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Dinner in Fifteen

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I can’t stop thinking about the article, The Life Reports II, that I recently read in the NY Times. (Thanks, Kasey for pointing me there). It really has nothing to do with this sandwich but we’ll get there. In the article the author asked people over the age of 70 to write on the things… Read more »

Day 3 and thanks

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The coastal town of Essaouira. Famous for kite and wind surfing. One of my favorite stops on the trip with rich history, stunning beaches, vivid culture and friendly camels. I’m thankful for the experience of a new culture. For the reminder to maintain simplicity in order for life to be most fully lived. I’m thankful… Read more »

Morocco, Day 2

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Mazagan Beach Resort When I first came to Morocco I expected this to be an incredible opportunity for me to be able to say that I came. I didn’t have plans to return and didn’t expect to make any. By day three I was plotting my next visit – where to take the kids and… Read more »

Morocco, day 1

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The door on my balcony sits wide open allowing the cool, unfamiliar breeze to come in and out of my hotel room as it pleases. Outside I hear the large waves crashing and lapping on the shore and that same breeze rustling the leaves of the palm trees that line the paths. Next to me… Read more »

Dinner in 15

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If you’re like me, chances are it’s 15 minutes until dinner and you are scouring the Internet hoping to find inspiration. And like me, your probably getting distracted with things like Pinterest, Twitter, and three little children who are on the verge of a complete and total breakdown caused by hanger (pronounced: hane-ger – It’s… Read more »

Tomato Pesto

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Sometimes you need a segue. Not one of those vertical scooter-like vehicles that automatically prompts a chuckle with visions of Paul Blart or Gob awkwardly motoring along (I apologize if you have not seen Mall Cop or Arrested Development. I also apologize for admitting that I have). A segue that gracefully closes the door on one thing while getting… Read more »

Fall’s sandwich

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So this is the first week of homeschooling for us. There is still a part of me that can’t believe I just typed that. Never would I have thought homeschooling would feel like the best option for our family. To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t wait until our kids were school age. FINALLY I could… Read more »

a place for leftovers

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If you could see the inside of my fridge right now you’d be horrified. I am not naturally an organized person. Having three kids has forced me to improve on my organization skills but the fridge is still one area in which I need great improvement. There are random jars of pickled peppers, capers, and… Read more »

Film Friday: Polaroid Edition

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Film is back this week but something’s different. Instead of the usual Canon A1 I’ve been playing with a Polaroid Land Camera that my parent’s found at a flea market in Pasadena for a mere $10. I’m in love. There is something so exciting and satisfying to press the trigger than moments later be able… Read more »

Film Friday: So long, Summer

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. I really hesitated to put that title… Read more »

Film Friday: in his garden

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. “To find the universal elements enough; to… Read more »

(mostly) Film Friday

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. Digital images at the bottom of… Read more »

Behind the scenes

photo by gabe Did I ever tell you about the time I filmed a TV commercial?! I had been keeping it a little secret but now it’s time as at any moment you may be seeing my face plastered over your tv, if you haven’t already. I wanted to give you a glimpse of what… Read more »

Film Friday: out of the city

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. We can get there in just over an… Read more »

sage, walnut pesto – three ways

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What does one do when your garden is rampant with sage (and sadly, very little else)? Well, you make pesto of course. Before the brilliance of sage pesto, I had relegated sage to merely a Thanksgiving herb, getting neatly tucked under turkey skin just prior to roasting. Or casually stirred into sauteed mushrooms before the… Read more »

Film Friday: Block Party

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It’s Friday, which in most cases means I post some recent images I’ve taken on film. Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. 4. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400 using a Canon A1 50mm 1.4. This week started off with a block party. Which,… Read more »

Film Friday: when in Seattle, you must…

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*side note* This is part of a series in which I post images I’ve taken throughout the week using my Canon A1 (fancy talk for a film camera circa the 80′s) Here are a few other Film Fridays to peruse at your leisure. 1. 2. 3. All images were shot using Kodak Portra 400. ok,… Read more »

film friday: so far, summer

An antique picnic basket has already been put to great use with many more picnics in its future. A snuggle on the beach. It may not have been the warmest day but there was sun so we headed to the sand and sea. There has been gin. Lots of lovely gin. This particular cup is… Read more »

asparagus tart with walnuts and parmesan

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This recipe just isn’t fair. I’m sorry. With its main components being butter, Mascarpone, asparagus, walnuts, and a dusting of Parmesan – there is little to no chance this won’t be an unforgettable dish. I blame Delancey for planting the seed that sprouted this tart. On one of our regular visits I ordered a dish… Read more »

B L (slow-roasted) T

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The tomatoes arrived orange. It has been nearly 9 months since I’ve had a decent tomato but if memory serves me correctly tomatoes are suppose to be red. Not just any red. The kind of red that makes Dorothy’s slippers seem dull and lifeless. Red like the color of our first car. We called it… Read more »

Spicy Empanadas with cilantro cream

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He wouldn’t touch his food, which, let’s be honest, is not out of the ordinary. Moans of disapproval filled their mouths instead of the food. A constant stream of requests were shot in my direction in a tone that is not unlike nails scraping down a chalkboard. There was bartering and attempts at making a… Read more »

lego/pirate party

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It was a great success. That was evident in the smiles, the cheers, and my complete exhaustion. Totally worth it. So as promised, here is our lego/pirate party. Lego juice boxes made with construction paper. Muslin hand-painted table cloth. The pinata is homemade (I’m sure you could have guessed that by the smudges and crinkles)…. Read more »

tarte flambée

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For a time I have let the San Marazano tomatoes remain in the cupboard. Their bright acidic tang blended with the soft heat of garlic and the subtle touch of dried oregano has served our pizza night’s well, but now I turn to creme fraiche. It began with a nudge from a friend who encouraged… Read more »

dating my husband

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We got engaged in Rome. I had been living in Italy for 5 months when Gabe flew in to meet me in Rome for the weekend. I knew the ring was coming. Maybe it was because I had designed it before I left for Italy to study art history or maybe it was because the… Read more »

Dating My Husband

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Growing up Gabe was tagged as “the picky eater,” often refusing to try new things. If it even resembled a tomato he wouldn’t go near it – unless it was salsa. For some reason salsa tomatoes are acceptable. Our first fight as a young, dating couple revolved around his eating habits. I approached him feeling… Read more »

Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Tacos

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I fell in love with food around the same time I was falling in love with my husband. I lived in Italy for six months and thought there was something wrong with me. While all the other students were buying leather boots and shopping for the perfect Italian apparel souvenir, all my money was spent… Read more »

Greek Nachos

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It happened about a month ago. It was a typical day – casually following Twitter – laughing at the wittiness of those whom I follow and clicking through the links that caught my attention. As it was quite some time ago I don’t remember the exact words that @bittman used to lure me in but… Read more »