September 16, 2018

Ithaca Through the Seasons: Summer 2018


Our first month of the fall semester proves that life isn't all dreary and grey here, though a lack of air conditioning during a heat wave requires us to pick up a whole new set of survival instincts. Here's to the summer green, too many mosquito bites to count, and maybe a few days foreshadowing the sweater weather to come!

September 9, 2018

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Levain's mountains of gooey goodness to your mom's homemade cookies afterschool, there are a million and one ways to bake chocolate chip cookies. Each recipe caters to a unique preference! How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? 

My requirements for the perfect chocolate chip cookie are:
1. Slightly crisp at the edges 
2. Gooey at the center when they're right out of the oven/chewy after they've cooled
3. Not cakey or puffy but not completely flattened and crunchy
4. Crackled and textured on the top. 
5. Slightly rimmed around the edges (you know what I mean)

September 2, 2018

SUMMER IN MY KITCHEN 2018 | a photo journal

Things I've cooked and baked that won't quite make it to having their own recipe post:

August 26, 2018

Mark Bittman's Bouillabaisse

A no-frills recipe to cap off the summer.

August 19, 2018

Sunday Dialogues: Ashes to Beauty


There is beauty in the harvest and in the anticipation of rebirth. -autumn

For God to help me feel Him filling up my heart, He has to break the bars I've built to protect it. Each bar that breaks exposes my heart, making it vulnerable to cracking. I am much more aware of the new crack left by a broken bar than the ones that form gradually over time. I wait and watch as He fills it, just like He's done with all the other cracks I've forgotten about. I take notice and feel His sufficient power. While He continues to expose my heart, He also makes it vulnerable enough to soften. 

August 12, 2018

New York Minute

Sunday morning, en route to Sarabeth's Central Park South.


One day. 
An apartment on the upper east side, near the hospitals - one of which I'll be working at, with pediatric and immigrant populations. The credentials of a registered dietitian and Spanish medical interpreter. Lazy Saturday mornings spent in Central Park, after stopping by a greenmarket. A corgi and an Australian/German shepherd mix I've adopted (it'll all be just for a few years, because the dogs need more space). The peak of day spent lounging at a restaurant with outdoor seating, the perfect spot to fabricate intricate narratives of the people you watch. Running around the city, taking photos of strangers, because there are too many personalities to pass by. Sunset runs over a bridge. Somehow, I'll still end up in bed by midnight...
One day!

August 5, 2018

S'mores Mousse Cups

This isn't so bad for you, I promise! It's important to go all out and enjoy treats as they are, but I've found myself gravitating towards this healthy-ish version, too. It's just that good.