Curry Secrets

coconut red curry

Hello, Monday!

My husband and I just returned from our week in France, and boy was it amazing. I seriously cannot wait to share all of the photos, adventures and eats with ya’ll…just give me a few days to recovery and put my head back on straight.

Also, thank you to all who took my blog survey. I’m starting to pore over your helpful feedback, and I’ll be selecting the winner of a curated meal plan very soon!

I hope you enjoyed the Travel Week posts last week, but today we’re jumping right back into what I think the blog does best: adventurous and accessible recipes!

Today’s comes in the form of a Coconut Red Curry.

coconut red curry

Now, I’ve shared quite a few curries on the blog: dal, soup, fish, chickpea. But, this recipe from Minimalist Baker helped me accidentally discover some of the best curry I’ve ever made at home!

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Travel Week: West Coast

The last post in our Travel Week series is here, and I’m about to finish up a beautiful week visiting Paris, France myself.

Throughout the week, we’ve been revisiting travel posts from the past, and they’ve all been on the East Coast.

Although I’m more of an East Coast gal myself, I’ve definitely got some love for the West Coast. There’s Cali, the PNW and so much more to explore.

With that in mind, let’s get to traveling!



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Bon Voyage!

Travel Week!

Happy Travel Week!

I’m on a vacay in France this week (pics to come), so I’ve decided to revisit a few of my favorite travel posts from the past few years.

Travel has always been such an important part of my life. I grew up in a family that loved travel, and we even went as a family to Spain when I was in 4th grade. I remember falling asleep at the table since dinner time was so late there… not to mention dealing with jet lag as a 9-year-old.

One thing that my husband and I have loved about moving to Raleigh is that we’re so close to great vacation spots. You can go to the beach in 2 hours, the mountains in 4 and D.C. in 4, as well.

Whether you’ve been to D.C. before or not, it’s high time to go back. So much to do!

Pro Tip: Check out Momofuku CCDC. It wasn’t open when we were there, but I’m dying to go.

Fruitful Travels: Washington, D.C.


Bon Voyage!

Travel Week!

Hello wonderful readers!

I don’t know if you remember, but I’m out of town and out of the country this week gallivanting around Paris, France with my husband.

While I’m out and about, I wanted to give you a little trip away from the day to day by revisiting some of my previous travel posts. Hence Travel Week here on think fruitful!

There’s so much to see, eat and experience out there, so we’re going to be exploring a few of the favorite cities I’ve visited in the past few years. Look for more awesome travel posts throughout the week!

First up is one of my favorite cities in NC (other than Raleigh): Asheville.

Dig into the fabulous food, mind-blowing beers and more with think fruitful!

Pro Tip: Check out Buxton Hall BBQ (one of Bon Appetit’s Top 10 New Restaurants this year) and Holes Doughnuts, which have made it on to the Asheville food scene since I wrote this post.

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Bon Voyage!

5-Year Blogiversary & Survey

Five years ago today, I decided I wanted to do something with my creative writing instincts and cooking knowledge.

I had a little extra time, and I was going to be cooking anyway, so I jumped into the world of blogging. I used a weird old point-and-shoot camera and took photos that were out of focus and yellow-tinted from the light in my apartment.

Who would have known that it would be such a learning experience? The best part about it is that I never really expected this blog to bring me anything (monetary or emotional). And I’ve been pleasantly surprised to meet people, work with some cool artisans and companies, and to have a place that is all my own to share my thoughts about food.

I am truly blessed to be living in a time where the local food scene and the food blogging scene is one that is full of new life and people following their dreams. I sure do love getting to be a part of it and be a part of your lives/meals in a very small way. It tickles me to death, in fact.

So, today, on my 5th Blogaversary, I’ve got a little favor to ask of you.

Would you be willing to share some thoughts about the blog and your food world, so hopefully I can make this space even easier for you to engage with?

If you have a few minutes, fill out the survey using the link below, and you will have the chance to win a free curated meal plan from yours truly!

Take the survey

Thanks for a fun and fruitful 5 years. Now, go treat yourself to a piece of cake or a cookie to celebrate!

Simple Saturday: Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

pizza dough cinnamon rolls

Saturday is hereeeeee!

Want to know why I’m so excited?

  • It’s been a productive work week.
  • A big blogaversary is coming up soon (like in 2 days).
  • I’m leaving for Paris with my husband in less than a week!

I hope you have a few things to celebrate, too!

At the least, we have these easy pizza dough cinnamon rolls. Mario Batali endorses them, so, what more do you need to know?

Buy your favorite pizza dough (or heck, make it if you’re into that) and then gather your butter, sugar, cinnamon, flour and all of your family and friends. It’s about to get really delicious!

pizza dough cinnamon rolls

Pro tip: Trader Joe’s pizza dough is good, but Whole Foods pizza dough is even better (but a little more expensive). Choose as you please.

Here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and butter a small cake pan.
  2. Roll about 1/2 lb. pizza dough on a floured surface, until it’s about 1/8 think. (I just made a half batch for mine).
  3. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and pour it evenly on top of the dough. Then, sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbs. cinnamon evenly over the dough.
  4. Carefully roll the dough away from you. Then, cut the dough into even slices, about 3″ thick. Place them in the cake pan, close together, and bake for 30-40 minutes (until lightly browned).
  5. While they’re baking, make the icing by boiling water and adding 1/4 cup to 2 cups of powdered sugar, mixing until the right consistency.
  6. Let the cinnamon rolls cool, then drizzle with icing.

Weeknight Ottolenghi Wonder

chickpea and greens saute

Have you guys heard of Yotam Ottolenghi?

He’s an Israel-born British chef who is basically the king of vegetable-forward, healthy and super tasty cooking. I was gifted his cookbook, Plenty, and I have loved everything I’ve cooked from it.

For example, this Chickpea & Greens Saute with greek yogurt.

chickpea and greens saute

He takes greens, legumes and other veg and transforms them with fresh acidity, lots of herbs and a healthy drizzle of olive oil into fresh meals that are a revelation. I dream of visiting his restaurants/delis in London someday.

I like that this recipe helps me get out of my comfort zone just a little: Pick up some swiss chard (or whatever other hearty greens you can find), chop up some mint and cilantro, and open a can of chickpeas.

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The Best Thing I Ate This Month



BLT salad


The Drake in Oklahoma City, OK


Our whole brunch at this new and totally beautiful, hip spot was amazing. From the Tulsi mint tea to the flaky biscuits and marmalade to this salad that basically redefines all salads. The bacon was sweet, savory and fatty, pairing well with the fresh veggies. If you are ever in OKC, this place is a must! Thanks to my sister for taking us.

Anniversary Gift Giving & Smart Shopping

uncommon goods

This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions are my own.

Gift giving is a super important part of life…in case you haven’t noticed.

Birthdays are always happening, people are getting married, buying houses, having babies, getting jobs, having anniversaries, and there’s always something to celebrate! This sure makes me happy!

What’s even better about these gift occasions coming around is that it can give you a chance to use your money to support artisans. Give a gift, support a maker.

It’s totally a win-win!

uncommon goods

I always try to seek out gifts that are:

  • Unique
  • Made by local or individual artisans
  • Long-lasting
  • Special
  • Within my budget

Although there are quite a few things to mark off the list, UncommonGoods is pretty great for meeting all of those requirements.

UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people.

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The Secret to Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

tahini chocolate chip cookies

It’s Thursday, and I think it’s time for a little treat.

I’m back with another cookie recipe. If you haven’t checked out the other cookie recipes on this blog, then you really should. From banana to oats to coconut oil, there are lots to choose from.

Today’s cookies are a little different in that they contain tahini. You know, that sesame, peanut butter-like stuff that we use in hummus and baba ganoush. Other than the tahini, these are just good ole creamy, crunchy, satisfying chocolate chip cookies.

AND this recipe confirms my theory of the secret to great chocolate chip cookies.

tahini chocolate chip cookies

Let those cookies sit in the fridge (or freezer) for at least a few hours.

This is how we used to treat cookie dough when I worked at a bakery in high school, and that’s really the best way to get cookies that are nicely shaped and textured.

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