On Cooking and Blogging

My shoes and lettuce from Bellingham WA

It’s been really, really hard to work up the nerve to dive back into my food blog since my 3+ month hiatus. There’s the cooking and the recipe-creation and the photography that requires the perfect midday light and the requirement I set for myself (subconsciously) to write in a very specific, cheery, witty, biting, quick-witted voice. With lots of exclamation points!!! All of these things do not add up to a successful life blogging and I know it and I’m biding my time before I have to admit it to myself. Something has to give. Something will have to change.

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Curry-Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup

Roasted red kuri squash soup in a white bowl with chopped pumpkin seeds on top.

This is such a hectic time of year. Not only do the days seem shorter, but people seem to move faster too. We want to accomplish so many things and check off all the important to-do’s from our lists. I think we all need a breather. Well, this Curry-Roasted Red Kuri Squash Soup is meant to do just that. Let’s all take a moment and enjoy a good, hearty, warm bowl of soup.

Shall we?

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Simple Ginger-Spiced Apple Muffins

Simple Ginger-Spiced Apple Muffins

It’s not often that I bake. I tend more towards the savory side of things for every meal, including breakfast. But sometimes, you just need a sweet treat. And lately I’ve been baking more often. I’ve found an awesome cornbread recipe that I honestly don’t know how I’d improve upon (you my girl, Alex Guarnaschelli!). I’m working on an easy gluten-free brownie recipe that uses coconut flour instead of all purpose. And then there are these Simple Ginger-Spiced Apple Muffins.

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Hiking Lake 22: North Cascades National Park

Lake 22 North Cascades WA Oct 2016

Hey guys! We’re deep into Thanksgiving preparations over here @ Kale & Compass (cooking so many tasty things!), but I can’t completely blame that on my lack of posts lately. I can, however, blame Dragon Quest Builders. I’m sorry. So not sorry. It’s SUCH A GOOD game. It’s got all the awesome 3D crafting and building aspects of Minecraft, but with more structured storylines and objectives. Bottom line: it’s addictive and so so fun! Check it out.

More to the point of this post, Lake 22:

Nick and I did manage to separate ourselves from the PS4 for just a short time in October to finally, FINALLY head out to North Cascades National Park. It’s a bit further out than we normally venture for day hikes etc. but we booked an Airbnb in Bellingham, WA for Columbus day weekend and Lake 22 Trail was midway between home and there. So we went. And we hiked.

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Brown Rice Congee with Roasted Red Kuri Squash

Brown Rice Congee Roasted Red Kuri Squash

Hi friends! Happy Election Day. Hope ya’ll voted and stuff. It’s getting colder out around here, rainy and cold and dark. Nick lovingly describes this time of year as the time when we eat a lot of bright orange meals. I can’t help it, I love me some squash (and sweet potato and carrots and… you get the point). This Brown Rice Congee with Roasted Red Kuri Squash does not disappoint. If you’ve never had congee before, I highly recommend. It’s literally comfort in a bowl.

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