Kumquats, lemons, and mandarins candied in blood orange juice

We all have our likes and dislikes- and things towards which we feel ambivalence.  I have a predilection towards vanilla bean, bright green herbs like cilantro, cauliflower, winter squash, florals (like jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, lavender or rose geranium), berries, chilies, and citrus. Ah yes, fresh, bright, punchy, slightly tart, like a burst of sunshine through the cold grey wet weather.…

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Free Printable Poster  “A recipe has no soul.  You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe. “ ~Thomas Keller

Oooh, I love Fridays. Most of us who work regular 9-5’s do. I look forward to my weekends at home with Joshua and the dogs and time to cook, write, and make photographs. Fridays bring with them the promise of Saturdays and Sundays- friends, a glass of wine (or two?), farmers markets, flea markets, walks in the park or on the beach, and sleeping in.…

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Home. It feels really good to be here. It’s funny how, even after just a few days away, I appreciate the safety, sanctuary, and calm that Home provides.  Oddly enough, 48 hours ago, I really didn’t want to be here.

Friday night, in the midst of the first real winter storm we’ve had in California this year, we hopped in the car for a vintage Sabrina & Joshua-style road trip.…

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A Cook Who SMiles Out Look FREEBIES Quotable Fridays from The Tomato Tart
When I think about the things I love (aside from my friends and family) I can list them like this:

  • Food

  • Art

  • Design

  • Typography

  • Cooking

  • Writing

  • Literature

  • Photography

  • Playing in Ocean…

Well that last one doesn’t fit in this list… but.

I’m introducing something new and I think, pretty cool. It’s Quotable Fridays.…

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Since moving to our new house, I’ve been itching to start a garden. In San Francisco terms, we have quite a bit of space. While our “garden” is currently full of weeds, a giant Jade plant, some geraniums, and an unidentified tree, it is about to become a full-blown urban homesteaders dream.…

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For 13 months, I’ve been participating in the Burwell General Store Vintage Recipe Swap, yet this month is simply bursting with firsts.

Mandarin Orange and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Blood Orange Gelee

I’ll start with the obvious: it’s my first time posting a vintage recipe remake on a Wednesday. For those of you who are familiar with the swap, you might be used to them coming on Sundays.…

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Three Citrus Farro Salad with Goat Cheese and Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette

Almost exactly one year ago, my back was so bad that I took three months off work. I considered back surgery, and really struggled with what it meant to be unable to do the work I’d done my entire adult life. While I was off work, I also had a cooking accident, which almost cost me a fingertip.…

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One year ago, I began what was supposed to be a 28 day vegan cleanse.  A day or two in, my husband jumped in with both feet. For this cleanse, Joshua and I cut out all meat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. In total, we stayed off of meat and dairy for two and a half months.…

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