3 Culinary Tips You Should Be Doing

3 Culinary Tips You Should Be Doing

I have the exact opposite of a green thumb, I kill just about every plant I bring into my home with one exception: herbs. Well, to be fair I keep them outside and being that I live in Southern California this is not hard to maintain at all. My point is they are extremely easy to care for and will undoubtedly change the way you cook, eat and feel. I believe these simple, fresh additions are little magic workers for every dish; bringing brightness, flavor, health benefits, color, and texture, I simply cannot rave enough about how much I love herbs. If you have them on hand (and growing them organically!) it is that much easier to grab them and toss them into your meal plan. Often times when I am making a dish for myself I start with a basis of ingredients and then throw in what would seem to be complimentary to those components, I really enjoy this freedom in cooking and when you have fresh herbs ready to go you can elevate your dishes with just the perfect fresh flavor of and herb, if I didn’t have them ready to go I would probably miss out on so many opportunities to incorporate these amazing flavor boosters! Making a sandwich? Add some basil, did you know how many variations of basil there are? Purple basil is a new favorite. Making a cocktail? Mint, thyme or cilantro. Sauces? Salads? The possibilities are literally endless. Lately, I have been obsessed with adding fresh herbs to a simple olive oil/lemon dressing, whatever I feel like in that moment and I’ll put that right over lightly steamed veggies, voila. Once you cross over to using fresh herbs on the daily you’ll wonder how you survived any differently!

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Rhubarb & Black Cherry Crisp (vegan)

Rhubarb & Black Cherry Crisp (vegan)

I love fruit, all kinds, I don't discriminate. I love fruit fall, winter, spring and most definitly summer! That being said it's not surpirsing that I try to combine fresh fruit into dessert as often as I can, they bring vibrancy, lightness and the right amounts of sweet and sour flavors to complete an otherwise heavy dessert. It's important to have that balance of flavors, it leaves you satisfied! 

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Learning to adapt, allowing for change and being totally calm about it!

Learning to adapt, allowing for change and being totally calm about it!

Just a few years ago if you had told me I would be writing my first official blog post on being calm during major life changes I would have been confused, amused and probably laughed about it. But the truth is I have learned to be okay with changes however big or small and the fear of not knowing what the outcome may be no longer phases me.

How did I get to this place? To be perfectly honest I'm not sure I can accurately describe it but what I do know for certain is that I began to trust. I trusted that when I felt inclined to do something, talk to someone, go some place I felt that for a reason and I needed to go for it! The problem with this listening to myself thing is that it got in the way of my routines, my structure and the way I had designed my life to be very calculated; long story short I realized this perfectly structured way of living was quite frankly awful! 

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