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New York Adventures: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, + Manhattan

Last June, Wyatt and I stayed in Greenpoint, New York for two weeks. I can't belive it's taken me this long to get a wrap-up together but 14 days worth of photos (hundreds! of! photos!) plus trying to find the words to both cover everything we saw and so much we missed has been hard to find. I've decided the easiest way is to showcase a few of my favorite pictures fr[...]

Santa Fe In One Day
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Santa Fe In One Day (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Are you excited to talk about exploring Santa Fe in one day today?! It's been a minute since I did an adventure post which is pretty ridiculous because I've been traveling a bunch lately (already been to Chicago, LA, Marco Island, Denver, and Santa Fe this year)! I'm a pretty obsessive traveler in that I get serious FOMO if I don't have an extensive list ahead of[...]

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Tomato and Stone Fruit Crostini with Creamy Feta + Scenes from Lundberg Farm Dinner

This Tomato and Stone Fruit Crostini with Whipped Feta is an easy summer entertaining appetizer perfect for any type of get together. A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend on a farm in Portland, OR for a dreamy farm dinner hosted by Lundberg Family Farms. It was a whirlwind of a weekend with a few of my favorite food blogger friends[...]

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Fruit & Yogurt Granola Tarts + Vegetarian Heartland is out TODAY!

Fruit & Yogurt Granola Tarts recipe from Vegetarian Heartland Cookbook + an all vegetarian picnic spread worthy of any lazy afternoon! I just f'king can't believe it. There are not enough words in the world to describe what I'm feeling today. Today is the day that Vegetarian Heartland, my first cookbook, is finally out in the world! I still remember April 1[...]

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Crostini with Macadamia Ricotta and Corn-Zucchini Succotash + Vegetarian Heartland Blog Tour

These Crostini with Macadamia Ricotta and Corn-Zucchini Succotash are the perfect meat-free picnic food! They are light, delicious and easy to transport! I'm extra excited about today's post because we are going to dive a little deeper into my upcoming cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland.  My publisher, Chronicle Books, was kind enough to organize a little blog t[...]

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California Exploring: Cambria, San Fransisco, Monterey, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Venice

A mini guide on our week long trip exploring Cambria, San Fransisco, Monterey, Cayucos, Morro Bay, and Venice, California. Hi! I'm going to warn you now that this post is basically just one long overload of photos from our 10 day trip in California. I headed out there for a weekend food writers retreat and then Wyatt came and met me for a week of exploring. It[...]

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Persimmon Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting

These Persimmon Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting are a perfect fall treat infusion of my southern Indiana persimmon pulp and the chinese green tea super powder, Matcha. Last month around this time, my neighbor, Susie, and I took our boyfriends on what we said was going to be a 'quick stop on the way to get some pizza'. What we didn't tell them is that we had sig[...]

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Twin Cities Boss Babe Fest Food Blogger Retreat

As you probably saw on Instagram, I spent the last week up in Minnesota on a food blogger retreat with nine friends. BUT before I get into all the exciting details about that, I'd like to take a second and ask a huge favor. Is there any chance you could please please please fill out this really short reader survey? I sometimes come to this little space I call VV f[...]

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Mini Pimento Mac & Cheese Bites

Creamy and cheesy bite size Mini Pimento Mac & Cheese Bites! I've got some freaking amazing Mini Pimento Mac & Cheese Bites for you all today! But what's the special occasion, you ask? Well today I am so beyond excited to be a part of Sarah from Snixy Kitchen's virtual baby shower! Over thirty of us bloggers have come together to celebrate her #cheesebaby[...]

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A Mountain Wedding

I still remember clearly when it all started. I was still in school and my brother was living in Denver but commuting to Boulder daily for work. He would make the rounds calling family members back in the Midwest to catch up during his commute. I’d get a call from him every few weeks and we’d chat about how my schooling was going (I was still at Indiana University[...]

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Scenes From A Michigan Adventure

Has it really been almost a year since I last shared an adventure with you (maybe even since last summer)? We went on a long weekend trip up to Michigan to visit with family and friends for the 4th of July and I managed to snap a few photos to share with all of you. My Ma's best friend has owned a small lake cottage since before I can remember and we spent many weeken[...]

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Whiskey’d Mozzarella Toast + Picnic With A Couple Cooks

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Sonja and Alex from A Couple Cooks to have the most wonderful and relaxing picnic. This wasn't our first time hanging and we've managed to continuously find fun ways to hang out around cooking and nerding out over food. It's always such a joy to spend time with friends who have similar passions and get that y[...]

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Cold Mountain Workshop Recap

  …And I'm back! The small pause around here was due to my trip into the Smokey Mountains for Eva and Carey's Food & Styling Weekend workshop. I had the most wonderful time getting to know Eva from Adventures in Cooking, Carey of Reclaiming Provincial, Grace of Earthy Feast, Molly from Molly Yeh, Jordan of Ver-Modern.com, Rebecca, Kelly, and Patty. W[...]

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Caramelized White Chocolate & Dark Chocolate Covered Oranges

As I posted about on instagram a few weeks back, we visited a citrus grove when we were in Florida over the holidays. My grandma lives on a small island down near the Everglades and we've gone down to visit her at least once a year since I was a little kid. Most of our trips have always consisted of laying on the beach, seeing movies at the local diner-style mov[...]

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Vegetarian Ventures Guilt-Free Gift Guide

  Sure, it's already the middle of December but do you really have all of your holiday shopping done? Oh, you do? Well dang - cheers to you for being way more on top of it than me and this conversation can just go ahead and end right now. Oh wait, what was that? I misheard you? Phew - I was beginning to think I was the irresponsible one in this friendship![...]

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Summer Vibes // Driftless Magazine Giveaway

Hi! How are you? It's been a minute - I missed you guys. No - for real! You are like an old friend that I kept meaning to call but I didn't want to rush the conversation so I kept putting it off after long days at work and warm adventures in the sun. I finally decided to make NO plans this evening and set some time aside for VV. The summer has been RACING by -[...]

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Grilled Pretzel Panzanella Salad + A Summer Stock Up Giveaway

This Grilled Pretzel Panzanella Salad is the perfect grill out veggie side dish! If you are located here in the states then you are probably having a hard time getting into the groove of this week knowing it's going to be a short one. With Friday being a national grill-copious-amounts-of-food holiday (oh and a celebration of the countries birth), I've got gri[...]

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Dark Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookies /// The Homemade Flour Cookbook

Last July, I hopped on a plane and met one of my best friends, Ella, for an adventurous long weekend road trip up the Pacific coast. She had already spent the last 3 months exploring the US in her little car and I was scheduled to meet up with her for the very last leg of her trip. I flew into San Francisco where I immediately made her take me to Tartine Bakery[...]

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Let’s Talk About Driftless Magazine

I'm going to real talk you here for a minute. About four months ago I posted that I wanted to start a magazine about the Midwest - 20 contributors, 2 editors, 2 creative directors, 1 designer, 2 illustrators, and numerous bumps later - we are finally ready to release issue 1 of Driftless. Now here's the real talk - this was 10000% more work than I had ever imagine[...]

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On Record Collecting // Weekend Almanac Issue 2

I've got a fun little personal post before the weekend sets in. What are your plans this weekend? Are you going to be spending it with your beautiful mother? I personally will be relishing in a graduation grill-outs since Wyatt's little bro is finally graduating. I'm in charge of desserts too so there is probably a good chance something sweet will be popping up around[...]

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Chickpea Magazine Spring 2014

Spring is here and I'd be lying if I said I didn't keep busy all winter long while hiding from the polar vortex. It's silly how things pop up in waves but it seems like a lot of work I did the past few months is all becoming available this spring. First up, this article in the newest edition of Chickpea Magazine. It's their Spring 2014 issue and I wrote an article[...]

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Curried Carrot Soup With Maple Roasted Chickpeas

I'd like to start off by apologizing if this recipe looks faintly familiar. I may have made a super similar one over here but its been slightly updated for an even more delicious experience. I guess I could have omitted the chickpeas or swapped them out with croutons for more of a variety but, if we are being honest here, the maple chickpeas are what made this d[...]

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In Search of Sun

It feels a bit inappropriate to be sharing these island photos with you while it's currently pouring freezing rain outside my window but these photos are keeping me sane. They are keeping me sane in the dozenth winter storm we've had this year and I hope that they can maybe also give you a little bit of hope with all their sunshine and greenery. A few weeks back we[...]