quick vietnamese pork pho | kumquat

i recently made my first bone broth, on purpose.

somehow i’d left my freezer door partially open overnight. waking up to find half of your freezer contents unfrozen is not a good morning. however it does effectively help with cleaning out things that probably should have been tossed anyway and forces you to cook things that’ve been hanging out a while.

a whole turkey breast… yes. mostly thawed and needing to be cooked. it fed us for a few days. we kind of pretended it was thanksgiving (though no, i didn’t work my fingers to the bone making all of the necessary t-giving sides). and i ended up with a great bunch of bones to make a broth.

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gluten-free dark chocolate-peanut butter waffles with maple-peanut syrup | kumquat

 it’s recipe redux time again and the good news is they’ve picked one of my very favorite topics… chocolate.

i suppose chocolate in february is a no-brainer, but it’s definitely one i’m willing to embrace no matter what month it is. the redux ladies challenged us to play chocolate’s match-maker and find its perfect pair. there’s not much that doesn’t make a nice fit, but mint and peanut butter are usually my very most favorite partners for chocolate. Read More +

grain-free black & white cookies | kumquat

just a little tribute today to the classic new york cookies over at healthy aperture blog.

“The key to eating a black and white cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet, still, somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie. All our problems would be solved.” – Jerry

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citrus salad with baby kale | kumquat

i’ll be the first to admit that talking about the weather is something i do a lot here. maybe too much. but when you live in northern new york, it’s hard not to.

this morning my husband’s phone announced that it was -34°. that’s no typo. negative thirty-four degrees. we have snow up to our hips every square inch of the outdoors except for the plowed parts. the snow banks are taller than the car.

as a girl who grew up in houston, texas, and built a 6-inch snowman one lucky winter, this weather is like observing a freakish phenomenon. Read More +