cookbook preview: toasted hazelnut fudge

toasted hazelnut fudge

The holidays are near and the Husbands are here with some chocolaty cheer on this rainy Wednesday in Eagle Rock. We are celebrating a few things today: the first is this rare, gloomy weather where we plan to stay indoors and write this post in our warm robes, sipping gingerbread hot chocolate and enjoying the sound of rain falling outside. We’re also popping the champagne because we just received our first cookbook review from the respected Publishers Weekly! If you would like a little teaser of a few recipes included in our book, they highlighted a handful of them in the article, which you can read here. Aaand, we are also celebrating by giving you a sneak peak into the dessert chapter of our upcoming cookbook! For all you Nutella fans out there, your holiday dreams have come true with this easy-to-make toasted hazelnut fudge. If you’re still looking for present ideas this season, these rich, creamy squares are just begging to be wrapped into festive gift bags for all your friends and family.

the easiest fudge ever—just 10 ingredients, and no thermometer needed!
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redrum punch

redrum punch

This post was created in partnership with Williams Sonoma who provided the glassware and bar tools. All opinions are our own.

Your search for the perfect Halloween cocktail officially ends here. Congratulations! This luminous libation is easy to make and possesses a deep blood-red hue that will look frighteningly stylish in your hand at this year’s Halloween gala. We’re going to keep this post short and sweet, and get right into it. Inspired by one of our favorite movies, The Shining, allow us to introduce you to Redrum Punch! Made with pure unsweetened pomegranate juice, fresh grapefruit, cucumber, lime, your favorite silver rum, and garnished with a blood orange slice, this haunting combination also contains a few secret ingredients. For those that are afraid of beets, don’t be scared, this bright cocktail may contain a few, but it is terrifyingly tangy and refreshing, and filled with the flavor of fresh citrus. Make this simple batch cocktail before your next party and your guests will be screaming with delight.

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roasted garlic toast with spicy goat cheese + caribbean recap

roasted garlic toast with spicy goat cheese from the Pirate's Bight on Norman Island

Every few years, Ryan’s parents invite the entire family on an adventure sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands. They rent a large catamaran, comfortable enough to sleep eight of us—including Ryan’s oldest brother David, his wife Jenny, and their two daughters, Stella and Lucia. The boat has four cozy bedrooms and four bathrooms on the lower level, while the living space is located upstairs, along with a tiny kitchen equipped with a small propane stove. It never felt cramped, except for the brisk navy showers before bedtime, where we would quickly scrub off the layers of sunscreen and salt from our daily snorkeling adventures, using as little water as humanly possible in a space about the size of a phone booth.

the colorful buildings of Road Town, Tortola
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bourbon cream + Lexington recap

homemade bourbon cream liqueur

In June, we attended an intimate blogger retreat in Lexington, Kentucky. We have wanted to tell you about it for a while, but as soon as we got back, we only had four days until we left town again—this time for a sailing adventure in the Caribbean with Ryan’s family. Plus, between all our travels, we have been spending every waking moment working on the final stages of the upcoming Husbands That Cook cookbook. Last month, we received our manuscript—474 double-spaced pages not including photos—back from the copy editor, and we have been diligently reading through it with a fine tooth comb, one last time before it is finalized and shipped off to be printed. We’re so excited for everyone to see it when it comes out on March 12, and we can’t wait to go on tour and meet all of you in person. Until then, we’ll be sharing new recipes on our blog—like this smooth bourbon cream, here to slow your summer and soothe your sultry sorrows.

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polenta mini-pizzas with kale-jalapeño pesto, burst cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese

polenta mini-pizzas with kale-jalapeño pesto, burst cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese

This post was created in partnership with Health-Ade and The Feedfeed. All opinions are our own.

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and we are diving right in. In less than 48 hours, we’ll be sailing on crystal clear waters 3500 miles from Los Angeles, sipping on dark and stormys, passion coladas, and soaking up Caribbean sunshine in the tropical British Virgin Islands. Ryan’s parents are experienced sailors, and every few years, they invite the family to explore the seas in a 45-foot catamaran that will be our floating home for the week. Stocked with a full kitchen complete with an oven and stove, the eight of us will be cruising in the water—with laughing gulls tagging along, waiting for our nieces Stella and Lucia, who will throw them a treat. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a sound system which will have Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte on repeat, our crew will be adventuring around the neighboring islands that make up this picture-perfect region—sampling fresh local fruit, snorkeling in 80-degree waters teeming with coral reefs and rainbow-colored fish, and enjoying some much-needed relaxation after this past year and a half of writing the cookbook! But before we embark, we’d like to leave you with a brand new recipe and a refreshing drink to go with it.

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