Triforce Linzer Cookies

Triforce Linzer Cookies

I made these for my coworker, Lydia, whose father passed away last week. 

As is the nature of my office, we all decided to do something for her when she returned to work. The first thing was decorating her desk with a forest of flowers. Since Lydia loves Zelda, anything Triforce-related and dessert, it was almost too good to pass up combining the three of those things into one. The birth of these cookies came to me in a moment of pure joy and excitement and I knew I just had to make them come to life. I think it's actually pretty perfect that Lydia was born the year the first Legend of Zelda game was released and that her dad knew that game through and through. Kind of crazy how the universe is like that sometimes. 

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Fig Galette

Fig Galette

I have something embarrassing/silly to admit.

I still have not upgraded my camera lens and it has been almost two years since I upgraded my camera body. I am so indecisive when it comes to larger monetary purchases. I remember the first time I purchased my first DSLR (a Sony a390)—that was huge. I loved the heck out of that camera. I took my first photography classes with it and produced some really amazing projects that I was so proud of in school. The originals still grace the wall in front of my desk and are a constant reminder of the tug I felt towards the combination of food, photography and design.

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Homemade Fig Newtons

Homemade Fig Newtons

After living twenty-two years of not having any figs (or figs that didn't stand out to me), I think I've made up for that in the past year and in particular, the past few weeks. 

My first memorable fig experience was last summer, when I made these toasts. I will admit, I wasn't completely enamored with figs. I liked them, ate them that one time and that was it until a few weeks ago. 

This summer, the first nudge into fig season started with some Mission figs leftover from a work photo shoot. Those figs were quite sad so I took them home, debated between jam and other things and ended up sticking them in an upside-down fig cake which drastically improved their taste and texture.

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Ricotta Toasts + 3 Toppings

Ricotta Toasts + 3 Toppings

Sometimes I gravitate towards certain foods and I will repeatedly eat them for weeks on end.

There was a length of time when my lunch of choice was ricotta cheese and roasted red peppers wrapped in a tortilla; part wrap and part burrito. It was easy, required very few ingredients and was perfect when my school schedule was tight. Those were the days when I'd work from 9am - 1pm, bike quickly back to my apartment even though it always took 15 minutes, take Gus out, throw my lunch together, and bike back towards campus. Eating lunch before class started was the way to go and that tortilla wrap satisfied my 2pm lunch cravings. 

But this is not that wrap/sandwich. In fact, I haven't had that wrap/sandwich in over a year and a half but sometimes it will pop in my head. I'll think about that fluffy ricotta with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper and the chew of the tortilla. I remember roasting those red bell peppers and setting off the smoke alarm about 3 times in a row causing the neighbors to open their screen door and glare at me through the gate that separates our apartments. Sorry, sorry for sensitive smoke alarms! 

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