Lemon & Honey Shrimp Arugula Salad

Lemon & Honey Shrimp Arugula Salad

Sometimes, you have to build recipes around one ingredient. Today, that ingredient was arugula. With a fresh bag filled with arugula sitting in my fridge, I pondered how to use it with other things I already had. What I originally wanted to use it for was totally impractical - fancy crostini with goat cheese and prosciutto, or something - so I looked into arugula salads. Are they even a thing? Turn out they are. And they're perfect if you're in the mood for something light, nutritious, and peppery. 

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Sweet Apple Rose Tortes

Sweet Apple Rose Tortes

The taste of apples baked in brown sugar and cinammon will always remind me of my grandmother's house, where six large apple trees lined her backyard. We'd pick good apples, throw bad ones as far away as possible, and watch for deer to come and eat them. This little batch of delightful rose-shaped tortes was so fun to make, I wanted to share some thoughts behind the process (along with the recipe).

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Why We Chose To DIY Our Wedding Favors

Why We Chose To DIY Our Wedding Favors

For our wedding favors, we certainly knew what we did not want to give our guests: something they would never use, or throw away, or lose. We decided to bottle our own olive oil for various reasons. It represents meaning and of course, function. Here's how I came to the decision, how we bottled it, and the function is served for our wedding!

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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

I consider myself an italophile. A hardcore one. I took classes, lived in Italy, and savored the many tastes of that glorious land. I could wax poetic about Italy forever. But the one thing I don't think I'll ever understand is why the word gnocchi doesn't directly translate to pillows of heaven. Because that is exactly what gnocchi are. I think the word derives from the Italian word for "knot." Knots?! Gnocchi are not knots. They are angelic puffs of cloudlike magic. They are light, airy pods of richness. An epicurean dream.

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