Design Finds—Origami

Design Finds—Origami

DesignNov 02 20140 Comment

I have always been inspired by the art of paper folding. The practice of taking something flat and, with creasing (and patience!), turning it into a charming 3-dimensional object always felt like a bit of magic. Additionally, there was the incredible paper that I could never resist: bright colors, bold patterns, delicate illustrations, luxe metallics. Even if I couldn’t create the more complicated shapes, I had little willpower to resist picking up a variety of these lovely papers. ...

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Caraway Pork Burgers with Sour Cherry Ketchup

Caraway Pork Burgers with Sour Cherry Ketchup

If you’ve read a few posts here, you will note that I’m obsessed with sour cherries. So much that I will revolve meals, even savory meals, around this ingredient. This is how these burgers came about, by thinking “What can I do with sour cherries? Oh I can make ketchup… what would go well with sour cherry ketchup… burgers is obvious, how can I make this different? Pork goes with fruit, and let’s add some caraway to take a decidedly Eastern European ...

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My Favorite Things: Sour Cherries

My Favorite Things: Sour Cherries

Can you tell that I’m obsessed with sour cherries? I think the obsession started when I was little. My dad and grandmother, both born in Hungary, had lived with European baked goods and had little tolerance for things like puffy white bread and boxed cake mix. To them (and to me now, as well), cakes were made with eggs, butter, flour and sugar; bread was crusty, and only the freshest would do, even if it meant having someone wrap up a still-cooling loaf on a speed tray. This meant ...

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Entering Autumn, and Comfort Food

Entering Autumn, and Comfort Food

I have a very short memory, it seems. We’ve had a beautiful summer this year, and although there were more thunderstorms than I can remember for this season, most of the summer was comfortably warm in the 70s, sunny, and beautiful. Except for a muggy stretch, it was great, and the spotty thundershowers were welcome because it meant I wouldn’t have to water the garden. Even my tomatoes flourished, which is something that I’ve had problems with in years past. I believed that ...

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Sunshine Salad

Sunshine Salad

Silly title, I know. I don’t usually go for these kinds of names either. I like to be dry, but descriptive. However, I feel like Sunshine Salad is the most apt name, because it’s so bright and summery, and some of the ingredients reference sun. So hey, I guess in the end, it is pretty descriptive. This goes great alongside grilled meats, or I imagine that it would be equally delightful tossed with pasta. Sunshine Salad Serves 4 as a side. 3 ears corn 1 pint sungold tomatoes, ...

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OMG, Zucchini

OMG, Zucchini

Last year was my first real year for our small garden. For the first couple years that we lived in our home, it was a typical newer construction backyard. Slab patio, fence, grass, on a slight slope. I put in a raised bed, but didn’t really plan it well, and it looked exactly like you think: a raised bed, plopped slightly haphazardly in some grass. It wasn’t too pretty. I had tried and tried to sketch something out, to make my own plan. It just didn’t work. I must have ...

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Everyday Items for Design Nerds — Kitchen

Everyday Items for Design Nerds — Kitchen

DesignAug 09 20130 Comment

I’m a total design nerd. It’s a little bit of a curse, in a way. Graphic, industrial, interior, architecture… I look for attention to even the most minimal details, and that makes me extremely picky. I also don’t mind paying for value, but I don’t have a ton of cash and also won’t pay out the nose just for a name, so quality has to be there, which also, in the end, makes me a little cheap (or at very least, value conscious). But the worst part is, I look ...

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Summer Music

Summer Music

MusicAug 08 20130 Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited for new music. This late summer and early fall, between August and October, is full of new releases from old favorites and newcomers. Since I’m totally beside myself with all these new tunes, let’s just go in order of release date, shall we? Typhoon — White Lighter August 20th on Roll Call Records. Typhoon is magical. It’s magic is how 11 people can be in such a small band and be able to get together enough to make ...

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Sriracha Chicken Skewers

Sriracha Chicken Skewers

EntreesAug 05 20130 Comment

There’s a mantra that I believe in and try to practice and when it comes to the web, and that’s “original content”. That little voice in the back of my head, that we all have, says things like: “The web is so full of stuff, how can repeating stuff be a good idea?” “Why post a recipe that’s already been published in a book, magazine, website?” “If you’re going to put something else out there, don’t just add to the noise. ...

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Sour Cherry and Almond Crisp

Sour Cherry and Almond Crisp

Just say the words “sour cherries”, and my mouth starts watering. I like all kinds of foods, but there are a few things I go weak in the knees for, and can’t imagine living without. Cilantro, lime, coconut. Just about any kind of pickled vegetable. Cucumbers, avocado. Sour cream, goat cheese. And then we’ve got almonds and sour cherries; especially if they are together. My sour cherry lust has only been growing over the years. First, when I was little, we used to get ...

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