Fig, Goat Cheese, and Black Pepper Milkshake

by autumn on August 7, 2014

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Black Pepper Milkshake // Autumn Makes & Does

I’ve been happily, gratefully, joyfully buried under a pile of freelance work over here. We’re still working on settling in too. Unfortunately, our temporary housing situation turned out to be a bit more temporary than we had hoped, so we’re moving to temporary housing situation #2 this weekend. So, moving. Still. The good news is we’ve been looking to buy (!!!), which–god help me–after a few weeks looking at fixer-uppers I do feel like I have enough material to start an entirely new blog about trying to buy a house for literally as little money as possible. REAL TALK.

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Fig Custard Cake

by autumn on July 21, 2014

Fig Custard Cake // Autumn Makes & Does

One of my favorite perks of my new living situation is the figs. Paul’s parents have two (!) HUGE fig trees, one yellow and one black. The trees produce a ton and I’ve been the gracious beneficiary of many a Safeway bag full of them in the past few weeks. Still, it’s never not going to seem like some kind of sorcery to see a fig just growing on a tree in front of someone’s house. [click to continue…]



I saw some pomegranates growing in an alley and it BLEW MY MIND.

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Candied Jalapenos with Tequila

by autumn on July 17, 2014

Candied Jalapenos with Tequila // Autumn Makes & Does

I realized that I haven’t gone into much detail here about probably the biggest adjustment for me related to our move: we’re living in a town of about 7,500 people, shoved up against the Pinal Mountains. It’s an almost 2 hour drive to the nearest city (and Whole Foods). This is just the life I had been craving for a really long time, so I’m crossing my fingers hard every day that we can make this work. So, long story short, there’s no Union Square Greenmarket here. My local farmer’s market is a few folding tables for a few hours on Saturday mornings and I’m totally smitten.

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The First Meal in a New Place

by autumn on July 11, 2014


Hello from the winning side of the of a cross country move. Even though I had completely deluded myself into believing it would turn out otherwise, things got pretty bonkers there at the end. We didn’t have the time or energy for a lot of extravagant  “last _______ in NYC” escapades. The last thing I ate was double dark chocolate talenti straight from the container on the floor of our old apartment and the last thing I drank was overpriced bourbon at the airport, which both ended up being pretty perfect. I didn’t have many NYC hurrahs left in me.

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Gluten-free Dutch Baby

by autumn on May 28, 2014

Gluten-free Dutch Baby // Autumn Makes & DoesThis is a sponsored post created in partnership with Califia Farms. All opinions are my own.

This was my first try at making a dutch baby, the puffy, custardy baked pancake with crisp, curled up edges. Moreover, I had never eaten a dutch baby before trying to make one, so I didn’t have any gluten-y memories to go off of. All I knew is that I was tired of looking at the pretty rumpled and sugar-dusted dutch baby pictures on Pinterest and I wanted one in my kitchen ASAP.

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Homemade Lavender Crème Fraîche

by autumn on May 23, 2014

Lavender Creme Fraiche // Autumn Makes & DoesToday, I am excited to be a part of the blog book tour for my friend Kate Payne’s new book The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. I’m sharing a peek inside the book and a chance to win a copy today! Be sure to check out the blog book tour calendar below for many more chances to win!

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Triple Vanilla Bean Scones // Autumn Makes & Does #glutenfree #dairyfree

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Califia Farms. All opinions are my own.

These scones, like me, are waiting for berries. In the midst of my current cross-country move prep madness, I’ve come to really appreciate the sweet little realizations–that most often come out of nowhere–of the most mundane things that I’m fiercely looking forward to. (Local persimmons! Driving to the grocery store!)

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Gluten-free Pizza Crust

by autumn on May 4, 2014

Gluten-free Pizza Crust // Autumn Makes & Does

When I first moved to New York, I could eat pizza. Or more accurately, I didn’t know I couldn’t eat pizza. I lived in Morningside Heights, so I ate monster slices at Koronet and V&T on special occasions. When I made the trek to Williamsburg to try to unload bags of clothes at Beacon’s Closet to make a little extra money, I ate the white pie at that pizza place right by the bus stop on Bedford Ave, which was improbably good (I think the secret was smoked mozzarella).

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Ras El Hanout Popcorn

by autumn on April 29, 2014


I’m going to begin with a true story of something that happened in my kitchen when I was making this popcorn. I was heating the coconut oil. I figured it was close to being ready so I dropped in a single kernel and it didn’t pop. And it didn’t pop. I shook the pan a bit and it didn’t pop. So, fine, the oil wasn’t ready. This is why we send in a single kernel to take one for the team. Then it popped, shot out of the pan, and scared me SO BAD that I jumped and spilled the ⅓ cup of popcorn kernels that I was holding in my hand, waiting to pour in the pot.  All I do is win, basically.

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