I Think Thursday

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Hey!  It’s Thursday again!  Amazing how that happens like, every week.  Here are some thinks for this installment of I Think Thursday:

  1. Ina Garten drinking game.  Enough said.
  2. This twitter account for a fake progressive-parenting daycare is hysterical.
  3. I love Sarah’s blog (and pantry sense).
  4. Cutest Halloween costume ever?  I think so.
  5. 15 career tips for smart women.  Get after it, gals.
  6. Brittany’s photographs are so colorful and amazing.
  7. I’m totally still ALL about that bass.  Here’s an amazing version of what the song would sound like in the 1940’s.  …SWINGIN’, man.
  8. Cute idea for an easy Halloween treat.
  9. Or you could make Owl Cupcakes (above) and pretty much just win Halloween.

Happy Thursday, all!

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Halloween Treats!

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Hi guys!  I got married last weekend!  More on that soon.  In the meantime, it’s almost Halloween!  If you’re looking for some last minute treat ideas, I’ve got you covered:

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Pumpkin Ginger Cake with Salted Maple Glaze!  It’s both vaguely spider-webby and great for a crowd.

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Homemade Oreos (Fauxreos!) just feel right.

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Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Pudding gets Halloween ready with some chocolate cookie “dirt” and candy pumpkins.

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Turn up your candy game with some Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows.

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This Salty Caramel Thyme Dip is just waaaaaaiting for some sliced apples to do some dunking.

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Dress up your Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts with orange and purple sprinkles and voila!  Halloweened.

OR you could just eat half a bag of Reese’s cups and call it a day.  (…I mean.  We’ve all been there.)

Happy Halloween!!

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I Think Thursday

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Welcome to the second installment of #iThinkThursday!  Here are some thinks to think about this week:

  1. Oh, those things up there?  Just some HALLOWEEN CANDY S’MORES.  From my forthcoming cookbook!  Still available for preorder.  Just saying. #NoShame
  2. My friend Sarah is amazing, and I really admire her new company.  If you have a small business and want to build digital success, she’s your gal.
  3. I almost bought this wedding gown, but didn’t in the end.  How lovely, though?  p.s. I’m totally getting married this weekend.  (!!!!)
  4. My friend Christye (a personal trainer/badass lady) wrote about the FIT VS. SKINNY phenomenon – and girl is ON POINT.
  5. Zoe Bakes knows how to frost a cake.  This tutorial is mesmerizing (and helpful).
  6. Such pretty tea towels!
  7. I used to be Emily’s camp counselor, and now she’s got one of the most beautiful food blogs!  Dark chocolate walnut butter cups YES PLEASE.
  8. I do plan to have kids one day, but I found this article both fascinating and funny.
  9. My gorgeous friend Jamie’s wedding was featured on Martha Stewart weddings!

Cheers to the (almost) weekend!

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Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffles of Insane Greatness

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Our wedding is in 3 days!  Probably 2, by the time I get to posting.  And the cookbook I’ve been working on for over two years comes out in 41 days.  Forty-one.  (That’s December 2nd, for those of you trying to do the math.)  So many big numbers!

I’m trying to stay calm, but everything is HAPPENING, and I’m jittery and excited as all get out.  ALL GET OUT, YOU GUYS!

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Only waffles will do.  I first made these waffles on my sister’s wedding day, which is maybe why I’m thinking about them now.  Emily and John’s wedding, last year, was so beautiful and lovely and it went by so fast, which is how these things go, I suppose.  So (while I stuff welcome bags and rearrange seating charts) I’m doing my best to remember to breathe deeply and take each day as it comes – with waffles, if I can help it.

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Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffles of Insane Greatness

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I Think Thursday

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Welcome to I Think Thursday!  It’s the first weekly series in this little space, and I hope you like it.  The idea is to highlight a few things worth thinking about (be they funny, insightful, inspirational or delicious) every week.  Here we go!

This week, here’s what I think:

  1. My cookbook, Sheet Pan Suppers, is now available for pre-order!  (I don’t think this, I know it.)  If you want to learn how to make Greens & Eggs & Ham (above), go ahead and grab one now – it’ll be at your doorstep on December 2nd!
  2. Every woman should read about The Shine Theory.  #Beyonce.
  3. As a kid’s cooking instructor, I found this video particularly hilarious/adorable.
  4. I think you guys should know about Ileana’s blog.  Do you know it?  I love it.
  5. Have you ever heard of an “Articles Club?”  I’d totally join one.
  6. These doughnuts are worth revisiting.
  7. These shoes are adorbs.
  8. I’m really proud of my friend Katherine’s new business.  She’s helping to turn around underperforming schools in the Boston area.  GO, Kath!
  9. This music video just makes me so happy. #BootyBooty
  10. Sarah continually blows my mind with her amazing recipes and photos.  That Brownie Tart with Salted Caramel looks insane.

…So?  What do YOU think?  Let me know in the comments!  Happy almost-weekend, friends!

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Apple Dill Tuna Salad

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I’m on my way to New York!  Like, as we speak.  I’m tip-tap-typing to you on an airplane, from seat 10D (which is in an exit row!  Holler extra legroom), many thousands of feet above ground.  Three cheers for you, Technology!

I’m making the trip back east from Seattle to do a few last-minute wedding things, (including dress fitting, eeeek!), and I get to catch up with some family and friends, to boot.  And assuming that pesky little dress fitting doesn’t get in the way, I anticipate enjoying a bagel (from Russ & Daughters), a slice of pizza (from pretty much anywhere), and a doughnut (from Dough) during my visit.  Or maybe a paleta from La Newyorkina on the High Line.  Or some Big Gay Ice Cream.  Ooh!  The chicken at Barbuto.  I want that.  Or!  A Momofuku pork bun and cornflake cookie?  Yes, definitely that.

…Shoot.  I’m going to need more time.

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I always love visiting New York City.  Having lived in the city for three years (during and after culinary school), I know my way around and, now that I no longer live here, find things I once found irksome (the crowds, the smell, the rush, the buskers, the Subway, etc.) to be positively charming.  Yes I WILL throw some money your way, person rapping on the F train!  OF COURSE I will walk behind you at a glacial pace, clueless tourist!  Since I don’t actually live here anymore and don’t have to deal with these issues on a regular basis, I can chuckle at the rat scurrying near that pile of garbage bags, or roll my eyes indulgently at the guy taking up a whole row of seats on the (crowded) A train.  I really do heart NY.

I realize that none of this has anything to do with tuna salad.  Except for the obvious connection between The Big Apple and (The Big) Apple Dill Tuna Salad.  So basically they have everything to do with each other, is what I’m saying.  Are you a tuna salad person?  I love tuna melts.  I go open face, usually with a mess of sharp cheddar.  This tuna salad with apple and dill is excellent in that capacity.  It’s a little herby, with just enough sweetness and tang.

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It makes a great lunch or quick dinner, when you don’t feel like doing all that much, effort-wise, in the way of lunch or dinner.  I wish I had brought some on the airplane with me, but I didn’t because I like to think that I’m a considerate human.  A considerate human, on her way to New York!  See you soon, Big Apple.

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Fall Things

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The calendar says that summer’s up and, here in Seattle, the rain is coming DOWN.  Like, cats and dogs.  I’m spending the day slow roasting the last of the good, dry-farmed tomatoes, and feeling thankful for the warmth of the oven’s glow.

I guess it’s finally fall!

Let’s get into it.  This week is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, so I thought you might want to remember this apple cake:

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It’s Peggy’s Apple Cake, and it’s my favorite!  I made it a million times last year when I was living in San Francisco – pulling it out of the oven was always an ill-fated attempt to force some autumn into a typical Bay Area September (read: HOT).  And now here I am in the pouring rain!  So.  Apple cake either way.

I have big plans to make challah tomorrow.  (Challah at ya girl.)  L’shana tovah!

For me, fall (and winter, and okay, sometimes spring, too) is all about soup.  What kinds of soup are you making to get cozy?  I might start with this Leek & Fairytale Pumpkin variety:

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It’s bright and creamy, and a little bit sweet.  Totally great for fall.

Chicken and Barley Soup with Kale is always a great idea.  Remember this one?

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Warm and fortifying.

Then there’s cookies.  What’s a school lunch box without a cookie, anyway?

…A disappointment, that’s what.  Thanks a lot, mom.  Eyeroll.

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An Oatmeal Double Chocolate Chipper or two will remind your kiddo that she loves you.

So we’ve got apple cake, some soup and a cookie.  What are we missing?

Oh, right! Nothing.  Except maybe an umbrella over here.  Jeez.  (Hashtag Seattle.)  Happy fall!

 

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Spicy Sautéed Kale with Tofu

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Things are moving quickly around here!  I mean, not around here here (I’m long overdue for a post, sorry), but the regular, on-my-feet, day-to-day?  I mean, WHOOSH.  Moving.  Flying, really.

It always feels this way when summer slides into fall, doesn’t it?  Everything on the move, and days getting shorter.  There are lunches to pack, traffic to navigate and, in my case, a wedding to finish planning.  (I’m trying to sound casual about this, but !!!!!!!!!!!!@%$#^@&%*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is what’s actually happening in my brain).  We’re at T minus six weeks until matrimony, people!  Yeesh.

YEESH.  Let’s look at a tranquil photo of Ross Lake that I took this summer:

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And then let’s eat some kale.  It’ll calm our brains and help our bodies feel good… about our brains and our bodies.

We’ll sauté it in a hot, hot pan.  It’ll get wilty and crisp at the edges, and it’ll soak in all the flavor we throw at it.  Coconut oil for health and sweetness!  Garlic and red pepper flakes for bite!  Baked tofu for heft, scallions and sesame seeds for depth and crunch, and soy sauce and rice vinegar for salt and tang.

It’s a quick and flavorful option for a busy weeknight.  I’ve made it four times in two weeks, and I love it for its imprecise (in an I-don’t-feel-like-measuring-things way) deliciousness (you don’t really need to measure — just trust yourself and, if you need to, taste as you go.  You can’t mess this one up).  Plus it’s just so quick.  You can do it while packing lunches.  Or creating seating charts.  For your wedding.  In less than six weeks.

…Deep breaths.  And more kale.

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Classic BLTs

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Summer’s not over!  Stop it with that.  Put your Halloween-candy away, Mr. Drug Store.  See these tomatoes?  SUMMER TOMATOES.

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Make no mistake, Fall is my favorite season, but I’m not rush rush rushing to get there.  I don’t want a pumpkin-spice latte just yet, thank you.  Pumpkin-spice lattes mean heavy sweaters and the end of peach season and oh, yeah – that little October wedding thing.  Nooooot ready for that (I need to find shoes first, and also probably write some vows.  …Details).

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I’m hanging on to peaches and tomatoes as long as I can, and as long as the calendar says it’s still summer (we’ve got a whole 19 days left until the first day of Fall!), I’m making a damn BLT for dinner.  (With peaches, I make grilled cheese sandwiches.)

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The trick to this BLT recipe (if you can really have a “recipe” for bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches) is cooking the bacon on a wire rack set over a sheet pan in the oven (holler, sheet pans!).  Have you done this before?  It’s the only way I make bacon, these days.  Oven-baking frees up our hands to do other things (like get into the mayonnaise and shop for shoes online), and eliminates the inevitable bacon grease splatter burn of the stove-top method.

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Homemade Oreos (Fauxreos)

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It’s Fridaaaaaaaay!  Hallelujah.

And we have OREOS!  On our minds and in our mouths.  It’s going to be a good weekend.

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I made these little beauties as a knee-jerk reaction to a few things that happened this week.  First, I ran my credit card through the washing machine, so that was fun for everyone.  Then I made friends with a giant spider crawling up the wall of my bedroom (totally awesome) and, finally, a bunch of the (very lovely, I might add) wedding invitations I sent out last week showed up in my mailbox, all marked-up and ugly-like, because the post office is a big fat idiot.  I’d like to return YOU to sender, post office.  And then shove like 5 homemade Oreos (fauxreos?) in my face.

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I’ve been wanting to make my own Oreos for awhile now, but never went for it because it seemed like kind of a hassle.  For the record, it’s totally not.  The simple dough comes together (without the help of an electric mixer, I might add) quickly, and the cream filling is a breeze of butter and sugar.

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And the real secret here?  …Salt.  (Kosher salt.)  There’s a generous amount of it in the chocolate cookie dough, and then an extra pinch is whisked into the filling, too.  It really helps balance the sweetness of the cookie and compliment the deep, dark chocolate flavor we’re going for.

So what are you waiting for?  It’s milk’s favorite cookie!  And it’s the weekend!  Homemade Oreos should probably happen.  Dunked then crumbled.  (Heyo.)

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