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The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

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The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Today is the day! The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures is out in the world. I hope you love it. I hope you think it’s fun and inspiring and funny and more fun.

When I set out to make this book I wanted it to be a bit different than this blog; I wanted it to be an extension, tell a slightly different story. It is just that. It’s a story about working through all the muck that is our mundane and very normal and, often times, challenging lives. It’s about controlling what you can in life because sometimes things aren’t so easy. One thing I found I could control was my thoughts, how I spent my free time and my perspective. I know this idea sounds a bit lofty and it sort of is. The inspiration came from listening to This is Water by David Foster Wallace, a life-changing listen (if you haven’t, I highly recommend it).

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

While the book’s introduction may sound a bit like, ok calm down, Adrianna, the rest of the book is happy. It’s broken up into sections: “Make,” “Live, “Do.” There are DIYs, recipes and ideas to make your day a bit sweeter.

There’s also a ton of Amelia. Hello grain-free doggie doughnuts!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Fruit Sugars. It took me a looooong time to figure out this recipe and when I finally nailed it, I felt silly because it really couldn’t be simpler. Freeze dried fruit is pulsed in a food processor and then mixed with sugar and a teeny bit of water. As you mix the two vigorously with your fingers, the sugar will take on the fruit’s color. I think it’s beautiful.

Put this sugar in tea. Sprinkle it on cookies. Put it on all the things!!!

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

I’m not sure you know how much A Cozy Kitchen means to me. I imagine you don’t because I don’t really talk about it all that often, do I?

The whole world could be crumbling, but as long as I can bake and cook and shoot and do it with Amelia by my side and you reading, all will be ok.

This space encourages me, it inspires me, you inspire me. Thank you so much for hearing my very hormotional rant right now. Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on my book. And thank you for simply being here and reading this. I appreciate you all so very much.

xoxo
Adrianna

Links:

Order The Year of Cozy
Like my custom stamp? I got it here on Etsy!
Bowls from Suite One Studio (who made so many beautiful pieces in the book)
Listen to me on The One Plant Podcast with Jessica Murnane discussing all things The Year of Cozy (plus, she’s giving away a book! You just have to answer the question: Who do you want to cozy up with? Bowchicabowow!)

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Healthy Dinner for One: Salmon Soba Noodle Miso Bowl

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Crispy Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl

My eyeballs sting and my feet sort of ache from standing all day but it’s ok because a rendition of this bowl is in front of me and Broad City is on the TV. Have you watched?

I watched Girls for the first few seasons but there was always something I didn’t like. I couldn’t really put my finger on it until I started watching Broad City, which I like a million times more, and then it dawned on me: I wouldn’t be friends with any of the women in Girls. Not one of them. They all complain about their lives and it’s annoying and boring and gets old. But Abi and Ilana, THEM MY GIRLS! I wanna hang out with them all day long.

Moving onto this bowl, it’s a single person’s dinner, though it could easily be doubled if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Healthy Dinner for One: Moroccan-Spiced Cod with Cauliflower Cous Cous and Carrots

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Moroccan-Spiced Cod with Cauliflower Cous Cous and Carrots

I’ve been eating really healthy (do not count those two glasses of wine Monday night plz) and I feel great. I sort of say that with an “ugh” because the sluggish feeling I had before was all thanks to cinnamon rolls and the glory of brioche bread. Probably. It’s always a bummer when you eat healthy food and you’re like, YEP they’re right!

I wish I felt fantastic when I ate all of the delicious things I love cooking and baking but I often times don’t. I mean, I don’t feel awful, awful, I just feel better when I eat healthy. I’m pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say that.

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Healthy Dinner For One: Enoki Mushroom Stir-Fry

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Healthy Dinner For One: Enoki + Chard Mushroom Stir-Fry | www.acozykitchen.com

If there’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do is create a bunch of recipes for one person because A LOT of the time, I eat alone. And it’s not sad, it’s actually glorious! I make dinner, I pour myself a glass of wine or beer, or in this case, a La Croix over ice, put a trashy TV show on and eat. It’s super chill!

Cooking for one isn’t always easy. I’m not a big leftovers person so I don’t really care to eat the same thing the next day for lunch.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite, super easy, go-to dinzez (dinzes?) for one. The first one couldn’t be simpler. It’s full of flavor thanks to the soy sauce and mirin (Japanese cooking wine), ginger, lime and lots of garlic.

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Build an Acai Bowl

Breakfast, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Build an Acai Bowl

This week on A Cozy Kitchen we’re getting super healthy! Yes, I know. I’m putting away the butter and sugar (for now) and giving you recipes to eat when you’re in the mood to be good.

I used to be one of those psycho people who could go hours, HOURS without eating anything in the morning. I’d totally skip breakfast, drink coffee instead (of course) but by 1pm I was a demon. A total hangry little demon.

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Cauliflower Cottage Pie

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

Cauliflower Cottage Pie | www.acozykitchen.com

This past Wednesday I had one of those epic food days. I ate sushi for lunch; there was a over-priced (but worth it) fresh-pressed cucumber juice for a late afternoon drink situation; dinner was a decadent Italian meal, proceeded by a warm buttered rum as a nightcap. Oh and cookies and milk!

I’m not sure if I’ve had a better food day than that, ever, but it’s coming to a screeching half, ladies and gentlemen, because the month of March is all about eating healthy (for me). Don’t worry, A Cozy Kitchen won’t be turning into a Paleo blog but I will be sprinkling in healthier recipes from time to time, this one you see as my first.

For this post, I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet to give you a healthier take on cottage pie (also known as shepherd’s pie). It’s for St. Patrick’s Day or any day when you’re looking for a healthier but still comforting dish to make.

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Deconstructed Zucchini Manicotti

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish)

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My favorite thing in the world to eat is pasta. Like, if I was seeing my last days and someone was like, Adrianna, what would you like to eat because dying sucks? I’d be like, BRING ME PASTA! A gigantic bowl of pasta bolognese with a glass of lambrusco would be it for me. So, it’s not really a surprise that the dish I crave the most when I’m trying to eat healthier is pasta.

Last year I got super into zucchini noodles. I’m pretty sure I ate zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs every single night for like weeks, WEEKS. I actually first discovered the glory of spiralized vegetables from Ali’s blog, Inspiralized. At first I was like, uh, I dunno, I like real pasta but then I was needing something healthier in my life and this seemed like an awesome alternative.

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Kale and Chard Potlikker Soup

Dinner, Soups

Kale and Chard Potlikker // www.acozykitchen.com

December is for cookies and pies and appetizers, specifically meatballs. I love meatballs.

January is for recovery. Honestly, I always feel a little silly and cliche posting healthy recipes at the beginning of the year, but right now I’m actually craving vegetables and broth and nourishing foods. December wrecked my body. I ate and drank a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it (no regrets!), but this state of recover is really necessary.

Enter: this potlikker (pot liquor?) soup.

Kale and Chard Potlikker // www.acozykitchen.com

I first learned about potlikker while watching PBS’s A Chef’s Life with Vivian Howard. Have you seen it? Oh man, she’s my new obsession. Every show ends and I’m so inspired to make the stuff she’s making. She’s fun to watch, too. Vivan strikes this perfect balance of being knowledgeable, relatable, and vulnerable. And all her ideas are really smart and interesting…even if she doesn’t think they are at first.

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Roasted Tomato Garlic Chicken

Dinner

Roasted Tomato Garlic Chicken | www.acozykitchen.com

I feel like we all might need a bit of a sugar break. Not for like FOREVR, but for today. This recipe is one of those one-pot situations my mom cooked for me us all time back in the day. It’s completely stress-free, fuss-free and even gluten-free, if you’re into that sort of thing.

It’s cozy, too, as most meals should be in the month of December. I know we’re sort of in that frenzy right now, just trying to reach the calm of Christmas day when we all wish time could stand still. I can’t wait for the quiet of the holidays. I need it, this year especially.

For the recipe and more photos, go to PBS Food.

xo
Adrianna

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Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola

Breakfast

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola | www.acozykitchen.com

Lots of hippie-dippie things are going on in the world right now and I figured we should talk about them.

To start, birkenstocks are back in style. I bought a white pair last week and I’m currently expecting their arrival. Pretty excited about ’em, you guys. I might even live on the edge and wear them with a cute pair of socks. Sue me.

And Tevas!! Also back in style. Not sure how I feel about this return. They kinda bring back some terrible 90s nightmares.

Speaking of Colorado-type things…granola! Grain-free granola is totally a thing. No grains. No gluten. And while we’re at it, no refined sugar. You would think I’d be leading you down a depressing healthy hole of complete nonsense but seriously this is my favorite granola in the entire world. Yes, I’m absolutely serious. There’s a good chance that after this I won’t ever return to oat-based granola. Why would I? I don’t need them. I have nuts like almonds, walnuts and macadamia, and seeds like sunflower and black sesame. And a bunch of delicious fruit like golden berries and goji berries.

Nutty, Seeded, Grain-Free Granola | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m in love. Today’s post is my ode to granola-y-type things.

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