How to Get the Perfect Pour Over Coffee Every Time

Without a doubt, my longest standing love affair is with coffee. I can actually remember my first sip ever! I was eight, and my dad had dragged me to a seminar at his work. Bored and feeling rebellious, I snuck a styrofoam cup of Folgers from an ancient percolator parked at the back of the […]

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Introducing Sobremesa: The Sunday Suppers Dinner Series

One of my favorite things to do is play hostess. I even used to cater parties for my boyfriend’s parents in high school! There’s something so thrilling about planning an experience, considering every detail from the menu to the table to the music and more, and then pressing “play” and watching your guests enjoy everything […]

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5 Foolproof Steps for How to Build a Cheese Board That’s Picture Perfect!

If there’s one trick every hostess must to master, it’s how to build a cheese board that will knock guests’ socks off. And the truth is, an incredibly artful cheese board is actually incredibly easy and quick to assemble! In the past couple years I’ve reached the point where I can put a magazine-worthy one […]

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Grain Free Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping from Sweet Laurel Kitchen

Anyone who avoids ingredients like grains, refined sugar, and dairy is pretty familiar with a standard refrain: “Mmm, it’s good…for something that’s grain free!” Or, “Yeah! It’s not bad…for sugar free!” In other words, living with dietary restrictions is sometimes like living in a world of caveats and conditions. In my case, I’ve not been […]

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Bring Life to the Kitchen with New Spring 2018 Cookbook Releases

Ever since the beginning of the year, after the hubbub of the holidays calmed down, I have felt reborn in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking up a storm! My renewed interest is mostly due to the fact that our kitchen is so functional now that the renovation is complete, but I’ve also gained more of an […]

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Healthy Mexican Recipe: Roasted Beet Salad with Blood Oranges

If I could only eat one cuisine for the rest of my life, it would be Mexican with no questions asked. I was a huge taco fan decades before #TacoTuesday was a thing, and my adoration for that country’s food has only evolved in recent years since marrying into Ivan’s large and loving Mexican family […]

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Three Ritual Drink Recipes for Reducing Coffee Intake

I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. I’ve definitely experienced how easy it is to go overboard with January goal-setting, placing unrealistic expectations on myself and eventually feeling like a failure because I can’t possibly overhaul everything at once. Yet undertaken mindfully, the new year can be a convenient time to make small, doable […]

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My Favorite New Year’s Detox Soup Recipe

I’ve been making this soup every New Year’s Day for the past several years. According to tradition, eating black-eyed peas on the first day of the year ushers in twelve months of prosperity and good fortune—but even better than that, this detox soup recipe is the perfect light and nourishing antidote to the holiday indulgences […]

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Fancy Cinnamon Toast, The Perfect for Christmas Breakfast Recipe!

Just two more days ’til Christmas! While Santa is greasing the runners on his sleigh and carbo-loading the reindeer for their marathon trek around the globe, here in Toronto (where I’ve landed for a visit with my family) we’re racing around town for all our last-minute supplies. My mom and I always make the rounds […]

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A Sparkling Christmas Punch Holiday Cocktail Recipe

I’m not a huge drinker (fun fact: I have never even been drunk!) so it takes a lot to get me excited about a cocktail recipe. It has to be really, really good, and yup, it has to look gorgeous too. After all, we imbibe with our eyes as much as with our tastebuds, do we […]

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