PACKED LUNCH MONDAYS: SALAD ROUND-UP

Clockwise from the top: autumnal roast fig salad | roast pepper and feta salad | quince, radicchio, and citrus salad | green lentil and kale salad Hi lovelies! I had a fun post about packed lunches for you all set up, and then my camera died. As in, died died. It’s in for repair at the moment, so fingers crossed it makes it. I’ll be sharing that post with you next Monday instead, so for now here’s a round-up of some salads that I’ve previously posted reci ... Read More
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HONEY-BAKED CHEESE WITH FIGS, WALNUTS, AND THYME

I love weekends. Even though I don’t work a regular 9-5 job anymore, I still find weekends sort of magical. I think it’s because there’s just so much possibility; there’s more you can do for yourself, and everything is more relaxed—no early morning rush out the door, no anxiously checking e-mails, no dreading that upwards-creeping number in your inbox. Instead there’s farmer’s markets, visits to the florist, and laid-back brunches with family and friends. Weekend evenings are my favorites—that’s when I’ ... Read More
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EGG-Y PASTA CUPS WITH ZUCCHINI, RICOTTA, AND BASIL

It’s Monday, and you’re probably at work right now thinking about how much you’d rather be eating lunch at home than at the office. Maybe you’re dreading going to the coffee shop downstairs because you don’t know how many more times you could possibly eat the same old chicken sandwich, or maybe you packed lunch from home but it’s a boring lettuce-tomato-cucumber salad, again. Or maybe you packed a gourmet lunch and you’re only reading this because Monday boredom. Whatever—I’m just going to talk to you abou ... Read More
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GOODBYE, SUMMER

Because of where I live, my life exists suspended in a perpetual state of summer; it’s almost always warm, sunny, easy. The transition for me is more about moving into cooler, more pleasant weather with more outdoor activities and lots of dining al fresco rather than a more dramatic shift from hot to cold, sunny to dreary. This year, I spent a large part of my summer in Italy with family; going for long walks in the countryside, tending to the garden, and eating homegrown fruits and vegetables at every meal—almost alwa ... Read More
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PEPERONATA {ITALIAN PEPPER STEW}

So after last Friday’s major haul from the Farmer’s Market, I spent the better part of the week cooking and canning and freezing things for the summer. When the weather gets hot, I start to lose my appetite, so it’s nice to be able to have something ready on hand when I don’t feel much like eating or cooking. I also plan to give away jars of food to some of my friends who are moms because (1) mother’s day is coming up, and (2) being a mom really IS the hardest job in the world! Oh my gosh, you guys—one of my be ... Read More
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