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Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

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Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Today is June 1st, which means nothing at all except that time is moving so very quickly that it’s gonna be Christmas in like a half a minute.

It’s depressing.

In other less depressing news, there are a few big things happening this week. Number uno: it’s doughnut week or something like that (I haven’t Googled it). Number dos: it’s Negroni week. I love both and if someone can figure out how I can have a doughnut and a Negroni and how they’d taste good together, LEMME KNO.

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat
Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

Have you eaten nougat before? It’s kind of like taffy or divinity or maybe I’d even describe it like a stronger, firmer marshmallow.

It’s firmer than a marshmallow but still soft and chewy. This particular nougat is spiked with strawberry flavor and pistachio. The strawberry flavor is added by pulsing freeze-dried strawberries into a powder and adding it to the egg whites just when you add the boiling sugar. It’s melts into the candy, infusing it with a strong strawberry flavor. YUM.

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Pig Candy

Appetizers, Snacks

Pig Candy // www.acozykitchen.com

Two years ago today I went on my first date with my now boyfriend, Joshua. Up until that point I had dated all the wrong people; most of them were nice and fine but all were wrong for me. I arrived at the restaurant early and he arrived 15 minutes late, which makes me laugh when I think about it because it’s very telling of who we are.

He picked a (now closed but his amazing wine store lives on!) wine bar called Lou’s. It was a pretty ideal first date spot; it was dimly lit and quiet, but full of people, especially for a Monday night, and they served interesting, hard-to-find-wines with really good snacks. We ordered our respective wines – him a barnyard-y Gamay and I ordered a Malbec. There was a charcuterie plate, a burrata salad with roasted grapes and an order of pig candy.

Pig Candy // www.acozykitchen.com

As we ate, we talked about all sorts of things; happy things, funny things, random things and sad things, too. Josh asked me what my hardest challenge in life was thus far. I answered, and then he answered; and then I remember us just staring at each other, absorbing the other’s answer.

Some would say sad stuff is a terrible thing to talk about on a first date, but that’s where we were in our lives. Josh had just experienced the loss of his mom and I think when you’re really sad it’s hard not to mention it. I’m glad we talked about such things. And plus, I’ve never been good at adhering to dating do’s and don’t’s.

Pig Candy // www.acozykitchen.com

The next day I flew to my parent’s house to work on my book and I remember wondering what would happen. I was, for the first time in a long time, excited about getting to know someone, to dive deeper into their life and perspective on the everyday.

We went on a few more dates but a relationship wasn’t something Josh could take on at the time. I was pretty heartbroken and I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t even know him that well! But something just clicked; something with him just felt right. So, I left him alone, but couldn’t forget about him. We ended up running into each other almost eight months later; he was in a better place and so was I. And we’ve been pretty inseparable ever since.

We haven’t been together for a full two years, but the day we sat down for the first time and talked for five hours is a day I love to remember. So, of course, since I’m a romantic, I’m celebrating with Pig Candy.

Pig Candy // www.acozykitchen.com

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Homemade Tootsie Rolls

Desserts

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

HOMEMADE TOOTSIE ROLLS!!

I’m VERY excited about this post.

But let me honest, I kind of don’t like Halloween, and actually had plans to skip over the entire holiday all together and move straight into November/Thanksgiving-ish recipes until, well, until I got the idea to make tootsie rolls. Tootsie rolls saved Halloween. (Or at least my Halloween.)

I’m kind of like the scrooge who stole Halloween. Halloween always feels like a lot of work. Costume brainstorming, costume making, costume buying…and also, Halloween is like legit scary. I was the 8-year old who exited the haunted house SOBBING, like, uncontrollable crying. Scary things scare me!

Oh and scary movies? They scare me A LOT. And this is someone who went to film school, too, and has a very clear understanding as to how movies are made, but for some reason the part of my brain that gets scared can’t apply logic to the swamp thing coming out of a lake that eats people, and I believe it’s real.

I haven’t seen a scary movie all the way through since I was 12 years old. All the cool kids in school took the Wes Craven film class. NOT ME!

But I do like candy. So Halloween always gets me just a little.

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