carnitas nachos

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Remember these carnitas??  They’re back and shacking up with some nachos now.  I, for one, could not be happier about it.  Pork is my taco meat of choice, so why should it not also be my nacho meat of choice.  It is.  Now.

These are great for a crowd because the recipe makes A LOT!  It would be a super Super Bowl snack.  Or a great “my best friend is pregnant and wants nachos” kind of snack.  Or whatever.  You decide.

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spaghetti squash + black bean tacos

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Hey guys.  It’s so cold in Seattle right now, sooooo lets pretend we’re on a beach in Mexico eating tacos and drinking Caronas.  Are you in?  Ok good, because I don’t want to be the only one pretending to be on a beach…eating tacos by myself.  That would be lame.  No one wants to be that girl.

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tomato + sourdough soup

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This recipe comes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest book, Jerusalem.  It’s a dream of a book full of so many things I never knew I wanted to eat.  I mean, page after page of drool worthy recipes.  Don’t worry, I fully plan on sharing a few of them here with you.

This tomato soup is so simple to put together and surprisingly hearty.  It reminds me of the Italian tomato and bread soup, pappa al pomodoro.  What I love about this soup is that it includes cumin and cilantro.  Two of my faves and the flavors worked so well.  I’m smitten.  With soup.  Yep.

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all i want for christmas is….

Just a few kitchen essentials I’m lacking.  I get by just fine with what I have but hey, it’s fun to dream a little!  And this the only time of year it’s acceptable to make excessive lists of things we want without sounding completely bratty.  Hopefully.

I’m ready to take that next step in life and commit to cast iron.  I know, I can’t just throw it in the dishwasher…I have to properly care for it.  Challenge accepted.

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I’m in love with this hanging spice rack from West Elm Market (along with everything on the website!).  Just imagine, no more digging around the cabinet searching for the spices that get shoved to the back.

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These are adorable.  My kitchen counter needs one.

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Knife upgrade…

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I’ve gone far too long without a digital scale.  I love how you can tuck this one away with a stack of cookbooks.  It’s stealthy…James Bond style.

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Staub cookwhere is ridiculously expensive and in truth I will probably never own any in my lifetime, buuuuuut…look how pretty!  I need this for my imaginary life where I live in a chic Parisian apartment and a pot of boeuf bourguignon is always bubbling away on the stove.  I’d be wearing Chanel and drinking champagne of course.  Is there any other way?!

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Books, books, books….The Sprouted Kitchen, Tartine boxed set and The Surf Cafe Cook Book

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Happy holidays all!!  xoxo – J

chocolate chip + marshmallow + frosted flakes cookies

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People often ask me what my favorite foods are to cook and I always stumble with the answer.  Um…er…well…the good kind?  I’m not sure why I can’t develop a decent answer to this question.  It’s not a hard question to answer but somehow I can’t form my thoughts into words when put on the spot.  Maybe I should see someone about that!?  The fact is I know what I like….anything Mexican, Italian or French inspired is good in my book.  I love veggies and whole grains.  Cheese, cured meats and wine!  Eggs.  Bread.  And of course, cookies!  I must have cookies.

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fried green tomatoes + cider braised greens

A few months ago I signed up for a CSA box.  At first I was so excited to wake up every Friday morning to find a box of local seasonal produce delivered to my doorstep.  And as cliché as it sounds, I was really happy to be supporting local agriculture.  Like I had finally made a responsible adult life choice that actually benefits my local economy.  Well the excitement has worn off now and I often find myself struggling to use all the produce.  Especially because some of the same items are in the box week after week and I find myself lacking inspiration on what to do with them.  Not to name names but, carrots and greens you know who you are.  It’s not that I don’t like these vegetable, but I wouldn’t necessarily purchase them every single week if I were picking out produce.

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pumpkin pancakes

It’s just not fall with a pumpkin pancake/muffin/latte/cake/pie/soup/or any other food that will accept pumpkin on its ingredient list.  Who could say no to pumpkin?  It’s so warm and cozy.  Some of you might be pumpkined out by now, but not me.  No way.  I’m going to ride this pumpkin train until well after Thanksgiving.  Even Coco, my dog, loves pumpkin puree as a snack.  She ends up with a little pumpkin goatee after she done, which is slighty hilarious and totally adorable.

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