Cherry Plum Rum Preserves

by autumn on September 1, 2015

Cherry Plum Rum Preserves // Autumn Makes & Does

You’ll have to forgive me for sneaking one last cherry recipe in here at the beginning of September.

Earlier this summer, I was picking a lot of these tiny red plums off of Paul’s grandma’s tree. I was so grateful for them! The ratio of flesh to pit is very small and they’re clingstone, which means that the pit doesn’t release easily from the flesh. I’m afraid these little plums–they really are about the size of a cherry–get the reputation for being a bit of a nuisance. Well, I made quick work of them with my cherry pitter and couldn’t have been happier.

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Matcha Teaffogato / Autumn Makes & Does


Today I’m doing something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’m sharing a recipe from Annelies Zijderveld’s gorgeous book Steeped.

This book landed in my hands back in the spring when it was released and after a whirlwind summer dealing with a bunch of unexpected unpleasantness, I’m finally able to give it the time it deserves.

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August in the desert is legit. Like the mass beach exodus that I remember from my NYC days, here we flee for higher ground. The past couple weekends I’ve headed to the mountains, to take advantage of the cooler temps at higher elevations and just plain gorgeous living. This weekend, I’m headed up again—it’s totally the desert version of the beach.


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DIY Fireball

by autumn on July 23, 2015

Make your own Cherry Fireball // Autumn Makes & Does

I have been scheming about how I could swing a DIY version of Fireball for a while, but this news put me in business mode and I knew I had to figure something out.

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Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean // Autumn Makes & Does

This wasn’t a recipe that I made with the intention of blogging about it. This was a “use up the buttermilk” situation. There were also two scraggly meyer lemons in the mix that also needed to be dealt with. This all coincided with the last days of our “can we make it to June without turning on the AC” adventure, so there was no way I was turning on the oven.

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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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