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Kitchen 101 : Adaptogens + How to Use Them

Over the past year, I’ve started incorporating adaptogens into my pantry, recipes and weekly regimen. I think you may be interested in doing so too! Adaptogens are a catagory of herbs and mushrooms that help protect the body from the toxic effects of stress;…

February 10, 2018

Kitchen 101: Stages + Temperatures of Candy Making

If you’ve ever set out to make chewy caramels and ended up with something that will break your teeth off, you know that cooking sugar is tricky stuff. But, you also know that sugar is awesome and that science is fantastic. A caramel sauce, candy…

December 13, 2015

Kitchen 101: Secrets of Perfect Pie Crust

If you’ve been watching my Instagram or Twitter feeds lately, you’ve seen that I’ve been completely and totally preoccupied with pies.  Being engrossed in all things PIE at this time of year has to be the most luxurious pass time I can imagine; the sun…

November 23, 2015

Kitchen 101: Caring for Wooden Bowls + Boards

I’m proud to say that we’re constantly in purging/cleaning mode around here, but that doesn’t mean that – one sunny Sunday each spring – I don’t get the bug to rip our place apart, to purge, and truly attend to all the little details of…

April 9, 2015

Kitchen 101: Mason Jar Breakfasts

If you don’t know yet, you’re learning that I’ll go to great lengths to make travel days easier and more enjoyable. And, that my feeling about airport/airline food is, basically, “NEVER.” Which is why there are so many healthy travel-friendly recipes on this site! A…

March 15, 2015

Kitchen 101: Ten Tips for Next Level Layer Cakes

So you want to make an impressive cake? Panic about cake baking, making and decorating is enough to plunder even a pastry pro. Beautiful, delicious cakes are about so much more than just smoothly slathered buttercream; they’re about knowing little tips and tricks for making…

February 6, 2015

Kitchen 101: A Quick Guide to Cooking Whole Grains

Breakfast around here is pretty standard; cracked wheat bagels, bowls of spelt or oats, maybe the occasional *exotic* quick bread or muffin baked with other flavorful flours. But lately, for our other meals we really try to incorporate other grains; maybe corn tortillas for lunch,…

January 19, 2015

Kitchen 101: Building Kitchen Confidence

I was pouring the custard over the top of that passion fruit bread pudding the other morning when my sister in law asked me; “did you just, come up with that?” Well, yeah. It was one of our last mornings in Hawaii, and we…

December 19, 2014

Kitchen 101: The Secret of Summer Fruit Storage

One of my favorite memories of childhood in Colorado was my mother’s fruit bowl, overflowing with peaches, cherries, plums and apricots. A similar bowl – filled with all the fresh summer fruits I can gather in my little arms – is a fixture on…

August 5, 2014