Ginger Orange Martini

Ahhh, martinis! I feel so grown up and sophisticated when holding one… preferably in a darkly lit, swanky restaurant so they cannot make out my lack of makeup and less than trendy clothing; but still makes me feel great about myself.  Now that today is officially the first day of fall, a martini, a good book and a fire is the only way I can imagine hailing in the cooler

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Mini BLTs with Avocado and Chipotle Mayo

When they say good things come in small packages, they are so right! Especially when it comes to mini, bite-sized versions of the classic BLT sandwich we all know and love! I’ve been making these little apps for years. Oh my goodness, I get so obsessed with bite-sized things. I confess, that I often eat most of them before they even leave the kitchen, so this recipe makes a lot if

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Grilled Potato Salad with Leek + Jalapeño Vinaigrette

The best time to celebrate is whenever you can… but it’s even better when you have an extended weekend, a handful of warm days left to spend by the pool and plenty of propane in the gas tank. That means, if you are not a die-hard midwesterner finding ways to grill, despite an insane snow storm, the legit days of summer are coming to an end. My heart is breaking!  Yes, if you

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Saffron & Hazelnut Cheesecake with Honeyed Figs

I have been waiting and waiting all summer long for this time to finally roll around. And now that it has, I cannot contain myself. People, it’s fig season! My obsession with figs is outrageous and no doubts scary to most people. I will break down walls if I know figs are near by and happily eat an entire basket of figs despite the looming stomach ache that’s bound to occur. 

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Tuna Crudo with Mangos + Citrus-Chile Ice

My love affair with raw fish, mainly sushi and sashimi, took most of my teenage years to develop. I found it to be revolting and could not understand why anyone would ever consider such things delicious. But can you blame me? At the time, sushi was not readily available or understood in the midwest as it is today. I can easily count on one hand how many restaurants offered sushi

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Lust List | Bright White & Warm Wood

I’ve been in a mood to simplify lately, especially at home. We live in a somewhat small, 1 bedroom apartment and I’m getting a subtle feeling that the horrible, beige painted walls are starting to close in on me. In the two short years we’ve lived here, I’ve somehow filled my home with so many dark-colored decor items that it’s created a rather confined and dull energy in the house. My

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Eat the Seasons | August

We are closing in on the tail end of summer now that August is in full affect. Crazy to imagine, right? A lot of your kids will be going back to school soon. If you didn’t get that great summer vacation in, while the kids were on break, you’re thinking of ways to make it even more epic next year. Though we don’t have kids, I owe Adam and our dogs

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Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with a Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta + Jalapeno Salad

I’m a grilling fanatic! Grilling just embodies summer and relaxing on the deck with some yummy white wine. Lately, I’ve been a bit nostalgic for Minnesota. It’s been hitting me hard! I day dream about the warm summer air and the view from my family’s backyard. The lily pad-filled pond, the tall trees and lush gardens. It’s always been my little slice of paradise. A place to feel relaxed and safe. There’s

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Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta + Jalapeno Salad

It’s nearly impossible to go through summer without indulging in some sweet, juicy watermelon. As a kid it was the ultimate snack. I remember having those classic seed-spitting contests with my friends to see who could launch one of those tiny suckers furthest across the lawn. The things we did for entertainment, am I right? Now as an adult this game steers slightly closer to unsanitary and gross, but I would

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Eat the Seasons | July

We’ve had some warm weather out there lately, but luckily this summer heat has brought us an eruption of fresh fruits and vegetables flowing out from every garden and farm across this beautiful planet. I dread summer’s approach every year, because I cannot stand to be hot and dare I say drenched in sweat. However, my love of a great summer harvest forces me to embrace this heat, head out to the sun-drenched farmers’ markets

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