Browned Butter Coffee Cake

It’s been a wonderful start to fall! I hope yours has been equally magical.

I’m finally settled into my new place in Nor Cal. Hooray! I’ve started an amazing job working crazy hours in a bakery. I’ve been exploring my new city, and I’m LOVING being back in California.

…I can’t stress that enough. I’ve lived all over the world, and nowhere makes me feel more at home than this state and the wonderful people here.

Brown Butter Coffee Cake

Also, I’ve made fast friends with my roommate’s cat, Cliff…he’s pretty adorable and very snugly, so he’ll be making the occasional appearance on here. I hope you’re cool with cats. Either way, you’d be cool with Cliff, promise.

In addition to cat, fall has been filled with late night croissants, the glorious return of my yellow bouillabaisse pot out of the depths of packed boxes, a beautiful new kitchen, and browned butter. Butter. Browned. Until it’s nutty and turns into dreams.

Best Coffee Cake recipe

I had a craving for butter coffee cake recently, and decided it would be silly to

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Triple Ginger Cookies

This post was going to be all about the mouth-watering jalapeño-watermelon gazpacho I made last week, but that recipe now feels two months too late. At last, it’s autumn….even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet.

ginger snaps

I’ve been helping with the harvest on a vineyard for the past week and a half, and while it can be blazing hot out in the field, once you pass midday, a cool wind starts up, and the handful of leaves already changing color makes you eager for the coming months.

Autumn means so many beautiful things – amber-colored leaves that shatter under your footsteps, a cool breeze that demands retrieval of one of those scarves you’ve pushed to the back of your closet, switching your coffee order from iced back to hot, and – possibly most importantly – turning on your oven without sweating bullets.  And hey, you may have to slowly dig out your sweaters, but you still get to wear your sunnies!

What to whip up to celebrate the changing of the seasons?

Triple ginger cookies

Enter: Triple Ginger Cookies.

These cookies felt a little premature given that I had to

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Browned Butter Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Happy November! Can you believe that there are only two more months left in 2013?! Scary, I know. The good news:

  1. It’s not winter yet – we still have the perfect fall weather.
  2. The best holidays remain.
  3. There’s a lot more soup and spiked hot chocolate in my future.
  4. …and a lot more scarves, boots, and blankets (in which I will burrito myself for all of winter. Hey, it’s a fact that redheads don’t do as well with the cold.)
  5. There’s still time for your 2013 New Years Resolutions!

Fall Leaves

I’m still hanging on with my monthly savings, I’ve been seeing a lot of live music, and I’ve been doing well with my French news article a day. But with the time left in 2013, I’m going to Don’t stop! Keep reading…