Remedy Quarterly Holiday + Renegade Holiday Market

November 14th, 2012

Friends, can you believe it’s holiday the season?! I have to admit, I’m kind of jazzed about the holidays more than usual this year. I’m ready to see family, get cozy, see some snow and eat good comfort food. Which leads me to some exciting news, Remedy Quarterly, Issue 11: Comfort is at the printer and will arrive the week after Thanksgiving. Woohoo! I’m so excited to share it with you! Along with tying up this issue, I’ve been hard at work creating some special pieces that might just help you as you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift.

The Complete set (Volumes 1-4)

For the food lover in your life—ahem, that might be you—(fyi, it’s totally ok to buy yourself gifts, just sayin), we’ve got the complete set of Remedy Quarterly tucked inside a special, handprinted cotton bag.

Volumes 3 + 4

If you’ve already got some issues tucked away, pick up a set of Volume 3 + 4, also in the handprinted cotton bag. You’ll get a few issues now and a whole year of issues to come throughout the year. Who doesn’t love to get a happy surprise in the mail?

Prints

If reading isn’t up your alley, how about a print? At just $5, you can get them all and spread the love!

Keep an eye on out here because I’ll be announcing even more fun products (woohoo!) along with some awesome giveaways over the next month. See, I’m totally in the holiday spirit!

Oh, and one last thing, if you’re in the New York area, come by and say hi this weekend at the Renegade Holiday Market.

Renegade Holiday Market
November 17 + 18, 11am-6pm
East River State Park (aka the Williamsburg Waterfront)

caramel apple pie

November 9th, 2012

As soon as the first sign of cool weather arrived this year I had a craving for caramel apples. I wanted one—no, it was more dire than that—I needed one. I mean, who doesn’t love that contrast of juicy apple and sweet, gooey caramel. Fall really seems to be the only appropriate time to indulge in them—so it’s time to sieze the day, err season, right?! Well, I never got around to actually making a caramel apple—I totally cheated and bought one, okay maybe more than one, at the farmers’ market. It was delicious and totally hit the spot, but even afterwards I couldn’t shake the thought of those damn caramel apples—let’s just blame it on the pregnancy.

Fast forward to thinking about Thanksgiving pie time, another thing that’s occupying way too much of my brain space. After last year’s magical bourbon pecan pie success from RQ Issue 7, I was feeling good about my pie-making skills. What could possibly top last year’s pie? A caramel apple pie, that’s what! Of course I had to test this theory out before the big day, so I went ahead and did a trial run. Oh. My. Goodness. Get ready for a sweet, buttery caramel apple pie lovefest.

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roasted butternut squash salad with warm cider vinaigrette

November 1st, 2012

It’s been a difficult time on the East coast, as I’m sure you’re all too well aware of by now. We are feeling incredibly grateful to have escaped any issues surrounding the storm. That being said, it’s sad to walk around our neighborhood and through our favorite park to find beautiful old trees fallen to the ground. Seeing those trees is a reminder of how lucky we are, knowing that just miles away people lost their homes and lives to this storm.

Things have been slow in our household— I’ve spent a lot of time away from the computer, making things with my hands—painting, printing, sewing and of course a little cooking. Good food always makes things better, right? Well let me tell you, this salad is all about feeling good—it’s warm and comforting and downright delicious.

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Cinnamon buns (a bun in the oven)

October 19th, 2012

As the title hints at, I have big news to share… Aaron and I are having a baby! Woohoo! It’s still kind of hard to believe, but after four months of no booze, delicious cheeses, and oysters… well it’s really setting in. All jokes aside (kind of), we are beyond thrilled. My first few months left me without an appetite, feeling nauseous and exhausted, but I’ve broken through that fog and am so jazzed to be able to look at and make food again! Especially sweets. In honor of our most amazing little one, I flipped through my treasured recipe book to find a favorite recipe —one that takes time and patience but is totally worth the wait. Yup, that seems totally appropriate for this news. Hellooo, cinnamon buns!

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Hello again: brown butter chocolate chip cookies

October 12th, 2012

You know how there are recipes that you go back to again and again? Sometimes you try another recipe thinking you’re ready for a change, but alas, the new recipe never quite lives up to that good old standby. Three years ago I created this recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies and seriously—I think they’re just the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I just whipped up a few batches to share with the folks over at Brooklyn Beta, along with a few other sweet treats, and it just reminded me how good these are. So while it’s not a “new” recipe, it’s a tried and true, gonna make you happy, repeat recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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DIY cocktails

September 28th, 2012

This week’s happy hour is a little different than usual. I was recently asked by Etsy to create a few DIY cocktail ideas for their wedding blog. I shared recipes for two of my favorite fall cocktails, the maple concord (think concord grapes and gin) and spiced + spiked apple cider (think mulled cider and bourbon), both reconfigured to serve a crowd. Oh, and just because they’re for the wedding blog doesn’t mean they have to be served at a wedding, in fact I think they might be reason enough to throw a fall soire just for the hell of it. So head on over and get the recipes, along with a little tutorial of how I come up with new cocktails.

Cheers! To a great weekend, fall weather, and changing colors.

carrot + apple loaf cake

September 26th, 2012

I am so ready for fall you guys. I’m ready for sweaters and scarves, leaves changing color along with a little nip in the air when you first walk outside in the morning. I’m ready for root vegetables, apples, pears, and squash galore. But most of all, I’m ready to turn the oven on.

Last weekend I found myself with an abundance of some of those fall goodies, carrots and apples, and I immediately thought of warm, spiced carrot cake. But I didn’t want just any carrot cake—it needed a twist, something to make it a little more fall. That’s when apples came to the rescue. Instead of pineapple, which many carrot cake recipe call for, I simply swapped in some apples, giving this loaf cake the perfect fall twist I was looking for. Oh, and the cinnamon cream cheese frosting didn’t hurt either.

The batter is pretty easy to whip up—there’s no weird waiting time or some secret step that that requires any crazy equipment. In fact I kind of enjoyed the rhythm of the recipe—shredding, chopping, mixing, stirring. The thoughts of fresh, warm cake so near in my future. One of the best parts of this recipe comes about 20 minutes after you’ve tucked it in the oven. All of a sudden you may perk up, find your nose in the air and your stomach begin to rumble because this cake smells like a little piece of heaven. In fact my husband came home while it was in the oven and simply stopped at the door and groaned “whooooaaa”. It’s kind of intoxicating.

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Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Asiago cheese

September 20th, 2012

I don’t really even know where to start except to say that I just wiped a little drool from my lips. If you’ve ever had bacon wrapped dates, you know what I’m talking about. Somehow the name sounds so innocent and unassuming—three, maybe four ingredients (if you include the paprika) somehow work some major magic in just a few minutes in the oven. What comes out is a melt-in-your-mouth little flavor bomb.

The rich, salty flavor of the bacon and cheese merge together with the sweet, tender dates to create a dream come true in your mouth. I understand I’m really talking this up, but believe me, they’re good stuff. And I dare you to find a simpler, more addictive snack to serve at your next party.

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