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Bacon in the Oven

Bacon in the Oven | Umami Girl

O hai, is it the weekend yet? We’ve been back from our Utah adventure for about a week, and my current vibe is oscillating between plunging into autumn industriousness and just sitting here craving the next vacation. We’ve had a nice, steady stream of overnight guests and visits to the local Firemen’s Fair that will continue for the next few days, after which I’ll be all out of summery excuses. I’m glad we’re heading into a long weekend, and I’m very glad that weekend will include bacon in the oven.  (more…)

Make bacon in the oven for an easy, hands-off process and consistent results. Works well for a few or a crowd.

Quick Appetizer Idea: A Gorgeous Burrata Platter

A gorgeous burrata platter makes a quick and easy appetizer (or, hey, summer dinner) with tons of bang for your buck.

Quick Appetizer Idea - Burrata Platter | Umami GirlWell, hello from the road to Rexburg, Idaho (via Park City, Utah), where with any luck we’ll be rolling into town with a little time to spare before the eclipse. I really do mean “from the road” — I’m tap tap tapping on my phone from the passenger seat.

We’ve been hiking the heck outta southern Utah this past week and loving every minute. Check out Instagram for some sneak peeks before the official roundup hits the blog in a few weeks. (more…)

A quick and easy appetizer (or, hey, summer dinner) with tons of bang for our buck: burrata platter with prosciutto, salami, arugula and tomatoes.

Shrimp Quesadilla with Spinach and Beans: Quick + Easy Dinner Idea

This crowd-pleasing shrimp quesadilla with spinach and black beans works equally well as a quick dinner or a party app.

Shrimp Quesadilla with Spinach and Black Beans | Umami GirlHappy mid-August Monday, my friends. We’re on our way to Utah today for 10 days of low-key adventure. We’ll hike Zion, Bryce and Moab. We’ll hop up to Rexburg, Idaho to watch the eclipse. And then we’ll play in Park City. Maybe catch an organ recital at the Mormon Tabernacle because even amidst the most outdoorsy sentences I’ve ever written, I’m still a huge geek like that, and I’m not sorry.

In the meantime, how about a shrimp quesadilla? We’ve eaten QUITE a few of these recently, and I wish I had another one right now. They’re ridiculously quick and easy and happy-making, and just right for summer days and beyond. (more…)

A quick and easy dinner idea: shrimp quesadilla with spinach and black beans. Works great at a party, too.

Chocolate Sauce Recipe

Chocolate Sauce Recipe for Ice Cream | Umami GirlOhhhh 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…)

This chocolate sauce is the perfect consistency, the perfect amount sweet, and the perfect amount chocolatey. It's just five minutes and five ingredients away, including the pinch of salt. :)

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.


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.