Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

It was foggy and gray outside; my farmer’s market plans were quickly abolished. I moved sluggishly out of bed, my eyes took an eternity to focus on the room in front of me. I brewed some coffee, sat on the couch, contemplated what was next. I knew I wanted to take on a hefty weekend baking project. Because when, if not on a rainy saturday, would you go through the trouble of making dough from scratch? 

How to Be a Good Overnight Guest

For a host, overnight guests are simultaneously a pleasure and a nightmare. There is so much to prepare for; so many t's to cross and i's to dot. Sheets to wash and plates to clear. Dinners to prepare and entertaining to be done. It reminds me a bit of college... waking up all together, drinking coffee, eating leftovers, mapping out a plan for the day. It's truly lovely when planned well and with a lot of thoughtfulness coming from both ends.

What to Bring a Sick Friend When You Come Over

In a city where everything is right at your fingertips, there's no longer really a "need" for a friend to bring you soup when you have the sniffles. You can just order it to be delivered in under 30 minutes. But I would argue that especially in today's crazy-busy day and age, doing little acts of kindness is more important than ever before. 

How to Spend 24 Hours in Paris

It was a present for our one year anniversary, the most romantic gift I’d ever been given. A weekend in Pareeee. Did I remember any of my junior high school French? More importantly, what would I wear??? He told me about a week in advance, and when I asked why he didn’t just tell me en route to the airport, he said “because your Mom warned me.” I laughed.

When, If Ever, Is Re-Gifting Acceptable?

So let’s say you have a million wine glasses in your apartment. Like, way too many. You have stemless, and stemmed, and gold rimmed, and even disposable. Yet for some reason, everyone you know seems to be giving you wine glasses this year! What gives? Is it better to hoard these glasses and keep your collection growing, or is it better to re-gift a set to a friend that is still drinking from red Solo cups? The answer is a bit complicated. 

Parisian Dinner Party Decor (Amazon Prime It!)

By the time I decided to throw a French dinner party for Mother's Day, I had about 5 days to prepare everything. I didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money, and I was tight on time to run around. Enter: Amazon Prime. I ordered a few items that really added a Parisian pizazz to my party, simply, affordably and efficiently. 

Parisian Dinner Party: Chicken a la Moutarde

I chose chicken with mustard sauce for my Parisian dinner because I love the complexity of the thick mustard sauce, and the subtle tartness that crème fraîche provides. When planning parties, I limit the time-consuming dishes to one or two, max. I want the evening to feel special, but I don't want to be so exhausted by the time people come over that I'm ready for bed. And while this chicken require a few extra steps, you will be repaid handsomely for your efforts.

Parisian Dinner Party: Charcuterie, Cheese & Vegan "Boards"

When thinking about the guests at my party, I recognized that it was a diverse bunch. My brother's friend Jakob was coming, who is a vegan. My mom is a cheese-lover, and my father adores salami. So I figured this was the perfect chance to create a trio of "boards" if you will. I love setting these up on my living room coffee table so that as guests come in, they can nibble. It also buys you (the host) some time to put together finishing touches. 

Summer Linguine with Clams

To me, summer symbolizes abundance. There is a cornucopia of food, of greenery, of salty beach days; until she zips right by like she always does, and before you know it, summer is over. I try to tell myself it's going to fly by "so enjoy it!" Savor it. Don't waste it watching Netflix on the couch. Can you think of a better way to spend a summer night than slurping pasta, fishing clams out of their shells, little morsels of sweet corn and salty capers? I can. Just add 1 rooftop and 2 glasses of cold white wine.