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Category Archives: Appetizers

Being Here | Spring Pea & Ricotta Toasts

Being Here | Spring Pea & Ricotta Toasts

Several weeks ago, I hosted a festive spring dinner party. Ben was out of town, and I wanted to take advantage of having the apartment to myself (with, you know, something more substantive than several solo glasses of wine and a Gilmore Girls marathon). I invited a bunch of my favorite women, and the ones who could make it […]

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Even If | Gingered Delicata Squash Soup

Even If | Gingered Delicata Squash Soup

And just like that, Thanksgiving is upon us! I am here today with a simple, delicious starter that will serve you well for the holiday. But I also wanted to take a moment to encourage you to take a lot of deep breaths, do some yoga, go for a hike in the woods, drink a nice glass of […]

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The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

The Little Orange Kitchen | Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula

My first solo apartment occupied the front right-hand corner of a stately purple house on the downtown edge of Grand Rapids’ historic Heritage Hill. I lived there when I started this blog, and I’ve surely mentioned it before. It was a special little place, after all. I moved in at the very beginning of 2010, just […]

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Summer into fall, with Sweet Corn Soup

Summer into fall, with Sweet Corn Soup

This might not seem like the ideal moment, at least in the Bay Area, to post a recipe about soup. It has been suffocatingly hot here all week, exacerbated by the fact that ours are not apartments or businesses or schools—or people, for that matter—made for the heat. But you can eat this soup not only hot […]

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With its grandeur | Tomato & Pickled Peach Salad with Labneh

With its grandeur | Tomato & Pickled Peach Salad with Labneh

I read Nigel Slater’s Notes from the Larder while eating my breakfast and wish desperately that my life looked more like his. He seems to live at a wonderfully slow and thoughtful pace, where there isn’t a plan for every moment and the surprise ripeness of backyard fruit can set the course for the day. Here, he is plucking damsons […]

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