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A few weeks ago the lovely people at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse had a book signing and dinner to celebrate the release of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. I saw familiar faces I used to wait on in my barista days; I met new friends, and celebrated with old ones. If you’ve read through my book you know the Blue Heron is mentioned frequently, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance and encouragement of Larry and Colleen.  (Once again, thank you, thank you, for everything.)

I’ve been quiet here. The past few weeks have been filled with word searches, as I’ve been trying to articulate my thoughts on the whirlwind of activity in our country. One never knows what one’s in for when one starts thinking.* More soon. I’ll have a recipe for you in a few days.

Here are a few things, book related, and around the internets.

I had an interview with Rick Nelson from the Star Tribune you can read here.

I also had an interview with the National Post.

Laura’s post really resonated with me. (Psst. You can also pre-order her book here.)

Aran from Cannelle et Vanille has a gorgeous new video series, A Cook’s Remedy, on her website. Also, just check out her amazing photographs.

Haley Bonar, Tiny Desk Concert. Also digging The Secret Sisters.

Currently on my nightstand: Still reading this. And rereading this. Started this with my kids. This came in the mail today.

*CS Lewis, The Collected Letters, Vol. 2

 

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I finally got to meet baby Margot, and take a few pictures of her as well. This family has been dear friends for years and years, and it is such a joy to welcome their new little.

Some links for your Sunday reading and viewing:

I have always believed that trees are friends, and I can’t wait to read this book

I’m a big fan of Vivian Maier’s street photography, and this glimpse into her past is an interesting read

Top 10 kitchens in literature

You’ve mostly likely seen this, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it: Kylo Ren: Undercover Boss (also, outtakes)

Nigel Slater on the joy of cooking

Portlandia food sketches

How to write: a year in advice

That time Jane Austen drank too much wine

 

 

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This past week I got to tag along while my sister-in-law-to-be tried on wedding dresses, and sneaked a few shots during our time. We’re all terribly excited she’s going to be part of the family.

David Bowie and Alan Rickman left us this week. Here’s some Sunday morning reading and viewing to celebrate both:

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David Bowie’s Formative Reading List
Chilly Gonzales: Pop Masterclass
David Bowie cookies
David Bowie: Invisible New Yorker
Seu Jorge Sings Changes
Musical Changes
All the Tributes
David Bowie Answers the Famous Proust Questionnaire
My Real Name is David Jones

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Empire Interview
Daniel Radcliffe remembers
Alan to Alan
Top 20 Movie Quotes
GIF Tribute
Snape Forever
The Last Interview
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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.” – MFK Fisher

Some links:

Pretty clever junk food masterpieces

Love this version of Radiohead’s Creep

Food 52’s weekend reading lists are great

Such beautiful desserts!

Fascinated and freaked out by The Really Big One

I want to visit Japan

I’m totally enamored with Renee Kemps’ photographs

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My dear friends just had the sweetest little – I got to stop by and take some photographs.

Some links for your Sunday:

Helen Keller visits a dance studio. Beautiful.

Julia Child’s kitchen.

Murray. He’s still my favorite.

Liz Prueitt from Tartine talks about being a working mom.

I’m still missing Dave.

This pie. I have to make it.

 

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‘The great chefs of France and Italy learn about food at home; what they do later, in the restaurants that make them famous, is use what they have learned. They build on it, they start elaborating. They take home cooking to the restaurant, not the restaurant school of cooking to the home. Inverting the process is like learning a vocabulary without any grammar…We are at risk, here, of becoming not cooks but culinary mimics. There are some things you cannot learn from a professional chef.

For there is more to cooking than being able to put on a good show. Of course, there are advantages in an increased awareness of and enthusiasm for food, but the danger is that it excites an appetite for new recipes, new ingredients: follow a recipe once and then – on to the next. Cooking isn’t like that. The point about real-life cooking is that your proficiency grows exponentially. You cook something once, then again, and again. Each time you add something different and what you ends up with differs also…Cooking has become too much of a device by which to impress people rather than simply to feed them pleasurably.’ – Nigella Lawson, How to Eat

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more reading/viewing:

A day in the life of Pinterest.

The saddest cookbooks ever.

Ice Ice Baby. I love this version.

Celebrities reading poetry.

Some life advice.

Izy’s food photography tips.

National Doughnut Day! Come play along.

(Also, I have Blueberry Puff Pastry Tarts on Handmade Charlotte, and Cherry Buckwheat Scones on Food 52.)

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A few things:

Super excited about Food 52’s new cookbook. Also their new videos are pretty rad.

DAVID BAZAN. Just saw him play a house show and it was beautiful. Check out his Bazan monthly recordings.

Complicated coffee. I love this video.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is working my way through this Reading Challenge (but a Minnesota book instead of a Montana one).

Wind & Willow Home’s Luna Line (inspired by the phases of the moon) is gorgeous.

I’m sort of obsessed with Chilly Gonzales. But he’s so amazing.
He has pop music masterclasses and plays the piano with his feet.

Joni Mitchell.

I really like this song.

My husband’s band just put out an EP on bandcamp. You can listen here. Also, a little video:

 

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“But the kitchen will not come into its own again until it ceases to be a status symbol and becomes again a workshop. It may be pastel. It may be ginghamed as to curtains and shining with copper like a picture in a woman’s magazine. But you and I will know it chiefly by its fragrances and its clutter. At the back of the stove will sit a soup kettle, gently bubbling, one into which every day are popped leftover bones and vegetables to make stock for sauces or soup for the family. Carrots and leeks will sprawl on counters, greens in a basket. There will be something sweet-smelling twirling in a bowl and something savory baking in the oven. Cabinet doors will gape ajar and colored surfaces are likely to be littered with salt and pepper and flour and herbs and cheesecloth and pot holders and long-handled forks. It won’t be neat. It won’t even look efficient. But, when you enter it you will feel the pulse of life throbbing from every corner. The heart of the home will have begun once again to beat.” — Phyllis McGinley
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My theme for this New Year is kitchen-as-workshop; I love the picture painted above: you and I will know it chiefly by its fragrances and its clutter…the pulse of life throbbing from every corner. Too often I find myself daydreaming about how to make my kitchen space bigger and better, ignoring the simple beauty in what my hands have put together on well-worn counter tops and aged appliances. The memory I hold to from my Grandmother’s kitchen is not of her posh center island or one-of-a-kind dishware, but of her long, wrinkled hands gracefully kneading bread dough on an old, wooden cutting board. There was soul in that wood, soul that just can’t be bought. The heart of the home will have begun once again to beat.
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Two Things:

*I have a new column on Food 52! It’s titled ‘From a Coffee Shop in the Midwest’, and it features recipes from my favorite coffeehouse: The Blue Heron.

*One of my favorite local bands, Eustace the Dragon, has a new session on Daytrotter. It’s fantastic.

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