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no knead rosemary sea salt bread

No Knead Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

Aaah. The year 30. When one comes of this age, there’s always the certain things that come with the territory. Recently a friend sent me a simple Buzzfeed article where the headline simply read “30 Things to Do Before You’re 30.” On the list, I found many items that I had already accomplished and yet there were others to check off the list. One of the items was to own a dutch oven. Initially, it felt odd. Why was owning a dutch oven a thing, seen as a rite of passage? However after owning one, now I fully understand. From braising and slow cooking meats to stews and soups, it’s the one kitchen appliance that’s been on repeat on a weekly basis. Recently I stumbled upon a recipe for dutch oven bread. I must admit, I was initially skeptical. With a bit of testing, during meal prep last week, I opted to make a loaf of rosemary sea salt bread. It came out perfectly and was so easy to make. With a bit of planning ahead, this no-knead recipe is fool proof. If you’re finding yourself stuck inside with cold and snowy days, make sure to try this recipe.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Buttercream Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

When it comes to gluten free cake, it takes the right mixture of ingredients to get the proportions and baking just right. With any chocolate cake the importance of a good and moist cake is found in the proper moisture in addition to the cocoa powder. With a touch of espresso and healthy substitutions of applesauce in the place of oil, this cake is delicious and the perfect dessert for any winter occasion.

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Braised Lamb Shank

Braised Lamb Shank

As we shared in today’s holiday gathering, every year we attempt to push the culinary expertise in our kitchen with something we’ve never done before. This year it looked like recreating a favorite dish we’ve had in restaurants. With a basic wine aus jois, fresh herbs, and a great cut of meat. We began in our Dutch oven braising the sides of the lamb and then finishing the dish by slow cooking in the oven. The result is a entree that is succulent, falls off the bone, and utters decadence with every bite.

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vegan vanilla cranberry bars

Vegan Vanilla Cranberry Bars

When it comes to eating around the holidays, it’s easy to bulk up on the butter and sugar. However, after living in NorCal, I’ve learned that there are better ways to celebrate without adding all the extras I don’t normally eat. These bars are rich in nature due to the nutty creamy filling and the perfect way to use any frozen or leftover cranberry sauce you might have sitting in your fridge. With dates and maple syrup as the pure forms of sugar, it keeps the recipe whole and light. (We brought this to a potluck of non-vegan folks and people loved it!)

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Holiday Spice Cold Brew

Holiday Spice Cold Brew

Christmas in California feels different every year. Last year, it was filled with Christmas festivities and weather to suit. This year, the semester is winding down and yesterday was 70 degrees. What are great ways to celebrate when it’s warm out? If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know we love all things coffee. Recently we were walking through Target and stumbled upon a cold brew filled with mulling spices. While I was initially skeptical, after a few sips I was sold. It was truly Christmas in a cup. With a quick glance at the label, I realized I could make this cold brew at home with less refined sugar and lighten it up a bit. We loved the result and think this would make the perfect handmade gift for loved ones throughout the holiday season.

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