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BluePrintJuice

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 4 comments

BluePrintJuice

Pretty sure I scared a decent amount of people the other day at Whole Foods when I started shrieking and shaking after catching sight of my beloved BluePrintJuice (yes, it’s meant to be one word) so beautifully lined up next to the kombuchas and chia drinks that I often reach for.     I downed close to a billion of these babies (no, really) when I first saw them out in California last year.  I had only seen them in bigger cities and would try to drink as many as possible when I could get my hands on them, even though they cost a pretty penny.  Lots of pretty pennies.     But, after learning just what goes into BluePrint, I’m pretty...

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American Food History X

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog, Read, Websites | 0 comments

American Food History X

Ok, so I’m a sucker for an infographic.  I can’t help it.  You could infographize (oooh, that should totally be a verb) just about anything and I would find it fascinating.     See…words with drawings is a total win.  If everything could just be taught through pictures, I would be the smartest girl in the world. But, perhaps the title ‘marvelous’ on this infographic is a bit misleading.  Embarrassing?  Maybe.  Saddening?  Maddening?  More likely.  How we went from the invention of agriculture to creating hamburgers in labs is beyond me.  But, this pic is pretty interesting, nonetheless. What do you think about...

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Wholesome Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog, Cookbooks, Read | 2 comments

Wholesome Kitchen

Friends often laugh at my assortment of coffee table books, as most would keep my collection closer to the kitchen.  While most pile up art and design books, filled with gorgeous photos and fascinating anecdotes, my table tops hold an assortment of cookbooks with photos and stories just as sensational, if not more so.     I’ve recently fallen for ‘Wholesome Kitchen’ with lip-smackingly scrumptious recipes by Ross Dobson and photography by Peter Cassidy that is positively flavorful!     The book boasts recipes made with ‘beans, lentils, grains and other natural foods’ …which could run the risk of sounding too...

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Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps

‘Made in Vermont…Naturally’ boasts Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps, referring to the crackers’ wholesome ingredient list as well as the fact that Vermont just clearly kicks ass when it comes to churning out deliciously crafted artisanal goodies.     And listen, if Martha Stewart says it’s good, then it’s fucking good, alright?  I doubt anybody would debate that.     What makes these crispity-crunchity crackers so damned delicious?  Hints of rosemary play wonderfully alongside pistachios and pumpkin seeds accented with a bit of brightness from dried cranberry and a touch of brown sugar sweetness.  The texture,...

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Barely Buzzed

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog, Cheese, Eat | 0 comments

Barely Buzzed

Little hints of espresso crumbs line the wooden counter at the shop, letting me know that I am not alone in my love of Beehive Cheese Co.’s ’Barely Buzzed’ Lavender Espresso Cheddar.     I know, I know …lavender!?!  And espresso?  With cheddar?  Just trust me.  It works.  These flavors, when combined, not only work but play exceptionally well together.  Like The Bee Gees, The Police and my youth’s beloved Wilson Phillips, this trio is a huge hit.     Tim Welsh and Pat Ford, the genius brothers behind Beehive Cheese Co., spend their days tucked in the valleys of mountainous Northern Utah, crafting phenomenally...

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 1 comment

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

You know how I know kids are dumb?  Because they don’t like brussels sprouts – clearly the most delicious of all vegetables.  But, serve them these and they may happily trade in their tater tots for a bowl of green goodness. Not only do brussels sprouts have substantial anticancer properties and boost DNA repair in cells, these little gems are just fucking delicious.  Period end. Yes, there a million ways to jazz up these babies – roasted, stir-fried, sauteed with butter, marsala wine, raisins, you name it.  But, when they taste so amazingly stupendous on their own, it’s not necessary to hide their flavor.  A touch of lemon, a pinch of sea...

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Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Do, Make | 0 comments

Homemade: Rainbow Handle Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons are a must for any kitchen – restaurant, home, campground, whatever.  They are sturdy and durable but don’t scratch pans and allow you to truly test if your cream sauce is done.  But, in my home, keeping my spoons pretty and oiled usually takes a back seat to watching 30Rock reruns and eating seconds of whatever recipe Charlotte sent over that week.  But, with this awesome DIY spoon project from Little Bit Funky, nobody will notice the cracks and pet hair adorning my utensils (yeah, don’t eat here) because they’ll be too busy oohing and aahing over these happy little crafts.     Little Bit Funky ( …just about the...

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Roasted Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 3 comments

Roasted Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Ok, so we’re nowhere near Fall – although with time moving at breakneck speed, it will be 2017 in about nine minutes – so pears may not be as abundant as they will be in a few months, which is strange to me as pears seem like such a Spring food, don’t they?  Sweet and supple, bright yet buttery, pears make meals better.  Plus, with a boat load of health benefits, pears are simply perfect every day of the year.       Pears make a wonderful fruit to have on hand as often as possible.  They’re pretty to look at.  Well, they are.  Look at that picture, it’s practically an Herb Ritts photo shoot up there.  But, more...

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Cookies & Cream Icebox Cheesecake

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Recipes | 0 comments

Cookies & Cream Icebox Cheesecake

“Something this good shouldn’t be so easy to make,” Charlotte tells me, referring to this stupidly delicious looking icebox cake. “You cannot screw this up. As long as there is cream cheese filling and cookies, anything else can happen and it won’t matter,” she goes on to say, implying you can switch up the type of cookies and nobody will really give a good goddamn as long as it tastes like sugary sweet magical goodness.     It makes sense that the icebox (or refrigerated) cake is derived from the trifle and, of course, the charlotte. Introduced during WW1, the icebox cake was huge during the 20s and 30s – although,...

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Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Books, Read | 2 comments

Liz Thorpe: The Cheese Chronicles

Cheese lovers, book nerds, foodies, animal lovers, humorists and travel hounds, Liz Thorpe‘s ‘The Cheese Chronicles’ has something for everyone.  Well, so as long as you’re sticking with those topics.  Looking to brush up on sailing techniques?  This is not the book for you, but want to hear a humorous synopsis of Liz’s day of cheesemaking while hungover and a beautiful description of the menu at French Laundry?  Liz doesn’t disappoint.     Here’s a little about Liz straight from her site:     ‘A Yale graduate, Liz Thorpe left a “normal” job in 2002 to follow her passion for cheese by working...

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