Apricot Preserves with Rose

by autumn on June 2, 2015

Apricot Preserves with Rose // Autumn Makes & Does

There have been a lot of pictures of rhubarb on Instagram lately. For nearly the past ten years I’ve marked my year with rhubarb at the greenmarket–the pink messiah of spring.

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Prickly Pear Molasses

by autumn on May 27, 2015

Prickly Pear Molasses // Autumn Makes & Does

Apparently we didn’t drink enough margaritas this winter because after almost a year I still have a a good amount of frozen prickly pear juice in my freezer to use up. The cactus blooms and new growth have been totally unreal so far this spring. If you follow me on instagram, you likely noticed my sorrynotsorry repeated, gratuitous cactus flower pics.

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Autumn Makes & Does/ #OXOSpringGardening

For this #OXOSpringGardening post, I received the tools discussed free from OXO. My opinions are my own. 

I basically gave into the fact that my spring planting would be wildly late this year, as wrapping up book stuff has been all-consuming the past couple months. (I’m going to share some behind the scenes shots from the photoshoot soon, which was so fun!) Luckily, we have a long growing season and I have a bit of leeway.

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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…]


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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