Truman Ranch II: U-Pick Citrus

by autumn on January 22, 2015

U-Pick Citrus // Autumn Makes & DoesFirst, thank you everyone for your kind, supportive, enthusiastic, sweet words about the book here and elsewhere. I’m so grateful for the support and, of course, for the opportunity. Second, I’m sorry it’s winter. I got you some virtual citrus.

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My First Cookbook!

by autumn on January 16, 2015

Autumn Makes & Does // My First Cookbook

I have some news and I’m at an age where the phrase “I have some news,” needs to be immediately followed by “it’s not a baby.” It’s not a baby. It’s a cookbook!

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Pineapple & Jalapeño Green Smoothie

by autumn on January 7, 2015

Pineapple & Jalapeno Green Smoothie // Autumn Makes & DoesI’m very much a supporter of a friendlier green smoothie. Greens balanced by natural sweetness, complex flavors, smooth, not pesto-y texture–these sorts of things. I shared this 3-ingredient green smoothie a few years back that remains a favorite thanks to its simplicity and lack of difficult to find ingredients. This smoothie, I suppose, is the next step up from that. Say you’re ready to take off your green smoothie training wheels, this one’s for you.

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Coconut Cardamom Bourbon Hot Chocolate

by autumn on December 22, 2014

Coconut Cardamom Bourbon Hot Chocolate // Autumn Makes & Does

It was cold and rainy last week and my first real need–and it was a strong one–this winter for hot chocolate hit. This was of course a “cold” day because it was still in the high 40s, but was was oddly damp for here in the desert. I poured some coconut milk in my little saucepan, threw in some chocolate chips, and winter officially started in my kitchen.

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Slow Cooker Lamb Barbacoa

by autumn on November 12, 2014

Slow Cooker Lamb Barbacoa // Autumn Makes & Does

When we were looking at houses this summer, there was one particular property that had been flipped and finished in a way that left it almost completely devoid of character. In theory, it had a lot of pros (everything was new! great views!), but I couldn’t get past the contractor-grade beige carpet. But, and this is a BIG but, there was an outdoor oven dug into the hill outside the house that the flippers hadn’t touched. I loved this crazy earthen oven and briefly considered–in a moment of house-hunting related delusion–whether or not I could live with a long list of cons for maybe the coolest oven ever.

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Starkrimson Pear Infused Vodka

by autumn on November 4, 2014

Starkrimson Pear Infused Vodka // Autumn Makes & Does

If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you know that fruit+booze is one of my favorite minimal effort, high yield preserving methods. Because this recipe is really as easy as fruit+booze, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I hadn’t necessarily planned to share it here. However, it turned out WAY better than even I expected and some of you put in requests for the recipe, so here it is. [click to continue…]

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3 candy-inspired milkshakes for Halloween

by autumn on October 30, 2014

Amaretto Joy Milkshake // Autumn Makes & Does

I take photos for our local paper and had to cover a homecoming parade last week. I was stationed on the side of the street by a gaggle of little boys who would seriously EXPLODE WITH JOY every time a handful of candy flew in their direction. It made me smile, but mostly–especially with Halloween fast approaching–it made me wish it was socially acceptable for adults to flip their shit over candy.

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Thrifterest: Chunky, oversized throw

by autumn on October 29, 2014

Thrifterest: Chunky, oversized throw // Autumn Makes & DoesLike many new homeowners, I’m pinning ALL THE CUTE HOUSE THINGS, but am also really on a budget. That’s why my new mantra is pin in then thrift it. So #thrifterest. Lately, I’ve been using pinterest more and more as a tool to help myself remember the things I want to keep an eye out for while thrifting. This helps me be a more effective bargain shopper and prevents me from getting distracted by things I like (and there are many of them), but don’t really need.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

by autumn on October 23, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Extract // Autumn Makes and DoesHi all! I’m really honored to have Megan Scott from the Joy of Cooking here for a guest post today. Megan works alongside her husband, John Becker, to bring the knowledge and empowerment of cooking to home cooks everywhere through the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Together, they maintain the book, its official website and social media presence, and the Joy of Cooking app  They are currently working on a proposal for the next print edition of Joy, with the hope of keeping the book relevant for modern cooks without succumbing to trendiness or resorting to kitsch. 

It made me laugh when she told me she wanted to talk about the wonder that is homemade vanilla extract because like the ghee that I just made, I’ve had homemade vanilla extract my “wanting to try” list for what seems like forever. As Megan notes, now is the time! Oh, and my two cents is that I absolutely agree with Megan’s suggestion to buy vanilla beans in bulk online. I’ve also done that in the past and it made them so much more affordable for me!  If you don’t already, be sure to connect with Joy of Cooking on instagram, facebooktwitter, and pinterest too!

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Shaved Fennel Salad with Pomegranate and Lime

by autumn on October 21, 2014

Shaved Fennel Salad with Pomegranate & Lime // Autumn Makes & Does

This is my favorite type of salad–one that’s thrown together with whatever is on hand, but ends up being worth replicating again and again. I hadn’t necessarily planned to post another recipe featuring pomegranates just yet, but this past weekend 2 more bags full showed up at our door. If you haven’t been following along on instagram, no short of 4 different people have given me pomegranates in the past couple weeks. My mind is blown! Every single time!

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