See you later London!

London

Today is my last day in London. Ryan and I fly back to Washington, DC later today. We’ve been here nearly two years and it’s felt both quick and long. In that time we’ve had jobs, made friends, traveled, and adapted to a new place and culture. And there’s lots to say about it, but writing too much might make me cry. So let’s just say, it’s been a truly amazing adventure! (more…)

Beef Gravy with Red Wine

Beef Gravy

Ok, so this month is all about British food. I said it and I meant it. But, I also know that no one group can really own gravy – still I’m posting this recipe this month because it’s an important staple for British foods. For example, gravy goes with Sunday roasts, savory pies, and with Yorkshire pudding. Plus, this week’s beef gravy goes perfectly with the earlier post on roast beef.  (more…)

Roast Beef

Roast Beef Joint

Happy New Year! And I guess also a belated Merry Christmas. I’ve been a bit out of the blogging game over the holidays and I’ve got nothing but excuses. Excuses such as: I was busy – we had family in town. I was lazy – Making a Murder isn’t going to watch itself. And I was having fun – at all the parties with my friends. But I’m here and back to business with a recipe for roast beef, plus I’ve got big news. (more…)

Tourist Tuesday: Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

I know I’ve been lazy (and late) when it comes to Tourist Tuesday, but hopefully you’ll forgive me today because this post is Christmasy. Last Friday I went to Winter Wonderland with a bunch of my work friends (and one friend from college!) and it was a festive good time with food, drinks, games, and interesting sights.  (more…)

Gingerbread and Rum Marshmallows

Gingerbread and Rum Marshmallows

Have you ever done something and even though it’s not a super big deal, you’re still really proud of it? That’s how I feel about these gingerbread and rum marshmallows. They were an idea in my head, and then they were sludge (my first attempt didn’t go well), and then I tried again and this time they were real marshmallows. And so I was proud because I did it. I made marshmallows! These are fluffy (bouncy even), delicious (amazingly delicious), and they melt perfectly into your hot chocolate. In short, you should consider turning my personal kitchen triumph into your personal kitchen triumph.

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The Star Wars Gift Guide for Foodies

Star Wars Gift Guide for Foodies

Earlier this week I got an awesome present from my work secret Santa. (Thank you mystery friend!) I don’t know what to call it, but they are a pack of stencils that you put over cupcakes or frothy coffee and then sprinkle some sugar over it and you get an image. And mine are all Star Wars related! They take a little finesse to use, but I think I made some nice designs. It’s a perfect present not only because it combines two things that I love, but also because the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, comes out on TOMORROW! I’m so excited! And for that reason (and inspired by this present) I’ve put together a Star Wars Gift Guide for Foodies.  (more…)

Simple Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll

This is the first year Ryan and I are hosting Christmas. I’m excited about it and have already made a semi-long list of foods I want to cook. I’m also trying to pick things that represent both our childhood Christmas traditions. For me, I want to make a big roast dinner with flan for dessert. For Ryan, I want to make a nice breakfast complete with homemade cinnamon rolls.  (more…)

Baked Apples with Crumble Topping

Baked AppleBeginner ButtonDecember is the season of dessert. Pies, cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas pudding. There is so much of it to buy, to make, to share, and most importantly to eat. Save healthier eating for the New Year, there’s dessert to be had this month. But sometimes, I think the holiday pressure to make dessert can be a bit overwhelming. I love making cakes and pies and cookies but jeez those recipes can take soooooo long and it can feel like they have a bazillion steps. Alternatively, today’s recipe for baked apples is super easy, vaguely healthy, and is made mainly with things that could already be in your kitchen cabinet.  (more…)

Icelandic Rye Bread

Icelandic Rye Bread

My favorite thing about December is the hype about Christmas. I love the decorations, the food, the movies, the songs. All of it. But my second favorite thing about December is that it feels perfectly acceptable on cold, gray winter days to have lazy indoor time where I cuddle up in comfy clothes, snuggle under blankets, watch Netflix, and cook hearty slow cooked foods. This recipe for Icelandic rye bread is a perfect food for one of those chilly winter days.   (more…)

Does Massaging Kale Make a Difference?

Massaging Kale

I am literally years behind on kale. Years. And massaging kale? That’s something I couldn’t have imaged was real. Maybe you remember a few years back when kale was really trendy? It was basically promoted as one of those super foods that was going to save us from everything. And kale was everywhere then, so I got curious and I tried it. And I hated it. To me it looked like a plant you’d see in renderings of what the world looked like when dinosaurs roamed the earth. And it tasted like a crunchy autumn leaf. Yuck.  (more…)

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