Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart with Ginger Caramel (GF)

This Coconut and Dark Chocolate Tart has proven to be a moment of character building for me, haha. Well, not one those moments that make you question everything about yourself, but this recipe has shown me the importance of persistence! There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that says, “I’ve never failed at anything in life. I was simply given another chance or opportunity to get it right.” It’s a quote

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Currently Loving // Coming in Hot

Currently loving this weather’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. Let me restate that – loving last week’s steady stream of sunshine and vitamin D. This week we’ve experienced clouds, rain, and SNOW! Yep, snow in April! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the beautiful photos of the short-lived snowstorm we had on Monday. By midday, they were pretty much non-existant and the sun actually showed its

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Blood Orange, Thyme, and Fennel Grilled Trout

I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially arrived in all of its glory! I can see the buds starting to come out on the trees and the daffodils springing up from the now-thawed ground. All of that unused energy I stored away, during those winter months stuck inside, has me running around outdoors cleaning up the yard and garden beds.  Mortifyingly it also led me to tear

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Rosemary Pesto Stuffed Pork Loin with Blood Orange Carrots

The other day I was hanging out in the kitchen, chopping up some rosemary and it hit me, I haven’t had rosemary pesto in like, forever. Something about it sounded so good at that moment and before I knew it my mind/stomach started dreaming about all of the yummy things I could do with it. Still coming down after a blueberry + lemon-thyme roulade cake sugar high, I couldn’t let go of

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Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake

This Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake recipe goes way back to my days cooking at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. I used to make this cake as part of one of the cooking classes I taught at the spa. Yeah, can you believe it? They actually trusted me to go out in front of people and talk. I do pretty well when it comes to writing, but the

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Champagne-Chocolate Pots de Crème

I absolutely, one hundred and ten percent love chocolate desserts – which sounds rather cliché, since I’m a girl. Throw champagne into the mix and I’m happier than bird eating a french fry! On the other hand, my husband is not chocolate’s biggest fan, by any means. I fear this may have been my fault and I will tell you why. Way back when we first were married, we went out to

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Eat the Seasons // March 2017

The weather here in Minnesota is giving me some serious emotional whiplash, friends! Going on about two months strong and I’m pretty sure some deep intense therapy will be needed after our first winter back in the Midwest. I thought I suffered from being bipolar, but this weather is clearly proving me wrong, haha! Whew, sorry! Had to get that off my shoulders a bit! But I’ve been assured that

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Kale, Sun-dried Tomato and Chorizo Quiche with a Cornmeal Crust

  Call me a tad crazy, but it’s taken me almost 8 years to come to terms with ever making quiche again. You are probably asking yourself, “what the heck is wrong with this girl, quiche is fantastic!” Oh, don’t worry! I’m very familiar with the amazing, rich flavors of a good quiche surrounded by a light, flaky crust. How heavenly it is to eat it straight from the warmth of an oven,

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Just Tasted // 2005 Justin Zinfandel Paso Robles, California

If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Paso Robles, California, then it’s one for the bucket list! Rolling hills as far as the eye can see, breathtaking sunsets, incredible wineries and a killer food scene are just a few of the things Paso Robles has to offer! In terms of wineries, we’re talking Turley Wine Cellars, Treana, Denner Vineyards, JLohr Vineyards, Halter Ranch, and of course Justin Winery, just to name a

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Dress Your Tech // All we need is love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speaches In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I think it’s a very necessary reminder that love holds the greatest of powers. To show love to someone who may be in need of it; to love the unlovable;

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