home decor // nursery room design

Earlier this summer I took an interior design course at the California College of the Arts. I’ve always had a personal interest in interior design, so it was interesting to go more in depth on everything from the standard sizes of architectural elements and appliances, to lighting considerations, to the optimal amount of space to leave for circulation in a room. Continue reading

recipe // smoky minestrone with tortellini and pesto

recipe // smoky minestrone with tortellini and pesto

This minestrone recipe is a great standby I found on Food52. It’s hearty and packed full of vegetables, with some bacon thrown in to give it the smoky quality in its name. Be prepared for a lot of chopping, but from start to finish this only takes me a little over an hour to make, including the 30-40 minute simmering time. As the recipe suggests, this is great served with fresh basil pesto on top, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and some Parmesan cheese, with some good bread on the side. Continue reading

recipe // roasted eggplant with buttermilk sauce & pomegranate seeds

My latest cookbook obsession is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. I received it as a gift and let it sit on the shelf unused for a while, wrongly assuming that the recipes were too labor intensive for everyday meals. Living with someone who loves anything made with eggplant though, I couldn’t avoid making the cover dish for long. Continue reading

recipe // warm-the-heart chili

This chili recipe comes from my friend Lauren, who is not only a great photographer but also an excellent cook. I’m convinced that this recipe may just be the perfect weeknight meal. As a bonus, it’s the perfect comfort food for escaping chilly February weather with your Valentine. Continue reading

recipe // wild rice gratin with kale, caramelized onions and baby swiss

Knowing that I have a bit of an obsession with the Smitten Kitchen blog, my wonderful boyfriend bought me the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook for our anniversary a few months ago. I’ve cooked a handful of the recipes, some of them multiple times, and stickynoted almost all the rest for future occasions (my real world version of pinning). Everything I’ve made so far has been awesome – I honestly can’t recommend this cookbook enough.

The wild rice gratin with kale, caramelized onions, and baby swiss is one of the recipes I’ve made on multiple occasions. It’s kind of like hearty comfort food, packed with rice, veggies and just the right amount of cheese, and coated with a crisp bread crumb crust. It’s gotten rave reviews from vegetarians and meat eaters alike, and is a relatively easy dish for a midweek meal. Continue reading

recipe // butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed-mint pesto

This is a great fall recipe from Sunset. They suggest serving it in mini pumpkins, and using fresh pumpkin instead of squash, but I was not feeling that ambitious for a post-work meal. Instead, I used the pre-cut butternut squash from Trader Joe’s (2 bags of it, to be exact), an immersion blender to puree the soup, and a food processor to make the pesto, and in under an hour was serving it up in perfectly acceptable ceramic bowls with a side of olive bread. Continue reading