Gluten-Free Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

by autumn on April 14, 2014

Gluten-free Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies // Dula Notes on Autumn Makes & Does

Hey friends, Autumn here! I’m so honored to have Nicole Dula from the blog Dula Notes stepping in with a guest post today. I am continually inspired by the simple, seasonal, inventive recipes and the beautiful, clean design and photography  on Dula Notes. Nicole often also shares her food and travel adventures on her site and there’s nothing more that I enjoy than a food adventure! (Be sure to follow Nicole’s adventures on instagram!) Nicole isn’t a gluten-free eater, but she took on the challenge of gluten-free cookies for me. Brave woman! Thanks, Nicole.

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Rosemary Apple Jam & A Giveaway

by autumn on April 7, 2014

Rosemary Apple Jam // Autumn Makes & Does

For the past month, a serious MTA snarl (#7trainpain) has been putting a cramp in my usual Saturday morning market trips. So I’ve been fresh directing a little more than usual lately, but this past weekend I had the rare luxury of riding a functioning train into the city to go to the greenmarket on Saturday morning.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Reese Eggs // Autumn Makes & Does

I have developed a quite the affinity for a certain brand of dark chocolate peanut butter cups. “Quite the affinity” has been looking like a minimum of two a day lately. If you don’t already have a stash of these things somewhere in your house–my boyfriend honestly questioned whether I was stationing them around the apartment–let me tell you, they’re great. You know that I love a good DIY kitchen project and have had this recipe of Kelly’s for homemade Reese eggs pinned since last year, so these were all but inevitable. 

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Lavender Gin Gimlet

by autumn on March 28, 2014

Lavender Gin Gimlet // Autumn Makes & Does

On Alphabet Soup, Kelly and I have a segment called “cocktail memoirs.” A cocktail memoir is a cocktail that tells a story and listeners send their celebrations or sad times from the week and we make them a drink. Sometimes we make cocktail memoirs to commemorate the madness in our own day-to-day lives.

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Overwintered Spinach: What it is & what to make with it now // Autumn Makes & Does

I like to think of very early spring, which I’ll tentatively say is what we’re in now, as saag paneer season. Every year around this time, I buy a couple of the big bags of spinach that are popping up at the market right now in the northeast, and make this saag paneer recipe from 101 cookbooks. The big-leafed spinach that shows up at the greenmarket beginning in mid to late March here in New York has been overwintered, meaning it was planted in the fall and tucked in for winter using some sort of insulation such as straw mulch, another type of cover, and/or by planting in a cold frame. This long winter nap means that the spinach emerges early in the spring especially sweet and is prized by chefs and home cooks.

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Almond, Cardamom, and Ginger Teacake

by autumn on March 21, 2014

Almond Cardamom and Ginger Teacake // Autumn Makes & Does

I’m someone who enjoys a little breakfast dessert. If I wake up around 5:45 am and eat breakfast around 8, then by 9:30 it’s treat o’clock. This humble teacake is the ideal mid-morning (or mid-afternoon) desk treat. It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup, sturdy enough to travel, and a cinch to put together. Plus, it’s a nice reminder for folks like me who are drawn to fancy and frosted things that sometimes simple is best when it comes to sweets. This is me telling myself that not everything needs sprinkles. I guess.

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Lavender, Hibiscus, & Elderberry Tisane

by autumn on March 19, 2014

Lavender, Hibiscus, & Elderberry Tisane // Autumn Makes & Does

If you listened to the podcast yesterday, you know I am currently staycationing in lovely Queens, New York, where it is still a little more wintry than I’d like. Don’t worry, so far there have been plenty of treats and instagram-worthy weeknight dinners, so I can’t really complain. Since I was going to be eating more meals at home this week, I made it a goal to do a bit of pantry clean-out cooking. Not a major overhaul–although that definitely needs to happen–more along the lines of excavating that container of hazelnuts from the back of the top shelf and making the hazelnut milk from Whole Grain Mornings that I’ve been meaning to make. I also took care of a languishing bag of raisins with the GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) granola from the Food in Jars cookbook. [click to continue…]


Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

by autumn on March 10, 2014

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo) // Autumn Makes & Does

When we were in Chicago in January for a friend’s wedding, we ate a little placed called Cassava that specialized these cheesy, chewy little breads. We ate there twice in one weekend because when you’re a gluten-free person in a new place, a restaurant you can eat at is always your new best friend.

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Samoa Jello Shots

by autumn on March 3, 2014

Samoa Jello Shots // Autumn Makes & Does

Let me explain. Like many kitchen misadventures, this started with a wayward gchat with Kelly. She and I are so excited to be podcasting again. When had to take some time off so I could get my health right, but there will be a new episode of Alphabet Soup tomorrow and we’re celebrating with girl scout cookie shots. As you do. Here’s how that happened:

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17 citrus recipes that will get you through the slog to spring // Autumn Makes & Does

We have had a winter. I have done my best not to grump around on the internet about the weather, but it has been a doozy. I realized just how much the trudging and bundling was getting to me when I asked for citrus for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been self-medicating with grapefruits, meyer lemons, tangerines, and limes.

I suspect many of you can commiserate, so I wanted to share some of the citrus projects and recipes (besides Kaffir Lime Macaroons) that have gotten me through the past few months as well as some that are still on my to-make list. I hope you all find some inspiration here and please do share your own citrus accomplishments in the comments!

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