Kumquat season!

I took a trip to visit my grandmother over the weekend, and came home with bags of kumquats from her tree. After trying two methods of candied kumquats and making a batch of kumquat gin, I still have pounds of fruit left and more ideas for how to use it. This Bon Appetit Instagram is right up my alley, and this marmalade with vanilla bean and cardamom sounds delicious too. And I think I’ll try to substitute kumquats for the clementines in this roast chicken recipe from Jerusalem. Do you have any favorite kumquat recipes?


(image via here)


(image via here)



Because it’s a day centered around food, family, and happiness (and the beginning of a tasty season), Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. While part of me loves the familiarity and tradition that comes with having well-loved favorites every year, I want to introduce some new things into the mix this time. I can’t wait to make Samin Nosrat’s fried sage salsa and sausage and prune stuffing, and I found lots of great ideas from this PopSugar Home post. (Those rosemary pecans!!) These mashed potatoes with goat cheese and caramelized onions sound so good that I want to make an extra batch to make sure I’ll have enough leftovers, and I’m bringing back this lemon-thyme-gin sparkler from last year. Are you trying anything new this year that you’re excited about?

thanksgiving(image by Elizabeth Messina)

Castle in the Air’s Victorian Paper Toys

As seen on UPPERCASE Magazine’s blog, the team at  Castle in the Air has added over 250 Victorian paper toys, models, scenes and games from owner Karima Cammell’s personal collection! The giclee reprints bring the French Pellerin company’s 100+ year old designs back to life- and we think they are just gorgeous.  {Pop on over to UPPERCASE for an exclusive free Victorian model download from Castle in the Air!}

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Flower dessert!

This flower-adorned dessert from Green Kitchen Stories (which I discovered through The Chalkboard!) is almost too pretty to eat, isn’t it? While I can appreciate its healthful beauty, its cashew and agave filling might be a bit too nutritious for my tastes. But I might just have to make a more decadent version this summer – maybe with this frozen key lime filling and this Prosecco-strawberry slush?


Thin Mints

Sadly, there’s a lack of Girl Scouts in my neighborhoods, which has meant a few Thin Mint-free years for me. Little did I know that all that’s standing between me and an ice-cold, after-dinner minty treat are three ingredients: Oreos, semisweet chocolate, and mint extract. (Thank you for changing my world, Top With Cinnamon!) I only worry that now that I know how easy it is to whip some up, I won’t be able to ration them into disciplined three-cookie servings. (Did you know February 8th was National Girl Scout Cookie Day?!)