baked brie with honey and toasted pine nuts

baked brie with honey and pine nuts

This post was created in partnership with Dagoba. All opinions are our own.

Last week we drove 1,006 miles in two days. We spent the holidays at the house where Ryan grew up, in the quiet neighborhood of Tigard just outside Portland, Oregon. The plan was to fly there, spend time with the family through Christmas, then help Ryan’s dad by driving his car to Los Angeles to sell it down here. Portland is perfectly picturesque this time of year, especially since it snowed on and off while we were there. It was just enough to dust the trees, make the ground sparkle, and provide a magical white Christmas—which has only happened a few times during the sixteen years we have been together. Every holiday season, Ryan’s mom Peggy makes a batch of fudge to pass out to the neighbors, and on Christmas Eve, we bundle up and walk around the snowy neighborhood, admiring the decorated houses and festive lights, while knocking on doors to deliver sweet treats to lucky recipients.

baked brie: easy, quick, and always a crowdpleaser
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cocktail courier giveaway with williams sonoma

agua desierto punch

This post was created in partnership with Williams Sonoma and Cocktail Courier. All opinions are our own.

Happy New Years Eve everyone! To start the night in style, we teamed up with Williams Sonoma and Cocktail Courier for a fun cocktail kit Instagram giveaway! Perfect for a party, these kits feature recipes from from top professional bartenders around the country. All the ingredients for these crafted cocktails arrive in one handy box and the drinks come together quickly, leaving you more time for sipping with less time prepping. There are a variety of flavors and sizes to choose from, and this purple punch caught our eye. Made with Chilean pisco liquor, a tangy prickly pear simple syrup, and grapefruit hibiscus bitters, this vibrant cocktail known as the Agua Desierto will be coloring our night purple as we toast to 2018! One lucky person will win a custom cocktail kit of their own, so check out the contest details and enter on today’s Instagram post. Cheers to the new year!

Click here to read contest rules and enter

xoxo Adam & Ryan

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everything you need to make agua desierto punch, in one handy box
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chocolate check mocha pie

chocolate check mocha pie

This post was created in partnership with MacKenzie-Childs. All opinions are our own.

What’s the saying? If at first you don’t succeed, pie pie again? That is exactly what happened to us this past week with this deliciously dramatic dessert, because our first two attempts were far from pie-fect. We knew the filling had to be irresistibly creamy, and were determined to do as many tests as needed to achieve the perfect balance of chocolate and coffee. It was lucky test number three which nearly brought tears to our eyes as we tried this chocolatey checkered masterpiece. The texture was smooth and silky with three kinds of chocolate and a heaping spoonful of coffee, topped with a striking black and white courtly check lattice crust… let us introduce you to the chocolate check mocha pie!

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phoenix recap: an oasis in the desert

Ryan's custom-built burger with caramelized onions, grilled peppers, and avocado

This post was created in partnership with The Feedfeed and The Luxury Collection. All opinions are our own.

We’ve been getting around quite a bit lately! Just since July, we visited our first glacier on an Alaskan cruise, surprised Adam’s grandparents on a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas, flew to Detroit for some of the best vegan burgers we’ve ever tasted, spent six days in paradise on the beautiful island of Kauai, cooked an epic Thanksgiving dinner in Portland with Ryan’s family, and just last weekend explored the deserts—and desserts—of Phoenix, Arizona.

freshly-made flatbreads, ready for the oven!
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winter sangria

winter sangria

This post was created in partnership with Dagoba. All opinions are our own.

This year we spent Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon. It was a treat being in a place that actually experiences rain, and where fall actually feels like fall. Ryan’s parents like to poke fun at us wimpy Californians who overpack our suitcases with thermal underwear, wool socks, and snow hats—ready to brave those bone-chilling 50-degree temperatures. Yes, we may have been the only ones wearing thick arctic coats and heavy ski gloves strolling around downtown Portland in November, but we’re from Southern California where it’s summer year-round, and not used to this strange phenomenon known as “seasons.” Regardless, we had a great trip, enjoyed the crisp Oregon air, and welcomed two new dishes to the holiday table: a simple and sweet carrot soufflé, and a brussels sprout and caramelized leek gratin. Both dishes were an instant hit, and both will be making repeat appearances next year. Much of our time was spent in the kitchen preparing for Thanksgiving, and with the holidays continuing throughout the month, we know how much work goes into throwing a party, so today we are sharing something incredibly easy for all your entertaining needs: a light, bubbly, and refreshing winter cocktail that—like so many things in life—pairs beautifully with a bar of high-quality dark chocolate.

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