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Let It Be Sunday

Let It Be Sunday

I have good news for us, friends! Two things. One: it’s Sunday. Two: life is not boring. Life is big and beautiful and staggering and hard and long and short and thank goodness for Sunday.

I hope this day finds you settled and just a little bit lazy. I’m off to Jazz Fest here in New Orleans. If you need me I’ll be in the Gospel Tent with a daiquiri.

Happy day to you.

I took some of the Internet and gathered it for you here:

• Wonderful people are made, not born. This is so great: The Moral Bucket List

• This is staggering. “In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia.” Read. 1.5 Missing Black Men

Robert Durst and another cold case. Seriously?

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Strawberry Lattice Pie

Strawberry Lattice Pie

It’s Summer Pie Practice Season. Isn’t that what you call Spring?

Beautiful strawberries are starting to hit the markets, and they’re a bit early for super sweetness, but not too early to start experimenting with pies and practicing our lattice technique!

I hope this coming weekend finds you in the kitchen baking away. Maybe throw some blueberries in this pie, or a handful of raspberries. It’s the perfect time to get our Summer frame of mind right. Also, doesn’t everyone want a pie in their house come Sunday night?

Strawberry Lattice Pie

These strawberries are big, beautiful, and not quite sweet enough for pie. Not to worry… nothing a little brown sugar can’t fix right up.

For more in pie adventures, see: Gluten-Free Strawberry Ginger Pie or Peach and Blueberry Pie… though it’s a little soon for peaches. I suppose we just need to be more patient before we get all Summer-pie-happy.

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Crispy Avocado Fries with Melty Cheese Dip

Avocado Fries with melty chess dip

It’s starting to look like I moved to New Orleans as an excuse to deep fry my California vegetables, make melty cheese dip, live off Red Beans and Rice, and plate after plate of fresh beignets. That’s to say nothing of the sazeracs and oysters.

Truth is, I moved to New Orleans for the suffocating humidity alone.

Not true at all. No one has ever ever done that.

We’ve entered into the 12 most beautiful days of the year here in New Orleans. After living here for one year, I’m talking like I know…

These are the 12 days when it’s perfectly warm with pleasantly bearable humidity, long pink sunsets, and almost cool evenings. It’s the perfection before the wrath of summer. It’s… well, it’s what California is like ALL THE TIME.

Let’s not talk about it anymore… let’s just fry these avocados.

Avocado Fries with melty chess dip

Can I tell you a secret about free avocados?

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Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

What if there could be a treat that was like Rice Krispie treats, but also like a bowl of kettle corn, and then also salty, but then dotted with an obnoxious amount of sprinkles? That would be good news. Actually, that would be what’s happening here!

It’s success and celebration, all in a popcorn bowl.

Happy Monday! Just go for it: sprinkle and marshmallow everything today.

Related: I’m really into aggressively-flavored popcorn… Roy Choi’s Furikake Kettle Corn

Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

Here’s how this magic happens. Fresh popped popcorn (from scratch is my favorite), corn flakes for crisp and crunch, marshmallows and butter because we’re obnoxious geniuses, and sea salt because sweet needs salt.

Buttery + Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Crunch

Butter and marshmallows are melted down into a syrup. If you’re thinking that this mixture resembled Rice Krispie Treats, you’re right.

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Let It Be Sunday


Hello friends! I hope this morning finds you happy and rested, ready for buttery toast and a leisurely morning. I’m back in New Orleans making the biggest mess of my kitchen just for you. We’ve got fruit pies, avocado things, and a crazy marshmallow concoction coming your way in the next few days. I hope you’re into it!

Have the most lovely day. Let’s be good to the people around us.

The Internet, distilled:

• One hundred and fifty years ago this week, President Lincoln was assassinated. Here’s the story of The Insane Story of The Guy Who Killed The Guy Who Killed Lincoln.

One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a year. How? The CEO cut his own million dollar salary to increase the salary of his employees over three years. Yea… think about it.

The Fascinating, Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Tall towers and tight corners, over and over again, amen.

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