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Summer Berry Pie

HIIII!!!! I’ve wanted to do this FOR so long. Today I’m so excited to tell you that I’m co-hosting a pie workshop with my friend and baker Nicole Rucker.

Here are the details:

Date/Time: Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 11am to 3pm

Where: Los Angeles, CA (at Cofax Commissary, West Hollywood)

What you’re going to learn: During this class you’ll learn everything about making the perfect, fool-proof pie crust.

Then, you’ll assemble and make your very own apple pie. We’ll talk apples, you’ll have a choose-your-own-adventure filling experience.

And you’ll learn about some options when it comes to making pretty braids with your pie crusts, using cookie cutters, getting the perfect crimp.

While all the pies are in the oven, we’ll sit down and eat the cutest autumn-like lunch and hang out and be friends.

Strawberry Rhubarb Braided Pie

Take-aways: You’ll take home the chilled pie crust you made, your whole baked pie you assembled, a packet of recipes and a fun gift bag.

And all that knowledge you just learned.

Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

To buy tickets, visit the EventBrite page.

Can’t wait to meet you all and bake some pies together!

xoxo,
Adrianna

Summer Berry Pie

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How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

So many good things are out in the world right now. All in time for a nice, chill and enjoyable weekend.

#1: Kendrick released some new-ish music.
#2: Netflix just realized a new season of House of Cards (byeeeee!)
#3: I have a bomb-ass bagel sandwich that has your cute little name all over it.

The first step to making a bagel sandwich at home is sourcing a really good bagel. For years this was really hard in LA but not anymore! My favorite bagels are from a truck (and newly-opened shop!), called Yeastie Boys.

They are so good. In fact last year a friend gifted 30 bagels, from Yeastie Boys, to Josh for his b-day and we had them in the freezer and every time we wanted a bagel, we’d warm it up in the oven and OMG best breakfast ever.

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

The second step is making your own cream cheese. Remember when I made homemade cream cheese?! Game changer. Of course this isn’t required if you’re strapped for time. You can always just spike store-bought cream cheese with minced dill and Italian parsley.

How to Make a Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich At Home

Next up, a perfectly square scrambled egg. Not gonna lie, I was going for that folded over egg situation that you find at McDonald’s and Hardee’s but the stupid rectangle cookie cutter I ordered off Amazon wasn’t big enough.

Regardless of what kind of equipment you have, you can always just make gently scrambled eggs and pile it on.

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This may be one of the greatest things I’ve ever made.

How to Make an Edible Football Stadium

If you have someone in your life that is very excited about Sunday’s game and your attitude is more like “I’m in it for the snacks only…” slash, “Who is playing?!…” then this is a project for you.

In this post, I will take you through the supplies you’ll need, the foods you’ll need and all of the in between lil’ tips I figured out when making my very own edible football stadium.

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Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

For me, a homemade gift needs to be chill to make. If it’s not, then I’ll just buy something, you know?

These homemade sugar cubes couldn’t be simpler because they require two ingredients: sugar AND water (which comes out of the tap). So really, they only require one and you most likely have sugar in your pantry right this very second.

I got this idea when I was walking through Harrod’s last month with Stephanie and saw the most adorable sugar cubes evrrrr. There were heart sugar cubes and sphere sugar cubes and sugar cubes shaped like snowflakes. I wanted to buy them and almost did until I saw the price tag of 30 pounds. Umm…yeah no.

Homemade Sugar Cubes (Great Gift!)

Turns out sugar cubes are the simplest thing to make in the world; I’m so glad I decided to DIY this sucker instead of fall for that Harrod’s trap (seriously tho that person is very smart to sell sugar and water for $30—respect!).

The only think you do need to buy is a silicon candy mold. You may have one already, if you don’t, don’t worry because they’re not expensive.

I used this candy mold but you can find others if you like.

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The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

I teamed up with FanJoy to bring you all of my favorite things from The Year of Cozy in one box!

In the box, you’ll get:

1. A (2 ounce) bag of Stumptown Coffee. (As you know, coffee is life!)
2. A pair of gold crafting scissors. (I used these for pretty much every DIY in the book.)
3. A “SO HANGRY” t-shirt. (This is inspired by the kitchen banner DIY in the book that says this. Basically, this phrase is an expression of my soul.)
4. A pretty box of matches from The Social Type.
5. The Year of Cozy book signed by me and Amelia.
6. A personalized note from me.

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

The box retails for $49.95 and is limited edition (meaning: there aren’t that many!)

I’m super excited about this box because it feels like the book coming to life. I love all these items, especially together, especially the t-shirt. I hope you love them too!

xoxo
Adrianna

The Year of Cozy: Fan Joy Box

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The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Today is the day! The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures is out in the world. I hope you love it. I hope you think it’s fun and inspiring and funny and more fun.

When I set out to make this book I wanted it to be a bit different than this blog; I wanted it to be an extension, tell a slightly different story. It is just that. It’s a story about working through all the muck that is our mundane and very normal and, often times, challenging lives. It’s about controlling what you can in life because sometimes things aren’t so easy. One thing I found I could control was my thoughts, how I spent my free time and my perspective. I know this idea sounds a bit lofty and it sort of is. The inspiration came from listening to This is Water by David Foster Wallace, a life-changing listen (if you haven’t, I highly recommend it).

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

While the book’s introduction may sound a bit like, ok calm down, Adrianna, the rest of the book is happy. It’s broken up into sections: “Make,” “Live, “Do.” There are DIYs, recipes and ideas to make your day a bit sweeter.

There’s also a ton of Amelia. Hello grain-free doggie doughnuts!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Fruit Sugars. It took me a looooong time to figure out this recipe and when I finally nailed it, I felt silly because it really couldn’t be simpler. Freeze dried fruit is pulsed in a food processor and then mixed with sugar and a teeny bit of water. As you mix the two vigorously with your fingers, the sugar will take on the fruit’s color. I think it’s beautiful.

Put this sugar in tea. Sprinkle it on cookies. Put it on all the things!!!

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

I’m not sure you know how much A Cozy Kitchen means to me. I imagine you don’t because I don’t really talk about it all that often, do I?

The whole world could be crumbling, but as long as I can bake and cook and shoot and do it with Amelia by my side and you reading, all will be ok.

This space encourages me, it inspires me, you inspire me. Thank you so much for hearing my very hormotional rant right now. Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on my book. And thank you for simply being here and reading this. I appreciate you all so very much.

xoxo
Adrianna

Links:

Order The Year of Cozy
Like my custom stamp? I got it here on Etsy!
Bowls from Suite One Studio (who made so many beautiful pieces in the book)
Listen to me on The One Plant Podcast with Jessica Murnane discussing all things The Year of Cozy (plus, she’s giving away a book! You just have to answer the question: Who do you want to cozy up with? Bowchicabowow!)

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Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

Autumn has finally arrived in LA and I’m rolling in it like a dog in recently fertilized grass. Yesterday I put on my fluffiest of fluffy socks, put Notting Hill on the TV and baked my lil’ heart away—it was my favorite Sunday.

One of the things that has been on my to-make list forever is this—honeycomb! I don’t think it’s a big secret that I don’t love corn syrup. I’ll use it on occasion but I try and avoid it when I can; mainly because I hate the flavor. (I do love it in marshmallows though.) For me, corn syrup has this acidic flavor that hits me in the back of my throat that I don’t love. This honeycomb doesn’t have a drop of corn syrup, instead it uses honey because duh, that’s what honeycomb should be made with!

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

I used clover honey, but feel free to use wildflower or another type of honey that you like. I’d probably avoid raw, mainly because I haven’t tried it that way and I want you to actually end up with something edible, breakable and delicious.

The honeycomb is cooked in a large pot (I used a 5-quart Dutch oven). When you add everything to the pot, you’ll think it’s a bit silly and it’s way too big but when the baking soda is added, the whole thing bubbles up quite a bit so you want that extra space. SAFETY!

Honey Honeycomb, Three Ways

It really takes like 10 minutes to make. And after that you just transfer it to a baking sheet and wait for it to set, which is like a minute.

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Props_11

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.

Props!

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!

Props!

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.

Props!

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

Props!

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.

Props!

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.

Props!

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.

Props!

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.)

Props!

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).

Props!

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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Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Soo…here’s what we’re gonna do today. Ready?

We’re gonna be psychos and make Christmas presents in July. Yes. This is happening. A good first step to getting in the mood for Christmas is open up your freezer and stick your head in it. It’ll rev up your wintery engines. (That is not a euphemism, by the way, “wintery engines.”

Cherries are in full bloom right now. I was lucky enough to come across sour cherries and they are my absolute favorite. They require a bit of sugar to give them a nice balance, but not too much because I like to celebrate their tartness rather than just blast it out to oblivion.

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

I’m sure you’ve had cheap, bright pink maraschino cherries. Perhaps you had them when your mom ordered you a shirley temple and you loved them. I was the same way.

But they have no place in my adult cocktails nor my adult banana splits. (Again, that sounds bad!)

It’s time for us to grow up and make fancy-ass maraschino cherries. This step in the right direction starts with a bottle of Luxardo liqueur.

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Kintsugi DIY

I guess you could say I like to collect a few things. I have a collection of vintage ice cream scoops. I have a few vintage salt and pepper shakes. And recently, I’ve been slowly buying beautiful ceramics.

Well, a few of them have broken. The bowl you see pictured was broken by Amelia who excitedly ran into it when someone knocked on the door. (It was on the floor because I was unpacking from a shoot.) The spoons were broken because I didn’t realize the bag was on the bed and when I threw off the covers because I was exhausted, well, they went flying.

Kintsugi DIY

I always have something that needs repair. I always promise myself that I’m going to glue things back together and I often times do but this time I wanted to try something different.

Enter: Kintsugi. It’s the Japanese art of repair. Think of it like a beautiful rendition of gluing things back together. The philosophy behind kintsugi is about seeing the breakage and repair as part of the object’s history—embracing it rather than hiding it.

I feel like there could be some sort of analogy drawn out of this DIY and applied to life and I’m especially hormational today so I’ll stop while I’m ahead!

Kintsugi DIY

Traditionally kintsugi involved mixing a lacquer (gold, silver, copper) with a binding rice flour. It sounds simple, but nailing does that ratio is incredibly difficult. For some, repairs can take up to two months!

We ain’t got that type of time on A Cozy Kitchen, so I made some shortcuts. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Gold Liquid Gilding
2. E600
3. Thin paint brushes
4. Your broken ceramics

Kintsugi DIY

I found it easiest to do the painting process first. I gently went around the edges of the two broken pieces and then pushed them together.

Doing this made it so the paint pushed out a bit, creating a thin line. I allowed both pieces to dry completely, about 10 minutes.

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