sweet laurel cookbook alfajores recipe

Grain Free Alfajores Recipe with No-Refined-Sugar Caramel

Baking is one of my longest standing hobbies. My parents have a photo of me covered head-to-toe in bread dough, baking with my dad when I was two! And while I’ll always have a soft spot for  ooey-goey traditional sweets, I love having a roster of healthy baking recipes in my back pocket too. (Case […]

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Ultimate Easy Risotto with Shallot and Creme Fraiche

I’m writing this post from Chicago, where I’m spending the next few days for a housewares trade show. The moment I stepped off the plane I was hit with an icy blast of air reminding me that LA sunshine aside, most of the country is very much still in the grip of winter! It seems […]

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Valentine’s Day Dessert: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? When I was a kid, it was second only to Christmas in my book. I adored everything about it, from the pink-and-red color scheme to the crafts with heart stickers and lace doilies, and from the chalky candy hearts to the classroom parties with cupcakes and homemade mailboxes. These […]

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Seasonal Winter Fennel Salad with Pear + Ricotta

Every January I find my curiosity in the kitchen reinvigorated. The start of a new year feels like a natural time to test out recipes and find interesting ways to prepare old favorites. Lately I’ve been experimenting with fresh takes on seasonal winter veggies, with fennel being one of my frequent go-to’s because it’s versatile, […]

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Sopa de Lima: A Light + Warming Winter Soup Recipe

If I had to choose one category of food to live on for the rest of my life, it would definitely be soup. I’ve already eaten it three times this week, and it’s only Thursday! I especially crave it after the holidays, since it’s a warming comforting winter meal that also packs a major punch […]

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Mulled Gin Cider: A Warming Winter Cocktail Recipe for a Crowd!

I’m writing this blog post at the airport in Houston, where we have a short layover en route from Toronto to LA. We had the most wonderful time celebrating Christmas with my family, and although it didn’t snow as I’d hoped it would, I still feel as though I got a hearty dose of winter to […]

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Gift Guide: Last Minute Foodie Finds

We’re down to the wire for holiday shopping! I still have a few last gifty goodies to pick up, because it always seems that no matter how organized I’ve been, it’s impossible to cover all my bases in advance! My go-to’s this late in the game are almost always food related, because a) who doesn’t […]

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Warm + Elegant Holiday Table Setting Inspiration

Can you believe that Christmas is only five days away? This holiday season has flown by even faster than in previous years, and I’ve barely checked any fun traditions from my usual December revelries. (Granted, we’ve been dealing with a fair bit of heavy emotional stuff in the wake of the miscarriage, so our minds […]

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Holiday Dessert Recipe: The Easiest Christmas Cake!

The title of this post is ‘holiday dessert’, but honestly this cake is so much more! It’s a ‘holiday breakfast, add a side of scrambled eggs’ kinda cake. It’s a ‘holiday snack with an eggnog latte’ kinda cake. It’s a ‘holiday every time I pass through the kitchen open the fridge to grab another bite’ […]

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How to Make a Cheese Board Two Ways for the Holidays!

I never miss an opportunity to throw together a cheese board for a party! They’re fast and fun to make and they always please a crowd—and they’re a cost effective way to satisfy a lot of people at once, too. Plus the energy of communal enjoyment that they create is the perfect icebreaker for any gathering […]

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Two Insanely Delicious + Easy Holiday Side Dishes!

Tomorrow is the big day! Turkey and pie lovers everywhere are slipping into their stretchy pants and tucking their napkins into their shirts for the big feast! Every year, I have a debate with myself about whether to stick with my tried and true holiday side dishes or to mix it up with something new. […]

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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration with Elizabeth Messina and Sunday Suppers

Brace yourselves for a tw0-part (or even three-part!) post so chock full of Thanksgiving table inspiration and holiday entertaining ideas that you’re definitely going to want to grab a pen and take notes! Earlier this fall I joined forces with my wonderful friend Elizabeth Messina to host one of Sunday Suppers’ Sobremesa dinner parties for a handful of lovely […]

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