Summer recipes & some link love

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Happy Friday! I don’t usually do link-y posts like this, but there’s been a lot going on lately – here are just a few tidbits I wanted to share!

I wrote this fun guest post on A Couple Cooks about food & design. Check it out if you’re in need of some inspiration to get your creative (green) juices flowing.

It’s always a good mail week when, not one, but two cookbooks I’ve been excited about arrive at my door. (Stay tuned next week for some sneak peaks)
– The Homemade Flour Cookbook by Erin of Naturally Ella
– Vibrant Food by Kimberley of The Year in Food

Apparently it’s national doughnut day and how cute are these, these, and this.

Yes way rosé.

I’m heading to New York next week to meet & interview michelin star chefs as part of Samsung’s Club des Chefs collaboration. (Hoping to learn some good at-home pro tips to share with you all!).

Have you been following Anna (The Yellow Table), and her Cookbook Diaries? She’s currently driving from coast to coast on a road trip dinner party (!), as part of her Cookbook Kickstarter. She’s stopping at Joy the Baker’s place before she comes here to throw a dinner party next weekend in my backyard. Blogger meetups are the best – especially when they come to cook for you!

… and some favorite summer recipes (pictured above): Summer Squash Tian, Mango Lime Pops, Peanut Spring Rolls, Spicy Watermelon Salad


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  1. Jim from

    Amazing pictures of those dishes and thanks for the link love from some of the best on the web!

  2. Robin from

    good one I like your post

  3. Loved your guest post on a couple cooks – enjoy the NY trip!!!

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  5. Peanut spring rolls look very sexy 🙂

    I love the way you’ve created these image collages, what software tool are you using, btw?

    Also, maybe… you know of a web based resource (free?)

  6. dawn

    This post is absolutely awesome… I am going to try the tian for me – trying to be a vegetarian… I am slowly eliminating animal proteins out and it has been surprisingly easier than one might think – at least for me… My family is not veg so I serve my entrée as their side dish… it works out. also your beautiful watermelon salad is something nice I am going to try to use up leftover watermelon… thank you!!!!

  7. I loved your interview on A Couple Cooks! 🙂 And those mango pops look amazing…I must make them this summer.

  8. Love all these ideas! Particularly craving the watermelon salad and summer rolls right now. Perfect for a warm evening outside.

  9. Kristin from

    How exciting! I hope you have fun in New York.

  10. I am envious a road trip dinner party—how fun. And man I sure could use one of those peanut spring rolls—NOW!

  11. a road trip dinner party?! that is the coolest thing ever. also those peanut spring rolls need to get in ma mouth asap.

    have so much fun in new york!!!!!! and thanks for the donut shoutout 🙂 🙂

  12. Erin from

    The mango pops and watermelon salad look perfect for summer! So fresh and different, can’t wait to try!

  13. sarah from

    Wow, you have some exciting things happening! I can’t wait to see.
    And, I got those 2 cookbooks this week as well – they are both so wonderful!

  14. those peanut spring rolls make me hungry every time i look at them!!

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.