Strawberry and Grapefruit Galette

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First, let me start off by apologizing for the sheer amount of photos in this post alone.  It’s borderline absurd, but damn, for a dessert whose dough is made with a whole box of butter, that is one sexy little number.  I wish I had an excuse, but this galette is so pretty, and I just. couldn’t. stop.  It’s not every day that you make something with pie dough and think it’s sexy.  But that’s just how my brain functions, because I don’t care what people say, food is hot (literally and figuratively).

Moving on from my weird attraction to pie, which is actually a galette, which leads me to WHERE HAVE GALETTES BEEN ALL MY LIFE?  Seriously, I’ve been making pie when there were galettes in the world?  What is this?  I’ve been rolling and draping and pushing extra dough into little rips and pretending that I’m good at making pie when all I had to do the whole time was roll out a single piece of dough and fold?  Also, why did I never listen to my baking instructor and use egg wash until now?  I always thought it was an unnecessary extra step, but look at that crust.  Guys, I just can’t deal with it.

Furthermore, I know that it is rhubarb season, I promise nobody will let me forget that, but I just am not as excited about rhubarb as everyone else is.  It’s not that I don’t like rhubarb, it’s just that I’m destined to eat it at least four times in the weeklong that it’s in season, so I just don’t see a need to cook with it myself.  Also, I’m not going to lie, I just don’t find it as amazing as everyone else does.  I’m sorry, it’s nothing personal, I swear.  I just don’t look forward to it quite as much as the rest of the food-blogging world.  But I digress.  Long story short, this probably should have been a strawberry and rhubarb galette, but it was not, because I’m more of a citrus lady.  Namely, citrus that does not get quite enough credit.  A.K.A. grapefruit.  Now, I know that lemons are so versatile, and limes are just sooo good, but grapefruit does not get the recognition that it deserves.  And have you had it with strawberries?  I’m sorry, but it just needed to happen eventually, and I took the plunge.  You won’t regret it my friends, the two are destined to be together.

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Look at the beautiful reds and pinks and oranges and THE CRUMBLY CRUST.  Ughhhh ♥

A few notes about this recipe.  First off, I love using homemade pie crust.  Someday, I swear, I will give you a step-by-step tutorial for how to make it, because it’s so freakin’ easy.  I would have done it this time, but this pie dough was literally gifted to me, because that’s the kind of thing that happens in the food world.  That being said, I understand if it’s too much and you want to make it with pie dough from the freezer aisle.  In this case, please use the Pillsbury and the rolled kind, not the stuff already in the disposable tins.

Secondly, I chose to make 2 smaller galettes, but you can make one large one.  You would just use a larger dough diameter and reduce the amount of filling you make.

Thirdly, I recommend assembling the galette on the sheet pan you will bake it on.  Assembling it on the counter and trying to move it to the sheet pan is dirty work, and I would know, because I didn’t learn from my mistakes the first time and had to do it twice.

Fourthly, BAKE IT ON TINFOIL OR PARCHMENT PAPER I SWEAR THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.  These little suckers will leak juices like you wouldn’t believe (see pic above) and caramelized fruit juices will not release from a sheet pan, I’m telling you so.  On that note, you can also increase the cornstarch if you want more of a stable galette, but I like mine on the juicy side.

Lastly, serve this with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  My favorite is Talenti vanilla bean.

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By the way, if you read my Instagram , you saw that I posted about my VERY EXCITING RECIPE COMING SOON.  This is it.  I hope it was everything you wished it would be.  It definitely was for me.

XO SaraLynn

*Song of the Day: Away Frm U by Oberhofer

 

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Slow Cooked Carnitas

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably saw that I posted a picture of pie dough promising a BIG EXCITING RECIPE COMING VERY VERY SOON AND IT’S GOING TO BE THE BEST THING EVER.  That is true, and it is coming, but tonight I made super easy and amazing carnitas, so I thought I’d just share them real quick.

Now, if you’re still confused about the “easy” part of the carnitas description, because when have carnitas ever been easy, let me explain.  First, you’ll sear the pork.  Then, you’ll place the pork in the crockpot with some other fun stuff.  Then you’ll leave it alone while you work and go to school and exercise and unload your dishwasher.  Then you’ll shred the pork and broil it until it’s crispy.  And then?  You’re free to put the slow-cooked, shredded, crispy pork with burny bits in tacos or burrito bowls.  My favorite is the taco option on blistered corn tortillas with plenty of cilantro and queso fresco.  However, the burrito bowl option with brown rice, pinto beans, queso, lettuce, avocado, tomato, and salsa is a good option as well.  Tonight I went with the burrito bowl option, mostly because I ran out of tortillas and always have a surplus of brown rice on hand, but in the future I may use the pork in tostadas or enchiladas.  (And just like that, I’m hungry all over again).

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I’m a huge fan of meals that are 1. easy 2. healthy and 3. can be made while I’m at work, which is why you see so much Mexican food on SSL.  But I promise, I don’t only eat Mexican food and not all my meals are made in a crock pot.  I’m sure at one point I’ll get over my homemade Mexican food obsession, but for now it’s just too good, and there’s just too many options!  On another note, I have had a huge thing for curry lately, even more so than usual, so we’ll see where that goes.  I imagine Thai and Indian will infiltrate SSL in the next coming months even with summer right around the corner.

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Cheers to carnitas.

XO SaraLynn

*Song of the Day: I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

Casual Friday

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Dress: Similar Necklace: DIY Shoes: Converse

Last weekend, I stayed at my aunt’s house to watch her dogs while she was out of town. Her house is perfect for fashion photography.  Spacious, forest-y, perfect lighting, privacy. I was in love with the photog conditions here.  I always want to take pics in the forest, but it can be difficult to get the lighting perfect and set up a tripod with a timer and, most importantly, hike to said destination in whatever cutesy outfit I’m wearing.  But now?  Aunt’s house.  All the way.  Why didn’t I think of this before?

Anyways, the other day I was going through a bag of clothes that my friend gave me a while ago.  I don’t actually want to tell you how long it took me to go through the clothes, because it’s actually kind of embarrassing, but the bag got thrown in the back of my closet, and I got busy, and well…you know what happened.  Anyways, I pulled out this t-shirt dress, which I actually thought was a weird long shirt and almost didn’t try on.  But then I decided to give it a chance, and ohhh my gosh, it’s the cutest most comfortable t-shirt dress!  I was stoked on life.  I wore it at work and on a date and at the park and while hiking a little.  It can do anything.  Where can I buy all the t-shirt dresses?  I’ll become a spokesperson for them, I swear.  Also, they go so well with everything like sandals, oxfords, sweaters, flannels, etc.  Where have t-shirt dresses been all my life?

(I loooooove you t-shirt dress).

If you haven’t already noticed, dressing up is one of my favorite things to do.  I like crafting outfits, putting different clothing articles together that are out-of-the-ordinary, and I love when people compliment my fashion.  It definitely gives me some confidence, especially since most of my outfits are thrifted and original.  However, my other favorite thing to do is find clothing that is amazingly comfortable but also super cute.  Hi t-shirt dress hiiiii!

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Look how beautiful that view is!  And the clouds?  Ugh, magical.

I hope you have an amazing Friday ♥

Xo SaraLynn

*Song of the Day: Karen by The National

Chocolate Fondue for 2 (or 4 or 6 or…)

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For my boyfriend’s birthday, I promised I would make him dinner, because in all reality, I am much better at making food than I am trying to figure out what to buy people.  When I get a good gift idea in my head, I can’t be stopped, but when I cannot think of an amazing gift, dinner and dessert happens instead.  Not that dinner and dessert isn’t a good gift (because it’s one of my personal favorites), but it’s also fun to hand an SO something wrapped in a big bow.  But back to the boyfriend b-day dinner!…Long story short, the guy’s birthday was in late March and I just got around to making the dinner about a week ago.  Aaaaaand the best girlfriend award goes to…not me.  At least not in the timeliness category.  However, I think I made up for it plenty with chicken pot pie and chocolate fondue!  You can’t be sad with chocolate fondue, right?  RIGHT?

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How you choose to fondue is up to you (I’m having too much fun with the rhyming, someone stop me), but the bf and I enjoyed it sitting on the floor at my coffee table while watching Lady and the Tramp (his choice, not mine!  Ugh <3).  I’m not going to tell you that doing it any other way is wrong, but this is probably the right one.  Lady and the Tramp included.

Now a quick story about the chocolate fondue:  The reason you see the fondue itself in a ramekin stuffed in a fondue pot is simple…When you are making chocolate fondue for 2, there is not enough volume for a large fondue pot which leads to the chocolate seizing, burning, and thickening.  Now, if you want to spend your dipping time adjusting temperature, stirring, and adding more cream, I promise you’ll still have fun, because that’s what my boyfriend and I had to do.  However, if you want to make your life easier, I have found that placing the chocolate fondue in a ramekin surrounded by water in the in a hot fondue pot leads to a smoother, less fussy product.  Wah-lah!  If you are making this recipe for 4 or more people, no need to worry about it!  There should be enough volume to cause no problems.  Also, if you do not have a fondue pot, you can easily make this in a heat proof bowl and just heat it back up in the micro as necessary!

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I served my fondue with strawberries and homemade almond pound cake, but you can do marshmallows, pretzels, donuts, oranges, grapes, pineapple, potato chips, or whatever fun thing you have laying around your house.  However, I cannot recommend almond pound cake enough!

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XO Sara Lynn

*Song of the Day: Lust for Life by Girls

Sweet Poppy Bread

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As we speak, I am sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops writing a blog post.  I swore I would never be this person, but considering my absolute love for coffee shops I have expressed countless times in the past, it was bound to happen at some point.  I’m even wearing a cardigan and my Warby Parker Buddy Holly-esque glasses, and The National’s older albums are playing in the background.  It’s almost too cliche to handle, yet I didn’t drag in a typewriter, and I have never claimed that I identify with Hemingway on a spiritual level, so I’m still passable.  However, I am knee-deep in caffeine right now, which is making me remarkably honest, so it’s confession time.  This is not my first visit to a coffee shop today…but it might be my second.  Now, before you judge, first let me tell you that my finals today range(d) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and I only got a few hours of sleep last night. In my personal opinion, my multiple coffee shop stops are a little more excusable now.  I’m glad I got that off my chest.

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If I was a good little student (which I am I swear), I would be studying right now, but I have coffee-drank myself into some full blown anxiety, so I’ve decided studying would only create harm.  However, an hour before a final exam, you either know your stuff or you don’t, and I have decided that I know business law.  I understand contracts!  I understand corporate liability!  I understand the Commerce Clause!  It’s all going to be okay….!!!

And while I have drank enough coffee for the caffeine to suppress my appetite and make me feel full, I still can only think about food.  Specifically, this poppy bread.

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My aunt made this recipe a few years ago, and in that instant, I fell in love with poppy bread.  It was like eating cake without the frosting, which is actually how I prefer my cake, but it was deemed more socially acceptable.  The recipe only has ten basic ingredients, and the batter can be whisked up in literally five minutes if you believe hard enough like I do.  Plus, if you have a mini loaf pan (not kidding, mine weighs like, 8 pounds), it makes the cutest tiny loaves of bread to distribute to friends and family, which is obviously more fun than muffins.

A few notes: 1. Please use 1 c. + 2 Tbs. of oil in the recipe.  Last time I made it, I accidentally only used 2 Tbs. and it led to a rather disappointing product. 2. I prefer to make a simple syrup (1/4 c. sugar + 1/4 c. water heated until boiling) and brush it on the bread hot out of the oven.  It keeps the bread tasting fresh and gives it a light glaze which I will take over frosting any day. 3. This needs to be served with plenty of softened butter.  Hot poppy bread + melty butter = ❤ ❤ ❤

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On a completely different note, a guy at the next table just told his friend that he met a girl that “didn’t have the best face, but he couldn’t get past her midriff”.  PSA: If you’re going to be a caveman, please be one in your head or in private but not in a room full of intelligent, beautiful women shooting you death glares.  Oh the joys of living in coffee shops!  You hear some interesting stuff for sure.

XO SaraLynn

*Song of the Day: Baby, We’ll be Fine by The National