You’re not supposed to cook with Moscato. I learned that for the first time after submitting my book recipes for testing. (There’s a reason I call myself The Faux.) In the recipe notes they sent back, they mentioned their hesitancy to add Moscato to the soup, but that they were very pleased with the results. They even called it lovely. Read more

I had two main objectives for the master bedroom (that took a solid year to finish). First, I wanted it to feel as much like Kev’s room as it did mine. And second, I wanted it to feel special, like a boutique hotel. Not the formal type, the collected, eclectic type. It needed to feel minimal, too, like the rest of the house. Maybe I had three objectives. Read more

Sub Zero Wolf trip from The Fauxmartha

In one of my college design classes, the professor said, “Do it so well, they don’t even notice.” As designers, he was telling us to get out of the way. He was telling us to design it so well, that the end user didn’t even consider a designer had touched it. “Don’t make them pause,” he said.  Read more

Pantry pizza sauce made with tomato paste from The Fauxmartha

The 3-part pizza mini series continues today with Part 3: The Sauce. Catch up on Part 1: The Gear and Part 2: The Dough. During one of our earlier dough-offs to find the best dough recipe, we unintentionally had a pizza sauce throw down. I made my old trusty tomato paste sauce while Kev made a more traditional Neapolitan sauce using crushed tomatoes. I didn’t lose this throw down, but I didn’t win either. At the end of the dinner, the dough critique turned into a conversation about the sauce. It was unanimous—we all liked aspects from each of the recipes. Read more

The Fauxmartha Wood Fired Pizza Dough recipe

The 3-part pizza mini series continues today with Part 2: The Dough. Catch up on Part 1: The Gear and Part 3: The Sauce. I wrote a post over a year ago about how to make really good homemade pizza. That recipe carried us through years of pizza making. I thought we’d use it in our outdoor oven too. But in true fashion, Kev and I had differing ideas about our pizza. He wanted something closer to a traditional Neapolitan crust, while I wanted something a bit more non-traditional. So we had a dough-off. Under the high heat (around 800°F), my trusty dough didn’t handle the same. I lost. Read more

Forno Bravo Wood Fired Pizza Oven from The Fauxmartha

Before officially deciding to move to Minnesota, I saw a picture of people making pizza outside in the dead of a winter on Instagram and fell madly in love. The rest is history. We’ve given ourself over to both Minnesota and the art of pizza-making in an outdoor wood fired oven. And, oh, is it an art. I think we might spend a lifetime learning how to cook by fire. If and when you’re ready to give yourself over to this ancient, beautiful way of cooking (that also yields the best pizza), I’m kicking off a 3-part mini series—Part 1: The Gear; Part 2: The Dough; Part 3: The Sauce.
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Modern Farmhouse Dining Room with Hygge and West Wallpaper from The Fauxmartha

Something old. Something new. Something bargained. Something blue. That’s my design philosophy in a nutshell, at least one of them. Though, depending on the room, sometimes blue looks a whole lot like green.
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Minnesota hospitality looks like your friends, Lindsay and Bjork, planning an introductory weekend Up North with you. It looks like log cabins, green canoes strapped to cars, evergreen-lined highways, miles and miles of lake shore, and one serving left in a casserole dish (that no one dare touch). Read more