Patriotism Is Complicated

The most patriotic thing one can do is to look at their country and see its flaws and consider how we can help it do better. The more I educate myself and come to terms with this nation’s past and understand its present, the more I realize how deeply imperfect this country is, and the more I realize that the only way for all of us to move forward is to have an open mind and heart, a lot of empathy, and an earnest desire to do better. I’ve done a lot of thinking and growing, and now, I guess I’m asking America to do the same. Because, as it turns out, this is what it means to be patriotic.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you can absolutely have apple pie for breakfast. My Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll is the love child of one of my favorite desserts and a favorite breakfast treat. It’s one part fluffy cinnamon roll, one part Dutch apple pie, and all mouthwateringly delicious.

A Few of My Favorite Things

I used to do a monthly roundup of my current most used and loved products, but for some reason, I stopped. I’m not sure why this monthly roundup ended, but I’m very excited to bring it back. Scroll through to see and shop some of my current favorites.

Berry Shortcake

Berry shortcake is the unsung hero of summer desserts. I know they sell pre-packaged sponges for this dessert, and maybe it’s because drop biscuits slathered in butter and honey were a dinner-time staple growing up, but I’ve always preferred a biscuit-based shortcake to the store-bought cakes. This recipe is the perfect biscuit for the dessert you’ll want to enjoy all berry season long.

Elote Couscous

Not too long ago Trader Joe’s came out with another pretty incredible seasoning blend: Everything But The Elote Seasoning Blend. We had recently gotten really into couscous, so when I saw it on the new products shelf, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. This recipe takes only a matter of minutes and is full of citrusy, salty, chili goodness.

Addressing White Privilege

I know that the phrase “white privilege” can be triggering for a lot of white folks, but we have to be better. That requires acknowledging and understanding our privilege. It requires setting aside egos and feelings. It requires listening and learning how to be an ally, not just doing what we think it means to be one. It requires unlearning. It requires hearing from the voices that are too often unheard. So instead of another white perspective on allyship, I want to give you a list of sources to help you understand what it means to be actively anti-racist.

Tequila Lime Chicken

Cilantro, lime, and tequila combine to make a magical marinade for the easiest ever chicken dinner. How easy? Toss everything in a bag and let the chicken soak up the flavor while you mix up a margarita and kick back… I mean, the tequila’s already out, right?

Cheddar Pepper Biscuits

We all have one thing in common: we all love carbs… we all love warm, cheesy carbs, and this easy cheesy biscuit recipe is exactly that: a peppery baking powder biscuit with melty cheese folded in its layers. Enter Cheddar Pepper Biscuits.

Summer Sunset Cocktail

This cocktail gently whispers “summer” to me. It’s a little sweet, herbaceous, has a nice bite of ginger, and is gently bubbly. It’s the color of a summer dusk, and it’s so refreshing on a hot day.