As important as I feel decor and ambience are for a dinner party or brunch, it’s critical that the menu be creative, exciting and delicious. Raw vegan chef and author Meredith Baird knows how to deliver on all those accounts. The LA-based foodie led us in an Easter brunch cooking class for an installment of […]
It’s the season of renewal and rebirth, and the latest edition of our In the Veggie Kitchen series with The Chalkboard Mag echoed this sentiment. For our cooking class with raw-food specialist Meredith Baird, we celebrated the freshest seasonal finds at the farmers’ market and the delicate botanicals that are emerging in early spring gardens. […]
Easter comes at an incredibly inspiring time of year, when a multitude of blooms are exploding with color. As this happens, I love going outside to forage for wildflowers, herbs and other natural materials. I often use them to make smudge bundles, but at this moment the best use for this natural bounty is in fresh […]
My love of turmeric in healing food and tonics has been well documented, and I was recently thrilled to use the wellness spice in another way: as a natural dye. As Easter approaches, I love experimenting with new, festive ways to decorate eggs. The tradition has gotten quite elaborate and we’ve made some beautiful showpieces […]
I realize that Easter is meant to be fun for the kids, but each year I have a great time gathering creative inspiration and putting on themed events. With the flowers in bloom—especially the jacaranda!—and the sun shining, it’s the ideal time to hold a picnic outside that celebrates this time of renewal. When I think […]
There are few holidays kids seem to enjoy as much as Easter. I love getting into the spirit, and coming up with ways to create even more fun. The past two years my good friend and go-to crafting guru Amy Blessing helped put on a chic easter egg hunt. They were so successful we decided to […]
Last week, I featured an easy (and unexpected) alternative to standard colored eggs, and wanted to share another technique that was just as inspired. When I saw these hand painted hanging eggs, I couldn’t resist. Just as great as the look: how surprisingly easy they are to make.
For our Easter eggs this year, I wanted to try something a little different (last year’s adventures in natural egg dyeing seen here). I asked the lovely Amy Blessing for some inspiration, and she suggested that we work with glitter. The end result: so pretty, and so easy to achieve.
When it comes to the holidays, I love going all out, but am often disappointed with the types of products found in-store and online – especially for kids. So for Easter baskets this year, I decided to forego all the plastic and candy-filled options in favor of a more thoughtfully assembled basket that the little ones would love.
As I shared yesterday, our most recent In the Veggie Kitchen featured a menu and decor perfect suited for spring, this time led by the amazing Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm. An inspired suggestion from our co-hosts at The Chalkboard Mag, Helene was a breath of fresh air, and walked us through creating a meal that was organic, local and simply delicious.
With spring in the air, it felt time to once again get together with some of my favorite ladies for a laid-back afternoon of culinary inspiration and instruction. As always, we partnered with my go-to for all things beautiful and healthful, The Chalkboard Mag, and for the first time, the lovely Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm.
We were lucky enough to enjoy Claire Thomas’ incredible vegan treats at our most recent cooking class and luncheon, but she also prepared some non-vegan desserts that were simply too good not to share. On the sweet menu: Braised Dried Apricot Mascarpone Bars, Brown Butter Doughnuts with Blackberry Glaze, and Rosewater Glazed Brown Butter Madeleines.
This year, I really wanted to host an Easter egg hunt – a fun, relaxed afternoon that was all about the little ones, but fun for the whole family. I called on the wonderful Amy Blessing to help me put it all together and was so happy with the way everything turned out.
For our Easter get-together with The Chalkboard Mag, we really wanted to include beautiful, marbleized eggs as the perfect seasonal touch. The doing, however, proved more difficult than I had anticipated. Luckily, Nathan was up for the challenge. I researched decoupage eggs and found this paper, and Nathan went to town, creating not only a marbleized effect with decoupage, but also with paint.
This time of year, even the Easter Bunny loves great gift ideas. From dolls to DIY’s, here are some of my spring favorites for your little ones.
After two delicious In the Vegan Kitchen cooking classes with The Chalkboard, we decided that since our next class would be Easter, it should be a vegetarian class – it’s not really Easter without eggs! We teamed up with the amazing Annie Campbell and her best friend and collaborator Amy Blessing to create the perfect Easter brunch.