Farm Crush Friday: Healdsburg SHED

Oh my gosh. I love my bon appetit magazine for a million dozen reasons but one of my all time favorite things about them is how they inspire me.  They are aware of the newest, freshest, coolest, most innovative places and people from all around the country (sometimes even the world) and then they not only write…

Carrot Metabolism + RECIPE: Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Chili

My Carrot husband is back to work at his greenhouse gig for the spring season.  Back to working super duper hard and burning millions of calories every day.  Only two weeks back and he’s already starving.  All the time.  Like starving so bad his stomach feels like a big hollow cavern two hours after he eats….

RECIPE: Za’atar Roasted Sweet Potatoes “Chips”

One of my absolutely favorite things in the whole world (aside from talking to you and spending time with my husband) is discovering new exotic ingredients to get obsessed with.  Tahini.  Gochujang.  Coconut Milk.  White Miso Paste.  Sriracha.  A couple weeks ago it was Vadouvan (which I didn’t even have, I just kind of adlibbed…

Dinner Party + RECIPE: Hummingbird Cake

My sweet little Carrot man decided a few days ago (post schnitzel dinner) that we needed to have a dinner party.  And we needed to make that schnitzel!!  Mr.Carrot was so amped about it because it was something he could make and something he could make well. (I’m always the one cooking for people and…

Farm Crush Friday: FairShare CSA Coalition’s Julie Garrett

Where do I even begin with this one?  Julie Garrett is a truly humbling person. Julie is one of best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  She is warm and kind, soft-spoken and generous.  She puts her whole heart into her job and her family yet she still has the time to…

A Few Good Days + RECIPE: Sesame Noodles with Kale & Mushrooms

Beer nuts with bacon and cranberries. Beautiful friends. So many Belgian beers. A surprise soft pretzel with 3 different mustards and a slab of cheese A surprise bibimbap. A surprise evening out. A perfect midweek Blue Bird. Lingering runs with blue skies and no ice to slip on. Puppies in the elevator. Puppies in the office….

The Rudersdorfs Do Dinner

So…. this happened: And I loved absolutely every mushroom gravy slathered second of it! Last night (and tonight), we dined on this schnitzel subbing in deboned pork chops (boned? deboned?  I don’t know.  Kyle removed the bones from the pork chops, that’s what I’m trying to tell you) that we then tenderized to death with a…

Three Day Weekend + RECIPE: Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins

Today marks the first paid holiday of my adult life.  Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day.  At home.  Blogging.  And cooking.  And getting paid for it! I know, I know. I told you I didn’t take the big girl job. Well, technically, I didn’t. But I did keep my other office gig and turn it into…

January Yuck + RECIPE: Tiny Tahini Chocolate Cake

This is what people talk about when they say they hate January.  This.  Today.  Most of this damn week.  Gray skies and crabbiness.  Short days and no more Christmas.  Yuck.  It’s the worst. So many terrible things have happened today.  And it is all January’s fault. First, I made us Blackberry Farm’s griddle cakes for…

Farm Crush Friday: Blackberry Farm

My Mr. Carrot would most likely not approve of this farm crush Friday recipient because I would guess that in his opinion this does not qualify as a real farm.  I think he would probably categorize it more as a hoity-doity vacation spot that poses as a farm.  He, of course, would be 100% correct. It’s…

Blah Week + RECIPE: the silliest hot cocoa of all the hot cocoas

In the Leek world, this week has been very blah.  Very, extremely, (insert additional intensifiers here) blah.  Nothing bad has happened.  In fact only good things have happened.  I’m doing things that I love surrounded by people I love but I’m still kind of sad and kind of stressed for no real reason at all….

RECIPE: Accidental Blueberry Bacon Brown Butter Muffins

Today I decided to put everything I love that begins with B in a cupcake.  And it wasn’t even intentional.  I even overdid the brown sugar in these babies for the ultimate alliteration.  Yes, blueberry + bacon + brown butter + brown sugar in one yummy treat!! Then I forgot to add the milk because,…