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Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Blood Orange

Imagine yourself somewhere warm. Somewhere with a gentle breeze and turquoise waters and the sound of ocean waves. It’s a nice thought, eh? Especially since so many of us are probably freezing our buns off right now. This recipe takes me back to that serene, happy place, as it was inspired by a similar dish...

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

My main beef (ha) with chicken noodle soup is the “stuff” to broth ratio. So when a soup has like 2 1/2 noodles in the whole bowl and a measly bite or two of chicken, well, I’m disappointed, to say the least. If I wanted to drink flavored hot water I’d have some tea instead....

Beyond the Kitchen: Bookworm Edition

It’s been about 10 months since my last book post. In that time I’ve probably read 25 books. Some good, some great, some downright awful. I actually felt like there were a lot more good ones in that 10 month period, but going back through my reading list, only a handful got five stars. Maybe...

Fresh Ginger-Lime Tonic

Ok ok enough ginger already, you might be saying. No such thing, I reply. I’ve talked at length about ginger beers, and even made my own at one point, complete with yeast fermented bubbles. That was true ginger beer. But this is practically a homemade ginger beer, made from fresh ginger juice, lime juice, and...

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

Can we start posting decadent desserts again? Not that it stopped me before, but it seems like there is about a 25 day period in the food blogosphere where every recipe is kale or quinoa or chia something. And then about 3 weeks into January, the healthy recipes slowly start to disappear, replaced with the...

Picture-Perfect Roast Chicken and a Peek Inside our Home

Thanks to all y’all’s input on our art dilemma, we finally made a decision and went with Option 1. The combination of print and pattern and color turned out to be simply perfect. And as great as the art looked in my mockup, it looks even better in person. It feels so good to have...

Vegas Slot Machine Birthday Cake

When it comes to Taylor’s birthday cake, each year I try to one-up myself from the year before, which is pretty hard when you’re trying to top something like this. I’ve pretty much stopped asking what he wants, because I know exactly what he’s going to say. I’m sure he knows by now that I’m...

Creamy Spinach and Pear Soup with Pancetta

A plain bowl of green soup is about as exciting as a cardboard cubicle, hence the decorative olive oil drizzle (ooo, pretty!) and sprinkle of crispy pancetta bits on top. (And, oh man I can’t believe I’m doing this) but my ability to present and photograph a bowl of green soup has come a long...

Thai Almond Milk Bubble Tea

I may be slightly obsessed with bubble tea these days. Which is funny, because I’m not a tea drinker. But I guess if you mix tea with cream and sugar and squishy sweet bubbles, it doesn’t much taste like tea anymore, does it? Those additions make all the difference. My new quest is to figure...

Spicy Miso Edamame

One of my favorite parts about going out to an Asian restaurant is the heaping bowl of steamed edamame that we’ll more often than not order to start our meal. Tender-crisp and lightly salted, steamed edamame is a perfect palate-cleansing starter. It is rare that you see a variation on that classic steamed edamame, however....