musings: cooking in 2020

2020 has been a much different year than anyone anticipated. We left 2019 with big hopes for the new decade, from the big – those who had weddings planned, babies due, graduations eminent – to the small – gym memberships, birthday parties, and sunny vacations. Then the brooding villain, Coronavirus,

mini-meal prep

As much as I love reaping the benefits of meal prepping, I don’t always have the time/energy/motivation. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be happy with myself later if I don’t pack any food at all before a 3-day trip. The solution? Mini-meal prepping, where I still consider how I can

camping kitchen: mt. rainier

Moving to the Pacific Northwest has opened a whole new world of outdoor adventures for me and Matt. Less than a two-hour drive in any direction, there are countless breathtaking views to take in whether by car or on foot. A few weeks ago, we carved out what little time

weekly veggie boxes

My sweet neighbor upstairs works with a local farm, Kirsop Farms, here in Washington, helping them partner with farmer’s markets around town. Back in May, she told us about weekly vegetable boxes they offer for only $25. Local, organic produce left at my back door like a gift from Santa?

snacking in the air

Hunger doesn’t care where you are and what’s available – it is selfish, with no regard for your schedule or current location. Without a plan of attack, a flight attendant can quickly find themselves in between a rock and a McDonald’s. It is with this in mind that I carefully

chemex brewed iced coffee

I shared this the other day on my Instagram story, but wanted to post it here too in case you missed it. Bon Appetit’s Sarah Jampel shared her method for iced coffee in a Chemex, so this is my go at it. I can already tell it’s going to be

my favorite things: kitchen basics

A few weeks ago, I walked you through my favorite things to travel with, for work and pleasure. Today, I’m going to tour you around my kitchen, highlighting my must-have basics and most-used gadgets. This is not an extensive list of everything I use regularly at home, like wooden spoons

make-at-home: vinaigrette dressing

Our culture is one of ultimate consumerism, where convenience consistently trumps quality. We buy pre-made & processed goods from the store not only from that place of convenience but also out of ignorance. We’re blissfully unaware of how easily many of our purchases can be replicated at home, to give

marinated bean bowl

adapted from Bon Appetit. This is another easy, make-ahead lunch that only gets better the longer it sits. It uses the bones of a great Bon Appetit canned bean formula, with a few additions to make it a heartier meal that can stand alone. Beans are a cheap and easy

eggs 6 different ways

The egg offers endless possibilities in the kitchen – from enhancing a slice of avocado toast to elevating a simple green salad to rounding out a bowl of umami-rich ramen. It’s a go-to breakfast for me, where my morning mood dictates how the contents of my plate look. They’re also

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