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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Kaffir Lime Macaroons

by autumn on February 24, 2014

Kaffir Lime Macaroons // Autumn Makes & Does

Psst… Have you entered my giveaway for the AMAZING new gluten-free cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen? It ends soon!

My valentine got me citrus and I couldn’t have been happier. Thanks to an especially sweet friend, I had an influx of lemons, grapefruits, and tangerines come my way earlier this winter, so this time I’m working with fringe citrus: kumquats, kaffir limes, and bearss limes. Kaffir lime trees, whose leaves are widely used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisine, have small, bumpy, thick skinned fruits. The taste of kaffir limes is like an especially pungent, concentrated lime. They don’t have much juice, but the zest really packs a punch. I’ve been having fun playing around with them in salt, cocktails, ice cream, and some really puckery lime curd.

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Light & Fluffy Gluten-free Biscuits

I’ve had to be gluten-free for almost 10 years now. That’s no time compared to some folks, but still I’ve seen some big changes in my gluten-free lifetime. When I heard that America’s Test Kitchen was coming out with a gluten-free cookbook, I knew I was seeing another huge leap. By taking on the challenge of a gluten-free cookbook, America’s Test Kitchen, which has a reputation for rigorously-tested, rock-solid recipes, really did a lot to validate gluten-free baking and cooking as something more than a trend, something worthy of the same technical consideration as anything else in the culinary world.

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Strawberry Jam Fool with Coconut Whipped Cream

by autumn on February 12, 2014

Strawberry Jam Fool with Coconut Whipped Cream // Autumn Makes & Does

I’ve been wanting to try making the elusive coconut whipped cream for a really long time, but am just now getting around to it. This can only mean that I’ve failed to have enough occasions lately that necessitate whipped cream. #Morepie. The reality of my life is that while I don’t typically have heavy cream on hand (I KNOW), I really almost always have a can of coconut milk squirreled away somewhere in the apartment. SO. I can see the virtue of coconut whipped cream, which uses the cream that rises to the top of a chilled can of coconut milk to make–surprise–whipped cream. Also, making whipped cream out of something that is not heavy cream feels like fun, subversive science. I’m into it. [click to continue…]


Vegan Pistachio Cheesecake

by autumn on February 10, 2014

Vegan Pistachio Cheesecake // Autumn Makes & Does

I’m so excited to be guest posting for Kris over at 80twenty today, sharing a super elegant vegan pistachio cheesecake with serious Valentine’s Day potential. Kris and I met at The Big Summer Potluck and since then I’ve felt totally lucky to know such a generous and warm-hearted lady. I’m a sucker for pink treats and I adore chocolate, but this rich, creamy pistachio cheesecake is something really special. I’m so happy with how it turned out! Head on over to 80twenty to get the recipe for this vegan pistachio cheesecake.


Peaches and Cream Smoothie with Maple and Ginger

by autumn on February 3, 2014

Peaches & Cream Smoothie // Autumn Makes & Does

I have this favorite magnolia tree in the west village. Really, every magnolia tree is my favorite when it is full of flowers, but I’m sure this one has someone who is paid to take care if it and it truly is stunning. Last week, when I was walking past it on another 10 degree or so day, I tried hard to pretend it was full of bloom. [click to continue…]


Sorghum Salad with Harissa Roasted Carrots & Chickpeas || Autumn Makes & Does

Sometimes I joke about the fact that I wouldn’t know what to eat if it weren’t for canned chickpeas, but it’s not entirely a laughing matter. At least once a week, dinner is saved by a can of chickpeas. Admittedly it’s a bit of a rut, but one I don’t mind too much. I really love chickpeas.

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Date, Tahini, and Cardamom Smoothie

by autumn on January 22, 2014

Date, tahini, & cardamom smoothie || Autumn Makes & Does

We did a sage smudge to the apartment, the cat (!), and ourselves at the end of last month. We had such a mucky end of 2013 that it felt like we’d take whatever little help we could get to clear out the nasties from the corners of our life. So far, January has been so full of friends and big loves that I’m calling it for Team Doesn’t Suck.  [click to continue…]


Brown Sugar Latte

by autumn on January 7, 2014

Brown Sugar Latte || Autumn Makes & Does

My Christmas in Charleston was pretty low-key this year. I had just had surgery and my mom had just had surgery (I know right?! We’re hoping for a calmer New Year…), so we were in full-on get better mode. Still, there are some non-negotiables when I visit my mom. Spending hours at Goodwill has to happen. This visit, I learned that the Goodwill by my Mom’s house is ON THEIR GAME to the degree that they send out emails everyday with info on what will be on sale. So, that’s obviously a must do. [click to continue…]


Larder Lemon Drop Martini

by autumn on December 29, 2013

Larder Lemon Drop Martini || Autumn Makes & Does

Before I talk about this tart, funky cocktail, I need to say thank you to everyone for all the well-wishes on my last post. Just so much gratitude coming from this direction. Having everyone rooting for me felt like the best present ever. A million thanks with just as many exclamation points! Onward. [click to continue…]