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9 Sweet Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 15th, 2014 9 Sweet Mother

It’s hard to believe but this year, I’ll be celebrating my second Mother’s Day as a mother. Last year, Neko was barely four months old. I have learned a few things but mostly, I’m still just stumbling along. Thankfully, though, I’ve got a few things figured out. Around the holidays, Uncommon Goods asked if I’d […]

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Sky High Banana and Homemade Nutella Sandwich: The Lies We Tell

April 8th, 2014 Sky High Banana and Homemade Nutella Sandwich

We all lie to ourselves on a daily basis. Whether it’s a little or a lot, about the small stuff or the big stuff, these lies get us through our day-to-day. And if you don’t believe it, you’re lying to yourself. You might not think of it as lying, your moral soul, you. You tell […]

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How to Store Cheese and Favorite Cheesy Recipes!

April 2nd, 2014 How to Store Cheese + Cheesy Recipes

Around the holidays, while browsing for gift ideas, I came across cheese paper bags. I had never heard of cheese paper bags before because, truth be told, I’d been used to storing my cheese in plastic wrap, which is exactly how you’re not supposed to store cheese. Turns out, the best way to store cheese […]

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Rosemary and Toasted Caraway Shortbread

March 27th, 2014 Rosemary and Toasted Caraway Shortbread

Somehow, I’ve managed to avoid all conversations related to snowmaggedons, polar vortexes, and solar vortexes. And yet, I could feel it coming. The itch to to flee. I get that way a lot. In a funk. When nothing feels like it’s quite in its right place. I immediately start throwing things away, including things that […]

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Introducing: Turntable Kitchen’s ‘Cookbook in a Box’

March 24th, 2014 Turntable Kitchen

How do I begin? When we first started the Pairings Box, I never imagined that 2+ years later, we would still be going strong. Optimistic much? Before I ever had this site, or even knew how to cook, I dreamed that one day I would write a book. My dreams started in front of my […]

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Kimchi Style Cabbage and Fried Eggs (Or, Faux-Chi)

March 19th, 2014 Kimchi Style Cabbage and Fried Eggs (Or, Faux-Chi)

March is lot like a long, flat stretch of road somewhere. It’s far enough away from where you’ve left (winter) and not quite to where you’re headed (spring). In terms of writing, March feels like the first sentence, followed by a blinking cursor. It’s a tough one, mentally, to overcome. Most of the country is […]

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A Peek Inside the January Pairings Box: Brunch Gathering

March 17th, 2014 Baked Challah French Toast with Saigon Cinnamon* Crumble

If I could, I’d eat breakfast three times a day. And if you’ve gotten to know my taste, you’ve probably recognized that I choose sweet over savory most mornings. The only thing I enjoy as much as a stack of pancakes, crêpes, or waffles, are perfectly scrambled eggs and a toasty, buttery piece of bread […]

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Savory Rye Waffles: The Shadows

March 12th, 2014 Savory Rye Waffles

We grew up in the shadow of Silicon Valley. Where being good at math and science was inherently better than being able to bang out a well-written analysis of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Some of us couldn’t wait to get out, to learn more about a world outside ‘the bubble.’ Some of us didn’t intend to […]

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Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles/ Paletas

March 5th, 2014 Three Ingredient Grapefruit Popsicles / Paletas

Back in the spring of 2003, I embarked on my first solo international flight headed to Siena, Italy by way of Florence, by way of Bologna. I must have had a ‘vision’ for what backpacking abroad looked like because my first-ever eBay purchase was the largest red backpack, made for a man. It weighed roughly […]

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How To Make Coffee: 5 Great Coffee Subscription Services

March 3rd, 2014 Coffee Subscription Service

There are so many great methods for home brewing delicious coffee. For example, you can use a V60 dripper, a Chemex, a Woodneck Drip Pot, an Ibrik, and so forth. However, the most important step in brewing delicious coffee isn’t the process – it’s the coffee itself. The best coffee is freshly roasted, ground immediately […]

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