This feels like the wrong recipe with which to honor the memory of Anthony Bourdain. He was — is — one of my idols, an inspiration at a time when I’d thought the well of inspiration had run dry. His work urged me to break free from my tiny, fenced-in life and go explore. Go learn something. Go experience things instead of reading about them. Just do stuff.
I have a love/hate relationship with scones. On one hand, they’re great with coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine if you’ve got a late-night sweet tooth. On the other hand, they’re super dry and make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth in far too many cases. But when you’ve got a good scone—one that isn’t cloying and desert-level dry—you’ve got a damn good scone.
I want to talk about fall today. I don’t care if I’m branded as basic for saying this: I LOVE FALL. I love EVERY PART OF IT. I love brisk, crisp days made cozy by thick sweaters and warm-but-still-fashionable boots. I love candles with vague names like “Autumn” and “Leaves” and “Hayride.” I love going for walks and stepping on crunchy leaves. I love cider mill donuts and whiskey ciders sipped by crackling campfires. And I also love pumpkin. Unabashedly. Wholeheartedly. Truly, madly, deeply, all of that. I love it.
Oh, where to begin? I said I was taking a couple weeks off, and it ended up being more like a couple months. And those couple months have been quite the whirlwind, to say the least. I won’t take all day to belabor every detail here, but here’s the abbreviated version: Life got in the way.
I’ve received a lot of questions about my diet since I started this blog, so I thought I would take this opportunity to address some of those questions here. It is Wellness Wednesday, after all—so what better time to discuss the word “diet”? If you’re a dedicated reader, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I make a lot of things that are vegan and/or gluten free. However, I also make a lot—a lot—of recipes with cheese and eggs and grains. What gives?
I know what you’re thinking. Cheesecake? On a Wellness Wednesday? Girl, you crazy. But I promise I’m going somewhere with this. As far as I’m concerned, cheesecake fits right into a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and here’s why. Continue reading “Classic Cheesecake with Strawberries & Oreo Crust + Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Food”
Being able to bake from scratch without a recipe is a beautiful, beautiful skill to have, and it’s one that I’m still honing. Cooking is an incredible art, but there’s something about baking that just feels like the ultimate form of creation. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the beauty of baking. You take all these humble, seemingly unworkable ingredients, and with a little time, precision, and heat, you can create something that’s so much more than the sum of its parts.