MARCH 2014 FAVORITES

The GORGEOUS work of LINE KLEIN.  I am seriously obsessed:

I love all the CANVAS HOME candles, but especially coveting the Fresh Cut Grass scent:

I love all the CANVAS HOME candles, but especially coveting the Fresh Cut Grass scent:

For the upcoming Summer season, THIERRY LASRY Sunglasses.

For the upcoming Summer season, THIERRY LASRY Sunglasses.

After the Winter we had, I hope I'm not the only one with 0% moisture in my skin.  This Coriander scent lotion is so luxurious and smells absolutely amazing.

After the Winter we had, I hope I'm not the only one with 0% moisture in my skin.  This Coriander scent lotion is so luxurious and smells absolutely amazing.

It's not quite picnic season, but I'm already on the hunt for outdoor accessories (especially when they're this cute).

It's not quite picnic season, but I'm already on the hunt for outdoor accessories (especially when they're this cute).

Newly discovered (by me): A new take on your TED TALK obsession, 99u has endless talks and articles for "empowering the creative mind."

SK Updates!

For those of you who haven't checked it out yet, I'm nominated for a SAVEUR Food Blog Award along with many other awesome, talented ladies.  I'm so excited to be featured (and noticed) for the Special Diets category ie. being gluten-free (in my case).  I'm honored to be included with so many fellow bloggers like Laura, Anya, Sarah, Kelsey and Shelly.  Special diets FTW ;) !

Please vote for SASSY KITCHEN in the "Special Diets" Category!  Thank you for all your support!

Please vote for SASSY KITCHEN in the "Special Diets" Category!  Thank you for all your support!

Lots of new weekly recipes lately on Clementine Daily!  We post new recipes every week for ON THE MENU:

Spring Steamed Mussels with Butter, White Wine & Dill

Spring Steamed Mussels with Butter, White Wine & Dill

Raw Kale Salad with Roasted Herb Vegetables

Raw Kale Salad with Roasted Herb Vegetables

Spicy Tamari Tofu with Scallions & Lime

Spicy Tamari Tofu with Scallions & Lime

Tarragon Oil Baked Fish with Kale Pesto Quinoa

Tarragon Oil Baked Fish with Kale Pesto Quinoa

Last, but not least: My friend and fellow editor @ Clementine conducted this interview with me  for their "MEET THE EDITOR" series.  Thanks again, dear Amanda!

MORNING MEALS on Camille Styles

I'm so excited to introduce my brand new column on the lovely Camille Styles.   If you follow me on instagram, you know I love a breakfast spread.  This series, Morning Meals, is all about breakfast foods, ALL THE TIME.  I love an egg (almost any way) especially on avocado toast, although I promise I'll delve into other breakfast foods in this column.  Please stay tuned for brunch spreads and breakfast recipes twice a month.  It was already featured on Food52 "8 Food Blog Links We Love" last week.  Check it out !

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CHESTNUT THUMBPRINT COOKIES

I love the few moments when you come across an inspiring recipe and miraculously have all of the ingredients on hand.  Since I can be somewhat of an impulsive baker, adapting a recipe so that it's unrecognizable just so I can make it immediately, the recipe for Jam Sunflower Thimbles was a perfect fit.  Green Kitchen Stories is a site I've admired for years, but sadly never made a recipe from.  I decided to adapt this lovely recipe using chestnut flour, a beloved new ingredient I cannot stop using.  Luckily, these "cookies" are healthy enough where you won't feel too bad binging, and I promise you won't be able to stop yourself either.

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CHESTNUT SUNFLOWER JAM THIMBLES (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) Makes 12-15 cookies

1 cup chestnut flour

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot starch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

2/3 cup sunflower seeds, finely chopped

1/2-3/4 cup of your favorite jam or preserve (I used a combination of apricot, red fruit & quince)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first six ingredients.  Whisk together until well combined.  In another mixing bowl, stir together coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs.  

Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing well with hands to combine.  Chill dough for 20-30 minutes. 

Add finely chopped sunflower seeds to a small mixing bowl.  Once dough has chilled, take about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll around to coat in sunflower seeds on all sides.  Use your thumb to puncture the dough and fill in with your favorite jam or preserve.  

Add cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and holds shape.  Let cool for 15 minutes or so, then enjoy!  These are great as a sweet treat or a protein-packed afternoon snack ;)

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CLEMENTINE DAILY ROUND-UP

In case you've missed what's ON THE MENU at Clementine Daily:

Stay tuned for Chestnut & Almond Flour Jam Thimbles!  Post to come soon on SK.

BROWNIE GANACHE TART WITH WHIPPED COCONUT CREME

I love any holiday that gives me a reason to make a baked good.    I know a lot of people love to hate on Valentine's day, but I'm not one of them.  Cards, gifts and chocolates aside - it's really just an excuse to hang out with someone you love.  

I'm not the biggest chocolate person in general, but sometimes I can get down with something this decadent.  I also love the idea of making a brownie-type dessert in a tart pan to make it feel more like a "occasion."  Make sure to serve this one warm with lots of coconut creme on top and share with a loved one ;).

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WALNUT BROWNIE TART WITH GANACHE & WHIPPED COCONUT CREME (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) Adapted from David Lebovitz

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons walnut oil

6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup natural cane sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

1/4 cup almond meal

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons arrowroot starch

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your 8-9 inch tart pan with coconut oil (or cut out a fitted circle of parchment paper).  

In a medium saucepan, add coconut and walnut oil and semisweet chocolate.  Once chocolate begins to melt, stir until smooth and creamy.  

Remove from the pan and stir in sugar, vanilla, and whisk in one egg at a time.  In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, salt, almond meal and arrowroot starch.  Slowly whisk in dry mixture to brownie batter and beat well until smooth. 

Stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts. then scrape batter into tart pan.  Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 30 minutes.  Let brownies cool, then chill for 40 minutes for the cleanest cut.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

3 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut cream (I used SoDelicious brand)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Add cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate to a medium sized mixing bowl.  Heat coconut milk over medium heat until it comes to a low boil.  Pour over chocolate mixture and let sit for 30 seconds.  Stir in vanilla extract and whisk together well until smooth.  Drizzle over finished brownie tart.

COCONUT CREME

1 (15oz.) can coconut milk

Chill coconut milk in the fridge overnight.  Once opened, scoop out all the thick coconut cream into a small mixing bowl.  Whip until smooth and add a dollop to each brownie slice.

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JANUARY 2014 FAVORITES

Taylor of Fox Fodder Farm has the most vibrant and inspiring tumblr I've seen in a while.  There's no shortage of color or flora. 

Taylor of Fox Fodder Farm has the most vibrant and inspiring tumblr I've seen in a while.  There's no shortage of color or flora. 

The most gorgeous pattern/textile/color mash-up in one F/W14 Collection.  I can't get enough of this lookbook.

The most gorgeous pattern/textile/color mash-up in one F/W14 Collection.  I can't get enough of this lookbook.

This Kendi oil mist will be sure  to save your dulled out / winter-abused tresses.  This product also has no parabens or sulfates!

This Kendi oil mist will be sure  to save your dulled out / winter-abused tresses.  This product also has no parabens or sulfates!

Newly discovered Henry Street Studio is a mother/daughter duo making gorgeous ceramics in Brooklyn.

Newly discovered Henry Street Studio is a mother/daughter duo making gorgeous ceramics in Brooklyn.

I love these little, ethereal watercolors from Etsy shop, DearCatherina.

I love these little, ethereal watercolors from Etsy shop, DearCatherina.

The cutest illustrated calendar including seasonal produce specific to each month.  Also, from Cara -- the editor of Chickpea Magazine!

The cutest illustrated calendar including seasonal produce specific to each month.  Also, from Cara -- the editor of Chickpea Magazine!

This candle is a true winner. It will smell up your house even when it's not lit and the scent is AMAZING.

This candle is a true winner. It will smell up your house even when it's not lit and the scent is AMAZING.

Glasserie's roasted radishes with feta are reason enough to visit, but they also have a mindblowing (gluten-free!) chestnut cake as well.  

Glasserie's roasted radishes with feta are reason enough to visit, but they also have a mindblowing (gluten-free!) chestnut cake as well.