When we were building our house a couple years ago, I asked you 1,000 questions on Facebook. Like: do you have a microwave? What type of doors do you prefer on your fridge? French? Side-by-side? And on and on. And since I was asking for your trusted advice, I started sharing some of mine. One of those shares was about a ceramic GreenPan I picked up at Target—an affordable, nonstick pan that actually worked. (By the way, we didn’t go with a microwave. I’ll do a full kitchen post soon.) Read more

We live a plane ride away from family, but this year my mother-in-law was visiting around Mother’s Day. I’m not known for giving the best gifts. So rather than fretting over it, I decided focus on something I am good at—hosting brunch. I roped Kev into helping. We decked the dining room with simple flowers that can be purchased from Trader Joe’s, served craft beers (his addition) and a Simple Citrus Shandy cocktail (my addition), passed around small bites for the meal, and wrote Mom Libs. Read more

Shopping for good produce can be surprisingly difficult. Despite cooking at home multiple times a day, I’ve thrown a lot of produce away in my adult years. And every time, it makes me ill. I hate to waste food and money. I’m sure you do too. But I’ve learned a couple things about buying good produce in my adult years too. I’m partnering with Sub-Zero on the Fresh Food Matters initiative again this year. Today we’re zooming out from a recipe to focus on this very topic: How to Buy Good Produce. I’d love for you to add your tips in the comments too! Read more

Hi! It’s been awhile. Like a whole month awhile. I took on a huge project at the start of the year, which I’ll tell you more about soon, mixed with a side of taxes (bleh!). I’m just now starting to dig out from beneath the rubble. I feel like I need to say sorry to every family member, friend, and reader. But my friend, Grace, recently wrote a post about how women say sorry too much. I’m certain she wrote it with me in mind. I’m the queen of misappropriated sorries. So instead of saying that, I’m giving you a peace offering in the form of a cocktail video. Because I’ve missed this space. And because tax season isn’t behind us just yet. Gulp. Read more

This cake goes out to the broken-hearted, the star-crossed lovers, and the happily ever afters. It goes out to the Valentines and the Galentines. And to the person who’s been hoping that brownies and chocolate cake would finally make a baby. (They did!) It goes out to the person looking to use up extra wine (though I’ve never been that person). Are you out there? Extra and wine rarely make it into the same sentence around here, unless I call my neighbor and say, “Hey, do you have any extra wine?” Read more

Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies | @thefauxmartha

Writing isn’t coming easy to me these days between the general anxieties of starting a new year, the political climate, my friends meeting and losing their baby, and Kev saying goodbye to his grandma—all held within the capsule of a month. This mighty big pill is currently lodged in my mind, leaving me with crumbs of insistent thoughts that will find no other way out except out (or swallowed). So today, even if only for myself, I need to couch the weight of these thoughts inside lofty, bittersweet black cookies and get them out.  Read more

Tart Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal | @thefauxmartha

On Saturday mornings we have this unspoken rule that breakfast must come out of the oven, the waffle iron, or the cast iron griddle. Though sometimes it comes out of the car. Kev and Hal pick up donuts for themselves and a croissant for me. Special is the name of our weekend breakfast game. Read more