Fig and Candied Pecan Panzanella

This time of year, I often find myself standing barefoot in the grass in my parent’s yard biting into a freshly picked fig: juicy and sweet, tasting of honey and flowers and summer sun. These moments are what inspire me to create recipes that show off nature’s incredible bounty. This Fig and Candied Pecan Panzanella does a pretty great job of exemplifying what late summer produce is all about. It combines ripe figs with crusty bread, smoky candied pecans, and bitter greens for a super satisfying lunch or dinner. The smoky, crunchy pecans balance out the sweet softness of the figs and add some protein to make this salad hearty enough to be a meal on its own. Continue reading for the recipe and enjoy…

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Methow Grown

I spent last week touring farms in the Methow Valley for the Methow Conservancy’s Methow Grown campaign. The project is designed to raise awareness about Methow Valley farmers and their work, to help build community and collaboration between farms, and to advance marketing strategies and explore streamlining distribution. It was an honor to be a part of such a meaningful and impactful project and a pleasure to get to know these farmers, hear their stories, learn about their values and their goals, and develop a deep appreciation for the work they do to nourish us and the land. Each one of them has a unique approach to farming integrating their personal philosophies, innovative techniques, and sustainable practices. Despite their differences, they all share a deep love of the land and a deep desire to serve their communities and the world. I hope these photos inspire you to get to know your local farmers and to support them in their work. Scroll down for a list of the farms I visited and be sure to check out the Methow Grown website for virtual farm tours and more info on where to find their products…

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Hormone Balancing Nut Butter Bark

Hello from the Methow Valley. I’m here photographing farmers for the Methow Conservancy’s Methow Grown project. I can’t wait to share some images and stories from the week with you soon. In the meantime, I’m sharing the recipe for this hormone balancing nut butter bark. Continue reading for the recipe…

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Miso Rosemary Beans on Toast

I know, this looks like more of a winter recipe, but bear with me. I don’t know about you, but for us, summer involves lots of outdoor activities which means less time in the kitchen. A quick, satisfying lunch is always appreciated after a long bike ride or hike and these miso rosemary beans on toast hit the spot. Pair them with a big salad and you’ve got the perfect lunch to gobble down in the backyard. Continue reading for the recipe and have a great week! XO

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Dairy Free Chocolate Hazelnut Soft Serve

Hello friends! Last weekend Anders and I went for a long bike ride over on Bainbridge Island. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. The ferry is always so scenic and Bainbridge was lovely as well. Right away, the open space and trees made us feel more relaxed and rejuvenated. The ride took us through woods and fields and along the coast. We finished in town and grabbed lunch before hopping on the ferry home. I used to ride all the time in VT but since moving to Seattle, I rarely get out. Riding in the city is a very different experience from cruising down pastoral one lane roads. While I was tired and sore by the end of the day, I also felt so invigorated… and really hungry. So, I made this super simple dairy free chocolate hazelnut soft serve. It was the perfect treat and completely satisfied my craving for something cool and sweet while also helping combat my sore and tired muscles. Continue reading for the recipe and enjoy…

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Crispy Broccoli and Barley Bowl

I don’t know about you but this summer weather has me itching to get outside. We’re hoping to go for a long bike ride or hike this weekend or maybe take some paddle boards out on the lake. No matter what we end up doing this Crispy Broccoli and Barley Bowl from Izy Hossack’s new book The Savvy Cook is definitely making an appearance. Continue reading for the recipe and some thoughts on eating healthy…

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