Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage (Dairy-Free)

Savory Pumpkin Cannelloni with Candied Walnuts + Crispy Sage Recipe (via #dairyfree

As I write this, Lana is on the baby cam arranging her bed buddies around the perimeter of her crib, and her baby doll just won’t sit up the way she wants. It’s fascinating to me the way she’ll prop her up, watch her slouch forward, frown, prop her up again, etc., without so much as peep — when I know that, if I were in the room with her, she’d be whining almost instantly for my help. It’s moments like this — little, stalkery episodes where I stand back and admire her persistence or strength (she deadlifted a compost pail full of rocks and carried it across the backyard when I was just out of sight) — that I wonder if my constant presence isn’t a hindrance of sorts. When she comes up against a step and reaches for my hand. When she shoots her arms skyward the moment I walk into her room. (Ut! Ut!) When she pushes her spoon toward me, followed by the oatmeal. Like, you scoop it, mom, not me. I question if all my help is actually hurting her a little, or if she’s just an opportunist. And if it’s the latter, shouldn’t I take advantage? … Read More

(You’ll Never Guess They’re) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

(You'll Never Guess They're) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (via #baking #dairyfree #eggfree

Let’s talk about fears. Is it weird to kick things off that way? Here, I’ll add some bogus relevance. It’s almost Halloween: super spooky. Let’s talk about fears. Better? I’ll tell you what I’m afraid of. One thing, really, and I’m getting real vulnie putting this out there for all the internet to read/take advantage of. Ready? Creepy tiny repeating textures, mostly those occurring in nature and especially those occurring on flesh. We’re talking: beehives pores/spores/those things on the underside of ferns VOMMITTTTT aerial views of penguins en masse See also: geico guy made of money skittles chicken pox guy OMG NO tree trunk arms guy from Grey’s And most definitely: adzuki beans beards I’d like to point out that I’m intentionally not linking to these examples because it would mean searching for and therein (re)witnessing them for myself, but google to your heart’s content if you feel like having a major effing panic attack. Seriously chills vom chills repeat vommmmmm. Are you still reading? Are you breathing into a paper bag yet? No? Just me? Because you guys, I’m not alone. It even has a name. Trypophobia. OMG even just typing that is making the hairs on the back of my … Read More

Orange-Pecan Sticky Buns

Orange-Pecan Sticky Buns recipe (via #baking #holiday #desserts #breakfast #pastry

We’re down to one nap. Have we talked about this yet? We’re down to one nap. And while it’s a helluva lot easier to schedule our days around a single snooze, it’s a doozy for my personal time. And my email inbox. And the taking of photographs during (diminishing) daylight hours. Oh, and also my sanity. See again: lack of personal time. Remember the days when Lana would snooze on my boob to the tune of a Pretty Little Liars marathon? I’m pretty sure I was still too busy fuh-reaking out about new parent shit at the time to fully appreciate the glory that was the nurse-nap, but man, that was a sweet deal. These days, I’m lucky if I can get the dishwasher loaded and a single episode queued up before the distinct dahhhhhhh-dah-dah-dah of a freshly woken babe trills from down the hall. Good thing she’s so gosh-daggin’ cute. Despite the shorty nap, Chris and I are rapidly learning how fun it can be to have an older kiddo on our hands. There’s the whole ballet thing we talked about last week, which, in its second week, is still charming as hell. There’s the way she picks up, inspects and … Read More

Nectarine + Prosciutto Galettes with Gorgonzola + Thyme

Nectarine + Prosciutto Galettes with Gorgonzola + Thyme recipe (via #pastry #baking #pie #dessert

This post was supposed to be published two days ago, but I’ve been spending my evenings shopping online for tutus. Talk about a rabbit hole. I’m down it so far, I’m thinking it’d be shorter dig my way out through China. Which wouldn’t be the worst idea, since that’s where about 100% of tutus you can buy online are made. Also iPhone 7 cases. But that’s a hole nother story. (Yes, I’m laughing out loud at myself.) In a move I was almost certain we’d never make, we signed Lana up for ballet this week. To be clear: I have nothing against ballet. There is much about it to admire, and I even did my own little stint as a tot. But even in the little baby class, it’s structured. Where the itty bitty gymboree classes encourage you to run amuck (a skill Lana has all but mastered), ballet encourages composure. When Miss Patricia asked us in a sing-song voice to sit on the purple dot, Lana ran away and tried to break into the bathroom. When Miss Patricia asked us to hold our daisies high above our heads and tiptoe across the room, Lana brought hers down like Thor’s hammer on the girl adjacent. … Read More

Triple Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Honey-Vanilla Summer Fruit (DF/GF)

Triple Coconut Tres Leches Cake with Honey-Vanilla Summer Fruit recipe (via #dairyfree #glutenfree #dessert

Alanna (The Bojon Gourmet) and I met when I was just baaaaarely pregnant — those first days when you’re still wincing at sneezes and consulting your sustainable seafood app for fear of mercury poisoning at every turn. Both of us being only somewhat formally employed at the time (note: if you’ve read the tale behind the name of her blog, you’ll know she takes no offense to this; note-within-a-note: she is now a bonafide cookbook author!!! while I am still…whatever the hell I am…), we met up for a weekday brunch at Plow where I promptly broke out into a cold sweat over how to slyly avoid bacon, runny eggs and booze at a meal traditionally designed around all three. “Should we get champagne? Mimosas!” she suggested. (Clearly we were designed to be lifelong friends.) “Oh, how fun! But I’m driving back right after this. Plus, you know…Asian. Low tolerance. I turn sooo red…….” I wet blanketed back. Which is why I didn’t have the heart to confess, when we ordered a delicately dressed salad topped with an undeniably soft-cooked egg, just how many early-day preggo fears were wrapped up in that taut little trembling sack. But what kind of food blogger doesn’t eat runny … Read More

Brown Sugar Panna Cotta with Honey-Balsamic Roasted Figs + Toasted Pepitas

Brown Sugar Panna Cotta with Honey-Balsamic Roasted Figs + Toasted Pepitas recipe (via #dairyfree #dessert #coconutmilk

When Chris and I lived in Ohio, one of our favorite restaurants was a bustling Italian place on the riverfront in Dublin called La Tavola. For happy hours, it had a huge patio surrounded by plenty of hardwood trees for shade and unfussy cocktails mixed by unfussy bartenders. For date nights, it had lighting that was just dim enough and handmade pastas you could order by the half or full — perfect for sharing a taste of everything, even when it was just the two of us. And for impressing out-of-town family, a gigantic rustic farm table that sat smack in the middle of the dining room acted as an exposed butler’s pantry, stacked tall with bread and butter plates, carafes of water and wine, and a sunny floral centerpiece roughly the size of Honda Civic. Hardwood trees aside, it all felt very Californian. And for at least our first year or so in Ohio, that seemed of notable importance. Of all the memorable meals we enjoyed at La Tavola, two dishes, in particular, harnessed our attention with enough vigor that we’ve since made inspired-by variations at home. One, a fresh spinach fettuccine with red pepper flakes and garlic (basically aglio e olio), which … Read More

Gingered Mint Tea Sparkler // Happy Bday P&Q!

Gingered Mint Tea Sparkler recipe (via #nonalcoholic #mocktail #summer

Back-to-back bevvies!? I know. But I can explain. Onesies: I’m just not ready to give up on summer, ya ol’ gal. And twosies: it’s mah berfday! Ok ok, it’s not my birthday, but it’s this ‘ere blog’s birthday, and that calls for something you can clink in a glass. Are we still kinda stuck on ya ol’ gal? I know. It was a weird thing to say. Like, something that only a Kristen Wiig character could pull off speaking out loud, but what’s done is done. YA OL’ GAL. You think I’m going to work that in a bunch more times before this post is over, don’t you? You guys. You don’t know me at all. Oh, wait, hang on a minute. YAH OLL’ GALLLLLZZZ. Ok but really, this dranksiedrank. As sexy as it is, this super simple little bev came about as the result of a doozie stomach flu that had me living on little more than flat ginger ale and mint tea for eight days. EIGHT DAYS. boooo! But when the ginger ale is boldly effervescent and the mint tea is icy cold and there’s a perky little squirt of lime in there? yayyyy! It’s warm and cool and crazy refreshing and has nothing … Read More

Brown Sugar Blueberry Pie Shakes


This past weekend was full of firsts. My first real vacay away from the babe. My first show at Red Rocks. My first exposure to Dr. Pimple Popper. (I can get into a lot of bizarre shit, but I just can’t do it, you guys.) The four days I spent in Denver were so very indulgent. Leisurely breakfasts in with old friends. Leisurely breakfasts out with new friends. Pedicures. Sour beers. Reclining movie theater seats. Wait — backtrack. MOVIES IN A MOVIE THEATER?? BE STILL MY HEART. ♥ Daily hair washing. Rootbeer milk. Driving stick shift. Caffeine. Is this real life? I kept asking myself. Nay, this how the childless live, a little voice answered. Oh. Huh. I had completely forgotten. These pie shakes — PIE SHAKES!!! — are a continuation of this weekend’s indulgence. They won’t win any clean eating awards, but in the name of living a little, I’m gonna ask you to just roll with it. Summery blueberries. Nutty brown sugar. Real ice cream. A one-two punch of almond butter and shortbread cookies that, together, simulate the richness of pie crust. I’m not going to try much harder than that to sell you on these things, because when it comes down … Read More

Gazpacho Andaluz with Smoked Paprika-Glazed Almonds

pacho Andaluz with Smoked Paprika-Glazed Almonds recipe (via #vegetarian #dairyfree #vegan #soup #summer

Note: Before you lose interest amidst all my BS, let me get straight to the punchline: share a fruit or veggie selfie using the #DrinkGoodDoGood hashtag on social media, and Naked Juice will donate 10 lbs of produce to communities in need. It’s so easy, you guys. And you love selfies. YOU LOVE THEM. K, back at it… Clean undies. Bubbly water. Freedom. Oh hi there. Today we’re listing things I take for granted. How about: fresh produce? Seriously. While I’ve been known to snobbishly scoff at Trader Joe’s overpackaged stone fruit or dimpled avocados, the truth is, for most folks living the lifestyle that many assume of Silicon Valley residents, fresh, seasonal and — more often than not — locally grown and organic fruits and veggies are pretty easy to come by. Within just a mile or so of my house, there’s a weekend farmer’s market, a Trader Joe’s, an upscale specialty market with a highly Instagrammable produce section and a Whole Foods. Tack on another mile and there are two more farmer’s markets, a handful of year-round produce stands and even more gourmet food stores than I can count. If you want to be that girl with a baguette … Read More

Double PB&J S’mores (w/ Homemade Graham Crackers!)

Double PB+J S'mores recipe with Homemade Graham Crackers (via #sweets #dessert #baking #summer

Haii gaiiz! It’s National S’mores Day. Can you even freaking believe it? There’s a day for FUGGING EVERYYYTHANG. It’s also National Watch All the Gymnastics Day, National Your Kid Only Napped 40 Minutes Day and National Company is Coming Time to Swiffer the Hair in the Bathroom Day. Ok, I made that last one up. But I’m still celebrating, because I’m one classy-ass hostess. You’re welcome, playdates. But back to National S’mores Day. Let’s do it up proper, k? I kinda wanted to say “prah-puhh” all British-like, but I didn’t know if you would get it. Do Brits like s’mores? They’d be right prah-puhh with a spot o’ tea, so probably yeah. Yeh. Yehhhhh. I’m still doing the accent. You knew that. Ok. I promise this time. S’mores. Yehhhhhhhhh. Ok. A few weeks ago, I saw Christina making homemade graham crackers on snapchat, and my mind did a mini-splode. If you know me at all, you know I don’t bake for shit, but when I checked out the recipe, they seemed really, surprisingly simple — and I loved that she made them naturally sweetened so they’d be a (somewhat) guiltless treat for a teething babe. So later that week, I whipped up … Read More