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Belated Anniversary Finds

Happy Belated Anniversary to us! It’s been a while since I updated, but today I was thinking about our our anniversary trip to the Sonoma Coast. It was a beautiful weekend with gorgeous scenery and a delicious end to the trip — on the way back to Oakland we went to a bread shop called Wild Flour Bakery. They had a backyard garden we walked through and the store itself smelled miraculous.

When we got to the register we decided to get a whole wheat loaf and a rosemary garlic loaf. This turned out to be a wise decision because it made our ride home smell like roasted garlic the whole way. We asked one of the employees where we could find a cheese shop in the area. He responded with “there is a cheese store down the street.” I mean, could it be more perfect?

Not half a mile down the road was Freestone Artisan Cheese. We were greeted by a beaming 13 year old boy who asked if we needed some help. We told him we wanted a soft cheese and a hard cheese and he walked us through different types they had in stock; cows milk, goats milk, aged, creamy, hard, salty, sweet. He was very impressive and seemed very passionate about cheese, so I obviously admired the little guy.

Check out the lovely spread we enjoyed when we got home!



Spicy and Sweet Roasted Nuts

I’m giving you a fair warning. These are addictive. They have everything you want… sweet, savory, spicy, and salty. I highly suggest portioning these out or you’ll go through half the batch before you realize it.

Spicy and Sweet Roasted Nuts
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 large egg white
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, chipotle, cumin, oregano, and chili powder.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white until it begins to get foamy. Pour the nuts into the egg and mix until they’re evenly covered.
3. Mix in the spices. Lay the nuts out on a baking pan lined with parchment. Cook in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes, tossing in between. Shut the oven off after the timer goes off and leave the nuts in the oven for another 15 minutes.


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