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Blueberry Peach Pie Bars

Peach season is undoubtedly one of my favorites. There is little as wonderful as biting into a fragrant, juicy peach, and feeling the juice dribble down your chin and arms as you enjoy the true flavor of summer. I hate getting messy when I eat, but I love peaches, so I’ve learned to just let it slide. Last fall I went apple picking, and can remember sneaking into the cordoned off peach part of the orchard, plucking the last of the plump orange fruits from the trees. Those peaches were incredible — so fragile and tender I had to carry them oh-so-gently back to the car, carefully giving them their own space on the car seat for the ride home. But they were worth it — rule breaking and all. (more…)


Whale Watching with Boston Harbor Cruises + Giveaway

Last summer was a total dud as far as spending time outdoors is concerned. I think I made it to the beach a grand total of 2 times, even though I lived in South Boston mere steps from the beach, and had a car which made accessing coastal areas easy. So this summer, I vowed to change that. I still haven’t made it to the beach nearly as many times as I’d like, but I have been making a point to get outside more often, and even took my first trip out to the Harbor Islands recently. As luck would have it, the very week after I visited Spectacle Island for the day, Boston Harbor Cruises reached out and offered the opportunity to take part in their Boston Harbor Cruises Blogger Day Out. Given my great first experience, and desire to be on the water as much as possible, I eagerly agreed. (more…)


Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

It probably won’t come as a shock, but I used to be a big fan of the Food Network. I’d watch Ina and Giada and Bobby and Tyler all day long, salivating over their dishes, and wishing I could be just like them. As someone who is completely enamored with food, it seemed pretty obvious that that’s how I would spend my idle time — especially in college, when I would rather have done anything than homework. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve grown out of it somewhat, opting for ridiculous reality TV, network shows, and HGTV. When I was going through the home-buying process, kitchen reno’s and backyard re-dos were so much more my jive, so for a long time that’s all I would watch. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Scones

These scones. Descendants of the Flour Bakery cookbook’s Lemon Ginger Scones. They’re so very, very good — as good as the original, even, but with their own personality. I know we’re long past local strawberry season, but if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m not great about sticking to the food blogger guidelines of sharing recipes seasonally. I give it my best shot, but sometimes I forget about this amazing recipe that I made and then when I rediscover it I think, I have to share these right away because theyaresogood.” Then you, my lovely readers, find yourselves here reading incomplete sentences with bad grammar and words all smooshed together, because I am just so excited that I remembered I made these scones that I can’t handle myself. (more…)


Brunching at Boston Chops

Ever since moving out of the South End a couple of years ago, I jump on basically any chance I get to go back. If money and parking were no object, I would move back in a heartbeat — I get very attached to places and the feelings they elicit, and the South End always just made me feel so good. Maybe it has something to do with the million dogs that inhabit the neighborhood, or the gorgeous brownstones shaded by old, wise trees. The uneven sidewalks, awesome coffee shops, and countless food options. It’s a wonderful place. (more…)


Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

Happy weekend, all! And what a beautiful weekend it is. This past week brought us lots of really gorgeous weather — it was one of those weeks when being indoors at a desk was truly painful. I sit right by a window, so I was able to peer out from time to time, but I’ll tell ya — it’s just not the same. I thought I’d share something a bit more light-hearted with you today. While my own heart is still heavy with pain, sadness, rejection, and loss, I think that’s just how life is going to be for a long while. And since I can’t bear to dwell there any more than I absolutely have to, I’m trying to fill my time with things like baking brownies and drinking margaritas. And copious amounts of cycling to balance it all out, of course. (more…)


French Silk Pie, and the Musings of a Broken Heart

It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve had some serious personal struggles this last year, but all along I kept thinking that at some point, it’d start to turn around. In my last post on the hardships of growing up, I mentioned starting to do just that on my own. I was finally feeling like I’d started making progress, and that was a really exciting, empowering feeling. I thought things were finally headed in the right direction. But like many times throughout the last year, I’ve found again recently that life tests you in ways you never thought possible, even when you’re already experiencing more than it feels like you can handle. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

It’s a rare recipe that I come across that I don’t tamper with before trying it out myself. But Ina knows what’s up (I mean, she makes the best brownies in the history of everything…), and judging by the glowing reviews for this recipe, it promised to be a winner as well. Eager to use up a carton of fresh local strawberries, and a few stalks of rhubarb from my parents backyard (though I’m growing my own this year too — thanks Grandpa!!), I decided this was perfect to bring to the family 4th of July BBQ. (more…)


Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Brookies,’ and an Epic Tale

I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret today, or maybe a big secret, a sort of giant life lesson I’ve recently learned… and write you an epically long blog post, so if you’re not in the mood, I won’t be offended if you bow out now (or scroll all the way to the very end, because this recipe is seriously ridiculous). Usually this blog is all rainbows and unicorns and happy things, but that’s not real life, at least not all the time. There is a lot beyond what happens in the kitchen, or on a special night out to dinner. The in between moments are real life, and that’s what this secret is all about. Before you go getting excited, it’s not one of those kinds of secrets. It’s the kind that slowly comes over you, that settles into your bones, and sets up shop deep down in your soul. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but once you know it, it definitely changes your perspective on life. Are you ready? (more…)


Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

It seems that here in New England, most of our native crops are late this year. Given the looooonnngggggg winter, it’s really no surprise. I still feel like I’m thawing from a deep freeze! Usually by now we’d have a bounty of fresh local strawberries, but I only just picked up my first pint this weekend. They looked perfect to the eye — lush and red, and perfectly shaped — but once I snuck a few, I found that their sweetness wasn’t quite all the way developed. I had been eyeing this cake from Joanne’s blog for days, so it seemed the perfect application for the tart, juicy berries. (more…)


Healthy Habits Kitchen

Something I don’t yet understand, and perhaps won’t until I get there myself, is parenthood. How an adult (like me) can manage a full-time career, a family, friends, and time for themselves is just beyond my comprehension. I guess the last on that list sort of drops by the wayside, but the rest of the stuff is still there, and I’ve always been completely perplexed as to how people handle it. My parents both worked full-time while I was growing up, yet I had a rich, fulfilling, and happy childhood, and they both progressed in their careers and maintained a healthy social life. These days, I can barely fit in all of the things I need to do in my own life — work, friend time, family visits, more work, and hobbies. Often the things that fall off are the non-essentials, like cooking a delicious meal, baking a fresh batch of cookies, and clearly… keeping up with this blog! When Healthy Habits Kitchen got in touch with me about trying some of their meal kits, I was pretty ecstatic… delicious, wholesome food made in my own kitchen in no time flat? Color me intrigued. (more…)


Rhubarb Ginger Multigrain Scones

Scones. These scones. They say so much about where I am in life at this moment, what things have transpired to bring me to this day and this batch of deliciousness. I have been struggling mightily lately to find a block of time where I can summon both the energy and enthusiasm needed, and also the time necessary, to settle into my kitchen and bake. Baking has always been a source of comfort for me, but in the harder moments when energy and passion are at a minimum (or simply don’t exist at all), sometimes I just can’t be bothered. But on a recent trip home, I plucked some luscious red rhubarb stalks from my mom’s garden, vowing that I would make them into something magical. I found a recipe online that seemed like a good starting place, then put together my own recipe with the usual tweaks and changes, and came up with something that I really love. (more…)


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