One Epic Trip to Minnesota – Part One

Sorry for the absence lately. It’s been one busy, but amazing summer for Adam, I and our two dogs. If you are just tuning in, we’ve spent the last month and a half attending 3 different weddings in Minnesota and spending some time hanging out with family and friends. We are finally back in California and getting into the swing of things again, one of the reason for it being

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Bacon, Apple, Onion & White Cheddar Flatbread

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite flatbread recipes with you today. Serving this crunchy flatbread at your next party with have your guests losing their minds over how good it is!  The smoky flavor of the bacon collides perfectly with the sweet, tart punch of the apple and hint of fresh thyme. Right before serving I love to drizzle a thick balsamic vinegar over each slice, then sit

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Eat The Seasons // July

I love July! The weather is perfect, it’s great beach weather, and you are guaranteed to find the “motherload” of fresh fruits and veggies in the stores and farmer’s markets. Over the years my family and I have a tradition of going to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market on the weekends to check out what’s new and fresh, then complete the morning with a “fully-loaded” brat at one of the stands. Yes, it’s not

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Margaritas

Strawberry season is in full swing here in Minnesota. We have more strawberries than we know what to do with at my parent’s house. Since my mom isn’t one to waste anything, she requested that I do something about the overflowing harvest and make something with these dainty little berries before they go bad. After some exploring for recipes and ideas, my family all decided that we should make some Margaritas…

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Espresso BBQ Rubbed Pork Ribs

We’ve been here in Minnesota for almost a week and a half now and after a whirlwind of catching up with family and friends, I’m finally getting back in the kitchen to cook and take photos. It’s been a hectic few weeks getting the apartment ready, packing, working and just about 5 million other things that were needed before heading out. Each day flew by without time to post or even explain what we have going

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Just Tasted // 2012 3Spells Napa Valley Rosé

I let out a mortified shriek the night my husband accidentally grabbed the wrong bottle of rosé wine and opened it in from of my eyes, without even looking at the bottle. I had been saving my last precious bottle of 3 Spells rosé wine for a nice evening and a much anticipated blog post, and he’d opened it without even knowing. Luckily, there’s never a better time than in

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Motivation Mondays // Your life’s calling

Happy Monday! Each one of us are unique in that we all have different things we are incredibly passionate about. It’s often the driving force that gets us up and out of bed every morning, excited for what the day has to offer. It invades our dreams, our thoughts, our words, our plans and goals. Passion for something in life is a powerful force and it infects others around you, but

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Eat The Seasons // June

June is one of my favorite months for fresh produce. It’s the time of the years when farmer’s markets are in full swing and the hot sun has perfectly ripen every fruit and vegetable you can think of. If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, you are probably starting to reap the benefits from the love and care you bestowed on your little plants.  June is pretty much the

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18 Drool-Worthy Dishes for Your Memorial Day Party

With Memorial Day Weekend in fast approach, it’s time to dust off your grill and throw an epic party. Invite the neighbors, your closest friends, and family, and celebrate not only the kick-off to summer but to remember and celebrate the lives of the troops and soldiers that fought tirelessly for us, throughout history. These uber-brave men and women, who daily risked their lives to keep America what it is today,

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Roasted Beet, Avocado and Quinoa Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette

If you saw my last post, we made a fantastic amount of Limoncello, which I’m excited to sip on with my family back in Minnesota, very soon. Now with Limoncello you use a lot of lemon peels, but the remaining lemon goodness gets left behind, only to waste away. It breaks my heart! Therefore, I was determined to create a few dishes that utilize this great lemon juice and make

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