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Chocolate Sauce Recipe

Chocolate Sauce Recipe for Ice Cream | Umami Girl

Ohhhh hiiiiii. I have a chocolate sauce recipe for you. It takes five minutes to make and has five ingredients if you count the pinch of salt. It’s the perfect consistency. The perfect amount sweet. The perfect amount chocolatey.

It keeps well in the fridge for a week or more. And it’s really hard to screw up.

Hi hi. Let’s do this.  (more…)

The Best of all Possible Shirts

Oh, you guys. You GUYS. I was running on the treadmill. I was watching HBO’s Insecure (just do it), and suddenly there was this t shirt. MTWTFSS. It captured my mood for the run, the day, the week. Why hadn’t I thought of this myself, like, the day I was born?

No matter. Here it is now. I ordered two yesterday — a navy tank for me and a black t-shirt for Addie, who’s 12 and has more excuse than I do to want a shirt like this.

Thanks to the internet, you too can have one. I ordered here, because I like the shape of the tanks they sell, but you have lots more options right here.

Have fun. Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx

P.S. Happy birthday to this guy.

7-Minute Eggs: Seriously the Best Boiled Eggs

7-minute eggs are the best boiled eggs for so many purposes and so many reasons. 🙂

7-Minute Eggs | Umami Girl

After indulging in basically an all-hollandaise, all the time situation a couple weeks ago and maybe a little too much summer-abandon eating, I’ve turned toward trying to trim down a bit. People always act like it’s hard for women to lose weight once they hit 40, but the truth is it’s actually simpler than before. Before there were points, macros, plans to log. After 40, you can dispense with all of that. All you have to do is keep up your usual activity levels and basically never eat, ever. 🙂 It’s funny-ish ’cause it’s true-ish. (more…)

Summer Pasta with Pesto, Grilled Salmon and Corn

Summer Pasta with Pesto, Grilled Salmon and Corn | Umami Girl

A good bowl of summer pasta is a great joy. That’s a truth universally acknowledged. (Sorry, I’ve got Victorian literature on the brain, not to mention on my arm.) Summer pasta can — and frankly should, if you’re living right 🙂 — take many shapes over the course of the season. For one thing, it’s a lovely way to turn leftovers from the grill into something new and wonderful.  (more…)

Fun Hostess Gift Ideas: Literary Tattoos + Greeting Cards

Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Literary Tattoos | Umami Girl

Photo credit: Addie Cope

I always try — and often fail spectacularly — to have a little stash of fun gifts on hand to bring for hosts or to wrap up for someone or other at the last minute when the mood strikes. And sometimes, like when we popped into The Bennington Bookshop in Bennington, VT a few weeks ago and sheepishly bought more novelties than books, I choose to keep a few of them for myself.

A couple of favorites from that trip, which are also available online:

Literary tattoos! I have to admit I’d basically spent an entire year looking forward to nabbing these Jane Eyre temporary tattoos on our trip to Bennington, ever since Addie had picked some up for herself during a piano camp town outing last summer. I knew I could find them elsewhere during the year, but somehow it began to feel like a nice little ritual to wait for Bennington, so I did.

You, on the other hand, can find them here or maybe at your local independent bookstore.  (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.