Essentials and upgrades for your holiday kitchen

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I use my Le Creuset dutch oven all the time. It’s easily one of the most used and most loved pieces of equipment in my kitchen. It heats so evenly, cleans up in a snap, and looks pretty doing it.  For smaller jobs, like making my favorite cranberry sauce, their signature saucepan would be just the thing.  Continue reading

Maple cranberry sauce with ginger and lemon peel

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I love cranberries and have been making homemade cranberry sauce for years. I’ve played with adding lots of different flavors to this sauce’s simple formula and have finally landed on my ideal. It’s sweet and tart with the complimentary flavors of maple, lemon and ginger. They lend the sauce a bit of complexity, but don’t overwhelm it. Continue reading

A long weekend in Seattle

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I took a trip to Seattle last weekend. I got to spend four days getting to know the city– thanks to my sister who let me tag along on her work trip! Even though I’ve lived in Portland for more than six years, I’ve never made it up to Seattle for more than a day or two. So, this was long overdue.

Highlights and more photos after the jump.

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Sunday round-up

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I’m loving the Thanksgiving invitations over at Paperless Post. So many great designs for all your Thanksgiving soirée needs and they can be sent online or through the mail.

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Taking time on Sunday to bake some muffins for the week has become a cold weather ritual for me. Having a couple of good-for-me muffins to go with my latte makes Monday mornings so much better. This week I baked these pumpkin oatmeal muffins from Dishing Up the Dirt. They’re gluten-free and vegan. Thanks, Andrea!

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I was surprised to find such a great selection of perfect-for-fall (and Thanksgiving!) cloth napkins at World Market. Bonus: they’re currently on sale.

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I had the chance to taste several Kopke Ports over the weekend. I’ve never really drank much (if any?) port, but that tasting made me realize I should. This warming and somewhat sweet fortified wine seems like just the thing on a cold evening, especially with something chocolate. Any port suggestions for me?

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I’m making some more of this paleo (and vegan) salted caramel sauce for dunking apple slices and swirling into hot beverages like coffee, chai and apple cider to add creamy sweetness. It’s super easy to make and so good.

Happy Sunday!

Warming thoughts for a rainy day

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An almond milk earl grey tea latte sweetened with honey and warm-from-the-oven millet apple oatmeal muffins (recipe from this book).

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So good with a pat of ghee or coconut oil. Try Créme de la Earl Grey from Townshend’s Tea if you get the chance.

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Rugged yet streamlined, warm and waterproof boots. Love the caramel leather and grey wool combo. More waterproof leather boot picks here.

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Cozy fleece-lined boots in a blue denim leopard print.

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So-soft Japanese cotton washcloths and towels. I ran across these at Totokaelo on a recent trip to Seattle. I was so taken with the color and feel of these that I had to bring a few home.

November wishlist

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These Dieppa Restrepo black nubuck lady booties to wear with everything from jeans to leggings to skirts with tights.

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A cozy merino and alpaca cardigan to wrap up in.

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This thoroughly natural and intensely healing moisturizing balm to hydrate and protect hands through the winter.

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A handful of insulating (and very affordable) Heattech tops from Uniqlo in seasonal solids and smart prints. So perfect under a cashmere tee.

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This Joomi Lin rose gold and hematite spiked bracelet to dress up weekend wear or to add some edge to a silk blouse or three quarter-sleeved sweater.

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A chocolate-focused breakfast and dessert cookbook for delicious holiday baking ideas with no gluten or dairy.

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A pretty mix of modern and rustic pieces for serving Thanksgiving dessert.

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This genius, no-fuss, wine-saving carafe that I spotted this weekend in wine country. For when you can’t quite finish the whole bottle, but you want to make sure you can later.