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Posts from the ‘In the Kitchen’ Category

The platter that matters

There was talk of a cheese plate in last Wednesday’s A non-Thanksgiving Post. And, when you talk about cheese, you follow through. Whetting your appetite with crudités and well-paired cheeses is as much a requirement as the turkey (in my opinion, anyway) in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Because I prepared this at the mountain house and forgot a platter, I had the added fun of improvising my serving piece from an well-worn pizza pan and a vintage cake decorating stand.

cheese platter

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Tea Time {ginger + lime + nutmeg}

From the start of September to the end of April, I’m continuously searching for ways to stay warm. Maybe it’s my low blood pressure, my slightly below average body temperature, or maybe I’m part reptile. Regardless of the reason, I require teas, soups, blankets, and wool socks to be administered on a regular basis. My current go-to tea is a spicy and soothing ginger, lime and nutmeg blend. In addition to warming you up, this tea is also great for digestion – something that will surely come in handy with Thanksgiving only a few days away.

ginger lime nutmeg tea

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Breakfast Bars {Quinoa + Chia + Cranberry + PB}

Mornings that begin with smoothies are on the decline here in Pennsylvania as it is frightfully cold. It’s really not all that bad. I’m still in an adjustment phase and by late December I’ll hardly whine at all. My go-to breakfast in the depths of winter is a toss up between steel-cut oatmeal or sleeping in the middle of my bed under several comforters with my cat huddled next to me for added warmth. If you want to go the oatmeal route I’ve got a post for that. If you want to go the amorphous bed blob route you’re on your own, but I suspect you can figure it out. For these moderately chilly mornings where I can still get out of bed with relative ease, I wanted something more portable, but still nutritionally substantial – enter the quinoa breakfast bar.

Quinoa breakfast bars

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Sriracha Lime Popcorn

After enjoying one of my favorite snacks for the what must be nearing the 100th time while watching one of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story, I thought it high time to share. Here it is:

Sriracha Popcorn

Part of what makes this quick recipe a favorite is its simplicity, the other part is Sriracha which is an absolute staple in my house.

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Banana Breakfast Obsession

I saw the recipe on Pinterest over the weekend and I’ve made it twice since then, a clear indicator that I should share. The original recipe is for “fried” bananas as a sweet treat,  but I add some protein and fat to make a perfect Fall breakfast.

bananas, walnuts and greek yogurt breakfast

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Privacy Window: The Kitchen

The privacy window I made during the bathroom mini-renovation last year (you can see that project here) has held up remarkably well. I worried a bit about peeling issues due to humidity levels inherent to bathrooms. But its stickiness hasn’t changed a bit since the day it was painstakingly applied. And, because we know that privacy and tons of natural light are not mutually exclusive, I decided to use this method again. This time I chose a simpler geometric pattern for a kitchen window that faces my driveway.

Close Up Privacy Window

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Strawberries + Champagne Cupcakes

I had the pleasure of celebrating a dear friend’s upcoming nuptials this past weekend. Because these major life events don’t happen just everyday, they deserve desserts that don’t happen just everyday. Cupcakes featuring strawberries and champagne seemed entirely appropriate. I followed a fantastic recipe from 20 Something Cupcakes.

strawberry and champagne cupcake

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