporting it) for my band GRAND BAIN, cooking and finding the right lighting and aperture to capture it has either been on the video side of things or for strict nourishment reasons.  It takes energy to sing, after all!

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