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I know, it’s been a little while.
This summer has been a little crazy, what with buying our first house (yay!) and all the stress that comes with moving and settling in, coupled with the general challenges of 2020’s new Covid-19 reality. Because of all this, I’ve had to divert my focus from the blog for a bit. If I’m honest, its been a little hard over here. Every major appliance or furniture delivery has had some complication, and most recently, a series of unfortunate events have left me without an oven since early August. This was a major set-back, and as soon as I recovered from the initial stress of having to completely revise my recipe plans for the foreseeable future (there was a lot of baking involved), I was struck with nerve pain that has been keeping me from sitting at a computer, let alone walking around and taking photos. I’m hoping as I type this that I’m on the mend, and I have lots of slow cooker, pressure cooker, and air fryer recipes in the works for you soon. Here’s to hoping!
But enough about me. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting things going on out there in the world of food and drink.
News & Inspiration:
- Yet another reason to learn to make your own homemade jams: LA’s famous Sqirl cafe makes excuses for mold on its expensive gourmet jams. Or you can check out this awesome list of black-owned jam makers to support if you are suffering from the current canning lid shortage.
- Going dry or just trying to cut back? Non-alcoholic cocktails are all the rage right now! Julia Bainbridge talks about the latest contribution to the scene with her new book, Good Drinks.
- Fall 2020 is bringing some beautiful cookbooks to the market – Just in time for my birthday in November (hint, hint).
- I’m seriously craving this homemade orange chicken – maybe I can figure out an air fryer version….
- I whipped up a batch of pina colada sangria this weekend and it was a hit.
- Whipped ricotta? Pineapple? TOAST?? Sign me up for this breakfast.
- Without an oven, making my own FODMAP friendly marinara sauce has been off the table, but thankfully Fody Foods is making a jar marinara sauce I can safely eat! Thank goodness, because I am obsessed with making mini pizzas in my air fryer.
- Not a recipe, but if you are a pumpkin spice aficionado like me, I urge you to pick up Bones Coffee’s Jacked O Lantern blend. With strong notes of cinnamon, cloves, and everything nice, this medium blend has stolen my fall-weather heart.
Books On My Coffee Table:
- The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For by Helena Garcia
- Moveable Feasts by Sarah Fuller
- Sour Grapes (2016) – an American crime documentary on the wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan (currently on Netflix)
- Lucifer – After years of Sam watching the series on his own, I’m finally catching up. Despite the formulaic nature and the often cheesy dialogue, it’s been incredibly fun to watch and I love the characters.
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