I Am... How to Make Basic, Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

I recently got a sunny yellow background for photos and I've been playing around with it – something about yellow makes me absurdly happy. Which is funny because Mike has a yellow car, but I've been after him to paint it white. People are always waving us down while we're in it; they think we're a taxi even though our car looks nothing like a taxi. But that's not the real reason I want him to paint it. It's because bugs are absurdly attracted to what appears to them to be a giant yellow flower. I have fear of insects. I always say I'll get over it and be a real grown up, but so far, no dice.

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I Am... Friday Finds 5.22.14

May is passing by in a flash! So far it's been full of birthday cake, barbecues, watermelon and general lounging out in the sun. Mike came up with the brilliant idea of putting astroturf on our balcony and I've been hanging out on our "lawn" every day. It's awesome because if I feel like having a little picnic, the "grass" is right there. I used to think astroturf was super tacky, but the stuff that we found is lush and really looks like grass, albeit really uniform green grass. You can take a peek of it on my Instagram if you're interested.

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I Am... Peking Duck Poutine

Do you love duck? How about french fries? How about duck and french fries and cheese curds and gravy!? If you said a resounding yes, we can be friends! If you're thinking, meh, doesn't sound that great, have a bite of this peking duck poutine and you'll change your tune.

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I Am... Superfood Chocolate Coconut Pancakes

Picture the perfect brunch scene: fluffy pancakes patiently waiting for syrup to rain down. The coffee's hot, the pancakes are golden, the whipping cream is cool, and the syrup is warmed. Your knife slides effortlessly into the tender little rounds and you just know you're in for a treat. To me, there's nothing more decadent than a plate of pancakes, piled high, topped with softly whipped cream. I don't even need syrup, especially if there's fruit and chocolate involved.

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I Am... How to make the Ultimate Cheese Platter

I have an obsession with cheese, especially cheese made from 100% Canadian milk – it's one of my favorite things to eat and I almost always have at least three kinds of cheese in the fridge. I find it adds that extra bit of oomph to everything. And while it's a great in recipes and between two slices of bread, what makes my heart swoon, whenever I see one, is a fancy cheese platter. Fancy cheese platters mean that I can make cheese into a whole meal and in my books, nothing could be better.

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I Am... A Little (Big) Bite out of New York

Mike and I have been back from NYC for a couple of days now and I've got to say, as much as the city was a ton of fun, I'm happy to be home. My tummy is happy to be home too – I think I stuffed it past the point of reason! We walked everywhere (even across the Williamsburg Bridge a couple of times), visited a couple of our old haunts and even found some new favorites.

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I Am... Breakfast Tater Totchos with Sunny Quail Eggs, Avocado & Chicken

It appears that tater tots are a thing right now. But to me, they've just always been one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes. I'm not picky about my potato consumption. I like potatoes in all ways and forms. I'm in no ways a potato snob. In fact, I'm quite the opposite, more like a equal opportunist potato lover. Baked, boiled, fried, mashed, smashed, roasted...I could go on, but I think you get the point: I love potatoes.

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I Am... Friday Finds: 5.8.15

I say this at the beginning of every month, but I'm going to say it again: I can't believe it's May! When I was a kid it seemed like the months took forever to finish, but now they're just flying by. May is always a super busy month for me. It's chockfull of birthdays and celebrations, lots of food and too much cake, if there is such a thing as too much cake...

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I Am... Oven-Roasted Rosemary Chicken Thighs, Sugar Snap Peas & Quinoa

Hey Guys! Sorry for the little break in posting – I spent the last couple of days running around NYC going to meetings and eating everything in sight. I had a great time but it feels SO good to be home. I'm going to put up a little recap soon, but in the meantime, here's the quick and easy dinner Mike and I will be eating tonight.

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I Am... Tomato and Egg Breakfast Pizza Recipe

While I was living in Japan, I ate my fill of Japanese foods: ramen, soba, udon, katsu, yakitori, curry, tempura, sushi, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, anything remotely Japanese, I was all over it. But sometimes, out of nowhere, a pizza craving would hit and the call for that piping hot crispy combination of savory tomato sauce and gooey cheese could not be ignored. I tried to sate the beast with these little pizza kits that I found at our neighborhood supermarket. They had dough, sauce and some shredded cheese packaged neat and tidy into individualized compartments, and then in a larger more elaborate package. I had high hopes, really, I did, but after baking up and inhaling the little guys, I had to admit to myself, they just didn't hit the spot. I wanted a bubbly charred crisp crust, I wanted simple perfection, I wanted a Neapolitan style pizza.

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I Am... Friday Finds: 4.24.15

Mike and I have been into omelettes as of late. One leisurely morning, I made a delicious French-inspired goat cheese one. I asked Mike if he wanted me to make him one too, but he declined. But, after I convinced him to take a bite of the deliciousness, he was inspired and made his own. I think it's amazing how many ways there are to cook a simple omelette. Every culture has it's own version and it would be amazing to make each and every one. It wouldn't be much of a stretch for me either – I absolutely love eggs.

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I Am... Crispy Chicken Fried Steak Bites with White Wine Sausage Gravy

Warmer weather on the horizon means that Mike and I are planning on heading out to our patio more, which means drinks and nibbles as the nights start to get longer. I hardly ever (read: never) drink without having something to snack on and even though I'm not the biggest indulger, I absolutely love coming up with drink pairings. There's something so satisfying about figuring out what goes with what.

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