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Blood Orange Margaritas

February 25th, 2014 Blood Orange Margaritas

Before I became a parent, the last time I made a cocktail was for a holiday party which I declared would be a ‘cocktail party.’ I was adamant that we would have signature drinks because who doesn’t have a signature drink? Mine was made with rye whiskey and maple syrup and lasted about four cocktails, […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprout Quesadillas with Monterey Jack and Scallions

February 20th, 2014 Roasted Brussels Sprout Quesadillas with Monterey Jack and Scallions

On the first sunny day following my last day at my full time job, I took Neko in the car and we drove two giant bags filled with clothes to Goodwill. All of us — Neko, Matt and myself — had been sick for days, stuffy and congested. My head felt like a balloon, floating […]

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How to Throw a Killer 1st Birthday Party

February 17th, 2014 How to Throw a Killer 1st Birthday Party

All photos in this post are by the talented Rachelle Derouin. A few weeks ago, we celebrated our daughter Neko’s 1st birthday at my parents’ house. Not being much of a DIY’er in recent years, I went a little overboard with the planning, decorations, and cooking. I bought bamboo forks and hand-stamped the letter N […]

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How To Make Coffee: Turkish Coffee

February 13th, 2014 turkishcoffee_side

Although Kasey and I both enjoy espresso, we rarely make it at home. When we want a strong and deep bite of coffee at home we brew a pot of Turkish coffee instead. The deep, earthy flavors of Turkish coffee are good anytime, but we particularly enjoy it following a meal. To make Turkish coffee […]

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Buckwheat and Sea Salt Cookie Sundaes

February 11th, 2014 Buckwheat and Sea Salt Cookie Sundae

My favorite sites, blogs, and magazines, often feature articles written about people. People I don’t even know, but they’re the most interesting ones. There are posts about people’s relationships with their moms and dads, their grandmothers and grandfathers, even their pets. I’ve read some great posts about people’s divorces and the reasons behind the shutdown […]

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How to Ask Someone to Dinner (And Plan the Perfect Evening)

February 6th, 2014 How to Ask Someone to Dinner (And Plan the Perfect Evening)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d share some thoughts on what it means to ask someone to dinner. I’ve been married for almost five years so it’s rare for anyone to ask me to dinner but I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of single gal stories about dudes who […]

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Smoked Tuna Salad and Boundaries

February 4th, 2014 Smoked Tuna Salad

There are some things you don’t talk about on the Internet. Your marital problems, for example. A falling out with a friend. A date with your therapist. To a certain extent, it’s because we want to keep parts of ourselves private but it’s also because we recognize that as humans, we’re often not sure how […]

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On Healthy Eating

January 27th, 2014 On Healthy Eating

In college, I had two specialties of the house: pasta with jarred alfredo sauce and Trader Joe’s Pad Thai. My most important kitchen gadgets were: a blender (cocktails, duh!) and a toaster (bagels, duh). There have been points in my life when I considered a bag of mini Hostess donuts a reasonable ‘snack’ and a […]

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How To Make Coffee: Using a Chemex

January 23rd, 2014 How To Make Coffee: Using a Chemex

In addition to making food and listening to music, brewing my morning cup of coffee is one of those rituals that I hold most sacred. After all, for me, a good day starts with a mug of perfectly-brewed hot coffee. We’ve previously sung the praises of pour over coffee brewing. Compared to an automatic coffee […]

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Black Pepper Tofu Pot

January 21st, 2014 Black Pepper Tofu Pot

Yesterday, my daughter turned one. We met for coffee with a friend and Neko had her first kids meal (scrambled eggs with a side of fruit and toast). In the afternoon we met another friend and hung out at the science museum. We did FaceTime with our families, opened a few birthday gifts, ate carrot […]

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