3.14.14 – from the field

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I'm writing this from the Whole Foods Market in Birmingham, Alabama, while Tim's getting in a little more work and we're both eating blueberry kefir mixed with maple buckwheat flakes and fresh fruit. Already this morning we've been the hotel guests who don't want anything from the free breakfast buffet besides an orange. We've been the out-of-towners beelining for the local Target because one of us forgot her entire makeup bag. We've been that laughing couple in a sunny parking lot, me on the phone catching up with a dear friend, Tim on his phone catching up on emails. Today we're heading to Pensacola, Florida for the weekend, but last night, we were driving straight to Highlands Bar and Grill here in Birmingham, all because we were sent a copy of this book recently and after I read about its chef, Frank Stitt, and about his passion for vegetables, love of culinary travel, and lifestyle of keeping his own family farm an hour away to source food for his restaurants, I wanted to go. When … [Read more...]

Writes and Reads 2013

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Here we are at the cusp of another new year, looking back at the 12 months we're finishing as much as we look ahead to the 12 we're about to begin. We've been given another year of life, and, with it, joy and sorrow, expected and unexpected, old and new. We've changed. That's one of the things I've thought the most about as I've read through archives from 2013---how much my heart and head have been shaped and transformed through the things I've read and experienced this last year, how they'll continue to change in what comes next. And in that spirit, here are some highlights of words we remember when we look back: … [Read more...]

News! and Call for Recipe Testers!

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Update, March 2014! We turned in the manuscript last month (hooray!) and so we're no longer in need of recipe testers. Thank you all so much for your interest! We are writing a cookbook, and writing that sentence is both humbling and shocking because it doesn't feel real. We are writing a cookbook. (!!) We are people who delight in food, just like most of you are probably people who delight in food, but truthfully the idea of publishing a cookbook was not something we had planned. As you know, this has been 2013: The Year of House Hunting! And sometimes, 2013: The Year of Unexpected Travel! It’s been a year of enormous gifts and real disappointments. It’s been a year of settling into marriage, feeling more comfortable in it, then looking at each other and thinking, Hey, can this sweet life be real!? When the opportunity to pitch a cookbook came our way, like so many other providences before it, from a Hawaii honeymoon to a place to live, we didn’t quite believe it. In fact, … [Read more...]

Holiday 2013 Gift Ideas

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No matter how many gift guides I see online or in magazines, they always have me hooked. I like seeing the things people pick. So with that in mind, here are a few of my and Tim's favorites---We'd love to hear about yours, too! Happy December! Shanna's Gift Ideas 1 // Buy Local Seasonal Coloring Book: I think this little "buy local" coloring book is the cutest (enough so that I may have ordered one for our niece this year). Hand-drawn by talented illustrator Claudia Pearson, this book features pages of ready-to-color produce, organized by the month in which it's grown. 2 // Aerolatte Milk Frother: Make your own morning lattes with the super simple Aerolatte frother---so easy to use and easy to clean! We're biased, but we'd say to start with our maple ginger tea lattes, posted earlier this year. 3 // Restaurant-Style Dish Towels (12): I love restaurant-style items you can use at your home dining table or in your own kitchen. These classy white-and-blue dish towels are a good … [Read more...]

Guest Post at Deliciously Organic: Basil Creamsicles from “Written Together”

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From where I sit in Nashville, it's is a balmy 80+ degrees right now. Neighbors are sitting on porches, people are biking down our street and the sun is turning everything this gorgeous golden hue. It's so easy to love this time of year---and not just because of the warmth and daylight. I mean, you guys, one word: popsicles. On that note, today, I'm thrilled to be over at Carrie Vitt's killer site, Deliciously Organic, sharing the basil creamsicle recipe from our ebook and the one that, every time we make it, we can't stop eating. Go on over to Carrie's site to read the post and see the recipe---and then stick around to find scores of grain-free recipes you can count on to work. Thanks so much for letting us share on your site, Carrie. We are your always fans. … [Read more...]

Guest Post at G0lubka: Garlic Onion Vegetable Dip

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Hi, gang. Today's post is something of a bonus for the week because it's actually a guest post published over at the ever beautiful, truly inspiring g0lubka blog. While they're in the midst of editing an upcoming cookbook (set to publish in 2014!), Anya's been gathering a series of guest posts from fellow bloggers for her site. The first, published last week, featured truly stunning lemon tarts from another talent you may recognize, the lovely Laura of The First Mess, and it had us salivating. Anyway, we're so honored to post at g0lubka because it is a site defined by beauty, whole foods and a wonderful perspective that embraces the idea of trying new foods and knowing when to be flexible. In our post today, we're sharing a super simple garlic onion veggie dip, which was truly Tim's brainchild. The base isn't sour cream or yogurt, but, are you ready for this, cashews---and, trust me when I tell you, it's good enough to eat with a spoon! Read the post and check out the recipe over … [Read more...]

a someday world with no more pain

I heard about the marathon bombings on Twitter. I hear about most everything on Twitter. I had been cleaning the house, vacuuming under chairs, tidying up stacks of papers, when I checked in at the computer. Then, there I was, along with much of America, sitting, glued to the screen, Googling for more information, clicking over to the Facebook page of a running friend who'd flown out with her family for the event (and later rejoicing that she was okay). I hate hearing about tragedies like bombings almost as much as I find I can't pull myself away from the stories once they come in. Who would do this? Why? Who was hurt? And then: Oh, God. A child died. Another lost a limb. And in Boston. … [Read more...]