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Fabulous Fitness Kitchen L.A. Shoot

I don’t often post about client work, but we had a super fun shoot for a local clean meal delivery business called Fitness Kitchen L.A. and man-oh-man was it fun, gorgeous and delicious AF!!! It’s really fun to get in with smaller local clients on the ground floor and collaborate on the looks and styles that will […]

sweet whipped ricotta with balsamic strawberry jam

Sweet Whipped Ricotta with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce and Spiced Maple Crisp

Hey ya’ll! I’ve been largely absent from the blog-o-sphere (and normal life in general) because we’re in the middle of a big move. Moving the contents of a home is hard enough but we’re also moving the studio which is, in a word, bonkers. It’s super exciting to have a new home and shoot space so […]

Gluten-free Cornbread Waffles with Beef Chili

Easy Beef Chili with Cornbread Waffles

A big pot of chili makes for some of the most useful leftovers anyone could ask for. I have to be careful not to eat beef chili leftovers for every meal. I poach eggs in chili for a big, fat, hearty lunch! This is an extra awesome way to enjoy chili using my Cornbread Waffle […]

baked eggs in pots with mushrooms and prosciutto

Eggs en Cocotte (in Pot) with Mushrooms and Prosciutto

There can never be too many ways or variations to make eggs! In our house, they are the ultimate fast food. I poach them in leftover chili and soups and it makes every leftover dish richer and more nutritious. I actually don’t understand why there isn’t a restaurant dedicated to putting eggs on EVERYTHING! Seems […]

Flourless chocolate banana bread muffins

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Banana Muffins!

MAN, OH, Maaaaaan are these a winner! I had lost my hand-scrawled, barely legible recipe for my flourless banana muffins and tried a few others I’d found online. It was…disappointing to say the least. I dug through every single recipe paper I had until I finally found the damn thing, and it was SO worth […]

Cranberries and rosemary in sugar

Sugared Cranberries with Rosemary – Holiday Sparkle!

Yaaaaaaaay the holidays are here and these are a surprisingly delicious little holiday sparkle! They’re easy to make, packed with flavor and texture and great for garnishing cocktails, desserts or just eating right out of a bowl. My daughter loves the tart sweetness of these little cranberry beauties! 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 2 […]

Golden Turmeric Milk with ginger honey and cinnamon

Fresh Golden Turmeric Milk!

Today I bring you golden turmeric milk, a delicious, healing tonic originating in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is praised for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can reduce swelling and, many say, help coughs and colds. Ginger aids in digestion and settles the stomach, not to mention the bright, spicy flavor of fresh ginger! Both turmeric […]

Best HOLIDAY pomegranate pear pie

Rustic Pomegranate Pear Pie + Gluten-Free Hazelnut Crust!

It’s that time of year again when I have the pleasure of doing my annual pie shoot with my dear friend, Emily-the-Pie-Maven. Ahhhh I love the holidays and this tradition with Emily is truly one of my favorites. Now that she and I both have boisterous toddlers, we rarely have the opportunity to casually cook […]

gluten-free cornbread waffle egg sandwich

Cornbread Waffle Egg Sandwich with Bacon and Maple Syrup (+ gluten-free version!)

OH MY GOSH you guys I just ate the best sandwich of my whole ding dang life after shooting this here beauty! Who loves waffles?! Who loves cornbread?! Eggs? Yup. Corn salsa? Maple syrup? I think you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down here. This cornbread waffle recipe is one of my most bangin’ recipes […]

Spatchcock butterfly miso butter roasted chicken

Spatchcock (Butterfly) Miso Butter Roasted Chicken

We’re not much into Turkey in my family. I understand the historical significance of turkey at the Thanksgiving table, but personally I find it pretty much “bleh”. That said, many people are left wanting without poultry at the Thanksgiving feast so we usually bake up a big fat ham and roast a large chicken for […]

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Tasty Horchata Beef Gelatin Gummies!!

I won’t go on and on about gut health yet again or ramble about the benefit of collagen and gelatin on the guts or skin and hair. There are many, many other blogs that can provide that info. Suffice it to say that collagen, in this case in the form of gelatin, is an incredible […]

Homemade yogurt with blueberry chia jam

Homemade Creamy Yogurt with Blueberry Chia Jam

I was recently asked if I like to cook. The person who asked me was relatively certain the answer was yes. I replied, “Not particularly, but I really LOVE to eat well”. That response surprised her. I guess a love for cooking and eating should go hand-in-hand. Meh, not so much. That said, I’m pretty […]

Vegan sweet potato corn chowder

Hearty Vegan Chilled Corn Chowder with Sweet Potato

It’s been HOT HOT HOT! I know this summer has been unusually brutal for most of the country, and here is Los Angeles we are no exception. It seems like the entire area has been burning since May. The smoke and heat blowing in are oppressive. Now that I’ve made you think about all that […]

gluten free meatballs and pasta

Juicy Gluten-free Meatballs

I have an undying love for good meatballs! For so long I went without meatballs because I couldn’t concoct a gluten-free recipe that had the soft juiciness of a real meatball. Omitting bread completely made a cheesy but super firm literal ball of only meat. Meh. The gluten-free sandwich bread I use in this recipe […]

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