SITED 8/21 – THAT’S WHAT SHE SHED

SITED 0821

I hope all you beauties have something fun up your sleeves for the weekend.  Me, I’ll be packing up this little house and playing around in what’s left of my kitchen.  I’ll be shooting some healthy, plant-based recipes for Clean Week, which starts on Monday so come back and check it out.  Until then, here are some “sited” gems from the week.

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BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS (VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE)

Bananachocolatechipmuffins

If you asked me to imagine the home of my dreams I would tell you about a little house nestled amongst redwood trees existing somewhere between the mountains and beach.  The environment here manufactures crystal clear streams and pure, crisp oxygen. Clothes are dried on a line strung between two giant trees and a garden grows tomatoes, strawberries and kale.

Inside, the house is snug and warm.  It’s lived in and loved with a kitchen that churns out tasty, clean comfort food each day.  These banana, chocolate chip muffins might be cooling on a rack while coffee brews…a pre-hike snack before the inevitable day outside.

Ya, that’s the stuff.

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COZY KITCHEN DESIGNS

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(Left: Bloglovin; Right: Apartment Therapy)

A new home means a new kitchen.  An opportunity for more open space and brighter light.  We are about to begin the great home hunt 2015 and in preparation I’ve been admiring some of the simple, cozy kitchen designs floating around Pinterest.  I dream of spaces like these.  Not too precious, inviting a bit of mischief and mess. A little industrial, reclaimed and bohemian is my jam and if my kitchen should be encased in glass and/or feature a hobbit-inspired pizza oven…so be it.

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GRILLED CORN SALAD WITH FIRE ROASTED PEPPERS

grilled corn salad

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m from a small farming town in South Dakota (population 600, give or take a few high school grads). I had a lovely childhood in this little place where everybody knows your name and there’s never a need to lock your doors or announce that you’re stopping by for coffee. The people are as nice as you would expect in a place like this and I’m happy to call it home. One of my favorite memories of Summer growing up was picking sweet corn from our garden. My brother and I would shuck the cobs in the garage while my Mom would boil the water. This ritual marked some of my most special memories and is responsible for my hopeless devotion to anything made with corn.

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PERFECT POACHED EGGS – A LA ARZAC

perfect poached egg

Not long ago, I was Netflixing my way through my latest preoccupation, The Mind of a Chef. One of the episodes that day profiled the cuisine of San Sebastian, Spain. Of the places I’ve travelled, San Sebastian rests in my memory as my favorite food experience. Here, the wine is cheaper than water and the regional past time goes something like: stroll, sip, snack – – – stroll, sip, snack – – – stroll, sip, snack. And we’re talking world-class snacking. San Sebastian holds the second highest number of Michelin stars in the world yet it’s not at all pretentious about it. In fact, quite the opposite.

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