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Raspberry Prosecco Popsicles | Umami Girl

What’s up, summer Friday friend base?

I’m going to write something here because that’s what you do in a blog post. But honestly? These boozy summer treats — raspberry Prosecco popsicles with a mere four ingredients, one of which is an alcoholic beverage — really speak for themselves.

Loud and clear.

Done and done.

Raspberry Prosecco Popsicles | Umami Girl


I won’t lie. I’m posting these because Prosecco popsicles are trendy right now. Summer is made for fleeting moments, though, don’t you think? Waves. Sunsets. Peaches.

Prosecco popsicles, apparently.  (more…)

Here’s the second post in Cope’s new series about our financial independence journey. (I’m so kvelling.) You can read the first one here.

Photo credit: the wonderful Lollylah Wedding Photography

Some nights when my head hits the pillow it feels as if I will sink through the bedding to the floor with the weight of exhaustion. My chest feels heavy and muscles defeated. Sleep is near instant and my mind is all but mute. Calm.

Days that rank as worthy with work and purpose bring calm. I did enough, maybe even just a little more, and there is nothing left with which to do well. I need sleep and it is deserved. Peace.

Those are my favorite days. Strength exerted, smarts employed, help rendered, thanks given, lessons learned, bar raised. Love.  (more…)

One of the most frequently made recipes in our house: this easy and fabulous no-cook white bean salad.

Easy White Bean Salad Recipe | Umami Girl

Holy hotness in NJ today. Feels like 94. Summer vibes for the last week of school. I’ll take it.

But here’s what I won’t do: turn on the stove. The heat is almost just an excuse, to be honest. Could there be more to do as the school year winds down?

So, yeah. No oven. No stove. (No freezer, either, apparently, since ours stopped freezing things at the end of last week.) Instead, we’ll have bean salad for dinner between incidents of minor chaos.

Bean salad to the rescue. Maybe this one. And definitely this one.  (more…)

This quick and easy chickpea salad is full of gorgeous Indian-inspired flavors. 

Chickpea Salad Recipe with Indian Spices | Umami Girl

Happy Friday, my friends. Today I’m refreshing a recipe that’s been on the blog since August 2008, ten days after our younger daughter was born. It’s a fabulous, easy-breezy chickpea salad that’s bursting with cumin, mustard seed, cilantro, lemony yogurt dressing and more. Best at room temperature, it’s perfect for picnics or a quick lunch or dinner. People love it, and it’s not the same old same old. (Though it’s just as quick and easy.)  (more…)

Camille Kingsolver's Disappearing Zucchini Orzo | Umami Girl

Camille Kingsolver’s Disappearing Zucchini Orzo from the wonderful book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has been a favorite around here since 2008. It’s a brilliant way to use up three large zucchini in a hot minute, so maybe tuck this recipe away (or pin it!) for late summer. Or be like me and make it this week to get ahead of the curve.

Here’s some text from my 2008 post, published two weeks after our younger daughter was born. It’s medium-coherent. So there you go. (more…)


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.