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Wish You Were Here Vol. 1

Wish you were here, as in: I wish this cookie was in my mouth. I wish this dish was in front of me. Wish I was consuming this right here, right now. These posts are going to be a mini update on life and the blog, then my food crushes! Or, recipe crushes. Yum.

A brief life update.

There was a recent snow storm. It was luscious – all-natural powdered sugar galore! My car got stuck in the snow like fifteen times…in the driveway. There was a lot of shoveling involved to get my poor car free.

And it was the winter solstice, which meant lots of darkness and depth diving…aka yoga in front of my cute fireplace altar:

image of yoga blocks, altar, candles, fireplace

I love, love, love diving into winter! It involves cooking and baking a lot to keep the house cozy and warm 24/7. There’s nothing cozier than a kitchen where things are being alchemized all day: fermenting doughs, veggie broths, hearty stews, you name it!

I’ve been especially enjoying the making of Amazake, a sweet fermented rice drink. I used to have a Chinese version of it when I was younger, so it is very homey to me. It simmers away for 8 hours in my open rice cooker and I have to be sure it’s at the perfect temperature all throughout the process! I really, really love a good, long process.

I also have been loving creating recipes with squashes. Look out for my future recipes that’ll highlight those sweet gems of nature! Squash puree is such an underrated ingredient in baking – it blew me away when I first tried it out in a cake recipe!

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Now, finally…

My current recipe crushes. Ugh, wish you were here…

Making these Lemon Poppyseed Polenta Cookies very, very soon.

And these Caramel-Stuffed Ginger Molasses Cookies.

Can we do pumpkin pie stuff forever? Because these Home Sweet (Potato) Home Hand Pies just get me.

Spiced pie crust, anyone? With apples?! Ugh, I’m so in love with this Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Spiced Crust.

Chocolate Cranberry Macarons. That’s all.

This Gingerbread Snack Cake. Just such a holiday yum.

This Warm Winter Farro Salad (with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette!!) is so calling my name.

I want some Crispy Vegan Ranch Popcorn Cauliflower Bites right now.

And sometimes I just crave making a damn Sourdough Challah.

I also want to make my own Cheddar Scallion Savory Scones again.

Some insanely innovative Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Linzer Cookies – so beautiful!

Mmm, this looks like a tasty dinner: Sheet Pan Chicken with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes.

And finally, these gorgeous Christmas Sugar Cookies. They look so darling!

Happy holidays! Stay warm this season.

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