Sweet Potato Grits

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People often ask me where I get my food inspiration from – sometimes I see an idea in a magazine, sometimes Pinterest inspires me, cookbooks are always great resources for inspiration,  but a lot of times it is random nights out that I come across a new food that I love and try and re-create it myself.  Last month when I was on the East Coast, we had dinner at American Seasons in Nantucket. I remember one thing from that meal, other than it being very good: the sweet potato grits. The perfectly cooked- maple syrup infused grits topped with cheddar cheese. It was just a side dish but we ate the whole dish in about 2.5 seconds wondering if we should get another order- it was that good. Since I am still dreaming about those grits, here is my take on sweet potato grits – you should make them this weekend. Or maybe right now..just saying.
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Apple Cider Donuts

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I am excited to share that I am going to be contributing some recipes and food posts to one of my favorite lifestyle and design blogs – Sacramento Street. I have been a fan since discovering the blog (funny enough when I actually lived on Sacramento Street in SF) and have loved reading it over the years. A dear friend connected me with Caitlin, the blogger and interior designer behind it and tada now my recipes are going to be on there twice a month. First up, my apple cider donuts, in honor of all things fall.
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Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

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So I rarely talk about my day job as a test kitchen cook on here mostly because this is a place where I can try out my own recipes and talk about random things like travel and kitchen design. (I do post a lot of pictures from the test kitchen on Instagram) But there are a couple outstanding recipes that I have tested recently that I want to make sure you all know about. These rosemary olive oil shortbread cookies are one of them. This is a sleeper recipe. You look at it, think it looks good but pass it on for more glamorous cookies like chocolate chip. But don’t pass it up, I promise these are amazingly addicting shortbread cookies. The best part is, they are doused in olive oil right out of the oven making these impossibly delicious.
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East Coast trip to Nantucket and Boston

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Last week I took a quick trip to the East Coast to visit Boston for my 10 year college reunion (I have no idea where those 10 yrs went!!). Some girlfriends and I squeezed in a trip to Nantucket before Boston making this trip a serious whirlwind (plus I added on a night in NYC at the end of the trip just for good measure). I tallied it up and by the end of the 5 day trip there were 2 trains, 1 ferry, 2 plane rides and 1 car ride- it was literally planes, trains and automobiles but it was amazing and totally worth the exhaustion. Here is the round-up from the trip.
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Summer Recap

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So I am going to finally accept it, summer is almost gone. I am headed back to Boston for my 10 year college reunion (yikes, when did that happen?) and it is going to be full on fall there with changing leaves and crisp cool New England nights.  I wanted to hold onto summer in one last post and recap some of my favorite summertime moments, both in food and travel.

1. Watermelon and Tomato Salad – the quintessential summer salad

2. Bahamas – an epic family vacation to Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

3. Zucchini Tart – the perfect way to use up all of that zucchini that seems to be laying around in the summer

4. Carmel and Big Sur – a spur of the moment trip that ended with the most magical sunset

5. Strawberry Basil Gin Fizz – the drink that started my love affair with gin

6. Big Sky Montana - a long weekend under that big beautiful Montana sky

Thank you summer,  you were awesome, you keep on getting better and better each year. Ok fall, bring on the shorter days, cooler nights and all things pumpkin and apple.

Figs with Mascarpone, Honey and Pistachios

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To me, figs are the quintessential summer food. Truly seasonal, you can rarely find figs (other than dried) outside the months of August and September.   Figs are lusciously sweet with a unique taste and texture  – chewy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside with just a little crunch thanks to the seeds. There are a lot of different ways to eat figs—they are great on flatbread with arugula and prosciutto, you can bake them into a pie or galette, you could wrap them in bacon and grill them or simply broil them with some feta and top with mint. But my all-time favorite way to eat them, which might also be the simplest, is to serve figs with mascarpone, honey and pistachios.
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Zucchini Tart

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I recently cooked dinner for 25 people. All by myself.  I know, I am crazy and I may have lost my mind in thinking I could do it alone. But amazingly I did it and survived – with only one minor slice to my finger. I cooked for a fellow blogger friend for her 30th birthday. She rented out Cookhouse, in SF which is an amazing event space that can be rented out for dinner parties or cooking classes. It also happens to help that I teach cooking classes there so it felt easy to work in, even if it was dinner for 25. The birthday girl’s husband was a vegetarian, as were some of her friends.  In an attempt to make sure they had enough to eat – we were serving steak and they can’t just have salad for dinner! – I came up with this zucchini tart. I must say it is pretty darn tasty.
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Labor Day Weekend

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How was your long weekend? Was it amazing? It is hard to believe that Labor Day weekend has officially come and gone. I am not going to accept that summer is over, until it is really over. Like September 21st over. Regardless we had a great weekend. We had absolutely no plans, which led to an amazing weekend. That is usually how it works, right?
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