For this month’s Make Your Own project, the topic is kumquats. Make the most of the all too short kumquat season by candying them with this uber simple recipe.
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A recap of my weekend trip to Palm Springs and some amazing restaurant, hotel, and spa recommendations.
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This month’s Pretty. Easy. is a healthy, wholesome vegetarian recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chipotle Chili.
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I’m heading to Portland for a book tour event and, for the occasion, checked in with one of the many awesome Portland-based food people, Lisa Thiele of With Style & Grace, to ask her what is her key to the kitchen.
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For the first “Make Your Own” installment, here’s a recipe for Toasted Coconut and Quinoa granola that’s easy to make and begging to be riffed upon.
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Unofficially, the unofficial holiday party (and last book tour event) for the Keys To The Kitchen launch was this fabulous 5-course dinner with The Bold Italic and Stag Dining Group. Here are a few photos of the festivities along with a look into my favorite goodie bag of all the Keys To The Kitchen events to date!
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A riff on my childhood favorite B.R.C. (bean, rice, and cheese) burritos, this bean, quinoa, and cheese taco is a simple recipe that you could pull together for a last minute meal.
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Have you made your list and checked it twice? No, I don’t mean the one for Santa Claus but for your holiday shopping. Yes, the holidays are about giving but, let’s be honest, it all comes down to how awesome a gift you give.
If you ask me, it’s all about who gets the most creativity gifting points, and, of course, if said gift is a good fit for the person lucky enough to receive it. This fall I’ve been circling around a few specific gifts for all the food people in my life and, in the spirit of the Black Friday-induced shopping craze, I thought I’d share a few. So, here they are, my Top Ten Food Gifts that I’d love to gift and get this holiday season.
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Hello, Hawaii! This week I’m bringing the Keys To The Kitchen book tour your way. Join me at one of the events at The Moana Surfrider or Williams-Sonoma Ala Moana.
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Once in a blue moon it happens: you find the absolute, positively perfect gift.
You’re in the throes of holiday shopping madness when suddenly, it’s there before you like your own treasure trove a la King Tut’s tomb (except you’re likely at the mall and didn’t have to excavate it). I do my best to will those perfect gifts — making mental notes of the giftee’s offhand comment of what they covet. And I am on a constant gift alert because sometimes that random day trip across the border results in some seriously perfect presents (heart-shaped Mexican mosaic paperweight, anyone?).
But, no matter how much I will it, those perfect gifts can’t be forced. This year, those perfect gifts have come to me in the form books and in a set of 10 — enough for (almost) everyone in my huge clan. Books are a very regular gift in our family — some of us dote over the design and craftsmanship, others crave a good read, and the littlest ones are still catching the literary bug. To celebrate the power of a good book and the pursuit of a perfect gift, I’m joining my absolutely fabulous publisher, Chronicle Books, to give the gift of books. It’s a community-driven campaign to support bookstores, literacy, and to Give Books!
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