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Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread {gluten-free}

To me, summer is a time of indulgence. Sleep till noon. Buy two scoops of strawberry ice cream instead of one. Watch an entire season of TV in less than a reasonable amount of time. Eat shortbread. Then eat more shortbread. Chocolate dipped hazelnut shortbread perhaps?

Now, it all starts with hazelnuts. Before this, I had never dealt with hazelnuts before. What I have learned is: they’re a pain in the ass but they taste damn good.
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Lemon Coconut Shortbread Bars {gluten-free}

Lemon bars are my fave. (yes, I said fave, deal with it) I love lemon bars. Ever since I was a little kid the tart, lemony topping and sweet, buttery shortbread had my mouth watering. So I decided to use my new coconut flour, which I am very excited about, to spice up the traditional lemon bars. Giving credit where credit is due, I just googled a recipe. So no, I am not Martha Stewart. My apologies, but that’s what the internet is for, right?
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Happy Birthday to Me?

Ooooh Sweet Sixteen! Do I feel any older? No. Any wiser? No. I’m pretty much still me. But my birthday was fabulous nonetheless and I am so thankful to all my friends and family who made it so wonderful. If you’re interested, here’s how it went:

June 9th: My actual birthday. Second to last day of classes before final exams. Spent the first hour of my special day finishing my english final paper, but even through the stress my birthday was properly celebrated. What I mean by that is, we had cake and presents.

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My mom made me my favorite birthday cake: strawberries and cream. It was delicious and utterly gluten-free.

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The best cakes are not always the prettiest. I mean, look at all those strawberries. Yum!

June 14th: My birthday party day. I survived finals and was relishing the first few days of summer. To celebrate, some friends and I attended a cooking class in San Francisco  where we rolled sushi.

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And for those who aren’t a fan of raw fish, we made the best chicken teriyaki I’ve ever tasted. It had ginger in it. Whaaaaaaatt?????

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Afterwards, we floated around paddle boating in Golden Gate Park. It was definitely one of the top 2 birthday parties ever, right after the Little Mermaid themed one. And yeah, I know this is a little late. But when have I ever done anything on time?

Much Love,

Audrey

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Coconut Chocolate Mousse {vegan} + other things of importance

Hey y’all! I’ve got some news items for you (feel free to ignore them and skip right to the good stuff)

1.  A little more than two weeks left of school! It’s been a loooong year and suddenly I have a thousand recipe ideas but also a thousand finals. But I’ll still be posting so stick around folks.

2.  My birthday is coming up and I’m psyched! Birthdays consist of all my favorite things: friends, families, cakes, presents, and me being the center of attention. Also I can get my driver’s license now (after I’ve completed all my permit requirements). It’s the big (not really that big) 1 – 6 everyone!

3.  I wanted to share some links with you because that’s what all the cool food bloggers do. I wasn’t sure how to do it in an un-awkward way so I’m just going for straightforward. Anyway, here are some things I’ve been loving lately.

  • I can’t stop thinking about Homeroom Mac n’ Cheese (a mac n’ cheese place in Oakland). They came out with a cookbook and its got all their greatest hits. It’s seriously cool!
  • I can’t get enough of this food blog, Lady and Pups, this girl is so funny and talented. All of her recipes are mouthwatering, especially these noodles that look amazing.
  • Lately I have been obsessed with Anthropologie and Boden and have been struggling to find anything reasonably priced. Honestly, this obsession is not healthy for my bank account, but I have been restraining myself.

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So back to the recipe. This has only got two ingredients, did you hear me, TWO! Usually, when I hear a recipe only has a few ingredients I assume it won’t be as good. More ingredients = more flavor right? WRONG! This is freakin’ delicious plus it’s healthy, only coconut milk and dark chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of butter and refined sugar, but it’s always nice to have a super yummy dessert you feel good about. Happy cooking and see you next week!

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I’m Sorry + Coconut Sugar Cookies with Lime Glaze {gluten-free}

It’s been about two months since I lasted posted here. I would say I’ve been super busy, but I haven’t. I’ve been uninspired and tired and a little bit bummed out to be honest. Baking can be exhausting, especially when you can’t use gluten-y magic. It’s much easier for me to give up after the danishes look crusty, the meringues are chewy, and the macrons are too sticky to get off the parchment paper. Of course it doesn’t make giving up the right thing. But with a whole bunch of failures under my belt and the looming pressure of keeping up with school, ignoring everything and watching Grey’s Anatomy seemed much more appealing.  Continue reading

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