Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Lemon blueberry oat muffins

I have a bone to pick with recipes everywhere – the first step is almost always to prepare the pans and preheat the oven. This is all fine and dandy, if it only took 5 minutes to prepare all the ingredients and be oven-ready. Inevitably, if I preheat first thing, my oven starts beeping right when I’m mid-scoop or pour. I’m never ready before the oven preheats! It’s kind of like those Tasty or Buzzfeed videos on Facebook- “Dinner on the table in 10 minutes” (but only if someone has prepped all your ingredients for you)! It’s great that Martha has pre-chopped carrots and pre-sifted flour, but the rest of us peasants have to spend time cutting and washing and measuring. When the oven beeps, I get sent into a frenzy to finish spooning batter into cupcake tins or whatever. I hate having an empty oven burning at 350. If not bad for the oven, then it’s a pure waste of electricity.

Lemon blueberry oatmeal muffins

And that, my friends, is why I usually wait until I’m almost done mixing all the ingredients before I turn on the oven. Continue reading

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How to Assemble a Cheese Board

Disclaimer for new readers: I'm 21, the title of this blog was created when I was in high school :)

Disclaimer for new readers: I’m 21, the title of this blog was created when I was in high school :)

According to Instagram, National Cheese Day was June 4th. This girl doesn’t need to be told twice to celebrate a fake holiday dedicated to cheese 🙂 Throwing a cheese board together is definitely one of the easiest ways to play hostess with the mostest because there are really no rules. My “expertise” comes solely from subsisting on bread and cheese in Switzerland, but here’s my guide to assembling a winning cheese board!

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Cookies & Creme French Macarons


French macarons – how can such a tiny cookie deliver such massive defeat?! I winced on the inside every time I shelled out euros/francs/pounds on these things in Europe, but now I completely understand why they cost an arm and a leg. They look so harmless and beautiful on the outside… but secretly, conquering macarons requires fearless valor and resilience against the endless sources of failure behind every batch. Anything and everything can go wrong when making them, from the weather, to your oven being a degree off, to not counting backwards while standing on one foot when beating the egg whites. Okay not really the last one, but you get the idea.

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London, UK: Food Highlights

An entire semester (and a half) after my summer abroad, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and share some tidbits from my month in London. Mostly because applying for internships in DC is making me so sad that I won’t be there this summer. Also because this post was started in August but never finished, so…. better late than never right?


Scones with clotted cream changed my life. Petition to make afternoon tea a thing in the States…

People always say that when you spend time in a foreign country for the first time, there is an adjustment cycle that goes something along the lines of honeymoon stage, to culture shock, to gradual adjustment, to feeling at home. Looking back, Continue reading

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Geneva, Switzerland: Food Highlights

Appetizer:  beautifully plated combination of salmon, avocado, and grilled zucchini on a bed of mixed greens. The biscuit on top was slightly sweet and perfectly flaky.

My first real meal in Geneva – the welcome dinner a week into the program – was the best meal I had in Switzerland. The student life directors picked Cafe Papon to serve as our first glimpse into Swiss food culture, and that it did. For example, I couldn’t remember the last time I took 3 hours to eat a meal, which is something the Swiss (and French) do regularly. Eating is not just something you do to stay alive; it’s an experience that is best enjoyed slowly and in the company of others. Continue reading

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