Balsamic Pasta | @thefauxmartha

I had this whole post written about marriage. About how easy it was before we were parents. So easy we high-fived ourselves. And about how hard it’s been since becoming parents. It was about how this Balsamic Pasta (with a salad on top) saved us. A recipe I recreated from a dish we ordered on a much needed date night a couple months ago. I deleted it. Because I got to the end and realized it wasn’t the pasta dish, though so good and quick. You need to make it. It was the ping pong table from Craigslist that saved us. 
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Stone Fruit Cobbler | @thefauxmartha

There were missed deadlines. Lots of flights and late bed times. Family gatherings. Dancing (if you can qualify our erratic movements as such). There were hamburgers, chips, and watermelon. Mouthfuls of salty water. Tiny feet splashing in waves. And wine. Plenty of wine. We lived this summer. So much so, I think our new neighbors thought this was our winter home, which is funny because we live in Minnesota. You don’t dare leave the state come summer. TSA enforced. Read more

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What's for Dinner | @thefauxmartha

The days of carefree summer dinners are coming to a very quick close. Meal planning is the only way I can put something other than pasta on the table every night. So if you’re anything like me, I’m planning ahead for the both of us. Here’s a couple back-to-school dinner ideas: quick and simple recipes, using summer-friendly produce. Each can be adapted for meat-eaters and vegetarians. Read more

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Bakery-style Peanut Butter Cookies | @thefauxmartha

When I want a cookie, which is not every week or even every month, I want a substantial cookie. From a bakery case, not a cookie jar, but at my house. You know the kind. Remember Not Your Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookie or Big Fat Sugar Cookies? Measuring in at 3½” wide and 1½” tall, they share a thin exterior layer of crunch with plenty of soft cookie throughout, much like these bakery-style peanut butter cookies. I like my cookies epic, so epic they crack at the edges.
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Mambo Taxi | @thefauxmartha

If you’ve ever been to Dallas, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten at Mi Cocina. It’s my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant (next to XOCO and Frontera in Chicago). The food is excellent. I ebb and flow between splitting fajitas and hoarding the Rico Salad to myself. But if I’m being honest, it’s their margarita, specifically the Mambo Taxi, that makes this place my favorite. It’s a strong, not-too-sweet margarita wrapped in a sangria swirl. One will leave you dancing and hailing an Uber. Read more

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Blueberry Breakfast Cake | @thefauxmartha

I’ve been away doing summer (I hope you have too). Accumulating new freckles because I don’t tan and trying to keep my basil plant alive. It’s outlived a very clumsy cat. But by the looks of the leaves today, it might be fresh out of lives. It’s hot out. Living at a latitude of  around 50° N (Chicago, New Haven, Minneapolis) has taught us to enjoy the sweaty summer months. But the humidity and heat right now are enough to make me wish for an early snowfall. Stone me. With your fresh tomatoes please. Read more

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Italian Summer Salad | @thefauxmartha

There was an Italian market right around the corner from where we lived in New Haven. They sold overpriced produce and served the best sandwiches and salads I’ve ever had. Prior to frequenting there, I’d never been extremely fond of ordering a sandwich or salad out, especially when given a choice. When in New Haven, you eat pizza. But this place and their pesto sandwiches and italian salads, they changed my mind forever. Read more

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Rejuvenation in the Kitchen | @thefauxmartha

We moved in a month ago. I was certain our house would be in tip top shape by now. Turns out, it takes a bit of time to make a house a home. It also turns out that graphic design doesn’t necessarily translate into interior design. I’m studying Emily Henderson’s portfolio and luring Amanda Rydell over with scones and lemonade to help me decorate. While I become a faux interior decorator, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the house and tell you about my favorite lighting company—Rejuvenation. You need to know about them if you don’t already. (Read on for giveaway details.) Read more

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