I Think Thursday 11.17.16

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Thank you all for your comments on my last post — it’s so lovely reading about all of your holiday traditions, and I can’t wait to (randomly) pick a winner of the giveaway this Sunday!  (If you haven’t entered the contest yet, there’s still time!)

In the meantime, here are some links for you this week:

  1. Thanksgiving is ONE WEEK from today!  Need some help?
  2. How to make your congressman (or woman, but probably man 🙄) listen to you.
  3. The DRY Sparkling Virtual Holiday Pairing Party is here!  Check out all of the rad recipes.
  4. This is old but OH SO GOOD.
  5. Cookies for breakfast?  OKAY!  I’ve been enjoying these bad boys (particularly the gingerbread flavor) these days.
  6. I’ve made this cheesecake for the past 4 Thanksgivings and it’s the best.
  7. There’s a new And Eat It Too up today!
  8. This is pretty amazing.
  9. More Pentatonix, because I’m obsessed and also Leonard Cohen.
  10. I AM TOTES A HUFFLEPUFF.
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Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifter

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So, let’s not sugarcoat it — last week was rough.

I won’t dive too deeply into my feelings on the election here, one because this is a food blog and you’re probably not here for my political commentary, and two because I’m not even sure I have the right words to describe the depth of my heartbreak and fear, but I’ll just say that, in light of our impending political landscape, I’m vowing to be better.  Going forward, I’m going to be more informed, more active, more protective of the causes that matter to me, louder, bolder… better.  This is my country and, no matter who our president-elect is, I’m going to have a say.

Can we toast to that?

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This sharp and bubbly little cocktail is my contribution to the DRY virtual Holiday Pairing Party, which is happening all week.  Have you heard of DRY Sparkling?  They are a Seattle-based company putting out fun and refreshing sodas that are class AF.  Think real cane sugar, cute glass bottles, and flavors like lavender, cucumber, juniper and lemongrass.

And now there are two new, limited-edition bottles on the shelf for the holidays – cranberry and ginger!  With that in mind, a few of us bloggers are celebrating with fizzy seasonal drinks and tasty holiday food pairings, so if you’re looking for a parade of fun cocktails (and some festive nibbles, too), check out my friend Amber’s blog this Thursday for the full roundup.

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I’m partial to DRY’s ginger flavor (so sharp! so refreshing!), and when I saw the fun new bottle, I wanted to dive right in.  It pairs so nicely with gin and a generous splash of citrus – the Fizzy Lifter, as I’m calling it (having just finished reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Calder, and also holding fast to the concept of rising above, just now) is at once light and fresh and bold and biting.  It’s the perfect drink to get you through Thanksgiving meal prep and/or America’s political imbroglio.

Let’s be bold, shall we?  Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifters for everyone.  Cheers!

And while we’re at it, let’s give some stuff away!  Check below the recipe to find out how you can win a DRY Sparkling prize pack of your own!

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Gin & Ginger Fizzy Lifter wait! there’s more…

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Rich Beef Stew

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Tomorrow is election day and I’m feeling aaaaaaall the feelings.  Are you voting?  Please vote!

I also had a moment in a restaurant the other day where I thought Calder was choking and proceeded to turn him upside down and rap him on the back (I just took an infant CPR and safety course, because #safetyfirst, so this scenario was fresh on my mind), then sat him in my lap and searched his tiny face — are you breathing?  Are you okay?  His little eyes looked up at me skeptically (who is this nutter, anyway?) and then his gummy mouth smiled widely, assuring me that he was, actually, just fine and definitely not choking, THANKS MOM.

And then I burst into tears.

…Is this what parenting is?  JEEZ.

At any rate, my nerves could use a break, and I’m planning to soothe them with big, steamy bowls of rich and brothy beef stew, yes please.

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Chunks of tender beef, creamy potatoes, sweet carrots and mushrooms, swimming in luscious, salty, simmered-for-hours broth — as the weather gets chillier and the rain comes in droves, this is pretty much all I want to eat.  And if the election goes poorly (please, please don’t let it go poorly, America!), at least dinner will taste good?  That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.

Let’s do this, people.  Beef stew for democracy! wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 11.3.16

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Happy Thursday, friends!  In good news, the election will be OVER in five days.  Glory be and hallelujah.  Can we not mess this one up, America?  #WithHer

In the meantime, here are some thinking links for your weekend:

  1. Time to make Apple Crumb Pie!
  2. I’m a sucker for some good a capella.
  3. Hahaa.
  4. Another new And Eat It Too podcast is up!  #chewthefat.
  5. SO FUNNY.  But also kind of sad?
  6. How helpful is this!?
  7. Such a feel good story!
  8. As if I needed a good reason to take it easy in yoga class…
  9. This music video is kind of great.
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Sheet Pan Halloween Candy Bark

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Happy Friday, peepsicles!

We’ve only got a few days until Halloween, so I thought you might like a SUPER easy and festive weekend baking project — candy bark!  All dressed up for hallow’s eve.

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The only ingredients we need for this gem of a treat are some chocolate chips of your choosing, a handful of Reese’s Pieces (some for the bark, some for your face, you know the drill) and a boatload of Halloween-ish sprinkles.  Sprankles.  And some candy eyeballs, probably, for spooks and giggles.

This might be the simplest recipe I’ve ever posted, so get your sheet pans out and get barking.

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Grab the recipe (along with accompanying video) HERE!  #sheetpansuppers #4eva

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Happy Halloween!

 

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I Think Thursday 10.27.16

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Some links to make you smile.  Enjoy, friends!

  1. I feel like Carrot Apricot Mango Muffins are a thing we should make soon.
  2. Ina + Tina = 🎉
  3. hahaaa NO.
  4. As a non-football fan, even I appreciate this.
  5. Well this is just delightful. 😂
  6. You’ve gotta hand it to Tom Cruise… he’s made some good movies.
  7. Guys, it’s almost Halloween.  Don’t forget about Sheet Pan Halloween Candy S’Mores!
  8. This is pretty interesting.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake

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Happy virtual pumpkin party Monday!

So, yeah.  I may have gone too literal here.  I didn’t originally intend to shape this softly-spiced pumpkin chocolate icebox cake like an actual pumpkin, but I started frosting and stacking and frosting and stacking and before I knew it, there it was.  A mound of cocoa-y chocolate wafers and fluffy, pumpkin whipped cream, begging for a jagged chocolate “stem” and a curly vine of carefully plucked sprinkles.

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I couldn’t resist.

My dad is the original icebox cake maker in my family.  He makes one every year on Thanksgiving (along with a giant, multicolored layered jello mold — #midwesternforever), and it’s always the first dessert on the table to go.  Probably because it tastes like a giant, cool-whip ensconced Oreo cookie?

Yeah.  Ensconced.

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I wanted to up the ante a little bit here.  Real, fresh cream, whipped to soft peaks.  Roasted pumpkin purée and warm spices.  The original chocolate wafer cookie.  In the shape of a pumpkin, WHYNOT?

It’s just my contribution to the giant, blogger-wide effort (lead by the fearless Sara and Aimee) to saturate the interwebs with all things pumpkin today.  Which, by the way, is working.  Check it:

wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thursday 10.20.16

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Happy Thursday, lovelies!  I hope your week is going well.  I’ve been busy chatting about my new book to anyone who will listen, experimenting with some pumpkin things (coming here soon), holding my breath/feeding my son his first lick of peanut butter (!), and massaging my left arm where a flu shot left it sore AF.  Busy busy.

Here are a few links for your (almost) weekend!

  1. Not sure what to make for dinner?  How about Butternut, Spinach & Chickpea Red Curry with Chicken.
  2. Proud of these guys at my alma mater.
  3. Feel like going bananas?  Check out the new And Eat It Too episode!
  4. Is this a real thing?  Should we try it?!
  5. Because I just can’t look away from these debates… (#ImwithHer)
  6. Finally, a news article that doesn’t make me weep for humanity.
  7. Love this.
  8. A salad I’d love to eat.
  9. A fun list!  How many have you read?
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One Pan & Done!

Hi friends!  I’ve been starting and restarting this post for awhile now, trying to figure out the best way to tell you, so maybe I should just tell you?

…I wrote another cookbook!

eeeeeeeek!

It’s called One Pan & Done, and I really (really, really!) hope you like it.

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Check out that cover!

I couldn’t be prouder of this book baby.  It’s all about cooking with ease and simplicity, making delicious and do-able meals, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, with just ONE pot or pan.  For maximal flavor with minimal fuss!  (Is maximal a word?  I’m going with it.)

Aside from getting to work on the kinds of recipes that I just love to cook, I got to work with the beautiful and oh-so-talented Aran Goyoaga (of Cannelle et Vanille) on the photographs, and I was pretty much starstruck for the entire shoot, which was totally fun (and also probably awkward for her – sorry, Aran.)  I was also lucky enough to have Jenn Elliott Blake help with styling, so pretty much just the dream team?

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(Here I am smiling at my baked potatoes, like a normal person)

One Pan & Done is set for release on February 7th, 2017 (although you can preorder it here, here and here!) and I can’t wait to get it into your cute kitchen mitts.

Stay tuned for more updates as pub date draws nearer… and in the meantime, dust off your sheet pans, cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, baking dishes, and muffin tins, because I’m coming for ya!

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October Baking

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With Halloween around the corner (not to mention the upcoming election, the thought of which makes me want to stress-eat a bunch of cookies like whoa), it’s time to get BAKING!  We’ll use all the pumpkin.  All the miniature candy bars.  The future of America depends on us!

IMG_3689Baked Cinnamon Sugared Pumpkin Doughnuts are a big YES.

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Owl Cakes!  Need I say more?

IMG_2020A loaf of Carrot Bread is always appreciated.

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How about some ooey gooey goodness?  Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls deliver the goods.IMG_0398

What’s that?  Did you say Pumpkin Ginger Cake with Salted Maple Glaze?  YUP YUP YUP.

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While we’re on the pumpkin train, let’s keep riding.  Pumpkin Mousse Anyone?

‘Tis the season, people.  We need treats.  Happy baking!

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