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Sour Plum Brown Butter Upside Down Cake

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Sour Plus Brown Butter Upside Down Cake // A Cozy Kitchen

You guys, I usually hate summer. Hate. Sitting by the fire, wearing scarves and loving autumn leaves is more my thing. This blog is called a cozy kitchen, after all. There’s not a lot of coziness going on in the summer time, unless you include turning the AC on blast–which I don’t have, unfortunately–to 50 degrees and piling on the blankets. I dream of this.

But this year I’m not minding summer. Maybe it’s the bbqs with friends or the summer dresses from Target that I’m loving or the summer fruit. I feel like all that stuff combined has made sweating a-ok. (Kinda.) These sour plums were a gift from my dude. He doesn’t give me jewelry; he gives me fun produce. I don’t mind one bit.

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Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust


Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

On hot summer days I’m always feelin’ pie. And ice cream. Ice cream is important.

Somedays I want pie with a side of ice cream. Somedays I want ice cream with a side of pie. If I’m feeling the latter, that’s when these little baby mini hand pies are called to order. Cuuuuute.

But let’s be honest, while I love the flavor of this buckwheat crust (it’s nutty and robust and earthy), it kind of gives the crust a more dull brown color than the pretty golden brown we usually associate with pie crust. Soooo, we’re calling these ‘rustic’. That’s what we do, right? Whenever something is sort of ugly, we just call it ‘rustic’…? Yes. I think we’re gonna call these “rustic.”

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Cardamom Pistachio Quickbread


I’m in the mood to talk about ice cream…so we’re gonna do that.

Ice cream flavors. So many to choose from! They can say so much about a person, am I right? As a kid, what was your go-to flavor? Let’s dicusss…

Popular flavor #1: Bubble gum ice cream. That was usually the girly-girl. I always considered it a stupid flavor. Very ill-conceived. The gum gets all hard and unchewable, too sweet and a lil’ too pink. If Barbie was a real life living girl, I’d bet she’d order bubble gum ice cream.

Popular flavor #2 & #3: Vanilla and chocolate. Straight, narrow and safe. But you know, sometimes you want something delicious and basic. Almost like a great pair of fitted jeans or the perfect white tee. Basics are cool. I feel like the straight-A student went with vanilla and chocolate. (I’m totally putting people in boxes right now!! Ice cream boxes!!)

Popular flavor #4 & #5: Mint chocolate chip and cookies n’ cream. These two flavors are totally interchangeable. They’re practicality the same thing: vanilla ice cream with oreos or refreshing chocolate. All of my friends ordered these flavors. Solid choices. For the record, I respect these ice cream flavors.

Weirdo flavor #1: Pistachio. Ahhhh yea! That was allll me. I was the strange 6 year old asking for pistachio. I think some adults liked to think I had fancy taste, but really it was just the light green color that I loved so much. And, I liked rebellious ice cream flavors. Pistachio ice cream is like the ugly mutt of the ice cream world.

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