grapefruit + ginger breakfast bowl 

may 25th, 2016

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It's been a long, long time since I shared on this space. The past few months have had their fair share of speed bumps, and they've pushed me to simplify and take some time for myself. For me, that meant time spent with family and friends, cooking and sharing nourishing, comforting foods, and reducing time spent on the computer and on social media. It was the right move for me to make at the time, but I've missed this space a whole lot!

Now that the craziness of the past few months is subsiding, I'm slowly getting back into routines that I had put on the back burner. Although part of me wishes I were sharing a fancy pants recipe with you all today, it just wouldn't be reflective of what's been going on in my kitchen lately. There have been lots of trips to the Boston Public Market for fresh pasta and produce, many nights have been taco night, and breakfast bowls have been big. Mother nature is keeping us on our toes over here in Boston this spring, and these bright and nourishing bowls can easily be changed up to accommodate whatever weather is thrown our way. I love that, and I love simple, fun, and quick, especially when it comes to breakfast (I'm never swimming in time weekday mornings.) 

I understand that May isn't exactly citrus season, but it's been so darn cold some days, and then so hot the next, that I just need some vibrancy and zing in my meals that'll give me that little pep in my step while we wait for summer to settle in. This breakfast bowl can be enjoyed hot or cold, and can totally be customized to your liking. This one is just sweet enough without being overwhelmingly so, and I love that I can toss it all into a jar and take it to work with me when I'm tight on time (hello Mondays.) The ruby red grapefruit will wake you right up, the oats will keep you satisfied, and the ginger syrup will make your heart happy, guaranteed. 

Being back on this space feels so good, and I can't wait to get back to posting regularly! Thanks for following along and sharing Home Sweet with me. :)

grapefruit + ginger breakfast bowl 

serves 2

ingredients - 

  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 ruby red grapefruit, segmented 
  • greek yogurt, I used Sophia's Greek Yogurt - incredible stuff
  • walnuts, halves/pieces 
  • coconut flakes, unsweetened 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds 

ginger syrup - 

  • 1 cup sugar, organic 
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 - 1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

This meal is a quick and simple one. 

In a separate saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Add sliced ginger and heat until the mixture simmers. Remove the saucepan from heat, and allow to sit and cool for 30 minutes. Use a sieve to strain the syrup into a jar. Set aside. *This recipe will make more than enough, so you'll have some leftovers to enjoy at a later date!

While your ginger syrup cools, bring your almond milk to a boil. Once reached, add rolled oats and chia seeds, and immediately reduce heat to medium. Cover and allow them to simmer for around 5 minutes. *Do not stir - doing so may lead to weaker and soggier oats! 

Remove from heat once cooked, add a splash more almond milk if desired, and transfer to your breakfast bowl. Now comes the fun part :). Add a big dollop of greek yogurt, wedges of ruby grapefruit, a handful of walnuts, a big pinch of coconut flakes, and top it all off with a drizzle of fresh ginger syrup. 

Happy breakfasting!

creamy onion dip + crunchy crudités

january 24, 2016

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Middle school is my first real memory involving football. Mr. Thielman's PE class, 7th grade, and a whole lot of time spent running up and down the field, usually without any idea of where, exactly, I was running to. I guess you could say that field sports have never really been my thing, especially football. Playing it, throwing it, even watching it has never really stuck. I was the string bean with her head in the clouds practicing her fouette turns and pirouettes on the turf, to Mr. Thielman's dismay, and I much preferred my version of football to his. I just remember thinking that there were so many rules, so much stopping and going, and I just didn't have the patience for it. 

I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to watching sports games, but the combination of friends and (always) good food gets me in the spirit and excited for the occasional game. Growing up, my dad would take me to see the Padres play on Sunday afternoons. We'd zip over to San Diego, mitts in hand, and I'd be contemplating the treats I planned to eat. There were always charred sausage dogs with peppers, onions, and a whole lot of yellow mustard. We'd sometimes get nachos, cotton candy (always blue, per my request,) and would almost always finish the day with a massive cone of swirled soft serve. I loved these Sundays with Dad, and they're absolutely the root of my love for game time treats. 

While I absolutely love all of the foods listed above, and then some, I always appreciate a lighter option to crunch on while a game is on. With Super Bowl Sunday coming up quick, I've started thinking about what I'll be bringing to the party this year. Enter: this onion dip. It's creamy, simple, and a total crowd pleaser. You can enjoy it with raw veggies, crackers, or salty potato chips (my achilles heel), making it the perfect snack platter to bring to a gathering, sports related or not. It's deceivingly healthy, so whip up a bowl and dig in without even thinking twice. 

What snacks are you cooking up for Super Bowl Sunday this year? Be sure to share your thoughts below! 

Happy snackin' :)

creamy onion dip + crunchy crudités

serves a crowd

ingredients - 

  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt (my go-to is Fage, full fat or 2%) 
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 4 medium yellow onions, chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  •  2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • scallion, finely chopped 
  • fresh black pepper, to taste 
  • sea salt, to taste 
  • fresh veggies of your choosing, crackers, and/or potato chips 

Heat a large cast iron pan, pour in a few glugs of olive oil (~1/4 cups). Add chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Adjust heat to medium. You're caramelizing your onions, which will take some time and patience. Stir your onions frequently and do not increase heat. Your onions will slowly being to deepen in color. The onions are done when they are a rich brown color. This process will take between 15 - 30 minutes, longer if you crowd your pan. *Note - if your onions begin to burn, reduce your heat a bit and add a splash or water, wine, or balsamic vinegar to your pan and continue to cook. 

When the onions are near done, add garlic and allow to cook for a few minutes. Remove the pan from heat and stir in your Worcestershire sauce. Allow the onion mix to cool. 

Combine your onions and greek yogurt in a medium mixing bowl, stirring until evenly mixed. Fold in a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste. Top with a handful of chopped scallions.

Enjoy your onion dip right in that moment, or store in the fridge for up to two days. The dip tastes the richest and creamiest if it's allowed to sit for a few hours before consuming, in my opinion. :) Enjoy!

cranberry walnut pumpkin bread 

december 1st, 2015

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As I write this I’m sitting in a favorite coffee shop of mine, watching people wrap lampposts with garlands and frost storefronts with white lights. It’s officially the holiday season, and even though it’s a total cliché, I really do believe it’s the most magical time of the year. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and between a career change, hosting a friendsgiving, and preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s been little time to sit down and just be still. This time of year has a way of slowing me down, reminding me to count my blessings and to spend lots of time with loved ones.

I’d be lying if I told you my move to Boston has been easy. I’ve adventured to new towns and cities before, moving from southern California to Vermont for school, then hopping on over to the coast of Maine for a seasonal stint, then on to Boston. I’d be lying to you if I told you my move to Boston didn’t involve a certain boy, but it was for more than that. It was for the adventure, the challenge, and the excitement that comes with a new place, and while this move proved to be all of these things, it was also really, really hard. The city felt overwhelming, nothing like the safe and comforting home my dear friend Lizzy and I had made on the farm in Maine. I didn’t have my girlfriends from college to snuggle up on the couch with or have a beer on the porch with, and it was isolating. There were tears and many moments of self doubt, many moments of “I give up, I just want to go home.” The problem, I soon realized, was which home? Home to my family in California? To my home in Vermont? To Maine? There was no quick fix, and as I began getting into the swing of things in my new neighborhood, every once in awhile I’d feel this little ping in my chest, that feeling of warmth that comes with comfort, that feeling of “you are where you’re meant to be in this moment.” I slowly began to feel more at ease, and with that came the confidence to reach out and branch out. Another cliché, but it’s taken me more than a year to “find myself,” in this city. I've navigated a few new career paths, created Home Sweet, and explored new places with new people. It’s a process, and through it I have befriended some incredible and inspiring individuals.

A week or so ago I had some girlfriends over for a friendsgiving feast, one involving warming, seasonal dishes, pretty cocktails, and plenty of champagne. Space was minimal, as there were eight of us in my 250 square foot apartment, but it was the best kind of cozy and I had an absolute blast hosting. As we ate and passed plates, I felt that ping, that feeling of “I am where I’m meant to be”, and was so happy for it. In that moment, I felt at home. My move to Boston has had its challenges, but each one of the ladies sitting around me at the table has inspired me to follow my passions and has lifted me when days felt a little grey. They've helped to make this place feel like home, and for that I am so thankful. 

After a week spent with good friends around the dinner table, I found myself with some leftover friendsgiving ingredients in my pantry begging to be whipped up into something tasty. I wanted to make something simple and just a bit sweet, something I could pass off as breakfast on one of those running-out-the-door-can't-find-my-keys kind of mornings (not unusual in my world.) This slightly sweet and tangy pumpkin bread is all of the above and more. The greek yogurt and coconut oil make this loaf so satisfying, and the cranberries and walnut pieces add a great crunch and zing to it. This pumpkin bread is the best sort of "on the go" breakfast, and is equally enjoyable shared in good company over tea and coffee.

Wishing you all a warm and happy holiday season. I hope it's full of good food and friends who make you feel at home.

Bon appetit! 

cranberry walnut pumpkin bread - 

ingredients - 

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, full fat (Fage is my go-to)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup oat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spie 
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, egg, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Set aside. In a separate bowl stir the remaining dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredient mixture to your wet ingredients, mix until evenly combined. Fold in cranberries and walnut pieces, adding more or less depending on personal preference. 

Line a bread pan with parchment paper, scoop pumpkin mix into the pan, and sprinkle the top with cranberries and walnut pieces. Bake on the middle oven rack for 45 - 55 minutes, or until you're able to insert and remove a toothpick cleanly. 

Remove and let cool for 15 minutes or so before slicing. 

Enjoy!

pumpkin spice & walnut granola 

october 9th, 2015

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Lately, I've been desperately trying to slow down the hours, days, and weeks. It's my favorite time of year (much like everyone else in New England) and I'm savoring these crisp and sunny days before the winter air settles in. It can be easy to let this time of year pass you by in the city. You see trees with scarlet and gold leaves here and there, but the colors don't overwhelm you the way they do in the mountains.

This past weekend I zipped up to my old stomping grounds in Vermont, and boy, do I miss it there. I moved to Burlington when I was eighteen, and quickly fell in love with its mountains and its people. Vermont felt like home right away. My first fall there was basically my first fall, ever. I remember walking down to Lake Champlain, looking out to the Adirondacks and thinking that their slopes and ridges looked like they were on fire. The colors burned so bright they blazed, and it took my breath away year after year. Still does. From September to November I was determined to spend as much time as I possibly could outside. There were sunrise and sunset hikes on Camel's Hump, weekends in the apple orchards, pumpkin picking, and long solo runs along the lake. Though the air grew cooler and the days shorter, I always found myself feeling indescribably warm this time of year. A combination of beautiful views, good company, and the sweet and spicy scents often floating from the kitchen made for happy memories in one of my happy places. 

So, this granola. While it can't take me back in time, it sure does bring back a whole lot of happy memories with it's warming, nutty, and spicy flavors. It's cozy and inviting and makes both your heart and belly feel full. I like to make big batches of it to sprinkle on yogurt, add to oatmeal, and to snack on morning, noon, and night. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as I do :).

pumpkin walnut granola

ingredients - 

  • 3 cups rolled oats 
  • 1 1/3 cups raw walnuts, halved or chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds 
  • 2 dashes of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seeds, walnuts, pepitas, spices, and salt.

In a small pan, melt the refined coconut oil and then whisk in pumpkin puree and honey. Mix well until the contents are evenly combined. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until all dry ingredients are coated. 

Spread half of the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 7 minutes, stir contents around a bit, rotate, and place in the oven for another 7 or so minutes. *Keep an eye on it! It can go from crispy to burnt to a crisp quite quickly (speaking from experience.) 

Once golden brown, remove your granola from the oven and let it cool. Enjoy warm over yogurt, with a splash of milk, or store in an airtight container to enjoy at a later time. 

Let me know how your pumpkin granola turns out by tagging #HSrecipes on instagram, and be sure to follow me @homesweet_mary. Happy baking! 

double dark chocolate chunk cookies & vanilla bean ice cream sandwiches 

September 14th, 2015

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My mom always added nuts to baked goods when I was growing up. She'd throw them in cookies and banana bread, insisting that they made the finished product that much tastier. I wasn't so crazy about nuts at the time, and was always sure we left a generous number of cookies nut free. It wasn't until I left for college that my taste buds seemed to snap to and realize that adding nuts to baked goods is a must and absolutely delicious. If you disagree, no hard feelings, I understand where you're coming from. These cookies can easily be made sans walnuts. 

Anywho, anyone who knows me knows how much I love chocolate. Dark chocolate almonds are a weakness of mine, and I can finish off a Liberty Chocolate Bar (my all time fav,) no problem. It's a craving I tend to indulge, and these cookies are no exception. These double chocolate cookies are rich in color and taste, filled to capacity with dark chocolate chunks and walnuts for crunch. They're a snap to whip up, and are made even tastier with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between two. A perfect treat for the last weeks of summer, these ice cream cookie sammies celebrate sunshine and warmth while ushering in those first feelings of fall. 

Enjoy :)

double dark chocolate chunk cookies + walnuts - 

makes about a dozen cookies 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted & cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks 
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • flaky sea salt for sprinkling - maldon is my fav
  • * 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream, or flavor of your choice 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and melted coconut oil for 1 - 2 minutes. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until evenly combined. Add chocolate chips, chunks, and chopped walnuts and mix well. Chill for 20 - 30 minutes.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Roll dough into 1 inch round balls, press to flatten slightly with your palm. Put the cookies in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes, mine were perfect at 9 minutes. Pop them out of the oven, sprinkle with flaky salt immediately, and let cool for about 10 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, scoop some vanilla bean ice cream onto a cookie and sandwich it with another. Enjoy while chocolate chunks are nice and ooey-gooey.

cheesy pesto grilled sammie + white peaches & arugula

august 23rd, 2015

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I'm all about simplicity in the summer. I want food I can eat with my hands and fresh food that tastes like the season. Farmers markets have been bursting with produce, and I've been having a blast mixing a bunch of colors and textures for every meal. 

This morning I walked on over to the Boston Public Market for the first time, and let me tell you, it will not be my last. It's a year-round, indoor market full of fresh and locally sourced foods from New England, the only of it's kind in the United States :). I bounced from farm stand to flower shop to bakery for the better part of my Sunday morning and could not have been happier. I left with a new tote bag full of hot cider donuts (yum), a big ol' bag of arugula and white peaches from Siena Farms, and a crusty loaf of bread baked right over in Cambridge, MA.

This cheesy grilled sammy is a product of today's market haul. It's simple but feels decadent, and strikes a tasty balance between sweet and savory. It will definitely be one of my go-tos for the rest of peach season. Enjoy this sandwich in good company, bon appetit!

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cheesy pesto grilled sandwich + white peaches & arugula - 

  • 1 organic peach, sliced - local will taste best :)
  • handful of arugula
  • sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced - i'm partial to cabot!
  • 2 large slices of your favorite crusty bread - i love Iggy's Bread Francese loaf

lemony arugula pesto -

  • 2 cups arugula, packed
  • ~ 1 cup really good extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • fresh ground pepper to taste 
  • salt to taste 

For the pesto - 

Throw the arugula, parmesan cheese, walnuts, lemon juice and garlic in a blender or food processor. Pulse, and add olive oil to the mix until it reaches desired consistency, you may not use the full cup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

For the sandwich - 

Preheat grill pan to medium-high heat, coat with a thin layer of olive oil.

Spread pesto on both slices of bread, a little goes a long way! Assemble the sandwiches by layering the cheese, peach slices and arugula on one side, topping with fresh ground pepper and then with the remaining piece of bread. 

Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until bread is browned and cheese is melted. Remove from heat, cut in half and enjoy warm. 

Note - you can easily use a barbecue in place of a grill pan.

 

 

no frills kale salad + crispy chickpeas 

august 18th, 2015

Summer days are flying by in a blur and sometimes I just feel like I can't keep up! Work has been busy, weekends packed with roadtrips and friends, and then suddenly you blink and it's mid-August. I recently spent a long weekend on Nantucket with some good friends and absolutely fell in love with the island. We spent our days biking miles and miles, laying on the beach, and enjoying classic New England summertime fare. There were late night BBQ's, outdoor showers, hours spent in the waves, and the best shrimp cocktail I've ever had. Ever. 

My diet mainly consisted of burgers, hot dogs, fish tacos, and daily picks from the raw bar, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. When in Rome right? However, after some long summer days spent in the little slice of heaven that is Nantucket, I felt the need to reboot and re-energize before a long day at work. I wanted to make something quick and satisfying, something flavorful and refreshing. Balance is key in my book, and this kale salad has a crunch and a zing to it that I enjoy any day. It's a snap to whip up and will convert kale skeptics into kale lovers (tolerators at the very least). Dig into a big bowl for lunch or serve as a side for dinner. Be well, and let me know how you enjoy this simple salad :).

no frills kale salad + crispy chickpeas - 

  • 1 bunch curly kale

garlicky green goddess dressing - 

  • 1 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • zest & juice of 1 lemon 
  • 3 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup really good olive oil, more if needed
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • a couple dashes fresh ground pepper
  • a couple dashes red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

crispy chickpeas - 

recipe from the wonderful Minimalist Baker

  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp Tandoori spice blend* 
    •  Can be found at Whole Foods, or made at home by blending the following ingredients/ratios - 3 Tbsp cumin, 2 Tbsp paprika, 2 Tbsp garlic powder, 2 tsp coriander, 3 tsp ginger, 2 tsp cardamom. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and cover evenly with olive oil and spices. Spread out on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until chickpeas are golden brown and slightly crispy. Set aside.

Place all dressing ingredients except the parmesan in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Fold in the parmesan cheese. 

Tear kale into bite size pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Toss with the dressing 30 minutes before serving, allowing the kale to soften and absorb all flavors. Top with spiced chickpeas and a pinch of flaky salt if desired. This salad is best fresh, but will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. 

Serve and enjoy!