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three salad ideas for your next dinner party

Bigger Bits Food Series What I'm Eating

three salad ideas for your next dinner party

October 20, 2016

I’m a celebrator of beauty and connection through food and celebration. Gathering those I love, and even strangers that I’ll come to love, around a table is so crucial to who I am.

Hosting is often so intimidating for people- and I love creating ways to lessen that intimidation. Sometimes, simplicity with food wins. Gathering, eating, and celebrating don’t need to be complicated. Sometimes we get lost in the chaos of presentation and perfection, forgetting what truly matters when bringing people together.

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Bigger Bits Food

roasted eggplant and onion soup

October 18, 2016

As I write this post, it’s a rare morning of gloom and rainy drizzle here in LA. I have to smile to myself because it’s as if my city has conjured this moment just so I can deliver you this roasted eggplant and onion soup under the proper circumstances- because surely once this posts, it’ll be sunshine-y and warm again.

But for now, the weather is perfect, this soup is heartwarming, and all is well this mid-October.

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Breakkie Food

market egg skillet

October 12, 2016

Breakkie has my heart, without a doubt. See herehere, and here, not to mention many other posts on this little bloggy.

And make it an easy breakkie? Even better! I love whipping up dishes that require minimal effort so I can focus on whatever else I may be doing, or whoever I may have visiting.

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champagne and gin cocktail with passion fruit

October 10, 2016

I’m well aware of the fact that this is a post about a summery cocktail in October. Trust me, I want nothing more than to be sipping a warm, spiced something right now but alas, Los Angeles weather just isn’t having it.

Us Angelenos are coming off of a weekend with temps in the high 80s and this cocktail is how I’ve been making it through! Fall, please come soon.

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Breakkie Food

mixed fruit and coconut yogurt parfait

October 5, 2016

We’re lucky that here in California, certain foods are seasonally available for longer periods of time, depending on our local farms {and the weather of course; we’re still seeing temps around the high 80s around here so fall is still ever so slightly out of reach}.

In a recent Farmbox delivery of mine, I was thrilled to see a few of my summer favorites still lingering around. I knew I had to savor the last bit of summer sweetness and let these fruits shine in a simple parfait.

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Inspiration Products I Love Series The Table

whisk and whittle

October 4, 2016

Awhile back, I had the pleasure of hosting a Women & Whiskies evening at my loft. Our night revolved around the beautiful and seasonal flowers of early summer and included flowery whiskey cocktails {of course}, a delicious dinner spread, and cake. Oh guys, these cakes. To feast your eyes and stomach on these creations is pure heaven, all thanks to one fabulous gal.

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Inspiration Places Series The Table

the darling retreat

September 30, 2016

I love retreats- they’re a time to get away from your normal pace of life, recalibrate in a new environment, and take on a different world for just a bit. Darling Magazine has hosted a few creative retreats, and I’ve loved being able to help curate the experience by cooking for the women who attend. It’s amazing how much food has the power to effect the experience of a weekend away. When you’re eating well, nourishing your body with beautiful things, and giving it the nutrients it needs, everything else seems to be so much more in alignment. The last weekend retreat Darling hosted was in Ojai, California, and was centered around photography. It was absolutely restful, stunning, and so much more.

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