Brown Butter Apple Almond Cakes

Brown Butter Apple Almond Cakes. Nutty, buttery, cinnamon-scented apple cakes. A rustic, comforting dessert. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious |

I spent the entirety of the week before last in a baking marathon. These brown butter apple almond cakes were just one of five different desserts plus a two-tier cake I made. I was tasked with creating and producing a dessert buffet for our friends’ Traci and Dan’s wedding. Traci loves good food and is […]

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September Favorites

Lake Michigan, Foster Beach, Chicago. September 2015. From Blossom to Stem |

“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air… Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose Reading: Helen […]

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Cucumber Kimchi

Cucumber Kimchi. Cold, crunchy, funky delicious. A fresher, quicker kimchi than the more famous cabbage version. Gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem |

Can we talk about fish sauce for a minute? It smells terrible, but it tastes delicious–so salty and funky with all of that wonderful umami flavor. When I was a vegetarian (before I slid into pescatarianism and then back to omnivorism), the only exception I made was for fish sauce. I didn’t eat anything made […]

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August Favorites

Foster Beach, Chicago, Lake Michigan | August 2015 | Blossom to Stem

“August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages.” Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree of Codes Reading:  Alice Spawls post on the London Review of Books blog about a photo of some women who are not the Bronte sisters. I […]

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