Entertaining the Italian way with homemade Balsamic Figs + $50 GIVEAWAY

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A daydream worth dreaming Cobblestone alleys flanked by weathered walls. Hilltop churches. Sunlight warm on fig trees and grapevines.  This is the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Deep in the cellars there's Parmesan, balsamic, and prosciutto aging. They slumber in the dim recesses, the nuttiness and salt growing bolder, rounder. Waiting for the perfect moment to shine. Waiting to become the perfect bite. And by perfect I don't mean fancy. I mean perfectly un-fussed. The Art … [Read more...]

3 Contest Winners & Oh my gosh, the things I’ve been doing…

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For the last two months I've been writing (and rewriting) my memoir. I've been going into work early. Resuming work after Ava's bedtime. And I loved it. I especilly loved the letters L,M, and N. I loved the solitude of deep thought that comes with getting so buried in how to describe something that I cannot hear anything around me. I loved going through the manuscript and marking things "BORING," and then coming back to those passages and trying to think of better commentary, … [Read more...]

Celebrate the World & Win (Giveaway)

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This week is a special week. We're only five countries away from finishing cooking the world. Four years ago, I was afraid I wouldn't make it to the letter "B," let alone V! But I'm stubborn. And I love learning. And I'm ... stubborn. If all goes according to plan, we'll be done in less than 2 months! This is an appropriate time to take a pause... to take a week to breath in and settle into the idea of the finish line being so close. For many of us, this is coming much too … [Read more...]

Merry Gingerbread Winners!

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Ho, ho, ho! The time has finally come! We're beyond excited to announce the winners of this year's Gingerbread for Peace Competition. Every year I love looking at your beautiful creations. You and your power over icing never cease to amaze me... which is why, if it were up to me, you'd all win. Truly, truly. And that, my friends, is why I enlist the help of an amazing panel of judges. With that said, I'd like to thank our sweet judges, who have the tough (impossible!) job of rating the … [Read more...]

Gifts for the Stovetop Traveler

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Hi, friends. This year I've put together a lip-smacking collection of gifts with the stovetop traveler in mind. You'll find everything from kids chopsticks to a boozy liquor cabinet of global proportions. All of it will help you eat the world better than ever. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! xo P.S. Be sure to FOLLOW THIS LINK to see if you won any item on this list in the first giveaway... and follow THIS link to enter our second giveaway! 1. Cookie cutter shaped like the world (I hope … [Read more...]

Reusable Grocery Bag 101 (Giveaway)

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UPDATE: Thank you all for entering the contest. The lucky winner is Jordan, as chosen by Random.org! Please contact me to claim your prize, Jordan! I'll be sure to get more in stock so everyone can purchase some soon. I'm thrilled at the wonderful response and all your fantastic emails. Thank you so much, you lift my spirit and keep me strong on this culinary marathon! I make a lot of trips to the grocery store. Over the years I've tried out many different kinds of reusable grocery bags and … [Read more...]

Happy One-Year Celebration! Plus our giveaway winner…

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About a year ago I was in a strange place. I was a new mom. My hair was a mess. My eyes were crusty. I hadn't slept through the night for over a year - since about the time Ava started trying to push her bottom through my ribs. From the inside. Yawn. About this time I was also looking for purpose. Like deep, soul searching purpose. I got a haircut, but it didn't help. I wanted (needed) to make a difference at home and in the world. I had sweet baby Ava and my love & best … [Read more...]

One-year Celebration Giveaway

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Dear readers, As we lead up to the blog's one-year anniversary, I want to celebrate you. Although we've never met, here are the things I imagine about you: You like to cook. Perhaps you like to bake. You dream of traveling the world, seeing new places, new faces. Cute babies make you smile. Am I right? Some of you have been here since the beginning, watching the site evolve through each great success and epic failure. Some of you just joined the fun, jumping in with enthusiasm. I … [Read more...]