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A year ago I hardly ever showered. Wore the same four outfits on repeat. Slept in the desert without air conditioning. Made extravagant meals on our two burner stove. Was obsessed with finding free places to camp. Would travel hours for a good hot spring. Was perpetually tan. And got to watch the sunset every night #vangirlsrule

If you’re not grilling at least once a week, you’re doing summer wrong

Haven’t been stitching much lately so thought if I posted an old pic maybe it would inspire me to start a new project? Here’s a tank with our van on it I stitched for @killacalio this past Christmas #partygirlgoods

I’ve been sad lately and when I’m sad I crave all the comfort foods. Making tomato sauce is one of my most comforting rituals in the kitchen. Not only do I adore Bolognese, but it’s a recipe I don’t need to look up, one that I’ve learned a feel for over the years from my mother and the cooks at my family’s Italian restaurant. I don’t eat many tomatoes any more (they’re hella inflammatory) but every now and then we all deserve to treat ourselves. And if I’m going to spend hours making sauce you best believe I won’t be disrespecting it with chickpea or zucchini noodles. No, a good Bolognese deserves a well made semolina pasta (not pictured) and crusty bread for dipping. Here’s the recipe, do what you will with it, it’s technically #whole30 and #paleo but who cares it’s sauce. Here’s what you need:
1 large onion
3 small carrots
3 celery ribs
6 cloves garlic, minced (I don’t mess around, you can use less)
1 lbs ground beef
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes *always use ITALIAN canned tomatoes. When the ingredients are this simple you can’t skimp on quality
1 28oz can diced or whole tomatoes, if whole empty can in bowl and crush by hand.
2 cups broth (paleo/whole30) or wine and/or milk (not compliant)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper *Stick of grass fed butter, optional
1. Roughly chop carrots, onion and celery. Pulse in food processor till veggies are finely minced.
2. In a heavy bottom pan, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high and brown meat. When just done remove for pot and set aside.
3. Add minced carrot, onion, celery mixture to pot and sauté for ten minutes
4. Add minced garlic and cook 2-3 minutes until the aroma fills your kitchen
5. Add beef back in
6. Add one cup liquid and cook down
7. Add canned tomatoes and stir till all ingredients are combined
8. Add about another cup of liquid, bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Cook for at least 1 1/2 hours but 3 would be better.
*Optional, add 1 stick if grass fed butter right before serving and I guarantee this is the best Bolognese you’ll ever make
Recipe makes enough for 6-8 people. It’s a lot of sauce.

Sheet pan spiralized Spanish tortilla I made for our engagement party a few weeks back. I would share the recipe but it included four dozen eggs and a half sack of potatoes.

Thinking about all the beautiful places I’ve been

What is it about bagels that make everything feel just a little bit better? #notpaleo

Rudy’s where you get a free hot dog with every beer. A favorite haunt of Anthony Bourdain and Oren Shalev. Two greats gone way too soon.

I have so many photos of Oren with so many memories but this is the one that perfectly captures our relationship. Oren was one of my favorite people of all time. I would often half joke how I would always rather have him with me than without me. Meanwhile, Oren was extremely vocal about his sexual repulsion towards me. He often said I was “too much woman for him” and not in a good way. For some reason I found this utterly hilarious and it only endeared him to me more. He was so clever, charming and smart as a whip. He was never at a loss for words and those words almost always made you laugh till you cried. But beyond his obvious wit, he was one of the most kind and loving people I knew. He was always there to support me, whether it be a bad hangover, an extremely awkward trip to get the morning after pill, or coming to almost every party I’ve ever thrown (and I throw a lot of parties)- he always showed up and I was always happier to have him there. One of the last times many of us got to see him was at our engagement party last month where he was per usual the life of the party - taking rather flattering photos and excited about the future. I am so thankful I have such a wonderful last memory to go along with over a decade of incredible times we had together. We lost a really really good one. We were all more fun people because we had him in our lives. I love you, Oren and I miss terribly.

It was our eleven year sexiversary Monday and we both forgot. Does this make us an old boring couple now?

Do you guys miss when my life looked this? Because I do.

Get yourself a man that works with his hands all day then gets home and grills you organic meat

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