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A Different Kind of Project on the Horizon, and Roasted Plum Parfaits to Celebrate

There is news and then there is NEWS. In the grand scheme of things (at least as far as this site is concerned, and the two people who run it) I’m going to share some NEWS with you that I’ve been happily hiding for some time. Don’t be mad, I’ll explain. You see, almost four months ago, Matt and I got the surprise of our lives and it had nothing to do with food or music. We found out that we’re having a baby. I mean, I’m having a baby. I’m the pregnant one. But Matt is very much involved. I’m due in January and less than one week from today, we find out if the little bun in the oven is a boy or a girl (everyone around us is already making predictions).

It’s been pretty fun holding on to this secret for some time, especially since I’m usually not so good at keeping secrets and I can’t stand surprises! At this stage, my pants are barely being held up by a rubber band, and I swear it’s not from all of the gelato I ate in Sicily. The good thing is, my dresses are getting a lot more action! For those wondering, I’ve been feeling great. My only food cravings have been for spicy Asian noodle soups (you’ll see a new recipe for one here soon) and kimchee (do you have a great recipe for making it at home?). Thankfully, no food aversions here! That vegetarian quinoa sushi we made a few weeks ago was my way of trying to overcome my intense cravings for sushi (pregnant women in the U.S. aren’t advised to eat raw fish). I didn’t talk much about the awesome wine I didn’t drink on our trip to Sicily, though Matt can certainly share his opinions on it, if you ask.

We’re pretty excited for the year ahead and we thought today we’d celebrate with you, our wonderful readers.

Today’s recipe is one we made for a brunch with friends last weekend; it’s great for crowd, and looks impressive even though it doesn’t actually take much time, provided you prepare the components the day or night before. The recipe is inspired by a beautiful brunch spread in Sunday Suppers, and the idea for doing little mini parfaits came from my friend Sara (thank you, lifesaver!). Much like I always do, I took on WAY too many cooking projects to have a relaxed morning before guests arrived but these parfaits, they really saved me. I highly recommend using the plumpest, juiciest, ripe plums you can find, and your favorite granola. My yogurt of choice here is Strauss (plain, full fat). It’s slightly tart, creamy and lovely. At this point, I make granola without measurements and throw in whatever I happen to have on hand. I use these tips from my friend Megan for making the best granola. A few of my favorite granola recipes are here and here, though lately, I love making granola with hazelnuts, dried cherries, maple syrup, and a little bit of cardamom. If you’re short on time, I recommend buying good granola (like Marge!).

Roasted Plum Parfaits
with homemade granola and maple syrup
*serves 12

6 juicy, ripe plums, halved and pitted
1 quart + 1/2 cup of whole milk plain yogurt
homemade granola of your choice
1/4 – 1/3 cup of real maple syrup

glass or plastic cups, for serving

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the plums, cut-side up, on a lined baking sheet. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes (until they’re blistery, juicy and very soft). Let cool on the counter or in the refrigerator overnight. When transferring the plums to a storage container, be sure to scoop up all of the juices.
2. If your plums have sat in the fridge, let them come to room temperature before assembling the parfaits.
3. To assemble the parfaits: place one roasted plum in each cup. Top with 1/4 – 1/3 cup of yogurt (I used a soup spoon and scooped about two spoonfuls-worth of yogurt into each cup).
4. Drizzle maple syrup over yogurt, to taste, then sprinkle with granola. If your plums let off some juice, feel free to drizzle it over the parfaits as well.

Musical Pairings: Jọo Gilberto РJọo Gilberto + Roasted Plum Parfaits

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • What wonderful news! Congratulations lovelies!

  • Amazing! Congratulations!

  • yossy | apt2bbakingco

    Congrats you two, this is such incredible news! I had a feeling this might be the big announcement you hinted at, especially with your interest in all of those “Can Women Have it All?” articles floating around these days 🙂 I’m sure you will be a wonderful, working mama and will find the balance that works for your family!

  • Lana

    You are too cute, Kase! 😛 Loved the article, congrats again, and the brunch WAS amazing and yummy. <3

  • Congratulations Kasey & Matt! I’m so excited for you two and cannot wait to meet your little one! xox

  • Jess

    NEWS, indeed! So thrilled for you two. Enjoy this time, and all that’s to come!

  • Megan Gordon

    Yahoooo! I’m so thrilled it’s out in the open, and obviously over the moon for the both of you (and thank you for the granola plug). xxxxxoxxx!

  • Nicole

    Eek! So happy for you two!! You’ll be the best parents and he/she will be the coolest kid on the block, on-trend with the latest in food and music 🙂 Congrats!!

  • kickpleat

    whoooo! super exciting news! congratulations to you both 🙂

  • naturallyella

    I kind of had a feeling when I saw your fb post yesterday! Congrats a million times over-how exciting!!! (and now I also know why you weren’t trying to go to Alt!)

  • Lindsey

    I am so excited for the two of you. That kid can look forward to a lifetime of good eating and good music! You’re going to be truly great parents.

  • Laura

    Whoop! Congratulations you two! So excited for yas 🙂

  • Congratulations!

  • Emi

    How very exciting! Congrats. 🙂

  • congratulations to you both!!

  • swissjen

    Congratulations! That is awesome news!

  • Going to Dallas tonight. You can count on us all celebrating there by “toasting” you guys 🙂

  • Hannah Simon

    Yay! I can’t wait to find out boy or girl… 🙂

  • Sarah B.

    Omg such amazing news guys!! so very happy for you two! You’re going to be the cutest mama ever :))

  • houseofearnest

    congratulations! I am so excited for you!

  • Melissa // the faux martha

    I was hoping this was the news! And now I know why I wont be seeing you at ALT. So excited for you guys! xo

  • What exciting news! Congrats to you both!! (By the way, I’ve always been intrigued to find out what food I’ll crave during pregnancy. Asian soups sounds like an excellent “choice.”)

  • Emily

    So exciting!! Even more reason to get together and celebrate soon. 🙂

  • WithStyleGrace

    Ahhh!!! I KNEW IT!!! I’m so incredibly happy for you two and cannot wait for more updates. So sad, we’re no longer “neighbors” – would have loved getting our little ones together. Maybe one of these days, we’ll figure out something 🙂 Sending big hugs to you! xo

  • sarah kieffer

    So happy for you! Love and congrats.

  • Thank you so much, Sarah! You’re an inspiration. xo

  • I was so excited to share the experience with you! Have loved all of your updates, and following your life at this time. SO wish we could still be neighbors! xo

  • Thank you! Absolutely!

  • Thanks so much, lady! I was curious myself…just thankful I have no aversions to my favorite foods! 🙂

  • Thank you so much lady! Baby did not plan well hehehe. I can’t wait to live vicariously through your experience at Alt- you’ll LOVE it!

  • Thank you Erin! We’re thrilled. Can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks!

  • Thank you lovely!! You are too sweet.

  • I’m so excited to find out!!

  • Thanks Al! Have fun in Dallas 🙂

  • Thank you so much Jen!

  • Thanks, Mimi!

  • Thanks, Emi!

  • Thank you Jess!

  • Thanks, lovely! x

  • Aww, thank you Linds! I hope those two years you’re gone fly by fast. I’m going to miss you mucho! xo

  • Hehehe. Thank you so much! I wish I was able to go to Alt this year – will just live vicariously 🙂

  • Thanks Jeannette!! We’re thrilled.

  • Thanks, Nicole! I should hope so, or it might break our hearts 😉 xo

  • Yay! I’m glad it’s out there, too 🙂 Love your granola (you know that!) xo

  • Thanks, Jess! We’re so excited 🙂

  • Thanks, Kristin! I can’t wait for you to meet him/her! xoxo

  • Thanks, Laners! It was SO good to see you!!

  • You’re not the first person that’s mentioned those articles! I didn’t even think about that! Thank you so much for the sweet words of support. xo

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks, Adrienne!!

  • allfourburners

    that is huge news…congratulations!

  • adam

    Missed a trick here Kasey. Clearly the post title should have been “Bun in the oven” with pictures of cream buns or something, followed by your great news. Big Congrats.

  • Thanks!

  • Ha! I thought about that and then I thought it would be too cliche, and I hate I thought I’d get sneaky 😉 Thanks so much Adam! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • Fantastic, awesome, wonderful news! I can’t believe I saw so much of you in the early summer and didn’t sniff it out! So very happy for you both.

  • jessbo

    what great news, Kasey! I still can’t believe all our high school friends are getting married, let along having babes. Congrats!!

  • Steph @ Lick My Spoon

    So very happy for you and Matt!!! Congrats! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Congratulations, Kasey and Matt! Your baby is going to be the coolest. 🙂 I wondered, when you didn’t drink wine at the little rooftop event… so happy for you!

  • Congrats! I work with preggers ladies all dang day, but it’s still exciting when people you know (or read about, I guess!) share their news. It never gets old! Impressive that you’ve held out on spreading the news for so long. So exciting!!

  • Congrats!! My go-to place for authentic Korean recipes is, I think she has a great variety of kimchi recipes, to fulfill your craving. You and Matt are gonna be awesome parents.

  • Danielle

    Woohoo!! Congrats to you both! I’m not making any predictions on gender or name or weight or whatever – ALL babies are just heart-meltingly adorable regardless 😉

  • sara

    makin’ babies! congrats to you guys! so super excited for this new chapter! you’ll be a fabulous mother, kasey.

  • Renee

    So happy for you guys! You’re going to have one cool kid 🙂

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

    Congrats, lady! Such huge news. A beautiful new chapter awaits. xo

  • I was sneaky! I thought all that talk about work/life balance may have tipped you off. We’re excited! x

  • Thanks, Jessie! It’s pretty crazy…guess we’re growin’ up 🙂

  • Thanks so much Steph! x

  • Thanks, Kathryne! Urgh, skipping the wine (and Veronica’s lox) was very, very tough. But, it’ll be worth it in the end 🙂 x

  • Thanks, Heather! I totally know what you mean – I get excited for other people I feel like I know – even if we don’t know each other in person. I’m impressed with myself for keeping it a secret for so long!

  • Thanks so much Veronica! Now I can tell you why I couldn’t eat your amazing lox at your get together (there are funny/weird recommendations for what you can and can’t eat while preggo). I am definitely going to scope out your Korean recipe source…so excited! x

  • Thanks so much, friend! We’re excited. Hope you are well!!

  • Yep yep! Paving the way 😉 Thanks so much friend. Getting your book in the mail today was the cherry on top of an excellent day. xo

  • Thanks so much Renee! 🙂

  • Thanks, lady! It’s going to be a wild ride. I (think) we’re ready 🙂 xo

  • Congratulations Kasey & Matt, such exciting news! You two are going to make such awesome parents and this baby is going to be so well fed 😉

  • erin @ yummysupper

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on your big news. I’m so excited for you and it’s great to hear you are feeling well. I’m so happy for you Kasey ( and Matt too, of course)!

  • Such great news, congrats to you both!

  • How exciting!!! Congrat’s you guys!

  • Thank you Christina!

  • Thanks, Aida!

  • Thank you Erin! I’m thankful for feeling well, too 🙂 x

  • Thank you so much, Kathryn! That’s the plan 😉

  • omg omg omg!!! Congratulations, Kasey + Matt!!!

    p.s. If I came to brunch, I would sneak two of these parfaits.
    p.p.s. omg!!!

  • Thanks, Noelle! I totally had two 😉

  • I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to post here… I saw on Facebook that you are preggers and this is such wonderful news! Yay! Big congrats!

  • ellcoolj

    That is going to be one well fed audiophile of a kiddo! Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood… Congrats!

  • Thank you so much Brian! I really appreciate the sweet comment 🙂

  • Thank you! We’re excited 🙂

  • AH! I totally missed this and am so glad Pinterest clued me in! Congratulations, you two!

  • Thanks, Shanna!

  • AHeirloom

    Congratulations! exciting news!

  • Thank you so much!

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