Spicy 4-Seed Gingerbread Bites

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Among the flavors that, for me, evoke nostalgia for the holidays, cinnamon and ginger dominate. The cozy-spicy duo is hard to beat — any time of the year — and even more so when the two merge in gooey, intense gingerbread bites with other warming spices, sticky dates, a hint of orange, plus four types of seeds.

I’m sharing these today not just to prolong my love of the winter season, but also because the ingredients show some serious love to your heart for American Heart Month.

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Cream Scones with Fresh Figs, Cardamom and Black Pepper

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Nine years ago this September, my parents and I set off in the early morning hours down the interstate. Minneapolis — grad school + dietetic internship — or bust. Suitcases, boxes, and bags filled with far too many belongings for my new garden-level studio were deftly organized into the two cars by my father, our packing engineer. Thoughtfully, he left enough room for myself, a very large coffee, and a parting gift from my mother: her extra copy of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Being in the kitchen is more than a passion and reminder of loved ones who helped make it so, but, for me, also a stress reliever. And though my subterranean shoebox boasted nothing beyond the basics — refrigerator, sink, an appropriately tiny gas oven/stove, and literally zero counter space — cooking, along with walks and the best café miel, was my delicious escape from reality. My smart mum, she just knew that Marion Cunningham’s classic would keep me well fed. And sane.

Fannie and I got on instantly, and she remains an anchor cookbook to this day. I have made so many of her recipes, both as printed and as variations on a theme, with honestly not one failure. Or at least not a failure on her part — burning my palm almost to the third degree on a metal skillet handle and destroying its contents was not instructed. The signs of heavy use are plain to see in the cracked spine (apologies, lots of love), spattered pages (decoration), scribbled notes (words of praise), and the occasional small cloud of flour that falls when opened to certain pages (baking pixie dust).

Scone cut-outs_HGN

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Shortcut Ravioli with Peas, Spinach, Mint and Ricotta + Brown Butter Spinach Pan Sauce

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If homemade ravioli seems intimidating, it’s time to check the kitchen project off your list.

With a clever shortcut, the time and effort are practically cut in half, and with a little imagination, the flavor possibilities are endless — but this green on green on green ricotta combination, served with more greens and brown butter, is dang good.

Minty pea ravioli_open

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Composed Thai Steak Salad

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Happy summer, Friends!

When things heat up, we’re suckers for garden-driven recipes. Bonus points for those that don’t require cooking.

This gorgeous little number is refreshingly vibrant, with flavor notes pulled from the Thai cuisine playbook: sour lime, spicy chillies and ginger, salty fish sauce, and a hint of sweet maple. I just love how light, lovely and low-key it is — literally whisk, slice, plate, and voila.

Beef summer salad

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Whole Wheat-ish Ciabatta Bread

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Ciabatta — the light and airy “slipper bread” of Italy — used to be reserved as a special treat if we visited an Italian market.

My first taste of homemade was actually during a trip to see my husband, then boyfriend, as a new dating couple. He pulled out all the culinary stops for me, including homemade ciabatta, brioche, bagels and baguette, among many other delicious, memorable foods and meals. His willingness to try new ingredients and experiment in the kitchen are two of the things that sold me. I mean, a guy who bakes his own bread? Well done, Sir.

A few weekends ago I relived those times and gave ciabatta another whirl, baking two loaves plus a handful of rolls. (I think his were prettier…)

Ciabatta loaves + rolls

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