My friends over at CREMA Coffee in Nashville invited me to guest post on their blog to talk about brewing exceptional coffee at home... fun! Like all great edibles, the most important part is the simplest: start with a quality ingredient. I'm thankful there are roasteries like CREMA in the world who not only pour over the perfect roasts, but know and respect the land and the people who pour their lives into growing the beans.Read More
Last fall, I instagramed a shot of my favorite running trail covered in flaming orange leaves and said, "When I hate my eternally cold and gray life in February, remind me how much I loved Philadelphia in October." I didn't realize I would need such a reminder at the end of March when the weather is supposed to comparable to a lamb, but I do.Read More
I am eating for the weather I want, how about you? For the first day of Spring, it sure feels far away. I find myself day dreaming about the feeling of walking outside and feeling all the muscles in my body relax with fresh warmth. Picnics! Peonies! Open windows! Good things to come to those who wait. Help to remind me... Spring actually does happen in Philadelphia too, right?Read More
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell
As I sit in my quiet home watching what will hopefully be the last snow fall of the season, my mind is filled with a hundred thoughts from a conference I got to attend this weekend on the ever-relevant topic of contentment.Read More
How did brussels sprouts go from being America's most hated vegetable to its most beloved? They truly are beloved in our house, on our plates in some form or fashion nearly every week! Their versatility (shaved for a chopped salad, quartered and roasted with fresh herbs!) make them an easy compliment to nearly any meal, but their mild cabbagey flavor never quite disappears into the background. I respect that about brussels sprouts. Collaborative, but not a pushover.Read More
It's popular these days to talk about how we've got love all wrong, and with only two naive years of marriage in my repertoire of human experience, I probably don't have much of it right.
Somehow, the simplest parts—friendship, kindness, ease—can quickly become complicated, sour, passive... silent. But on this February weekend, when the world either celebrates or scoffs at romance, I am dedicated to celebrating the days when friendship and kindness reign, comfortable and easy like a pan of hot cornbread.Read More
When we decided to move to Philadelphia last year, we walked through all the regular emotions associated with cross-country moves: already homesick, full of wanderlust, a little afraid and overwhelmed, but totally excited. Philadelphia was never on my list of dream cities, but once we made the choice, I set my sights on one thing: Amish produce.
In those first weeks here in Philly, I blissfully navigated my way around the city hunting for the best farmer’s markets and discovered interesting varieties of tomatoes, squash and mushrooms. It’s hard to know which parts of your life will be remembered as some of the sweetest as they unfold, but I already know those first summery weeks in Philadelphia will. Easy days, breezing about town on foot, and popping bright orange cherry tomatoes into my mouth. Everything was sweet.Read More