Tag: glutenfree

vegan mint chip avocado milkshake

vegan mint chip avocado milkshake

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

We all have food memories that make us smile. Maybe it’s a special cake that your grandmother prepared for every birthday, or the fall aromas of pies baking in the oven that fill the house during the holidays. Or perhaps it’s the entrée from a memorable romantic meal, and you can still picture the flickering candles glowing in the room. Everyone has special moments that we cherish because food is an expression of love. It brings people and families together and it’s a way for us to connect and learn about other cultures and unique flavors from all around the world. Since starting our blog in 2015, we have learned so much from our audience and the community, and it is truly inspiring to be a part of this creative space where we can all learn from each other, cook together, and drool over everyone’s photos on social media—even from opposite sides of the planet. We’re excited to share this recipe with you today: it’s cool, minty, chocolatey, and delicious, and the frosty emerald green color from the California avocados will look quite elegant in your hand at your next summer party.

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citrus-marinated grilled portobello burgers with sautéed peppers and chipotle mayo

citrus-marinated grilled portobello burgers with sautéed peppers and chipotle mayo

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

Ryan was practically a baby when we met in 2001. Just 19 years old and a freshman at USC, he moved to California from Oregon, seeking warmer temperatures, year-round sunshine, and a place where he could comfortably wear shorts and a t-shirt to class in the middle of January. Living a few blocks away from some of the best Mexican food in town and just a twenty-minute drive to the beach, Ryan quickly adapted to this harsh lifestyle. He had been in Los Angeles for 8 months when we first met at a recording studio, and a lot has changed over the last 18 years. Back then, he was more of a picky eater and didn’t appreciate foods like olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms—all of which he loves now. The recipe we are sharing today is something he definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed when we first started dating—in fact, to this day, he never orders mushroom burgers in restaurants since they’re often bland, rubbery, and disappointing. But this recipe is different. Prepared in a citrusy, garlicky sauce that is tangy and delicious, these marinated portobellos have converted Ryan, and might just make you a mushroom maven too!

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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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indian spiced popcorn

happy national popcorn day!

This post was created in partnership with Crate & Barrel. All opinions are our own.

It’s here! Today is #NationalPopcornDay and we have been waiting all year for this! We are very excited to partner with Crate & Barrel for this momentous holiday, and came up with a tasty recipe to celebrate in style! If you like Indian food, you will love this Indian spiced popcorn. Seasoned with cumin, garlic powder, curry, salt, pepper, and garam masala, this aromatic snack is also tossed with a pinch of cayenne pepper for that perfect picante pop. Head over to the Crate and Barrel blog to get the full recipe and to read our post, and in the spirit of today’s festival, we give you full permission to take the day off, and enjoy a giant bowl of hot fresh popcorn in honor of this beloved treat. Happy popping everyone!

Click HERE for the recipe!

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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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