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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My Travel Checklist for a Great Road Trip

When I think of road trips, my heart skips a few beats. It’s all for good reasons, because I love a great road trip! The thrill of awaking at the crack of dawn, silently packing the car to avoid waking the neighbors. Signaling to the dogs that they are actually getting to join us on this journey – Bella hates driving in cars and only wants to be at the

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Lemon + Thyme Roasted Cornish Hens with Baby Potatoes and Carrots

Cornish game hens…the pint sized version of the ever popular chicken, but so much more flavorful and adorable. I love anything that comes miniature. Teacup puppies, newborn baby shoes, bit-sized appetizers, tiny Hosta plants – I can’t get enough of them. If you’re looking to really impress your friends, family or better half, prepare them their own individual serving-sized “chickens”, also known as Poisson, the next time you host a special

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Recent Eats | Morimoto Napa

The first one down, yet a rather long list still to go! I’m wildly excited to be crossing off Morimoto Napa from my Bay Area + San Francisco Restaurant Lust List. Talk about a highly anticipated restaurant I’ve had my eye on since culinary school.  I’m a huge fan of Chef Masahuru Morimoto since day one; not because he was on the show, Iron Chef, but for his experience working under the chefs at Nobu. It’s

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