Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Today I’m guest blogging over at 52 Kitchen Adventures! I was super excited when Steph asked me to be a part of The Chocolate Chipe Cookie Challenge. I made brown butter chocolate chunk cookies, and they’re pretty tasty if you ask me :) I talk about my favorite method for baking cookies, which results in perfectly baked cookies every time, as well as the key ingredients that will make your chocolate chip cookies stand out from the rest. The best part about this challenge is that you’re invited to participate as well! To read my guest post and to get the recipe for these brown butter chocolate chunk cookies, click here. Happy Monday!

Cache Creek Adventures

I want to call our annual trip more of a tubing/floating adventure rather than “camping”. Or maybe it’s a cookout and we just sleep in tents at night and continue the cookout the next day? Yes, that works. Cache Creek is your ideal car camping spot. You can bring whatever you want, it’s nice and hot, there’s a flowing creek just a few steps away, and the grill and fire pit are always ready to go. The creek has big enough rapids that require us to wear a life jacket at all times when floating but it’s mellow enough in some areas where we can just relax and enjoy the sun while the water floats us downstream. It’s the perfect balance. Yes, Sheeter rode that turtle down the entire creek, rapids and all! This year was particularly fun because there were 19 of us that were able to make it [Continue Reading...]

10 Dishes to Make Before Summer is Over

Last weekend, the friends and I went on our annual camping and tubing trip at Cache Creek. Cache Creek isn’t really a hard-core-hike-to-your-site-bring-only-what-you-can-carry sort of experience. It’s more of a pull-off-the-highway-and-pitch-tents-on-the-lawn-with-neighbors-five-feet-away-from-you sort of deal. I know that may not sound like that much fun to some, but I love it. Movie projected on a screen under the stars? Got it. Bathrooms and a generator? Check. Steak tips, baked beans in a dutch oven, OYSTERS, grilled corn, hot dogs, burgers, and a bacon lattice (just like last year!)? Done and DONE. I love the summertime. Don’t take it for granted! Here are 10 recipes that you should consider making soon because before we know it, it’s going to be Fall and we will be wishing for 100 degree weather and fun weekends to play by the water :) 10 Things to Make Before Summer is Over 1. Red Wine Sangria 2. Sesame Crusted Seared [Continue Reading...]

Blueberry Pie

Oh, hey! Happy July! My friends and I have this summer jam packed with fun things to do so things have been a little crazy (but very fun!) around here. Last weekend we went to Breastfest in SF (a beer festival that gives its proceeds to low-income women with breast cancer). This is the 2nd year in a row we’ve attended, and we had a blast. Let me tell you what would have made this past weekend even more spectacular…this blueberry pie. I’m not even trying to brag about my old roomie’s blueberry farm, but I can’t help it. These are seriously the best blueberries I’ve ever tasted! Damn. And it makes me sad to think that blueberry season (in California) is coming to an end soon. Fortunately, blueberry pie tastes just as spectacular with frozen blueberries so this recipe is a keeper regardless of what time of the year you [Continue Reading...]

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