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Today I’m taking a break from my Amy Schumer-binge watching to discuss one of my favorite topics: props! YAS. Maybe you have your own food blog and wanna add a few things to your collection or maybe you’re just super nosy and wanna know what I use. Or, maybe you’re like me and just love flatware, plates and mugs. Either way, this is all the stuff I love to use when shooting food. I’m also including a bunch of stuff I’m currently coveting because yes, I do need more stuff.

Bowls

Probably my most used category of prop-age. A few years ago, I started throwing ceramics and I surprised myself by actually being able to make things that could properly contain liquids and foods. Who knew! I use a lot of my own small bowls for “ingredient shots.”

I have a full set of Heath ceramics bowls and plates. I love them because they’re perfect for cereal or soup and the smaller ones are good for prep bowls or a scoop of ice cream.

One of my favorite stores at the moment is Clay Kat Ceramics. Her stuff is SO pretty. The little pink bowl is by her.

Suite One Studios is another big time favorite and these small bowls I have from her are used daily. So simple and clean and pretty.

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The pink bowls with the slats around the rim are from Someware Goods. The color is gorgeous, right? What I love about Gisele is that her products are all handmade by Peruvian or Colombian artists.

Other randoms from Heath (here, here and here).

And these bowls from Anthropologie are pretty too. I bought them on sale for about $4 a piece. Scour the sales!

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I forgot who makes the big orange bowl but I got it from a ceramicist in New Mexico. The peach color is exactly the color I think of when New Mexico pops in my mind.

Plates

I have a collection of Heath plates for my apartment. They’re simple and classic and food looks great on them. They’re also incredibly sturdy, which is great because I don’t want to stress about expensive ceramics breaking when I’m just eating some random quesadilla I made in 5 minutes.

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One of my favorite plates is this one from Someware Goods. Her stuff is beautiful.

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I also love the light blue flat plates with this lip all the way around. (Forget who makes them and they’re not marked on the bottom.) I actually need some new plates so if you have ones you’re coveting, let me know!

Flatware

I’m really on the look to buy some new flatware. I use this collection that I bought from Amazon the most.

I also love these gold forks and knives from West Elm.

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In love with these Japanese enamel forks in white. I really want them in different colors but at $17 (per fork!), they’re kind of expensive for me. Want this whole set!

And I’ve also done some vintage collecting, too. I’m currently really loving this set from Anthropologie.

This Fjord set is beautiful, but that price! WOWSA!

Linens

If I’m feeling crazy fancy, I’ll splurge on Libeco. But for the most part all of my linens are purchased from Shop Terrain, Anthropologie and West Elm.

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I like linens to have a bit of weight to them. This way they’re easier to lay just right in photos. I can’t really explain it but I’ll try and have them lay on their side BEFORE I buy them.

This way I know if they’re worthy of my purchase. Haha.

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I also love going to the fabric store and buying a few yards of my favorite linens. But then I have to sew and I’m not the greatest and honestly high-quality linen (even by the yard) is expensivo.

Mugs

Maybe my favorite household items to buy EVER. How can this blog be cozy without mugs?! It can’t be. My favorite mugs are these two from Brit McDaniel. The glazing is beautiful.

The honeycomb mug and peach mug are oldies. They’re from Anthropologie. And this blue one is from Someware Goods. (Currently hoping these come back in stock.)

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Last year I dipped into this Japanese ceramic store in Midtown (New York) and bought a bunch of stuff, including the white and blue and pink mugs. They’re so simple.

Other thingies:

I love buying vintage ice cream scoops from eBay.

I love buying fruit baskets, the ceramic kind, and the wooden and normal kind from Anthropolgie and Amazon (berry and wooden).

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I also collect little wooden things like this pear and this salt container.

And this spoon! One day I’m gonna actually eat some soup with that spoon rather than just stare at it.

These types of accessories are my guilty pleasure. Put me in a store and I’ll come out with a tons of useless little things that have no real purpose other than “looking cute.” A lot of these items have been collected over time and weren’t bought all at once–that would be a bit crazy.

I hope this inspires you to buy some new goods that you probably don’t need!
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The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme

This is the cover of my new book, The Year of Cozy!

Please judge this book by its cover because I think it’s a good indication of what’s inside. There is lots of pie (naturally). There are pretty flower arrangements. There are fluffy things like whipped cream and soft fabrics. And those crafting scissors make an appearance or two. Also, AMELIA. That bitch is in da book A LOT.

I’m like one part excited and happy to share this with you and another part completely petrified. Like, part of me wants to hide under my bed and come out after the holidays. I’m at my most comfortable in the kitchen, writing and cooking and listening to music and saying inappropriate jokes with Billy. The part that scares me the most is having to present something like this to you, to shout this off the rooftops. This is the part that feels very uncomfortable. But here I am, screaming at you! Haha.

That’s not to say I’m not incredibly proud of this book. This book is personal. It feels like good piece of me is throughout; in the recipes and in the writing and in the use of lots of pale pink and grey and orange. It’s me.

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There’s lots of Amelia in this book, too. TONS! She has a dog leash and doggie doughnuts and, and…lots more. This book is one part crafts, one part recipes with tidbits about how to make your days a bit more meaningful and exciting and fun.

The book is really about being happy. I cook and create because nothing makes me happier. And I firmly believe that this is the reason you probably do it, too. These recipes are meant to bring sparks of joy in the midst of our mundane and sometimes challenging lives. We can’t always control the larger things in life, like our jobs and relationships and family problems, but we can control how we spend our Saturday mornings. This book is about living with a bit of intention.

There will be more posts about the book, leading up to its release, which is October 6th (EEEK!). I want to write a post about making this book because OMG was it equal parts fun/hard/sweaty (heatwaves galore!).

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I also think it might be helpful to see a proposal process?!

Honestly, writing this book reaffirmed my belief that nothing makes me happier than making, creating, cooking and hanging out with Amelia.

In publishing, pre-orders are extremely important. So, this is me pleading with you to pre-order. It also means that come October 5th or 6th, you’ll have this cute thing right at your doorstep! Also on Amazon it’s on sale for only $13!! (That’s about half off!)

Thanks in advance for your support. I can’t do it without you.

The Year of Cozy is available here for pre-orders! Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Indiebound

(Above are some behind-the-scenes pics. For more go to Instagram and look up #TheYearofCozy)

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Peonies

Hi, hai, houi.

May is gone. I feel like so much stuff happened in May that the beginning of the month feels like light years away. I didn’t do an April round-up because I sort of forgot and then by the time I did remember, I was like, did anything really even happen in April? And the answer is NO. April was boring A.F. But May was exciting. So much happened so I’m thinking we should jump right in.

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Well, Chicago was awesome. It was my first time in the city and I loved it a whole lot. By no means is this a guide of any kind (I wasn’t there long enough for that), but it is a round-up of places I loved.

The first night we ended up snagging a last-minute table at Fat Rice. The food is interesting and delicious: Portuguese influenced Asian food. It’s spicy and flavorful and full of combinations I’ve never had. And oh man, the potstickers were attached to this crepe/almost-Parmesan-crisp-like thing. I feel like I’ve had a lot of potstickers in my life but these were way different and cool.

The drinks were good too. It got dark quickly so this was the only photo I took worth showing and luckily it was one of my favorite dishes: da prawns.

Prawns from Fat Rice

The next morning I went to Intelligentsia in Logan Square. A lot of people were recommending other coffee shops but my morning coffee needs to be near where I’m staying because no one wants to talk to me/interact with me before I get it my body, you know?

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I live near an Intelligentsia here in LA and the thing I loved about the Chicago Intelli was the lack of people. I went in, they were nice, I got my coffee, walked out and drank it! SIMPLE!

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New Mexico

I’ve driven across the country exactly eight times. Eight times! I love road trips, even though I sort of hate driving. But I think I just hate driving in LA, which if you’ve never driven here just know that it isn’t the most relaxing, hand-out-of-the-window-in-the-wind kind of driving. There’s traffic and people arguing over parking spots at Whole Foods.

There’s something about open-air-driving that I really love. I got a lot of that in New Mexico a few weeks ago. Before my trip, which was hosted by The New Mexico Tourism board, I had only driven through Albuquerque a few times. As a kid, I was obsessed with Roswell and aliens. (We’ll get back to that later.) Would you like to see some photos and hear about my trip? It was special; there’s a reason New Mexico is called the land of enchantment.

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I arrived in Albuquerque, picked up a car and got some lunch at El Modelo. One thing you learn very quickly in New Mexico is that the history is rich and the food is at its best when it’s not fancy or expensive.

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Breakfast

I feel like a gigantic broken record when I say this, but OMG March flew by. How are we in April right now? I want February back. Actually, I’d be happy to re-live March again. Time is so fleeting, it moves so quickly that it’s actually scary. I wish I could freeze moments in times, months in time and just savor them a bit more. I sound like a gigantic baby but this is why my mom tells me 20s fly, 30s fly, enjoy them.

The month started off with all of the trees in Los Angeles blooming like crazy, like this one.

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February 2015 Stuff!

February, oh February. Short and sweet lil’ month. February was great. It was a good balance of productivity and relaxation, very rare in my world. I’m either going at warp speed or feeling weird and unproductive. Striking that balance is something I always strive for, but rarely accomplish.

I got really into skin care this month. I bought a lot of flowers, watched a lot of movies, listened to a lot of podcasts.

The month started with me drinking milky coffee in the sun. It was sort of chilly so the sun felt good.

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I went to Ojai for a night. The Ojai Rancho Inn is pretty cute. I got a deal via Hotel Tonight. Have you used that app? You can book last-minute hotel rooms at a really good price. I think we only paid like $70 that night. NOT BAD!

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Good gracious, we are now completely into 2015.

Like most people, January started with me eating things like this:

Lots of chard, meyer lemons, coconut water…you know healthy stuff. But yesterday I ate a reuben so all is back to normal in the world!

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Homemade Yogurt // www.acozykitchen.com

I don’t discuss failures very often because a lot of the time, they’re sort of boring stories, i.e., my leavening ratio was off, the dish was bland, spices should’ve been toasted, etc. They’re not really all that exciting, but I think talking about them is important because probably from the outside it looks like I ace every single dish and the reality is that I don’t. AT ALL. And also, we all know perfection is dull. Is there anything more boring than perfection? No.

Today I was hoping to share with all of youse a beautiful silky smooth recipe for Homemade Yogurt. I started out hopeful. I did a ton of research and settled on the fact that there was no way I was going to buy a yogurt maker. Because A: I don’t need another kitchen gadget. B: I don’t make that much yogurt to justify the cost.

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So, I did what a lot of people suggest: I mixed in a teaspoon of sugar into 2 cups of fresh milk (just to encourage the bacteria) and heated it to 170F-180F. At this time, the milk should cool to 110F. I did this. And then I mixed in about 1/4 cup good-quality Greek yogurt. (I wanted the two strands in there, so I used Greek.) I transferred the liquid to sterilized jars and left them out on my counter to sit. I’ll admit that it was drafty in my apt. It’s winter (ish) in LA after all. After around 8 hours, it was still super milky. I put it in the fridge thinking it would firm up. NOPE.

Ok, second try. I turned my oven on and set a baking sheet with the soon-to-be-yogurt on top. The oven was set to nearly 400F so it was really, REALLY warm in my kitchen. Six hours later, STILL LIKE MILK.

Tried it again just to make sure I didn’t mess up a step. NOPE. Still the same.

Josh came home, examined the yogurt and told me that at his restaurant they keep it out for longer, they move it from different places within the restaurant depending on the temperature and that it actually is fickle. It’s not an exact science.

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UGH! As a person who writes recipes for da innanet, I can’t deal with the fickleness, especially when we can just buy damn yogurt for like $3. Why would we deal with the moodiness of yogurt?

If we’re DIYing something that we normally would just buy, my motto is that it needs to be less expensive than buying it at the store and the process needs to be easy because time is valuable. So, rather than attacking this for a fourth time, I decided to let it go. I decided that maybe I should just buy yogurt because making it at home was too dramatic and too uncertain and I don’t have time for dat. And I’m guessing neither do you.

So, here we are, first failure of 2015.

I’ll promise to share more failures in the future. I think they’re important. Also, if you’ve successfully made yogurt in the past, LET ME KNOW YOUR WAYS!

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December '14 Stuff // www.acozykitchen.com

I’m back! Did you miss me? No, you did not. You were too busy with your families and reading books and lounging. I was doing this too. I needed the break. It felt good to go away for a bit. And it feels good to be back.

The end of the year and the beginning of a new one always makes me hormotional. I think too much, analyze everything to death. It’s one of my many talents.

This year taught me a lot. It was full of lessons, so to speak. I learned that family doesn’t let family fall. I learned that the harder I work, the luckier I get. And I learned that, for me and my work and my life, trying is really the thing that matters most. I hope to hold these lessons close in 2015.

December was a good month. It was crazed and went as quickly as it came, but it was solid.

It started with lots of rain, which meant super clear skies.

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I borrowed this beautiful throw from Nocturnal Knits to shoot a possible cover for The Year of Cozy. Amelia and I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world.

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We went and bought a tree together at Home Depot. She (naturally) thought it was a pretty exciting adventure.

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There was a trip to The Flower Market and peonies were in season? Sort of surprising since they usually hit the markets in January. A lil’ early but WHATEVER ALL THE WOMEN IN THE WORLD WILL TAKE THEM!

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It rained some more. And Amelia got a raincoat. She hated the raincoat, the rain and me. But I thoroughly enjoyed myself that day.

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