Eat Well: Peach and Gorgonzola Galette

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This past weekend centered entirely around food. There's just something about all the beautiful food that's currently in season right now (nectarines! cherries! fava beans!) that makes me want to eat in a farm-to-table fashion all day, every day.

On Friday night we went to Marlowe, which is one of many restaurants in San Francisco that does farm-to-table very, very well (don't get me started on their fantastic Brussels sprout chips). After dinner, we went and saw Chef, which was completely lovely, completely fun, and completely homesickness-inducing with its few surprise shots of Austin.

Fueled by a Chef-inspired desire to cook, a desire to relax, and a desire to save money, my husband and I stayed home on Saturday night, which gave me the opportunity to finally cook the Peach and Gorgonzola Galette that graces the cover of The Austin Food Blogger Alliance CookboookI have been dying to make this recipe ever since my mother-in-law got me the cookbook for Christmas. I patiently waited until peaches were in season - and man, was it worth it. This recipe is so easy and so delicious that I highly recommend you throw yourself a dinner party sometime soon to create an excuse to make it. You won't regret it!

The recipe can be found here. I followed the directions to a T!

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Enjoy your Monday.

Eat Well: Chocolate Chip Cookies Take 2

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I'll be honest - I've made these chocolate chip cookies before. I even wrote about them (I seem to always make cookies in honor of San Francisco sporting events). However, the past few times I've made them, I've been completely disappointed. Which just seems wrong, because this recipe is always billed as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe on earth. So I did the normal thing and decided to give it another go. This time I took it seriously - I weighed my ingredients. That's right. There was a scale involved. And you know what? It was totally worth it.

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I brought the cookies into work yesterday, and I don't think I've ever received so many compliments on a baked good. If you want the love and appreciation of your co-workers...this is a great way to go about it.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow - we've got some exciting stuff planned for the rest of the week!

Eat Well: Blueberry Muffins

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My husband has one request on his birthday: that I make him blueberry muffins with a crumbly top. Thankfully, it's a request that I can definitely handle. For me, nothing says "happy birthday" like your favorite food cooked specially for you. That's what these muffins are to me - my own personal way of wishing my husband happy birthday. The bonus? I get to enjoy them too :)

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Eat Well: The Best Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars Ever

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Prepare yourself: I'm about to make a big claim. These chocolate chip cookies bars are the best thing I've ever baked. I know - I don't really bake that often. I'm here to argue that I bake just often enough for that claim to mean something. And if you bake these yourself, you'll totally be on my side.

Since I've been an adult, I've been a little resistant to baking. I think it's the perceived girliness of the thing - something in me has always been opposed to doing overly girly things (like loving chick flicks or using Pinterest or writing a fashion blog...oh wait), and baking falls squarely in that category. However, every once in awhile I'll realize that nobody cares if baking is girly...and you get to eat delicious treats afterwards. So once in a blue moon I furtively troll Pinterest for dessert recipes that look amazing.

I followed this recipe to a T, except I didn't use oats in my batter. I actually love chocolate chip oat cookies, but I realized too late that I didn't have the right kind of oats on hand. With or without them, these treats will be amazing - seriously, I can't recommend them highly enough.

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I hope you all had a great Monday - mine was surprisingly nice. I went to work dreading a few of the projects I had to tackle, but left feeling happy with the work I'd done and excited for the next day. Doesn't it feel wonderful when that happens? Here's hoping today is just as great.