Monthly Archives : August 2014

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake


If you do nothing else this weekend, make this cake. I know it’s a long weekend and I should be shoving BBQ and appetizer and cocktail recipes down your throat.  And believe me, those are three of my favorite things. But I want to talk about something else. I’ve got pears languishing in the garden as far as the eye can…

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{ summer tomato goodness }


{ fresh tomato crostata } Three years ago I started with two raised planter beds for veggies and I ushered in this growing season with nine. That’s right, nine. I had visions of bed after bed of tomatoes. More tomatoes than I could possible eat or can. And then I went seed shopping. I was so compelled by tomatillos and…

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{ grill me somethin’ tasty, beautiful }


{ lemon-rosemary chicken with tzatziki } Let’s start the week off HEALTHY. I tend to be a bit of a weekend warrior, so come Monday I’m ready to clean up my act…at least for a couple of days. Here’s the best thing about this recipe: I’ve never met an easier one. I mean cheap and easy is this guy’s first…

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls


One of my nearest and dearest tai tais now lives only four and a half short hours away. We moved to Beijing within the same month and we left three years later within the same month. I’ll call her Tai Tai L since I’m not sure she wants her name out there in a APB. Tai Tai L and I…

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{ pucker up }


{ lemon-ginger pavlova with fresh strawberry sauce } Lemons are just a beautiful thing. When I was pregnant I couldn’t get enough of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Heaven. Even better was fresh-squeezed and muddled strawberry lemonade. Oh joy. I would search far and wide–which usually meant I sought out the closest Bristol Farms–for a tall frosty glass. We used to live in the…

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{ bakery farm stand }


{ aint it grand } I love that I live down the street from this. Today was one of those days that had zero plans and zero structure. I woke up, meandered out to the garden; watered and weeded and picked. Felt like I was livin’ off the land. Good feeling. Dropped off some of my garden goodies with family…

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{ gardening surprises }


{ lime basil vodka mojitos } I love gardening. Anyone that’s known me for any length of time would find that a fascinating fact. I don’t much like to play in the dirt or lay on the grass. But for some reason, the ebb and flow of gardening trumps all the negatives of getting dirty and being around bugs. One…

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{ summer days }


{ chilled curried carrot soup with herb yogurt sauce } I love something that looks difficult but is actually pretty easy. I find that soup can be one of those things. Specifically, soup made from any type of squash, potato or, say, carrots. And, I’m obsessed with curry right now. Maybe I miss living in Asia or maybe it’s the…

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