Lets start the week on a sweet note, shall we? How excited are you for summer time and all the summer berries and stone fruit showing up at the farms and stores? I know I am. Also this cherry cardamom galette is one of my favorite summertime things to bake.
So glad that I can go shopping at my local Fred Meyer and buy all the freshest organic cherries, stone fruit and berries for such a good price. I love that they make it accessible for their customers to buy organic. Perfect way to use them up and make galettes. The imperfectly shaped, but ohh so delicious dessert that will make you go back for another slice. One of my favorite stone fruits are CHERRIES. How can you resist the sweet red fruit that will surely stain your hands while you pit them for this dessert… but I promise you will be ok.


shortbread cookies three ways


shortbread-cookies_lenasktichenblog12Holiday baking at my house is in full swing. We are baking dozens of these shortbread cookies to give away to friends, family, teachers and coworkers. I love this time of the year when the weather outside is cold, but it’s nice and cozy inside. We wear our pajamas most of the day while playing christmas tunes and making the house smell great while baking. There is nothing better than the combination of butter, flour and sugar to make these easy cookies. But I figured why not elevate them a bit and make three different flavors this year, every bite will be special. (more…)


strawberry-rhubarb muffins


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The weather in Portland has been so beautiful lately, which means the abundance of berries are starting to show up everywhere along with the bounty of rhubarb. So the perfect marriage of strawberry and rhubarb inspired this recipe for the tasty and moist muffins that will make your house smell just amazing. These are so simple to make and would be so fun to make with your kids. (more…)

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Cardamom, Blueberry, Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Casserole


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My husband and I spent the evening last night in bed after we put the kids down watching funny videos and food videos on BuzzFeed, then woke up craving french toast for breakfast. I went to get the ingredients from my local Fred Meyers. I usually get Challah bread and make individual french toast, but this morning I wanted something a little more different so i got some mini croissants, cut them into smaller chunks, added chunks of softened cream cheese and had some frozen blueberries… add the custard and you have a party in your mouth. (more…)

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Vegan Strawberry + Avocado Smoothie


I’m working on a few recipe developments for Fred Meyers using Strawberries + Avocados. Excited to share this Vegan Strawberry + Avocado smoothie. I wanted to add some beautiful colors and super foods to make this a great morning pick me up. It’s a versatile smoothie to add to your recipe box by making two smoothies in one.

This smoothie uses avocado, frozen bananas and cashew milk for creaminess, raw almonds for texture, baby greens, hemp seeds, ground flax seed and bee pollen for extra superfood for the green part. Strawberries, banana, pomegranate juice, cashew milk and mint to add a natural sweetness to the pink part of the smoothie. Be creative and add your own personal touch to the smoothie when you put it together. I wanted to make sure to keep this smoothie vegan so it’s a healthier choice for you to enjoy.

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caramelized pear upside down cake


pear upside down cake
My kids didn’t have school today, so my daughter and I spend the morning doing some baking together. I bought some pears the other day and have been wanting to bake something. There is something so soothing about spending time in the kitchen for me, especially when my daughter comes to help me out. So we put together this super simple cake. It’s a perfect fall time recipe to intrigue your sweet tooth. (more…)

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