my favorite ingredients.

extra-virgin olive oil

garden tomatoes

heirloom tomatoes

trust

kosher salt

crushed red pepper flakes

eggs

sunday mornings

love

farmers’ markets

train rides

planning

spontaneity

laughing until my stomach hurts

feeling confident enough not to wear make-up

madagascar vanilla extract

patience

vulnerability

crunchy fall leaves

family

simple syrup

a good barolo

hugs

italy

italian

italian film

being asked for restaurant recommendations

almond milk

baking

making people happy with my food

learning

teaching

passion

nerdiness

good lighting

laying in bed long after I have woken up

taking 11 photos of the same piece of pie just to get the perfect shot

taking one blurry iPhone photo simply to capture the memory

new york bagels

eye glasses

the feeling after a run

billy joel

lox

copper river salmon

bon appetit magazine

spending too much money on good food

culinary adventures

a sharp knife

mortar and pestle

dutch oven

the smell of freshly baked bread

cast-iron skillet

eating out of the skillet

pancakes

breakfast in bed

hip hop

dancing in a club in heels

dancing in my room

the color red

small spoons

greek yogurt

honey

being decisive

ice cream

frozen yogurt

slush

black raspberry ice cream with rainbow sprinkles

not being ashamed to order rainbow sprinkles

gummies

leaving my comfort zone

peanut butter

almond butter

butter butter (salted or unsalted)

when the cake releases from the pan

strawberry jam

mason jars

crushed ice

letting go

saying “i love you”

apologizing

licking the spoon

raw cookie dough

cookie dough ice cream

bubble baths

stuffed zucchini flowers

summer dresses

the beach

the first step into the sand after a long winter

coffee shops

making to-do lists

grocery lists

swimming

salty skin

freckles

reusable bags

meeting new people

san marzano tomatoes

dog ears flapping in the wind

dog kisses

silpats

frozen grapes

moleskine planners

cold brew coffee

black tea with milk and honey

oysters with horseradish and tabasco

roasted chicken

chia seeds

homemade pasta

orecchiette

black truffles

grilled cheese

eggplant

crisp fall apples (preferably fuji)

cider donuts

chocolate-glazed donuts

forgiveness

shortening

homemade pie crust

bananas

grade b maple syrup

bedtime snacks

oatmeal

good cinnamon

s’mores

having someone you can trust to tell you when you have something on your face/in your teeth

blueberry pancakes

kale chips

sweet potatoes

roasted rosemary potatoes

slicing into a whole watermelon and finding that it is perfectly ripe

whole body sneezes

fresh basil

dried oregano

pumpkin bread

pumpkin coffee

pumpkin patches

apple picking

eating fruit off of the tree

just one more episode

holding hands

toasted english muffins

asking questions

asking for help

not having all the answers

and being okay with that.

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