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A few weeks back I had the honor to photograph the sweetest couple and their adroable kiddos. Here are some moments from their special day.
This summer I’ve been obsessed with Crumbles. The berries, and topping. The way it crunches in your mouth. Oh and lets not forget the creamy goodness you get from the vanilla ice cream piled on top. Bursting with flavor and easy to make everyone needs to get themselves into the kitchen and make a crumble.
I also ordered myself some new cookbooks for inspiration, and to get cooking again. Sarah Copeland has been on the top of my list for some time. She just released her third cookbook, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I pre ordered it. Which was a first for me. But, I couldn't resist! Anticipating her book I felt like I was a child at Christmas Morning and of course I dove right in. Her recipes are simple, but have an elegant flare. She has me cooking again, which makes you feel so good inside to share recipes with the ones you love. So I had a million berries in the kitchen and decided to make her crumble. AND it the recipe held its own! Everyone went back for seconds, total hit. Her original recipe called for rhubarb, but I didnt want to make a second trip to the market so I used all the berries in the house I had!
Now, I’m sharing her recipe. The next time you think about a new cook book you should go get yourself a copy of Everyday IS Saturday! It will change your life.
NOW Let's get cooking!
NOTE: This recipe was adapted from an original Sarah Copeland Recipe ( All Rights Reserved). Few things were changed do to lack of rhubarb in the kitchen. As well as adding my own preferred twist. For more of sarah’s original recipes Purchase Everyday is Saturday.
BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE
PREP TIME 15 min Total time 1 hour 20 min Serves 6
1 cup Gluten-free one to one flour
1 cup rolled oats
⅓ cup coconut sugar plus more for sprinkling
½ tsp fine sea salt
½ cup plant based organic butter, melted
¼ cup almonds, walnuts, sunflower seed or mixture chopped
4 cups chopped and destemmed strawberries (about 2 tins whole)
1 cup raspberries
2 cups blackberries
⅓ cup sugar
3 Tbsp organic cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp fresh ground ginger Pinch of pink salt
Ice cream (vegan or dairy work great)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees ( 190C)
Topping; Combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt in a bowl and stir together. Toss the melted butter into the flour, creating a mixture that resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add half the nuts and pinch together to make a tight dough.
Filling: Combine the berries, lemon zest, vanilla, ground ginger, pink salt, sugar, and cornstarch toss in a bowl to combine. Transfer to a deep round dish such as deep pie, or round casserole dish. Top with the topping, letting a bit of fruit peek out the sides. Sprinkle remaining nuts and bake until golden and bubbling, 30- 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream scooped on to, a drizzle of cold cream, and a stack of spoons.
When I was a little girl Sunday’s were for sauce. Growing up with two Italian parents one of them would always had a pot of sauce simmering for hours every Sunday. My mom would make hers with, meatballs, onions, and so much garlic one would smell of it for days. My dad, would cook his sauce with a mirepoix, (carrots, onion, and celery) garlic, and use meat like veal, and pork to get his unique flavor. Both good. I can still smell the aroma from my childhood.
As the sauce would simmer away in the kitchen, my sister and I would hover over it. Dying for my mother to tell me it was “almost ready” for tasting. When It was I would get a big bowl and scoop it up with bread. It was HEAVEN. Then we would wait another few hours for it to simmer some more before diving in with pasta, and finally getting those meatballs!
Every Sunday, I mean every SUNDAY through every season of the year was like this. In the hottest of Summers Sunday Sauce was always brewing. My parents would take turns cooking it, or even made it together. Now, I try to do the same for my own little family, and here is a quick version for you!
let's go make some SUNDAY SAUCE!
Happy Cooking friends.
*QUICK SUNDAY SAUCE WITH TURKEY HERB MEATBALLS
12 oz of Bianco Crushed Tomatoes ( or san marzano crushed tomatoes)
1 cup bold red wine (dry)
1 white onion
1 celery stalk
1 finely chopped carrot
1 bay leaf
1 bunch fresh thyme
Crushed red pepper
Diamond kosher salt + Ground Black pepper to taste
1 bottle EVOO on hand
1 bulb of garlic
Herb Turkey Meatballs:
1lb organic dark turkey meat
1 organic pasture raised egg
2 tablespoons organic hemp hearts
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
½ cup gluten free rice crumbs or handmade breadcrumbs
1 large bunch basil
1 bunch fresh mint
Fresh ground pepper
1lb dried gluten free spaghetti noodles ( or traditional spaghetti noodles) Cooked to package directions, tip: don’t forget to salt your pasta water!
Pecorino Romano cheese for topping
PREP ALL YOUR INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE AND MEATBALLS. We aren’t cooking yet we need to get things measured and in front of us. This is called Mise en place.
Prep the sauce: Open your can of tomatoes. Roughly chop your onion and celery. Finely chop your carrot and thinly slice 4 cloves of garlic. Set aside everything in a bowl except the garlic. Put garlic in another bowl or keep on cutting board. Set everything aside and prep your meatballs.
Prep the turkey herb meatballs: Gently roll a big handful of basil together, and chop it you should get about 2 tablespoons. Chop your mint. Set aside together. Measure out the remaining ingredients for the meatballs. Next, In a large bowl put your ground turkey, lightly chopped basil + chopped mint, 1 tsp garlic powder, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, hemp hearts, egg, 1 tsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. With your hands mix all together until mixture is combined.
Then roll out into medium size balls with your hands. Place on a plate or parchment paper lined tray. Put a large deep skillet on medium heat, once hot add in some olive oil, start cooking your meatballs. About 2-3 min on each side, until they are a slight golden color. Its okay if pink inside. As the meatballs finish cooking, place on a plate lined with a paper towel. This is to catch the excess grease. Do not rinse your skillet keep- all the grease for the sauce.
In the same heated pan, sauté your carrots onion and celery add salt and pepper. Once translucent in color, add your sliced garlic. Add crushed red pepper flakes ( as many as you can handle, I like a lot) Once the garlic is fragrant, add your can of tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. Then the cup of red wine. Simmer on medium high heat until bubbling. Add your meatballs back into the pan, add in full bunches of thyme. Lower your heat to medium low and pop a lid to cook for about 30 min- 1 hour. Stirring occasionally until the sauce has become thick. If it's slightly acidic you can add more wine or salt, be sure to taste as you cook, so you know how much salt and pepper to add in!
Cook your pasta at the 30 min timer has gone off to the package directions.
Once pasta is finished right from the pot place the pasta into the skillet with your meatballs, add in some olive oil ( about 1 tablespoon) fresh basil and pecorino romano cheese. And dish up to enjoy!
When Rhubarb comes into season, I find myself terrified of it. I know dramatic right? I have this push pull relationship with it, I want to try it but I don’t... is it a fruit or a vegetable? Not sure if it’s the long stalks that resemble celery? Wait, it’s poisonous?
Lately, I have been trying to FACE the scary things in life and the kitchen. One of the most pressing fears I’ve been avoiding like the plague, is cooking with ingredients I’m unfamiliar with. The ingredients look scary or hard to work with, I tell myself that I can’t do it, and freeze up. That mentality has me stuck, and I don't want to be stuck anymore. HENCE facing The RHUBARB FEAR. It’s weird as it sounds that cooking could be fear based, but sometimes that’s how things comes up. These days I find I learn most about myself through cooking, can you relate?
Part of the journey in facing the scary thing, is to Acknowledge the FEAR - “RHUBARB scares the shit out of me!” Recognize, checking in with yourself and asking, is it a thought or Story I’m telling myself? What’s the truth here? My Truth, ‘I felt that If I fucked up cooking with rhubarb on the first try I would be a failure”. After sitting with those questions, I realized I told myself a STORY. WHAT a STORY I told myself indeed, and why do I need to put that pressure on myself?
NEW MONTRA, GIRL you’ve got this, COOK the damn thing and GET ON WITH IT.! You may fuck it up, but WHO cares it’s no big DEAL. Here is the thing, the best part of cooking is the failure, trying new things, it’s not about PERFECTION but the journey in getting to the destination (or final dish in this case) I realized that sometimes scary things aren't as scary as you thought they were. It’s that simple.
What are the stories you’re telling yourself right now about cooking? Or about life? Keep going friends. x
Now let's COOK!
Tips for cooking with RHUBARB;**
-When picking your Rhubarb, don't skimp. Make the extra trip to the farmers market, they have the good stuff. Look for deep tones in the stalks, deep red + pink. If they are pale they were picked too soon, they won’t be rich in taste.
-DON'T eat the LEAVES, they are poisonous. Clean the stalks and discard the leaves.
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRUMBLE RECIPE
For the filling;
- 2 cups chopped rhubarb, cleaned and leafs discarded
- 2lbs cleaned and chopped strawberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup organic coconut sugar
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg ( add one ½ tsp if like spicy)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of pink salt
* For the topping;
- 3 cups gf rolled oats
- 1 stick of vegan cashew butter COLD (I use MiyoKo’s brand)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4th tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup gf flour
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED: Non stick spray, a 9x9 or 9x8 baking dish, bowls for mixing the topping.
- Chop your strawberries and rhubarb set aside. Measure out all your ingredients and set aside. Pre- heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium dutch oven or saucepan put over medium heat, then cook your rhubarb with ¼ cup sugar. Until they are tender, turn your stove off and add in your chopped strawberries, lemon juice, pinch of pink salt, spices and vanilla. Give it a good stir. Set aside.
- Prep a baking dish with non stick spray, (9x9 or 9x8 works great). Make sure its deep. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl add all your topping ingredients EXCEPT the VEGAN BUTTER. Give a light mix with a spatula.
- With your hands break up the cold butter into your topping ingredients bowl. It doesn't have to be perfect, and you're looking for a small chunk type texture. Do this until all the butter is mixed in.
- Pour your filling into the baking pan. Then sprinkle your topping on top until it's coated evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 20-35 min at 350 degrees. Let cool on a cooling rack for 15-20 min and then serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt or creme fresh!
In my opinion Oatmeal raisin cookies are never going to live up to the ooey gooeyness of the chocolate chip cookie. At first glance one may mistake the raisins for chocolate chips, you get excited, you reach for one, take a bite. Then the moment of utter disappointment sets in as you realize those are NOT chocolate chips at ALL. You may be scratching your head on why in the world I would be sharing this recipe? Well Grandma, that’s why. Which is ALL the reason to make, share and eat oatmeal raisin cookies.
Grandma was the center of my childhood, she had a huge part in raising me, and she gets me. One year we even lived with her, just my sister and I. She always had a stash of cookies, candies or other treats in “hidden” places around the house. One day I asked her why she did this, she snapped back with “I don’t want your uncle’s friends to take them.” My uncle lived with us too, her house was always filled with people coming in and out. BUT despite the cookie thieves, by far her favorite treat is oatmeal raisin cookies. Especially the ones with the icing on top, what are those called? If she really felt fancy she would by the jumbo ones. And when I bake these cookies I can’t help but think of her.
Now, I’m not saying you have to fall in love with the oatmeal raisin cookie. Just commit to the raisin for what it is, and let’s stop trying to make the oatmeal raisin cookie into a chocolate chip and enjoy them for what they are. Maybe, just maybe they will grow on you??
Now lets get baking, xox Nicole
GF Spicy oatmeal raisin cookies:
1 cup gf flour bob’s redmill ( 1 for 1 blue bag is what I used)
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
⅛ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
¾ cup brown coconut sugar
¼ cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
2 tablespoon maple syrup
¾ cup oil ( ¼ evoo + 2/4 melted coconut oil)
2 cups gf old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
1 cups nuts if desired
NOTE: You will need a free standing mixer or hand held and Cooking spray.
*TIP: POP your cookie dough in the fridge for 25 min, this will enhance flavors and the dough will settle. If your feeling free with time, bake them the next day.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, make sure your middle rack is in the oven.
- Measure out all your dry ingredients and set aside, measure out all your wet ingredients and set aside.
- In your free standing mixer, add your sugar, maple sugar, oil and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until a creamy mixture forms. Turn mixer off push down the sides with a spatula, and scrape the bottom. Turn your mixer back on and add your egg, mix for about a min.
- DON'T OVER MIX.
- Add in your flour, soda, salt and spices. Mix until a dough forms.
- Pour in your oats and with a spatula mix by hand, then add your raisins.
- Once dough is finished let the dough sit in your fridge for 25 min, or freezer for 10-15.
- Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 16 min, at 8 min take out flatten and bake for another 8 min. If you want a chewier cookie bake for 10-12 min. ENJOY!
This was one of those recipes that ALMOST got the best of me. The pie dough was trickier than expected and it fell apart numbers of times. BUT I persisted and after many failed attempts I finally succeeded. The final results were well worth all the trouble I went through. The base for this recipe was inspired and adapted from Joy the Baker’s pie method. I am a huge fan of Joy and HONESTLY we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about PIE if it wasn’t for HER and HER pie method! There is something about the milk and butter combo that really worked with the gluten free flour, it held together and really behaved itself. Joy uses butter and buttermilk as part of the pie dough recipe, since I don’t use dairy at all (except eggs) in my recipes I had to come up with an alternative to both. So instead I used vegan butter sticks which work great, and after some experimentation coconut milk with ACV equates to buttermilk beautifully. When this tart comes out of the oven about 20 min after cooling dollup with your favorite vanilla ice cream (vegan or not) and dig in.
Now let’s get baking.
GLUTEN FREE APPLE PIE “TART” RECIPE:
GLUTEN + DAIRY FREE PIE CRUST
2 sticks (8oz) vegan earth balance soy free butter sticks (cold)
2 ½ (12 oz) Bob’s red mill gluten free flour (blue bag mix)
1 tsp xanthan gum
Small pinch of salt
1 can full fat COLD coconut milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup cold coconut milk( full fat) mixed with ACV (see notes in directions)
Unbleached parchment paper
Large cheese grater
Medium / small round tart pan
1 baking sheet
1 lb of dried beans
APPLE TART FILLING
6 organic apples (golden delicious work great)
Lemon juice as needed (about 1- 2 tablespoons)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
¼ cup organic coconut sugar
¾ tsp organic ground ginger
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
Egg wash, (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of cold water )
PIE CRUST DIRECTIONS:
PREP AHEAD; Put your can of can of coconut milk and butter in the fridge overnight. Put About a half an hour before you make your dough stick it in the freezer with wrapper on.
- Take your cold can of coconut milk and add 1 tablespoon ACV (apple cider vinegar) to it and whisk until smooth, put back into the fridge to keep cold.
- In a large wide bowl, whisk all your dry ingredients, your flour, 1 tsp xanthan gum, pinch of salt.
- With a large cheese grated grate your frozen vegan butter over the bowl of dry ingredients, then with your fingers gently mix together and once incorporated you should have pea sized flakes, don’t worry if they aren’t all even its okay if its wonky!
- Grab your coconut milk avc mix, measure out ½ cup, make a well in the middle of your mixture and dump in the mix and continue to fold together until combine. It's going to be a bit wet so on a clean work surface dust out some GF flour and place your dough over it, gentle need into a disk. Refrigerate for 1 hour or 24 hours if your making later.
- After dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. We are going to BLIND bake a pie crust.
- On a clean work surface, toss on some GF flour and GENTLY roll out your dough. Be sure to have your tart dish ready next to you. Roll out the dough and gently place over your tart dish. IF it breaks use your fingers to mold it back together, its okay just go with it. If it does need putting back together after you mold it, pop in the freezer for 10 min.
- Grab a baking pan and some parchment paper. Take out your pie crust, poke with fork all over. Then completely cover and wrap with parchment paper and place on the baking sheet. Take one more sheet of paper and put it over the pie fill with your dries beans.
- Place in the oven for about 12-15 min or until the bottom of your crust sets and does not bubble. Take out the beans and paper.
- LOWER the OVEN to 350 degrees Let cool. Meanwhile make your pie tart filling.
- Clean, core and thinly slice your apples. Place in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to them. It’s your choice if you want to leave the skin on, for this recipe I did. (if you take the skin off you can make a crumble for the top)
- In a small bowl whisk your sugar, pinch of salt, ground cinnamon and ginger.
- Take your sugar mix and mix it with the apples, add in your vanilla and combine.
- When your crust finished place the apples inside with skins up and smoosh together side by side lining the whole tart. Break up 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and place it sporadically around the top of the pie.
- Take your egg was and wash all the crust edges with a brush. Wrap in parchment paper once again so the crust does not burn. Bake for 30-45 until the apples are soft. And about 25 min in you can take off the paper and bake the remaining time without.
- Once finished baking place on a cooling rack for 20-30 min, serve warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
A few months ago, Fawn Deviney graciously invited me into her home to photograph her. We had the most effortless conversation about life, artistry, and her passion for helping Artists seeing their own potential.
When I arrived she greeted me with a kind smile and big hug. Duce her english bulldog soon followed suit, stealing the show with his effortless charm. He followed her like a young pup following his mother. Aromas of fresh cut grass, candles and coffee filled the air with warmth and coziness. Fawn lead me into the house, making our way to the kitchen where we began our conversation. She offered me a warm cup of coffee with coconut cream, as we drank our coffee we started to chat about her story.
Fawn shared about her photography journey over the past 8 years which has shifted and changed into what it is today. A budding business with hope and dreams, encouraging others to do the same. She went into detail sharing how she stripped layers of old notions, which helped find her truth with a love and passion for being an Artist. When she spoke, her love of others and finding a way to help them see their potential shined through. She expressed “Encouraging Artist’s to Value their work, it’s one of my misson’s right now”. She used to think the only way to be successful was through a traditional degree.(I want to underscore, she in fact has a degree in Social Work ). Breaking free from social norms, it seemed she found her soul pulling her toward Art and Photography. Realizing “SHE IS GOOD enough to be an ARTIST, and IT IS REAL WORK. Starving artist shouldn’t be a thing, when you believe in your WORK and WORTH people will follow suit.” - FD
Fawn is nothing short of an old soul with elegant poise and passion for her work and others. She is one of those Women that leads through grace, gumption, poise, and initelect. Which is something we all should be taking notes to learn from. The thing I was most impressed with Fawn, is her love for other people, and how grateful for every moment in her career BIG and SMALL.
Fawn Deviney, is an Artist, Photographer, Stylist, and now Gallery Owner. She lives and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Below are photographs of our time together, enjoy!
*“Part of me is still has a childlike wonder as an Artist”. “It’s my Mission right now to encourage Artists to value their work”. “SHE IS GOOD enough to be an ARTIST, and IT IS REAL WORK. Starving artist shouldn’t be a thing, when you believe in your WORK and WORTH people will follow suit.” - FD
A few of Fawns favorite things:
HEY YOU GUYS,
Summer is coming to a close. We are soaking up every last bit, and eating all the berries we can get our hands on! Asher came up with the SIMPLEST SMOOTHIE RECIPE so I thought I'd share it here as a final ode to the SUMMER SEASON.
HAPPY LABOR DAY FRIENDS x
ASHER'S SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 cup ice
2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries
1-2 cups organic light coconut milk (from can or carton)
1 tsp vanilla extract,
In your blender place all the ingredients - blend until smooth- if not getting smooth add a bit more milk - blend more and enjoy! TIP: I put the leftover in popsicle maker to make popsicles.