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Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

Disclaimer: this ice cream is for serious lemon lovers only. Which, I’ll admit, isn’t me. I can do lightly lemon desserts. Sometimes. I like a hint of lemon tartness with my fruit, or a bit of lemon paired with plenty of rich, buttery pastry. But given the choice, I will always choose chocolate over lemon....

On life, death, and fishing.

It’s been a tough few weeks for me. I’ve been in catch-up mode ever since we got back from Europe, slowly making a dent in my backlog of design work, while at the same time trying to sift through and edit and whittle down my thousands of photos from Paris and Barcelona, trying to get my posts...

Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken

I’m not one to dredge up the past, unless of course it involves food. I was never a very adventurous eater as a kid (can you say, supertaster?) and so, from age 5 to 25, anytime we went to Little Ollie’s (one of the few Chinese food restaurants in the little town where I grew...

European Adventure Part I: Bonus Day in London

We’ve been talking about this trip for years. Pretty much as soon as we got home from our (belated) honeymoon in Italy 5 years ago, it’s been “Where should we go next?” It was pretty clear that France and Spain (Paris and Barcelona, to be exact) topped our shortlist, and being that they are somewhat...

Homemade Taco Seasoning

No matter the season, it’s taco season(ing). Seriously though. Is there anything as satisfying year-round as a classic American taco: soft or crunchy, beef or turkey, piled high with the toppings of your choice? It’s the ultimate democratic food: everyone gets exactly what they want. Just in case you thought that all taco seasoning comes...

Fregula Sarda Salad with Tart Cherries and Smoked Trout

Taylor has decided that dried tart cherries are his new favorite thing this side of Disney World. “If you didn’t need these for a recipe,” he told me, “I’d have devoured the entire bag by now.” To which I replied that we can always buy more, and if it makes him happy, by all means,...

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies with Sea Salt

The hardest part about food blogging is writing about food that’s long gone, dredging up feelings and flavors past and knowing that you’ve long since eaten the last one. Recalling the flavors and textures of a recent recipe, trying to transpose those sensory details into words, well, that’s a surefire way to get your mouth...

Horchata Ice Cream

Horchata is my home girl. Seriously. It’s second only to ginger beer in my personal ranking of favorite things to drink. Creamy, spicy, and refreshing, it’s everything I want in a beverage. I was so psyched to try the REAL DEAL last week in Barcelona (on a whirlwind trip from which we are still recovering...

Beef Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls

I honestly can’t tell you the last time I had taco salad. Oh wait, yes I can… two weeks ago. When we made these. But before that I mean. Taco salad was always this oddly unappealing concept, something my mom would order when we’d go out to eat, that I’d side-eye skeptically as I plowed...

Pan-Fried Trout with Garlic, Lemon, & Parsley

Our weekly menus are not always as complicated as they might seem. While we’ll find a few recipes or plan a few more involved dishes a week, we’ll often plan free-form nights where we’ll just wing it. Whether that means throwing together a fritatta from leftovers in the fridge, or cooking up a frozen pizza,...