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Hibiscus Strawberry Cheese Danishes + Big Bear Scenes

Adventures, Breakfast, Desserts, Spring, Winter

HI!

What did you end up doing for Valentine’s Day?! Josh and I ended up having a chill night in, made double-decker tacos, drank some beer and watched TABOO. He’s more into that show than I am; I usually fall asleep like 20 minutes in but I do think the time it takes place sort of fascinating.

I’ve had a crazy slow start to the week because on Monday I woke up with a pinch in my throat. It’s so annoying because I haven’t been doing anything that would bring on me getting sick. But I’m feeling better so woohoo!

This recipe and photos are from last month when we took a 3 day trip to Big Bear Lake. We got caught in a huge snow storm, which I sort of didn’t take that seriously until the snow just didn’t stop falling from the sky. I think we got 3 or 4 feet in a few hours.

Luckily it meant that we were holed up with no where to go for a full 2 days which meant plenty of baking and going on walks. Amelia was in heaven because for some reason she thinks snow is the most fun thing in the world.

So fluffy!! So fun!!

The little AIRBNB we rented was perfect for a few days because it had an old 80s oven and it came with the right amount of plastic sleds that were perfect for going down this hill that we found down the street from where we were staying.

Apparently this weekend is supposed to be another snow-heavy weekend and wish I was back there!

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Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric Soup

Healthy (ish), Soups, Vegetarian, Winter

Roasted Cauliflower Tumeric Soup

I like to treat January as a reboot month.

I’m currently getting this lil’ blog redone, which is LONG overdue; I’m dyeing white linens (with food!) so I can have the exact colors that I want; I’m going to paint some surfaces all the colors that I think of when I think of A Cozy Kitchen; and of course, I’m eating healthy.

SORT OF BORING. Except this soup is not boring.

Eating healthy for the past few days hasn’t been too bad. I’ve been mainly consisting off of these meatballs, boiled eggs, Korean BBQ, roasted chicken and spaghetti squash. I’m going to post my meal prep for Whole 30 on Monday. I wanted to wait a week because I really wanted to figure out what I ended up being my favorites to grab from this week.

Roasted Cauliflower Turmeric Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Tumeric Soup

This cauliflower soup is healthy and flavorful and the almonds make it part snack, part soup. I have to put lots of toppings in my soup so that it feels substantial.

I’ve also learned that I enjoy chewing foods (if that makes sense). I need soups with lots of toppings so I can chew. It tricks my brain into thinking it’s more of a meal. I always used to eat soup with bread or biscuits so these almonds are a nice healthy option (not nearly as good) but good for the moment. Only 25 more days of Whole 30 lolllll. I CAN DO IT!!

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Cornbread Ebelskivers

Appetizers, Breakfast, Desserts, Holiday, Winter

Cornbread Ebelskivers with Salted Honey Butter

I’m currently sitting in the passenger seat with my laptop in my lap, while Josh drives. Amelia is in the backseat with her raincoat on, fully equipped for inclement weather, sleeping. We’ll be in The Bay soon.

It’s almost Christmas/Hannakuh and I have one last recipe to share with you before I peace out for the rest of the year!

One of my big highlights of 2016 for sure was going to Copenhagen. I still think about it often—everything from the politics to the food to Trivoli to the pretty and old cobblestone streets. The food was oh so good but I remember one thing that I totally didn’t find or stumble upon were ebelskivers. I looked! But it’s ok because I’ve had plenty at Broder Nord in Portland. I’ve been there a handful of times and the thing that is an absolute must to order are the ebelskivers with meyer lemon curd and lingonberry jam. They are SO good.

Cornbread Ebelskivers with Salted Honey Butter

If you’re unfamiliar with these puffy balls of amazingness, they’re essentially Denmark’s version of a pancake. The batter is somewhat similar, except for the last step, which involves whipping egg whites until stiff and folding them into the batter. They’re light and fluffy and so delicious after having been cooked in butter for a few minutes.

I made regular ebelskivers for an Anthropologie post I did back in November but I didn’t post the recipe because they weren’t 100, as the kids say. They still needed a bit of work.

I didn’t love that they weren’t like perfect circles. They still tasted great and were fluffy and warm and delicious but it was just an aesthetic thingy for me.

Well, Josh sent me a post that Bo Bech posted, sharing how to get perfect circles! You basically add the batter to the ebelskiver cavity, cook it for a few minutes, turn it 90 degrees and add more batter. Cook it on a few more sides and that’s it. PERFECTION.

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Cranberry Chestnut Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday, Winter

Cranberry Chestnut Cake

I am currently prepping so hard to chill TF out for the break. I’m gonna be honest, this fall put in borderline burn out mode so I’m hoping that a bit of rest and chillaxation will give me some much needed energy.

This is also my favorite time to take a break because EVERYONE is taking a break. Usually if I go on a vacation in the month of May or April, I still end up working because I’m addicted to checking my email BUT NOT NEXT WEEK!

I’m also spending a bit of time doing some last bits of work, cleaning and organizing my apartment before we all head up to The Bay for the holidays.

We’ve also been binge-watching The OA and I am not mad at it. It’s SO good and weird and addictive and weird.

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Cranberry Chestnut Cake

If you have a bunch of time over the next week, definitely watch it. It’s also family-friendly (no weird sex scenes) so you will be a-ok to watch it with your father-in-law/grandfather, etc.

This cranberry chestnut cake is a lil’ thing I made last week when I had some cranberries in the fridge and remembered this beautiful cranberry frosting I saw on Food52 a month ago or so.

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Hot Chocolate Crema Catalana

Chocolate, Desserts, Holiday, Winter

Hot Chocolate Crema de Catalan

Every family has Christmas traditions. I love hearing about other families’ traditions because they vary so much.

The one tradition my mom always kept alive and well was Peruvian-style homemade hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. In Peru, homemade hot chocolate is cooked over the stove, with Peruvian chocolate chopped into tiny bits and then mixed into milk with cinnamon and cloves; it’s rich and delicious.

Hot Chocolate Crema de Catalan

Traditionally it’s had right before everyone heads to midnight mass. When we were teeny-tiny, the hot chocolate would come right before bed since at that time we believed that Santa would come down our non-existent chimney and bring us gifts. My dad would tell us he’d sneak in through a window which sort of scared me but whatever.

It was the one time a year when we had dairy because my parents jumped on the non-dairy train so early. We were one of those houses with rice and almond milk only.

This is a mash-up of another dessert my mom LOVED to make; it’s not Peruvian, though they do make it all over South America. Crema catalana is a Spanish dessert that is SO good. It’s a lot like creme brûlée with the big difference being that it’s not baked—it’s simply cooked over the stove-top then chilled in the fridge.

Hot Chocolate Crema de Catalan

For this post, I teamed up with McCormick spices to add all the goodness to this dessert. It uses McCormick ground cinnamon, whole cloves and vanilla extract.

Hot Chocolate Crema de Catalan

Hot Chocolate Crema de Catalan

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Horchata Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday, Winter

Horchata Cake

These past few days have been quite leisure. The emails have slowed. The deadlines have been met and everyone seems to be winding down for the holiday season. I am completely ready.

I have been chilling in sweats and watching episodes of The View and The Great Holiday Baking Show while I bake the day away.

Horchata Cake

I’ve already kinda made enough content for the month of December so these past few days have just been things I’ve wanted to bake. And this horchata cake was on that list!

I thought about it long and hard because the big question has always been: How do I get it taste like horchata…?

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Gift Guide 2016

Adventures, Winter

Cozy Gift Guide

1. Lime and Lemon Squeezer — All in one!
2. Benrier Mandoline — I love mandolines because I like things to all be the same size.
3. Wilton Piping Decorating Set — For your best friend who’s a baker!
4. Vitamix 750 Copper Blender — This is totally on my to-splurge list for myself. It’s so beautiful.
5. Chemex — How I make my coffee every morning.
6. Kitchenaid Mixer — What would I do without my mixer?!? I use it multiple times a day. And I love it in this color.
7. Dansk Butter Warmer — For me this is half prop/half useful butter melter.
8. Corgi Cookie Cutter — Need I say more.
9. Le Creuset Oval French Oven — I loooove this color. I use this size in the color PALM daily. It’s the most versatile pot I own. I would buy it for everyone I know if I could.

Cozy Gift Guide

1. The Del Posto Cookbook — The photos are stunning and the tiramisu is maybe the best I’ve ever tried. Definitely a splurge of a cookbook but worth it!
2. Molly on the Range — So fun and cute and will make anyone happy.
3. The Year of Cozy — Cozy season is here!
4. The Vanilla Bean Baking Book — I’m baking from this book in a few days and am super excited!
5. The Love & Lemons Cookbook — The most beautiful cookbook. And all the recipes I’ve tried are healthy and delicious.
6. The Edna Lewis Cookbook — The first biscuits I ever made were from her.
7. Alternative Baker — I’m trying my hardest to dip my toe into gluten-free baking. I’m starting here because look at that pie on the cover!
8. A Cozy Coloring Cookbook — The other night I colored for 2 hours straight, while I watched trashy tv and I felt so rejuvenated! Pair it with some awesome colored pencils.
9. Taste of Persia — Everything in this book looks SO good.

Cozy Gift Guide

1. Tinker Watch (in pink) — Mix and match to build a beautiful watch.
2. Butter in London “Fall in Line” — I’ve worn the third color on the right every single day for a month–I love it!
3. Acne Emoji ‘Adriana’ Shoes — I wear these almost every day. They’re my absolute favorite and the emoji plaques are the best conversation starter.
4. Mansur Gavriel Backpack — Another thing on my to-splurge list for myself. Basically I look at Gift Guides for myself. :/
5. Corgi socks — I currently own three pairs of corgi socks but frankly I could use a few more pair.
6. Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Mask — The best stocking stuffer. I love wearing them on flights and scaring everyone around me.
7. Donut mug — Basically the only thing I want for Christmas this year.
8. Softest sweater from Madewell — Also very into this one.
9. Prettiest Alarm Clock in Grey — I probably would still use my iPhone but it’s super cute to go on a side table.

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Winter Fondue

Appetizers, Dinner, Holiday, Winter

Winter Fondue

My first date EVER in my entire life was at an upscale fondue restaurant. I think I was 15 or 16 and had been to some nice restaurants before but this time I was by myself, with a boy (!!), not with my parents. For the first time, I sort of felt like an adult. It felt super fancy and I was very into it.

Halfway through the meal, after the lobster, I realized I’m not all that into boiled meat and fish. My favorite part, by far, was the bread dipped into the cheese and dessert, of course. Who doesn’t love melty chocolate with fruit?

Winter Fondue

For this very adult, fondue party, I teamed up with ALDI to score all of the veggies and cheeses. A few weeks ago I walked through ALDI trying to think of all the things I could dip into cheese. The good news is that it’s not a hard task. Mostly everything is delicious in cheese!

I feel like this is an easy winter-party situation that you can throw together. People come over, chop up some winter vegetables and tell everyone to dip them in cheese. Game over!

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Tiramisu Pie

Chocolate, Desserts, Holiday, Pie, Winter

Tiramisu Pie

Los Angeles! Just a heads up, tomorrow I’ll be in Echo Park at Shout & About signing books and handing out holiday cookies from 11am to 1pm. Stop by!

Now, for this tiramisu pie! I made this pie a few times to recipe test it, pretty normal stuff, but after I finally nailed it, I loved it SO much that I decided it was going to be my Thanksgiving pie.

It was really easy to make, which is why I made it, and right before I started to make it, I remembered that a friend of mine is gluten-free. Luckily I found out that you can totally make this pie with gluten-free ginger snaps and it’ll be just great.

I needed a tablespoon less butter but it worked! I was pumped to find that out.

The pie goes like this: chocolate cookie crust on the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. Then it’s filled with an espresso cream custard that is SO good. At the end of making the espresso cream, I mixed in a few tablespoons of rum and it is BOMB. It tastes just like tiramisu. Then, the pie is filled and chilled. Right before serving, you pipe on some mascarpone cream and top it with a bunch of cocoa powder.

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Cornbread Chicken + Dumplings

Dinner, Fall, Quick and Easy, Soups, Winter

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

I have been on the verge of almost getting sick for almost a month. And I have this strange pain in my neck. I have no idea what’s wrong with me but I think it’s a combo of maybe overworking myself and just being too scared to go to the chiropractor to get it fixed. I’m probably the absolute worst at going to the doctor because I hate it. It’s time-consuming and it’s scary all wrapped into one. So instead I’ve been subsisting off of wellness shots and wellness formula pills every single day. Let’s hope it works! My neck is another story. I’ve been thinking of getting this fancy pillow to help with my neck pain. Is this stuff interesting?

It’s not, I’m sorry. In other news, I went to Yeezy last night and IT WAS AMAZING.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Kayne reminds me of childhood but instead of childhood like as a little kid, it reminds me of being in my teenage years and early twenties when I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. It’s nostalgic in a whole other way. Kanye reminds me of my navy blue Jetta that always smelled a delicious combo of fast food and weed.

It took me a while to warm up to Saint Pablo but once I did I was hooked on that too.

I was hoping to get a glimpse of Kim but she was a no show. 🙁

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Let’s talk chicken and dumplings!

This is my new favorite iteration of them because it combines cornbread into the mix and who doesn’t love cornbread?

If I were to make this again, which I will soon, I might fold some diced jalapeño into the dumplings so they’re a little spicy and sassy. If you want to be crazy, you can mix in some cheese, too.

This bowl situation is all for Cynthia’s (from Two Red Bowls) virtual baby shower. Everyone’s recipes are made in a bowl! Cynthia’s lil’ baby Samuel was born last week! Welcome into the world, little angel! He is so ridiculously cute. Congrats, Cynthia and family!

And a big hug to my homies Alana and Steph for organizing it (you can also see everyone else’s posts under #threeredbowls on the Instagram.

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