I had the incredible opportunity to work with Dig Brooklyn earlier this summer to create a culinary inspired balcony that made the most of our outdoor space. Moving to an apartment in the city with ANY outdoor space is a huge bonus. I wanted to take full advantage of having this space with a beautiful view and create an area that would be a perfect spot to de-stress on summer nights. I’ve admired Dig Brooklyn’s work for a long time and couldn’t help myself from reaching out to collaborate with them on this balcony project. They are true professionals and helped me to create a space that was manageable and serene with a culinary twist. We planted traditional herbs, cherry tomatoes, and a few crazier varieties like pineapple mint and stevia. It was such a treat to be able to turn to my balcony for some of my cooking needs this summer. They were a dream to work with and there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since moving here that I haven’t looked out onto my balcony and had my heart flutter a little bit. My sister Kylie made this fantastic video of the install process and there are a few photos below to give you a closer look.

 

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AFTER: With Chuck the Dig Brooklyn master!
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One of my favorite recipes that really got a boost from my balcony the past couple of months was my Peach Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Basil Vinaigrette. I already miss summer peaches! Beautiful letterpress herb markers via Half Pint Ink Studio. 

 

Do you grow your own herbs or garden? Do you find that it enhances your experience as a home cook?


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Like so many, we love to go apple picking every fall and always come home with more apples than we can get through. It’s a good problem to have! But I always have a twinge of guilt when I start to see the apples head south. I’ve partnered with the lovely Naomi Davis from LoveTaza to come up with a few out of the box apple recipes that can be used for any meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. These ideas go beyond the expected apple pie or crisp and are a blast to make, especially if you have kids or toddlers who are particularly excited about using up the family’s apple bounty. Head on over to her site to get the recipes and get a sneak peek of the delicious lineup below.

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S’mores

Oct 02, 2014

I’m finding myself hanging on to the very last bit of summer! Last week actually still felt like summer in NYC, but this week I feel like fall has officially arrived. If you’re like me and not quite ready to move on to fall in the kitchen cooking with ingredients like butternut squash and pumpkin, indulge in these easy S’mores options that will remind you of summer and best of all can be made at home. They’re also a great dessert option for watching the big game with friends on the weekend!

 

S’mores Pudding Pie

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Smore’s Granola Bites

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S’more’s Bars

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One of the most exciting parts of my job is getting to visit places like the Rachael Ray Show. Appearances like these are always such a blast and a great way for me to share recipes that I love and offer up the solutions that work in my own kitchen. I particularly love it when I get an invite to Rachael’s show because the set that she shoots her show on was previously the set for the Martha Show where I was an intern for very first season – nearly 10 years ago. While it looks completely different now, the layout is exactly the same. I have to pinch myself as I walk through the halls reminiscing about my first experiences in this space. I honestly can’t believe it!

 

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Today I appear on Rachael’s show sharing how one slow cooker meal can turn into 5 delicious freezer meals to have on hand for a quick dinner at a moment’s notice. It was a great challenge to take on and I had a lot of fun with it! When I arrived at the show I was thrilled to find out that Victor Cruz (Go Giants!) would be co-hosting with Rachael that day and participate in our segment. He was super nice and even suggested a playdate for our toddlers – I’m sure he was being completely serious! Check Rachael’s site here to see when it airs in your town. I’d love for you to tune in!

 

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One of the details that the Rachael Ray Show is known for is feeding their guests. They do it better than anyone else! Once you get to your greenroom, you’re brought a tray of deliciousness that was lovingly prepared for you by Rachael’s team. Forget about granola bars and bottled water, we’re talking about things like fried okra, homemade pickles, pimento cheese crostinis, cheese tarts with fig jam and warm chocolate chip cookies perfectly packaged in a box to go. I’ve been on her show enough times now that I know to always come hungry!

 

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Ta-da! Lounging in the beautiful greenroom that I once once emptied the trash in during my Martha Show intern days. One of the things that’s most stressful for me when it comes to appearances like this is wardrobe. I always seem to try on countless things before finally settling on something and always try to convince myself that the occasion is worth purchasing something new. This whole ensemble came together because I wanted to wear these beautiful blue Poppy Barley booties. I LOVE these shoes! Not only do they look stunning, they are seriously the world’s most comfortable shoes. I was particularly drawn to Poppy Barley because of their focus on creating a custom fit for each of their customers. I spend so much time on my feet while filming and most times I need to be in some sort of heel because I’m so darn short. The fact that their shoes are a perfect fit, makes it so you can be on your feet for hours and feel like you’re walking on air – even in heels. Such a brilliant concept! They’re hands down my favorite shoes to shoot in. You know that when you think about shoes first when it comes to an outfit, you’re on to something good.

 

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I hope you catch the show today! If you miss it, you can get the recipes here.

 

 

 


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This past month I partnered with the Land of Nod to create some original content for their darling blog Honest to Nod. It was such a fun creative process and the posts were a blast to put together.

 

As Ollie’s gotten a little older and officially entered into the toddler years, I’ve absolutely LOVED letting him help me out in the kitchen. A few weeks ago, we decided to tackle a homemade version on one of his favorite snacks. You can check out the process and grab the recipe for DIY Fruit Snacks right here!

 

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I also put together a “Back to School” inspired family dinner that will get any kid excited about school!  Check out my ideas here and make sure you snag the recipe for those simple flashcard cookie sandwiches. Thanks for having me LON!

 

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